22.04. ‐ 27.04.2025
Regionaler Kurzfilm_Campus Geister

Regional short films I

Ali Zolghadriha, Carolin Glomp, Xiaoxuan Yu & Tianshu Yang, Lisa Legina, Oli Jess, Mario Pfeifer, Mayra Ebensen, Silvia Loose & Paula Wodniok, Ariana Gansuh, Julie Gaston, Oleksandra Krasavts

Frankfurt, Kassel, Mainz, Offenbach, Wiesbaden - aspiring and established filmmakers from all over Hesse and the Rhine-Main area compete in the regional short film competition to take home the coveted LICHTER-Bembel and 1,000 euros in prize money. Come celebrate short films with us through three programmes filled with masterful cinema.

Witness Bockenheim ghosts, a slightly different grandchild trick, unpleasant subway encounters, conversations about being an artist, waiting for the train, a reconstruction of the Oury Jalloh case, shadow plays, everyday father-daughter life, philosophizing about boredom and the knowledge that pickles make good projectiles.

Regional short films II: 19.04.2024, 17:30, Pupille - Kino in der Uni
Regional short films III: 19.04.2024, 20:15, Pupille - Kino in der Uni

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Direction Ali Zolghadriha, Carolin Glomp, Xiaoxuan Yu & Tianshu Yang, Lisa Legina, Oli Jess, Mario Pfeifer, Mayra Ebensen, Silvia Loose & Paula Wodniok, Ariana Gansuh, Julie Gaston, Oleksandra Krasavts
Country Germany, Canada
Year 2022-2024
Duration 92 min
Language German, English

CAMPUS GEISTER | Germany 2023 | Experimental | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 04:30 Min | Director: Ali Zolghadriha (collective work)

The location: Unicampus Bockenheim, Frankfurt. The condition: Abandoned and decaying. Once a place of art, music and maths. The student centre: a meeting place for the alternative scene. Anyone browsing through empty corridors full of graffiti and dark rooms today might wonder: is this place haunted? Campus Geister, a collective project of the Theatre, Film and Media Studies degree programme, investigates this question.

The "Campus Ghosts" project is a collective work by Goethe University students studying different subjects and programmes at the TFM Institute. The idea for the film was developed as part of the seminar "Das hat Format" led by Gunter Deller in the winter semester 2023/24.

SWEET SALLY | Canada 2023 | Feature film | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 04:29 Min | Director: Carolin Glomp

Suddenly, a stranger appears at the door of Annie, a 75-year-old lady who has just prepared afternoon tea. He claims to be a friend of her niece Sally and insists on being let in. Annie, worried about Sally, opens the door for him. This is a decision one person will soon regret.

After completing her film studies at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in 2019, Carolin Glomp worked in various areas of the film industry, specialising in directing and screenwriting. She is currently writing her debut film screenplay. The film was made during a stay abroad in Vancouver, Canada.

STARREN | Germany 2023 | Animation | German premiere | Length: 05:43 Min | Director: Xiaoxuan Yu & Tianshu Yang

If looks could kill ... Many people know what it's like to be scrutinised and observed in everyday situations, such as on the underground, and to feel how glances travel along the body. The animated film Staring tells what this feels like sensitively and vividly - and in such a way that it gets under your skin.

The 2D animation short film is a graduation project at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Tianshu Yang & Xiaoxuan Yu both studied graphic design in China. They have been studying and living in Kassel since 2017.

EINES KÜNSTLERS WEGLEIN | Germany 2023 | Documentation | Length: 10:00 Min | Director: Lisa Legina

What does she want to express with her art? What role, if any, does her Jewish identity play? These are questions that director Lisa Legina deals with. The most important thing is what happens to you during the creative process, says painter Oded Netivi. A studio discussion from artist to artist. Eines Künstlers Weglein is a delicate, sensitive film that inspires you to pick up a pen, brush or camera yourself.

Since beginning her Motion Pictures studies at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in 2022, Lisa Legina's style and themes have evolved. Her first documentary film "Eines Künstlers Weglein" opened up a new way of artistic expression that she has pursued in her art ever since.

ZWISCHENZEIT | Germany 2024 | Feature film | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 12:12 Min | Director: Oli Jess

Waiting for the train. Who hasn't experienced it? It often has no consequences apart from the inconvenience of delays. Sometimes, however, unexpected encounters occur during these lost periods, the consequences of which are difficult to predict. Zwischenzeit tells the story of one such encounter.

The tranquil railway station in Ober-Ramstadt in southern Hesse served as the filming location. Clara Neun (screenplay & camera) and Oli Jess (director) are students at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

CELL 5 – A RECONSTRUCTION | Germany 2023 | Documentation | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 30:00 Min | Director: Mario Pfeifer

On 7 January 2005, Oury Jalloh burns to death with his hands and feet bound in a cell at Dessau police station. Cell 5 - A Reconstruction is a forensic investigation into his death. The film takes "an unbiased stance and presents the events without moral prejudice. This approach allows the reverberations of the shock to go far beyond the immediate action and draw attention to the spectre of structural racism, which has its roots deep in society," writes the jury of the Hessian Film Prize in its citation for the Best Short Film Award, which was presented to Zelle 5 in October 2023.

Director Mario Pfeifer studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. The main shooting of Zelle 5 - Eine Rekonstruktion took place in Babenhausen, Hesse. The short film was awarded the Hessian Film Prize in October 2023.

SCHATTENSPIEL | Germany 2023 | Animation | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 04:20 Min | Director: Mayra Ebensen, Silvia Loose & Paula Wodniok

Being alone in the face of darkness - that's not nice. Schattenspiel shows how one's own creativity can be a bright light against fear and overpowering dark forces. How big can the monster behind the curtain be?

Mayra Ebensen was born and raised in Frankfurt and gained valuable experience at Schauspiel Frankfurt. Since 2022, she has been studying visual effects at the University of Television and Film in Munich together with Silvia Loose and Paula Wodniok. Schattenspiel is her first animated film.

AAV (FATHER) | Germany 2023 | Feature film | World premiere | Length: 11:48 Min | Director: Ariana Gansuh

During the school holidays, little Mika helps her father clean Frankfurt's apartment blocks to be close to him. Since the death of his wife, her father has withdrawn. Mika buys his daily beer with a tattered power of attorney and admires the golden stumbling blocks as he sweeps them, without realising what they mean. We experience two days in the life of a child, between being an adult and being a child. A life full of small, intimate moments of happiness, but also of confrontations with everyday racism.

Ariana Gansuh is an actress and author who lives in Frankfurt. Aav (Father) is her debut short film as a director.

A THEORY OF BOREDOM (DUNYALAND) | Germany 2022 | Experimental | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 09:07 Min | Director: Julie Gaston

Five peculiar visitors of Dunyaland express their inner void. Meanwhile, a contemporary Alice stands at the rim of the rabbit hole, wondering what she may find if she jumps in. Dunyaland is an experimental exploration of boredom and an invitation to look within.

Julie Gaston is an artist, actress, performer, film director, storyteller and founder and creative director of Les Gastons Film. Dunyaland is the result of a collaborative effort, realised with resources and talents from the region who have brought their unique skills to the project.

СОЛІННЯ (PICKLES) | Germany 2023 | Animation | Rhein-Main-Premiere | Length: 03:19 Min | Director: Oleksandra Krasavtseva

March 2022: images of destruction from Ukraine shake the world. Among them, a small ray of hope, a moment of cheerfulness: an old lady fights back. From her balcony, she throws a jar of pickled cucumbers at a drone: direct hit, total damage. Pickles takes on the modern heroic story with loving animation.

Oleksandra Krasavtseva grew up in Kyiv, Ukraine, and has been studying visual communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel since 2018. Her short film Pickles, which is about events in her home country, was created there.

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