Award Winners

2018

Fame and Fortune

We believe in the good in films and the people behind them – the people that work, sweat, travel and sit to make them come to life. While honest apprecation is a currency on its own, we can show our appreciation in hard cash thanks to our generous and engaged sponsors that are made up of local production companies. This year, our jury awarded 7 distinct Arc Trophies together with prize money, completed by the audience choice award sponsored by Indievisuals.

THE ARC OF SENSES

Being Ernest by Victoria Fistes, sponsored by Kontrastfilm

Film is an art, which is supposed to place the eye in the center of the universe. But it wouldn´t be art if it didn´t try to expand its sensory universe. Victoria Fistes did this with a brave reduction to imaginary seeing.

BEST FEATURE FILM (2/2)

Marisa En Los Bosques by Antonio Morales, sponsored by Memofilm

The director stages this quickly told plot as a chain of episodes set in the milieu of the urban scene in Madrid. A steady change of film language and style corresponds with the unsteadiness of the protagonist. The references to movies, from the Nouvelle Vague to Magic Realism – including footage from the film library, surely delight cinephiles trying to decode the origins. But the appropriation and stringing of known motifs exceeds far beyond an admiring imitation. Thereby a whole new entity is created – an auteur film, no longer believing in the old meta-narratives, which playfully sketches an artistically autonomous image of contemporary attitudes of life.

BEST FEATURE FILM (1/2)

Landrauschen by Lisa Miller, sponsored by Memofilm

Movies tell stories. Most of them are completed but usually life isn´t. During this movie the protagonists trip over those kinds of unevenness and the director makes it to the principle of her story-telling. That makes if possible for her to renew stereotypes of a coming-of-age-story in the genre of a sentimental film at a regional setting with all its obligatory figures and to catch the sound of an unexpected life.

BEST VISUAL STORYTELLING

Mona Lisa Selfie by Daniel McKee, sponsored by Pillefilm

This movie is about pictures. One of the best-known analogue pictures of the world, which is seen by 6 million people every year. And about millions of digitally made pictures of people who want to draw attention to themselves. Doesn't the inflation of images devalue the production of all pictures and in the end also the artistically created picture? Is our narcisstic self only able to experience and feel itself in the reflection of social media like Instagram and co? How can we understand the world surrounding us if we are no longer able to observe its counterpart in art, but instead embed it seamlessly as an effigy into their own mirror world? These and many other important questions are raised by Daniel McKee in only 70 seconds without even holding a camera himself.

SPECIAL NARRATIVE

Weavers of Imagination by Sadegh Jafari, sponsored by luli Productions

The women weaving carpets in this movie are blind. Colors, surfaces, lines and the interplay are only in their imaginary but in the end, they create real magnificent ornaments. The camera watches the lifes of the weavers with a distant view like it´s afraid to appear sentimental or pastoral. This careful gesture turns a simple movie into an occasion – just like the tradition of Iranian movies.

NEW MEDIA

Kelim 12 by Nils Hillebrand, sponsored by Prisma.Film

The video installation “Kelium 12” by Nils Hildebrand plays with the effects from the beginning of music videos. The imperfection of the partly used analog world of colors becomes an abstract area of a moving composition with a rhythmic change. The special part is the new interpretation of a technical imperfect original material into a modern and abstract context. Just like the process of Kelium weaving the pattern are developed with a virtual weaving loom.

GREATEST RISK

Being Ernest by Victoria Fistes, sponsored by newCut Werbefilme

These days Film is associated with 3D, special effects and Dolby atmosphere. Victoria Fistes showed a completely black screen with typography, pictographs in old fashioned 2D and the voice of a child. The director is brave enough to take risk by using only a few resources and creates a cinematic experience that touches the audience emotionally.

2017

The jurors have decided

The Arc film festival has awarded four stella achievments this year. On the side of the photos of the award winners you’ll find the statement of our jury. The Production company of Mainz Spektrumfilm has provided the prize money for the jury awards with 1.000 €. The audience award is endowed with 200 Euro financed with the entrance fee. The 17 movies out of our Official Selection were great and along these lines we want to give our heartfelt thanks to all the filmmakers, that made this year’s festival to this exceptional place.

THE ARC OF SENSES

The Bleak Farm by Christian Zipfel

The Bleak Farm is an impressive document of history that is depicted in densely packed black & white images. The intense storyline draws the viewer into a period long gone with credibility. Every element of filmic narration is carried out with great expertise. The visual appeal as well as the soundscape match the historic reality of the 19th century. From its blunt narration to the surprising end, Der einsame Hof puts up against established cinema practises - in the end, the evil wins.

BEST VISUAL STORYTELLING

The Man Who Shot Himself In The Head by Harvard Harboe

A shot misses its target but hits deep. The dysfunctional relation the movie is carried by is depicted by very consisent camera work, packed into almost metaphorical images. Consequently, the movie develops its own visual concept that makes the camera comparable to a voice-over. This way it gains sustainability and credibility, which draw the viewer into the story.

AUDIENCE AWARD

Nimbostratus by Samuel Ackermann

Apart from our jury of experts we put immense trust in the audience and gave the viewers the opportunity to vote for themselves. Most gladly did and chose Samuel Ackermann and his team as winners of the audience award for their movie "Nimbostratus". This lovely and bizarre story around a man and his relationship with a rain cloud is not only good for laughs, but also wins you over with its refreshing narration and tasteful imagery.

SPECIAL AWARD OF THE JURY

Som Ein Reier Så Ligg Ein by Alexander Zwart

An outstanding addition to the selection at hand, this story is to be praised in every aspect. Not only is it rich in dark humor and surprising cues, the narration and the fantastic visuals make this movie a wonderful experience.