sehsüchte addresses budding filmmakers from all over the world and is put out internationally at film and art schools. Students as well as amateur filmmakers are invited to submit their films. The selected films are then organised into different sections for the festival, according to their type and genre.
The international competition is divided into three categories: Feature film, Documentary and Animation. Along with that many more films are shown in the regular program, outside of the competition. The Feature film and Documentary sections each offer two awards: Best long film and best short film (under 30 minutes). Another award is the “best actor” award. The winners of the best camera award and best editing award are chosen by the documentary film and the feature film jury together.
Further categories are Children‘s film, Producer‘s award, Focus and Music video. The work of authors and project developers is prized with the Author‘s award and the pitch!. We have already begun receiving our first submissions for 2012. The prizes awarded in 2011 had a grand value of 49,000 Euro.
The numerous international nominations and awards of films from the sehsüchte program underline the festival‘s high quality selection of films. Three of the sehsüchte films were awarded the student oscar in the year of our 40th anniversary: The film "Raju“ won the bronze student oscar in the category of "Foreign Student Film“, the producer Stefan Gieren won sehsüchte‘s producer‘s award. "Tuba Atlantic“ by Hallwar Witzø won the same prize in gold and an honorary mention at sehsüchte. Julian Higgin‘s "Thief“ won gold for "Narrative“.
We congratulate the award winners and hope to see them again, at sehsüchte 2012!