Animation Award / Best Animation Short Film

Jury Preis 750 Euro

Sponsored by:
Prof. Dr. Johannes Schmidt - Lakumed Kliniken

The prize for best animated short film will be awarded in all categories of the festival. It's a jury award. The Animation Award is announced internationally. In the competition for the best animated film are 21 short films from 11 countries.


Selfies von Claudius Gentinetta

Jury statement:

Claudius Gentinetta and his team create with the simplest means a film that outlines in 4 minutes one of the great phenomena of our time: the selfie addiction. What can be interesting in painted selfie photos and selfie videos, can be seen quickly: it is in this film is a skilful persiflage on compulsive self-expression; the pictures gallop with us across different strata of society and continents, through private and public space, from documentation to self-exposure, from the familiar to the crazy excesses of our digital dependency. A father is filming in the delivery room while his child is born in the background, and the newborn also has his own selfie stick in his hand.
The digital dependence is a fixed part of our time, instrument of the consumer world, and has long influenced our feelings and experiences. But the phenomenon of navel-gazing, the compulsion to hold onto everything, to assure oneself of oneself and to anchor one's own experience in the virtual space - could not that be a temporary trend that we can laugh about at some point like this movie? Hopefully.
The film does not shy away from absurd turns and is so full of fantasy that the first time you can not catch all the details, not every joke. At the latest at the last picture the laughter gets stuck in the throat, the last selfie we cannot do: our own feet, lying in the morgue, the note on the big toe. Yolo.

Anna Rot

Anna Rot, born in 1983, grew up in Vienna. She started her acting education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and graduated in 2008 with a diploma after changing to the University of Music and Drama Rostock. This was followed by her first engagement at the Deutsches Theater Göttingen and her first feature film "In 3 days you're dead 2" by Andreas Prochaska, 2008. Since then she has made numerous TV feature films in Germany and Austria. For the lead role in the movie "Day and Night" by Sabine Derflinger, Anna Rot was awarded the Best Actress Award at the New York City International Film Festival 2011. Since 2009 she worked among others at the Schauspielhaus Graz, with the theater collective "copy & waste", at the Meiningen Theater, at the Théâtre de Belleville, at the Comédie de Caen, France and at the Nibelungen Festival in Worms. At the opening of Werk X in Vienna, she played the lead role in "Eldorado", staged by Marius von Mayenburg. Her last theatrical work was "Gewonnene Illusionen" (UA) by "copy & waste" at the Schauspiel Leipzig and the musical piece development "Frankenstein" (UA) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin directed by Maximilian von Mayenburg.

Leonie Stade

Leonie Stade is a freelance writer, director and producer. Born in 1988, she grew up in Lindau on Lake Constance. After graduation in 2007 Stade went on a trip around the world and worked for several years as a model in Paris and Milan. Since 2009 she studied directing at the University of Television and Film Munich. Her first documentary about a Munich prostitute was presented in the exhibition Subjective - Documentary in the 21st Century in the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
Her second short film "Zwei Quadratmeter Leben", about the so-called Cage People in Hong Kong, was nominated for the 2013 CNN Journalist Award. In 2013 she founded the Man on Mars film production. Stade worked as a freelance writer for Frontal 21 (ZDF) and La Vita (BR) and made numerous commercials. The film "Nowhereman" was created together with Annika Blendl and ran in the competition on the Max Ophüls Prize. Since 2015, Stade studies production at HFF Munich in second degree. In 2015 her movie "Mollath – Und plötzlich bist verrückt" was released in cinemas. Previously, the film premiered at the Munich Film Festival and was first broadcast in December 2015 in the BR. In 2019, with the feature film "All I Never Wanted", Leonie Stade completed her studies with the degree.

Maximilian Dirr

Born in 1983 in Landshut, actor Maximilian Dirr, grew up in Germany and Italy, and today is working in film and television in both countries.
Maximilian studied acting at the “Teatro Stabile di Genova” in Genoa where he graduated in 2010. Right after his studies he joined the ensemble of the Teatro Stabile di Genova and participated in numerous productions there.
Before he made his debut on German television with ZAPPELPHILIPP , which won the FIPA d'Or Award for Best TV Film in 2013, directed by Connie Walther, Maximilian Dirr has already appeared in several Italian film and TV productions. This was followed by numerous national and international productions, including Ridley Scott's pilot for the thriller series THE VATICAN (2013), KOMMISSARIN LUCAS (2014), the dystopian BBC mini-series SS-GB (2015), etc.
His first film role was in 2012, playing alongside Geoffrey Rush in Giuseppe Tornatere’s drama THE BEST OFFER.
In 2017 Maximilian Dirr was seen in German cinemas in the comedy MARIA MAFIOSI, directed by Jule Ronstedt. 2018 in the based upon true events war drama , SOBIBOR, directed by Konstantin Khabenskiy.
Last year Maximilian Dirr celebrated his first world premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival with Mario Martone´s drama CAPRI REVOLUTION, which was part of the official competition program.