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SHORT FILM AWARDS:
Jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking were presented at a ceremony in Park City on January 24.
The Short Film Jury Award: Animation was presented to: Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck / Germany (Directors: Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl, Screenwriters: Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch).
The Short Film jurors were costume designer and wardrobe stylist Shirley Kurata, comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt and filmmaker David Lowery. The Short Film program is presented by YouTube.
Gabriele Stötzer and Birgit Willschütz were political inmates at Hoheneck Castle, the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. Their story is one of overcrowded cells, despotic hierarchies, ruthless everydays, and the enduring effects of incarceration. Most of all, however, it is about the crushing pressure of forced labour. Prisoners at Hoheneck manufactured millions of pantyhose, bed sheets, and other products for West German retailers, bringing enormous profits to both sides of the Iron Curtain.
Part of the young animadoc tradition, the seven-minute film pairs original audio interview extracts with abstract, monochrome animation.
Direction: Volker Schlecht and Alexander Lahl.
Research and script: Max Moench.
Animation and design: Volker Schlecht.
Sound and music: Hannes Schulze.
Interviews with: Birgit Willschuetz and Gabriele Stoetzer.
Funded by the Federal Foundation for the Study of the communist dictatorship in Eastern Germany and by the Saxon Memorial Foundation.
Grand Prix at 23rd Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film
Special Award of the jury at Animafest Zagreb 2016
Shortfilm Award at Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Schwerin
Audience Award at Berliner Kurzfilmrolle 2016
Audience Award and Judges Award at Melbourne International Animation Festival (animated documentary program)
Best Short Documentary at Calgary International Film Festival 2016
Finalist at Manhattan Short 2016
Special Mention of the jury at Filmfest Dresden 2016
One of 70 contenders for an Oscar Nomination 2017 in the Animated Shorts category