Hello and welcome to the Berlin Flash Film Festival Annual Event Information Page.
We wanted to make your evening with us is as seamless/worry-free as possible, so we put ourselves in your shoes and tried to come up with as many solutions to your needs as possible. Unfortunately, we aren’t mind readers and are unable to answer all of the questions that may be flooding your minds at the moment, but we are sure gonna try.
So here we go...
10623 Berlin, Germany
A lush/intimate cinema seating 39 guests
30$ per ticket. (we would recommend that adults 18 years of age and older attend the event)
WHAT TO WEAR:
Whatever you feel great in!
Please refer to Zoo Palast’s info page for the quickest and easiest way to get around locally: http://www.zoopalast-berlin.de/services/anfahrt-parken/
WHERE TO STAY:
We would commend the Motel One Upper West. Located just across from the venue, you’ll have all you need for decent price.
To keep everything as universal as possible, we will be conducting the evening in English.
FOUNDER AND JUDGE OF BERLIN FLASH FILM FESTIVAL
To pursue film one needs to have something produced. Double edged sword. #Rollingeyes. I took matters into my own hands and began creating my own super shorts and submitting them to festivals. I soon saw the spectrum of "short film" ranged from 60 seconds to 40 minutes. #Applesandoranges. How fair is that? Well, frankly, it's not. The bigger question I posed was, "Why weren't there festivals that celebrated just short films?" I asked myself, "Why not create a space where artists can have a voice regardless of the length or budget?" And so the seed was planted.
The Berlin Flash Film Festival raises awareness of the impact of super and micro short films. Artist of all forms should have the opportunity and space to voice their creative work on an international level regardless of length and budget. We are just that.
CO-FOUNDER AND JUDGE OF BERLIN FLASH FILM FESTIVAL
Pierre began his professional career at a young age with The Hamburg Ballet performing in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Sleeping Beauty. He later appeared in the original cast of Tarzan in Germany, the White Vampire in Tanz der Vampire, and the role of Pepper in Mamma Mia! in Essen, Stuttgart, and Vienna. Pierre's professional career soon carried on from stage to film and television where he was seen in Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten, Unter anderen Umständen, and as a finalist on Got to Dance Season 2. Pierre continued on to star in the short films Speed Dating and She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not?, both winners of international film festivals. Pierre is the co-founder of BFFF and Oktober 23rd Productions.
WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT BFFF?
Giving filmmakers a creative platform to voice their art.
Agent Peter Stassen
Peter Stassen is the CEO of the agency ARTgerecht in Hamburg and the producer and organizer of „The Golden Reel Stage Movie Awards“ in Hamburg and Stuttgart.
Over the last couple of years he has managed over 30 Artists from all over Europe.
More infos on www.artgerecht-agentur.com
Aug & Ohr Film Agency
Anna Laura Wenzel
She was born in North Rhine-Westphalia in 1982 with peruvian roots.
In 2002 she graduated from school and then made an internship at Filmdesign-Film and TV agency. After studying English and Spanish Linguistics and Literatures at the University of Bielefeld she moved to Berlin to study European Media Studies with strong focus on film and philosophy. She finished her Master studies with a documentary film about her family structures with honors in 2011.
While she worked for several film festivals at the Xposed International Queerfilm Festival, Emergeandsee Student Film Festival and the International Film Festival Berlin / Berlinale she also worked as a rock climbing teacher.
After giving birth to her daughter she started working for aug&ohr medien as head of Coordination & Communication Submission since 2015.
Viktoria So Hee Alz
Viktoria wurde 1983 in Südkorea geboren. Aufgewachsen ist sie in Deutschland, heute lebt und arbeitet sie in Berlin.
Sie studierte Theater-, Film- und Fernsehwissenschaft, Englische Philologie und Musikwissenschaft an der Universität zu Köln.
Zudem belegte Viktoria den internationalen Masteraufbaustudiengang im Drehbuchschreiben an der IFS Internationale Filmschule Köln/School of Media, Music and Performance, University of Salford, UK/School of Arts and Media, Tampere University of Applied Science, FI.
Als Teilnehmerin des Masterplan Filmtalent Limburg 2015, war sie Verantwortlich für das Drehbuch eines Kurzfilms mit dem Titel A Tale Of Two Brothers.
Des Weiteren nahm Viktoria am Postgraduierten Programms Serial Eyes 2015/2016 der DFFB Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie teil.
Vertreten durch die Agentur Felix Bloch Erben GmbH & Co. KG, ist sie seit 2014 als Autorin tätig.
Seit 2016 arbeitet sie als Festival Distribution Coordinator bei Aug&Ohr Medien.
Jonathan is a personal brand strategist who helps creative people (like filmmakers and photographers) shine online and share their talent with the world. Through his online courses and webinars he teaches creatives how to brand themselves on- and offline and how to market themselves authentically without feeling like a starving artist. To learn more about Jonathan and his work visit JonathanTilley.com
WHAT DO I LOVE ABOUT BFFF?
How each filmmaker brings their story to the table in an quick and easy format and in doing so, they touch your heart in a flash.
So what’s in store for the evening you may be asking?
What an excellent question.
We will begin our program at 6:00 PM on the dot. But before we kick off, we will be live on Instagram and Facebook outside Kino B, beginning at 5:30 PM where you will be able to check-in, receive your goody bag, and take part on our “Live on the BFFF Red Carpet.” And don’t forget to take a few (or loads!)photos in from of our roll up and post it on your social media. It will be an evening with a live screening of our Overall Category Winners in which we will be celebrating shorts of every genre. We will also include an awards ceremony recognizing all Overall Category Winners in attendance. There will be popcorn and drinks supplied by us and Zoo Palast as well as tasty cupcakes from our sponsors Cupcake Berlin. After the celebration, we will be heading over to our sponsors SpreeGold at Bikini Berlin for a few drinks and an opportunity to meet, greet and rub elbows.
It will be an evening of full of fun and we look forward to meeting you at our very first annual event!
Super Short Smartphone Overall Winner
TITLE: Bubbles Don’t Lie
SYNOPSIS: That day started usually, as one of those normal working days. Ing. Cmiral woke up, washed his face and teeth in the bathroom – and suddenly, a strange thing happened. A bubble, like from a comic book, appeared above his head. Number 6 was inside the bubble. Very soon bubble began to appear on everyone all over the world, but no one knew the meaning of those different numbers.
Director/Producer: Stepan Etrych
Producer: Katka Etrychova
Original Story Writer: Milos Cermak
Long Short Overall Winner
TITLE: Fragile Storm
SYNOPSIS: A scared young woman goes to extreme measures to escape the clutches of a terrifying older man only to realize the shocking and heartbreaking truth about why she's really there.
Director/Producer/Co-Writer/Editor: Dawn Fields
Super Short Documentary Overall Winner
TITLE: Freddy on the Wire
SYNOPSIS: Welcome to the world of Freddy Nock! He's probably the best high-wire artist of all times, balancing on the fine line between life and downfall.
The man from Switzerland holds no less than 23 world records, with one being crazier than the next... We’ve spent a few days with him during his engagement at Circus Roncalli – without safety net or double bottom.
Director: Tim Hahne
DOP: Julius Jacoby
Aerials: Simon Eymann, Pascal Noller (KOPTERWORK)
Edit: Tim Hahne, Julius Jacoby
Grading: Julius Jacoby
Composer: Jonathan Fitas
Producer: Nick Hahne
Featuring: Freddy Nock
Special Thanks: Circus Roncalli, Semmel Concerts, Tempodrom Berlin
Extra Long Short Overall Winner
TITLE: One Year on a Bike
SYNOPSIS: What happens when you leave home on a bike with no other plan than to ride eastwards? Embarking on just such an adventure, Martijn Doolaard decided to cycle from Amsterdam to Singapore. One Year on a Bike chronicles his slow travels over 17,000 km—passing through the wilds of Eastern Europe, the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, and the temples of Myanmar. Stories of animal encounters, camping at salt lakes and on deserted beaches, and Iranian hospitality are accompanied by photography that captures the breathtaking scenery, the chance meetings and friendships, and the buzz of global cities. This movie and book details the beauty and self-discoveries, as well as the hardships and the gear necessary, on this incredible one-man journey.
Director: Martijn Doolaard
Super Short Comedy Overall Category Winner
TITLE: Pipe Dream
SYNOPSIS: A fringe dream seeks out hosts for its short-lived dance of the fantastic.
Writer/Director: Normann Bjorvand
Composer/Sound Designer: Henrik Lindstrom
Stars: John La Briola, Marga Pettersson, Love Jarl, Fredrik Lönn, Eja Lindqvist, Iga Czerwony, Jan E Johansson, Henrik Norman, Nicke Wagemyr, Gloria Ormandlaky, Maria Hjalmarson
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: Normann Bjorvand is a decade-long filmmaker and founder of Cine Craft Collective; a collective of filmmakers, composers and actors with a passion in telling unique stories, producing films and music videos with an edge. Their work features strong visuals and stories that engage wit, evoke laugher and encourages you to rethink your sanity!
Normann is currently in post-production of upcoming films Until Death, The Missourian Candidate and Contact of Reality.
DIRECTOR STATEMENT: The fundamental goal in making Pipe Dream was to create an emotional experience. I wanted the emotions felt to be scattered across a widely diverse spectrum in a very short period of time. We have received mixed reactions with this film. Some are delighted, touched deeply and left hopeful — others claim to be terrified, traumatized, and left in tears.
Super Short Animation/Stop Motion Overall Category Winner
TITLE: POST NO BILLS
SYNOPSIS: On an urban city wall plastered with posters Noodle Boy must face his fears and make his way through a series of obstacles and challenges in order to save the beautiful Miss Fortune from the city’s clean up crew.
Director: Robiny Hays
Co-Director: Andy Poon
Producer: Robin Hays
Production Company: Play Media Ltd.
Screenplay Written by Robin Hays
Cinematography: Trent Opaloch
Editing: Luc Peralut
Art Director: Andy Poon
Sound: Jeff Davis
Original Music: Andrew Harris
Cast (Name of Actor & Character): Noodle Boy & Miss Fortune
Super Short Drama Overall Winner
TITLE: COLD IS MY BROTHER
SYNOPSIS: What are they up to now?...
"Troy Moth and Andrew Calderone are now in post-production on a broadcast length documentary about Canadian Right-to-Die activist John Hofsess who helped 8 Canadians end their lives before fleeing to Switzerland to have a physician-assisted death in the presence of the filmmakers."
Director: Troy Moth
Co-Director: Andrew Calderone
Writers: Troy Moth & Andrew Calderone
Producers: Troy Moth & Andrew Calderone
Super Short Screenplay Overall Winner
WRITER: Gregory Falatek
SYNOPSIS: An elderly man spends his days tending to his sick wife from within the confines of a hospital. The two share their last meal together in sadness and bliss as the woman passes away. The man spends the next week reminiscing on the beautiful life he got to spend with his best friend. He dies from a broken heart.
WRITER'S STATEMENT: This story is about broken heart syndrome. The beauty of spending your entire life with someone you love is too surreal for words. This short film examines the end of the road for an elderly couple. Death may be intimidating but finding someone to share the ride with is a truly amazing thing.
Micro Short Script Overall Winner
TITLE: Real-Time Denial
WRITER: Linda Hullinger
SYNOPSIS: After falling asleep while reading about doppelgangers, a young woman awakens to a horrific display on her security camera screen.
WRITER'S STATEMENT: I’m a published author and award-winning screenwriter, however, I had never written Super or Micro Short screenplays until I saw the Berlin Flash Film Festival’s listing. I decided to challenge myself and write one of each and enter the contest. When their season came to a close, I was thrilled to discover that I had placed in each category. Heather Nicole’s communication throughout the season has been enthusiastic, efficient, and very professional. I highly recommend this contest to those who are interested in writing short screenplays.
Super Short Horror/Thriller Overall Winner
SYNOPSIS: Dawns, a baby breaks silence (Amanece. Un bebé rompe el silencio.)
Director: Iván Sáinz-Pardo
Script: Iván Sáinz-Pardo
Starring: Josephine Ehlert, Roland von Kummant, Mia von Kummant
Music: Philipp Fabian Kölmel
DOP: Iván Sáinz-Pardo
Producer: Iván Sáinz-Pardo
IVAN SAINZ-PARDO (FILMOBIOGRAPHY)
Ivan holds a degree in film and television by the prestigious Munich Film School (HFF München). He works as director and screenwriter in film and advertising and also as Consultant Content in the international image stock company Framepool.
He has more than 200 Awards at film festivals around the world, an Academy Award (Oscar) pre-nomination, Deutscher Kurzfilmpreis nomination, and Best European Short Award at the International Fantasy Film Festival of Brussels.
He received also the "Shocking Shorts Award" for which he was invited for a film master at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.
His Screenplay "The Road of life" in cowriting with Juanjo Moscardó Ruis and Jorge Dorado was Finalist in Austin Film Festival 2016.
In the Notodofilmfest 2016 he won the Best Director Award. His short "SAVE" have already won more than 40 International Awards and more than 200 Official selections.
In International Film Festival of Gijón 2015, he won the Movistar+ Best Project Award for the screenplay of his new short Film "AINHOA".
"AINHOA" has won Awards in International Film festival in Aguilar de Campoo, Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, Torrelavega, Aguacate Film Festival, Astorga, Cortopatía, etc.
Micro Short Drone OverAll Winner
TITLE: Surf Session
Director/Producer: Kai Jonny Thue Venøy
Statement:The video was made in cooperation with X2-Festivalen and Høgskulen I Volda. This surf session was a part of the program of X2-Festivalen that is held in Volda yearly. Shooting location is at Runde, a small island where land meets the open Atlantic Ocean. In this area the weather is often bad and with the harsh rocks surrounding the island, this is a more extreme place to surf.
Micro Short Drama Overall Winner
Director: Justin Krul
Justin Krul grew up in Scheveningen Beach, The Netherlands remaking Hollywood hits from the early age of eight. After his studies to become a director and screenwriter, Justin Krul now creates his own beautiful short stories. From the script until the final edit, he captures some of our great inner questions. Questions everybody struggles with at some point in their lives. His films portrait themes like the fear of speaking your mind, breaking expectations and celebrating difference. By focussing on visual minimalism he makes the stories real, authentic and a little philosophic. As a director he embraces honesty, raw emotions, individual struggles and outspoken doubt about letting go of our fears to become who we really are. Something that’s not always easy, but it makes for beautiful stories to tell.
MICRO SHORT COMEDY OVERALL WINNER
SYNOPSIS: Confessions is a story settled in a small, quiet Italian town. Life goes on peaceful and quiet...sometimes too quietly. No crimes, no turn of events, no nothing! A group of lively retireè cannot accept that, and decide to find somethings new to revitalize their afternoons.
Director: Fred Cavallini
Writer: Fred Cavallini
Executive Producer: Fred Cavallini
Director of Photography: Alessandro Vardanega
Cameraman: Fabio Bruno
Editor: Fred Cavallini
Audio technician: Nicolas Calamari
Lead Cast: Francesca Esposito, Max De Pisapia, Laura Altobelli
Make up artist and costume designer: Chiara Romanato