International Competition / International Bayernwerk Short Film Award
Jury Preis 1.500 Euro
In the category International Competition, a prize for the best live action short film will be awarded. It is a jury award. Approved for the category are international productions from all countries in the world. In the competition are 63 short films from 31 countries.
There is one scene in Make Aliens Dance that goes like this: a mother and her son are sitting in front of the TV on the sofa, she asks him about work, and he replies that it’s going well. But what is actually happening between the lines and in the way they look at each other, what is being dealt with in silence is so much more than other films tell in their totality.
Make Aliens Dance is a film about the absence of a person; a film that drags us into a circle of people and their way of living together or rather their attempt to do so: a handful of people who are grieving and fighting, struggling with each other, trying to relieve the other from his/her pain while they themselves are at loss.
The narration takes its time, it circles around someone that is not there and still the film manages to be totally concrete. There’s no exciting plot, there are no effects, just the mysterious ringing of a telephone, and music — a song accompanying us throughout the film although we won’t hear it until the very last scene. Little by little we get involved in the fate of a family and the people around them, carried by the wonderful camera and by actors and actresses who with their power and honesty touch us deeply. Every single character, even in the shortest appearance, lets the film pulse and helps to create a vivid cosmos between a living room and a sound studio, a stadium and a phone booth.
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 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.
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.