The whole of Europe on the big screen - the short film selection

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Almost two months before the Filmfestival Münster once again gathers the film friends of Münster in the Schloßtheater, its heart, the short film competition, takes shape. The festival's viewing committee has now completed the screening of the 1,300 short films submitted and is compiling the programme.

For the first time this year, the competition has been extended from German-speaking countries to the whole of Europe. In order to make a mark in the year of the European elections, filmmakers from all European countries were invited to submit their films for Münster. And so the selection committee was able to examine more than twice as many short films as at the last festival in 2017.

However, a large proportion of them again came from German-speaking countries this year, followed by films from Italy and Great Britain. A total of short films from 35 European countries were submitted.

Even though all film genres will be represented, festival guests can look forward above all to short feature films, animations and documentaries. Whether live action or animated films - stories revolving around family, relationships and private life predominate in this festival edition. The films deal with current political developments in a rather spotlighted way.

Many filmmakers will be presenting their films in Münster for the first time this year, but numerous "repeat offenders" who remain associated with the art form of short film have also applied for the Filmfestival Münster. An old master of German animation film, the Ludwigsburg media professor Jochen Kuhn, will once again be competing this year with "Court Sketch Artist", a film in his concise handwriting, the festival organizers agree.

"When selecting the films, we were primarily looking for new and exciting ideas. We want to show films that amaze and surprise the audience," says Carsten Happe. And that's where he found Risna Olthuis, who runs the festival together with him, again this year.

Francesco Filippi's "Red Hands" is an exuberant animated film from Italy that alternates between several animation styles - and always finds the right form of expression for its two protagonists who are fleeing domestic violence together. The Dutch essay film "Above Us Only Sky" by Arthur Kleinjan covers a wide range from communist Czechoslovakia to John Lennon to the volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, but always remains a very personal story. "Penthesilea" by Maximilian Villwock, on the other hand, tells a fragile love story of two social outsiders in neon-soaked pictures full of enchanting beauty.

The audience can look forward to the 34 short films from 14 countries, which will be shown in six programme blocks in the Schloßtheater from 18 to 22 September. And their opinion is in demand, because in addition to the expert jury, the viewers will again choose their short film favourites.

"Above Us Only Sky" by Arthur Kleinjan