News Release
NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016: Cannes World Premiere for Short Film Program

15 April 2016

Christian Ditter, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian Gallenberger, Sonja Heiss or Jan Speckenbach – they were all part of the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER short film program in the past.  This year sees German Films and the German Federal Film Board (FFA) showing new works by German short filmmakers for the sixth time during the film festival in Cannes. The makers of the twelve selected films will be coming to the Côte d’Azur to present their works. Members of the selection jury included the actress Rosalie Thomass and the Student Oscar® winner Ilker Çatak.

The German animation film is very successful internationally and extremely well represented at NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 with five titles. There is also a very strong presence of political subjects such as an Iranian family mourning their father murdered by right-wing extremists, Europe in chaos, a documentary about a murderer before the enforcement of his death sentence, or a chat show discussing a controversial issue. But one can also discover humor and the affectionate look at everyday life in stories about, for example, a pianist who makes his rabbit go mad, Prince Alfred who doesn't want to  go to school, a streetsweeper at an exhibition opening, and what endless German compound words do to the brain.

The premiere screening of  will be held in the  NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 Olympia Cinema in Cannes on Sunday, 15 May, at 6:00 pm with the filmmakers attending.

The program features the NEXT GENERATION films with works by promising up-and-coming filmmakers from the German film schools. In addition, there are screenings of the best five German shorts under five minutes which were awarded the SHORT TIGER 2016 by the FFA.

The films were selected by a three-person expert jury consisting of the actress Rosalie Thomass, director Ilker Çatak and Dr. Gregory Theile (Kinopolis/Theile Group).


  • AMOUR FOU by Florian Werzinski (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, animation, Short Tiger)
  • CHAY by Charlotte A. Rolfes (Hamburg Media School, fiction film)
  • EAT MY DREAM by Jessica Dürwald (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, animation/documentary)
  • EMILY MUST WAIT by Christian Wittmoser (Kassel School of Art & Design, fiction film) 
  • ERIC THE SOLDIER  by Charlotte Funke (University for Television & Film Munich, documentary)
  • EYE FOR AN EYE by Mahyar Goudarzi, Steve Bache, Louise Peter (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, animation/documentary, Short Tiger)
  • GERM-FREE by Samuel Pleitner (ifs international film school cologne, fiction film)
  • PIANOID by Janina Putzker (Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, animation, Short Tiger)
  • PRINCE ALFRED by Mingus Ballhaus (German Film & Television Academy Berlin, fiction film)
  • SWEEPER'S PRIDE by Matthias Koßmehl (Hamburg Media School, fiction film)
  • WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR BRAIN IF YOU SEE A GERMAN WORD LIKE…? by Zora Rux (German Film & Television Academy Berlin, animation/fiction film, Short Tiger)
  • WHO WILL PAY THE BILL? by Daniel Nocke (Studio FILM BILDER, animation, Short Tiger)

Information on all the films can also be found here.

After Cannes the program will subsequently be shown at international festivals and as part of the Festivals of German Films that are organized by German Films in Madrid, New York, Buenos Aires, Paris and Moscow.

87 films were submitted by 18 academies for consideration; they couldn't be any longer than 15 minutes and had to be realised by students of a German film academy in 2015/2016. An additional 64 films made outside of film schools were submitted for the SHORT TIGER. This competition was open to short films under five minutes with theatrical potential.

German Films and the FFA thanks the supporters of NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2016 Sonopress and pro omnia as well as the cooperation partners AG Kurzfilm, Forum Film and HDF.

Martin Scheuring (Short Films Coordinator)
Birgit Koch (Press & PR)