Short Film Competition Program I

Fabiu (AUT 2020 – 30:00 min – D: Stefan Langthaler)
God Dress You (IT 2020 – 15:00 min – D: Mattia Epifani)
Obervogelgesang (GER 2020 – 06:22 min – D: Ferdinand Ehrhardt & Elias Weinberger)
Smallrats (GER 2021 – 20:10 min – D: Lisa Miller)
Adisa (GER 2021 – 29:16 min – D: Simon Denda)
One for the Road (GB 2020 – 15:54 min – D: Eileen Tracey)


Austria 2020 – 30:00 min – Director: Stefan Langthaler

Arthur takes care of his seriously ill wife and has a hard time accepting outside help. Fabiu, a male nurse from Hungary, is no exception. But soon, the old and the young man enter into a kind of friendship – that is, however, always on the verge of failing. A story about prejudice and trust.

Biography Stefan Langthaler

Stefan Langthaler was born in Vienna in 1987. From 2008 to 2013 he studied screenwriting and directing at Filmcollege Vienna. He was accepted into the script development program “scriptLAB fiction” of the Drehbuchforum Wien and worked as a guest director at Burgtheater and Kammerspiele Wien. For the screenplay of Fabiu, he has received the prestigious Thomas Pluch Screenplay Award.


2020 Fabiu
2018 Sargis
2013 Alone

© Georg Weiss



Italy 2020 – 15:00 min – Director: Mattia Epifani

Father Athanasius is a young Orthodox monk who lives in a monastery perched in the mountains of Greece. Immersed in an austere life, made of age-old rites, prayers and great silences, Father Athanasius cultivates an irrefutable passion for luxury and high fashion. His conduct is impeccable, but everything changes when he decides to make a video selfie in the secrecy of his room.

Biography Mattia Epifani

Mattia Epifani was born in Lecce in 1985. Since 2010, he has been working as a director. In 2011, Epifani directed the awarded documentary Rockman. In 2015, Epifani directed The Successor, which was selected for several major international festivals. In 2020, he directed the short film God dress youwhich was screened as part of the international competition of Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF.


2020 God Dress You
2018 Et in terra pacis
2015 Il successore



Germany 2020 – 06:22 min – Director: Ferdinand Ehrhardt & Elias Weinberger

A teenage girl discovers a right-wing graffiti on the train. She is angry and gets all worked up about her accusations. This graphic novel is a clever contemplation of everyday resistance and the associated powerlessness in facing extreme right-wing tendencies. 

Biography Ferdinand Ehrhardt & Elias Weinberger

Ferdinand Ehrhardt was born in 1999 and grew up in Dresden. He worked on the film Sealandwhich won the audience award at the 31st Filmfestival Dresden. This project was realized during his year as part of the Greenhouse Production Team in Dresden. In 2018, he began studying animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg.

Elias Weinberger was born near Passau in 1998. In Munich, he worked at YouKnow GmbH for a few months and created storyboards for explainer films. After being accepted at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 2018, he started working freelance as a story artist and began producing short films as part of his studies.



2019 Im Wind

2018 Unter Druck

© Hendrik Stöhle



Germany 2021 – 20:10 min – Director: Lisa Miller

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Leipzig, 2019, Election Night. Roy raves his anger away after the neo-fascist party landslide victory and wakes up with a massive hangover. Monday shows him no mercy and an odyssey starts, taking him from strange encounters in the employment office to fights with neo-Nazis from his troubled past.

Biography Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller studied Art and Visual Media in Madrid and London and has since worked as a director and screenwriter. Her debut film Landrauschenwon the Max Ophüls Prize for Best Film in 2018. In 2020, she realized the first fictional web series 2 Minutesfor the ARD Mediathek, commissioned by MDR. She is currently developing various series projects and her own film projects.


2021 Smallrats
2020 2 Minuten
2018 Landrauschen

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© Hannes Kemper



Germany 2021 – 29:16 min – Director: Simon Denda

EU representative Susanne travels North Kenya. She campaigns humanitarian aid on site, but her possibilities are limited – not least due to official protocols. A tragic accident makes this predicament abundantly clear. A political film that calls upon humanity.

Biography Simon Denda

After several years as best boy and gaffer in the industry, Simon improved his directing skills at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Since then, he has directed many award-winning short films and commercials. He is known for his ability to combine creativity and technology and to tell heartwarming but also questioning stories.


2016 Das eigene Scheitern
2014 Unter die Erde
2013 Mann gegen Mann

© Holger Jungnickel


Great Britain 2020 – 15:54 min – Director: Eileen Tracey

Inspired by true events, ONE FOR THE ROAD follows Ceri, one of the last remaining residents of a seaside village that has been given an expiration date. For years, she saw the coastal defences of Penporth crumble under the ever-rising sea, until the local government finally decided to abandon her hometown. With the help of her grown daughter Erin, Ceri is forced to pack up her whole life: her home, her business, and a family history that is deeply rooted in the place she is about to lose.

Biography Eileen Tracey

Eileen Tracey is a Northern Irish / South African filmmaker. She studied visual arts before moving into film distribution at Studiocanal and Lionsgate. Her graduation film, The Secret Life of Marionettes, has been featured on the BBC Arts website since its debut. In 2019, she began an MA in Directing Fiction at Goldsmiths, University of London.


2021 One for The Road
2020 Till Death Do Us Part
2015 Pretty Beasts
2015 Four Walls

© Jonathas Nazareth