10.05. ‐ 15.05.2022

The LICHTER Art Award

The LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International has been celebrating independent local and international filmmaking since its beginning in 2008. Alongside annual competitions of short and feature films, the festival presents a quality program on international contemporary video art.

Curated by Saul Judd since 2010, the visual arts section started with the exhibition “stimulus kino – subliminal cinema,” focusing on the use of cinematic reference as a strategic technique in (and of) contemporary art. Among the participants of this first edition were Mike Bouchet, artist from New York now based in Frankfurt, and Keren Cytter, born in Israel, based in New York. Both Cytter and Bouchet had formerly been represented at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.

An international jury chooses five finalists whose works will be shortlisted and exhibited during the LICHTER Filmfest. The winner, also appointed by the jury, will be honored with the LICHTER Art Award, a prize endowed with 1,000 Euro.

In 2011 the LICHTER Art Award was founded, inviting artists from all over the world to participate in an international competition which is part of the LICHTER FILMFEST FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL. The award aims to showcase exceptional artistic works in the contemporary field of video art and film. An international jury chooses five finalists whose works will be shortlisted and exhibited during the festival. The winner will be honored with the LICHTER Art Award, a prize endowed with 1,000 Euros.

In 2011 Luciana Lamothe (ARG) was recognized for her outstanding piece “Caja Tarro Silla Marco,” in 2012 Oliver Husain (D/C) won the award for his installation “Dear What’s Your Face”, in 2013 John Skoog (S/D) won for his film “Sent på Jorden”, in 2014 Bertrand Flanet (F/D) won with his installation "Unmanned Distances", in 2015 Jonathan van Essche (B) won with his film "Second of August", in 2016 James N. Kienitz Wilkins (USA) won with his film "B-Roll with Andre", in 2017 Tobi Sauer (D) won with his video work “Simba in New York”, in 2018 Jakob Engel (D) with his work „Waiting for record“ the winner, 2019 won Andrew de Freitas (CDN/BRA) for his video work „WEIGHT“, 2020 won Florencia Levy (ARG) for her 4 channel video installation "Lugar fósil / Fossil place" and in 2021 the art collective Frankfurter Hauptschule (D) won for their video work MOTOR.

LAA21 / The 11. LICHTER Art Award online ceremony. The nominees: Julia Kater and Guilherme Peres (BRA), Tara Knuutila (CDN) and Dudu Quintanilha (BRA/D). Will Fredo (PT/D) and the winner wich was the art collective Frankfurter Hauptschule (D) are not on the picture. Jury members: Carina Bukuts, Jeremy Shaw and Saul Judd. Photo: Gabriel Lutz ©2021

11. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2021:

Will Fredo (P/D) - SHTV - Sexual Healers TV, 2020

Frankfurter Hauptschule (D) - MOTOR, 2020  - Winner

Julia Kater und Guilherme (BR) - Anos de noite / Jahre der Nacht, 2020

Tara Knuutila (CND)- Little Women 2, 2020

Dudu Quintanilha (BR/D)- video about, 2020

10. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2020:

Vanessa Gravenor (D/CDN) This Weapon Drags Like a Boomerang, 2019

Constantin Hartenstein (D) NARC, 2019

Florencia Levy (ARG) Lugar fósil / Fossil place, 2019 - Winner

Pol Merchan (E/D) Pirate Boys, 2018

Maria Molina Peiró (E/NL) The Sasha, 2018

LAA19 / Saul Judd, Endre Aalrust, the winner Andrew de Freitas, jury members Christina Lehnert and Tamara Grcic (f.l.t.r.) © Photo by Semir Ben Ajili

9. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2019:

Endre Aalrust (NOR/D), Dear Deer, 2018 

Zanny Begg (AUS) The Beehive, 2018

Andrew de Freitas (CDN/BR), WEIGHT, 2018 - winner 

Natasha A. Kelly (DE) Milli's Awakening, 2018

Lisa Kori (USA), Three Minute Eggs, 2018 

LAA18 / jury member Sergey Harutoonian, the winner Jonathan Engel, finalists Ingel Vaikla, Gregorn Zahn and Saul Judd (f.l.t.r.).

8. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2018:

Nikita Diakur (RU/DE), Ugly, 2017

Jakob Engel (DE), Waiting for Record, 2017 - winner 

Martin Kohout (CZ/DE) Slides, 2017

Ingel Vaikla (EE/BE), Roosenberg, 2017 

Gerald Zahn (A) Die Galerie /The Gallery, 2017

LAA17 / ceremony (f.l.t.r.): Saul Judd, Luzie Meyer, the winner Tobi Sauer, Fritz Laszlo Weber, jury member Olaf Stüber, Holger Jens, Stefan Ramírez Pérez. Photo by Avi Dehlinger © 2017

7. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2017:

Holger Jenss (D), Last Chance Junction, 2016

Luzie Meyer (D), The Balcony, 2016

Stefan Ramírez Pérez (D), AS MUCH AS ANYONE, 2016

Tobi Sauer (D), Simba in New York, 2016 - winner

Fritz Laszlo Weber (D), making waves,,, unmastered, 2016

LAA16 / jury member Fabian Schöneich, the winner James N. Kienitz Wilkins, finalists Sita Scherer & Tina Schönfelder and Saul Judd (f.l.t.r.).

6. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2016:

Zanny Begg,( AUS), 1001Nights, 2015

Fabiano Mixo (BR/G), WOMAN WITHOUT MANDOLIN, 2015

Yalitsa Riden (CAN), Shoreline, 2015

Sita Scherer and Tina Schönfelder (D), Ansichten, 2015 

James N. Kienitz Wilkins (USA), B-ROLL with Andre, 2015 - winner 

LAA15 / The opening evening of the LICHTER Art Award 2015: Finalists Mandy Krebs, Ayla Pierrot Arendt, Anna Zett, the winner Jonathan Van Essche and the team Saul Judd, Alla Poppersoni and Simon Schmidt (f.l.t.r.).

5. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2015:

Ayla Pierrot Arendt (D), GESPIELIN, 2014

Jonathan Van Essche (B), The Second of August, 2014 - winner

Mandy Krebs (D), Heritage Creek, 2014 

Alina Vasilchenko (RUS), I Like Going To Pet Stores, 2014 

Anna Zett (D), This Unwieldy Object, 2014

LAA14 / Saul Judd, the winner Bertrand Flanet and jury members Karola Gramann and Peter Gorschlüter at VAU. Photo by Avi Dehlinger © 2014

4. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2014:

Clémentine Coupau (F), Louve, 2013 

Andrew de Freitas (NZ/ CDN), Fuckmeadows, 2013

Bertrand Flanet (F/D), Unmanned Distances, 2013 - winner 

Murray Gaylard (ZA/D), Drinking Tea in Russia, 2013

Luiz Roque (BR), Ano Branco, 2013

LAA13 / jury members Felix Ruhöfer and Saul Judd and the LICHTER Art Award winner John Skoog. Photo by Avi Dehlinger © 2013.

3. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2013:

Etienne de France (F), Tales of Sea Cow, 2012

Jennifer Gelardo (USA) and Iván Robles Mendoza (CHILE), translate : skepticism, 2013

Lena Grewenig (D), l'oeil/das Auge, 2012

Henrike Naumann (D), Triangular Stories, 2012 

 John Skoog (S/D), Sent på Jorden, 2011 - winner

LAA12 / award ceremony with the finalist Yuki Kishino, Clemens Wilhelm, Young Joo Lee, Sabine loew and the jurors Mike Bouchet, Saul Judd, Sophie von Olfers and the parents of the winner Oliver Susain  (who was not present) (f.l.t.r.).

2. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2012

Oliver Husain (D/CA), Dear What´s Your Face, 2010 - winner 

Yuki Kishino, (JAP), The distance between one and another, 2012

Young Joo Lee (KOR), EXPOSURE (The Twins), 2012

Sabine Loew, (D), Maikäfer flieg!, (D), 2006-12

Clemens Wilhelm (D), READ ME, 2011

LAA11 / far left: Luciana Lamothe, the winner of the 1st LICHTER Art Award. Far right Jurors Saul Judd and Matthias Ulrich / photo by Jean Wlodarski © 2011

1. LICHTER Art Award nominees / 2011:

Mario Asef (ARG/D), Börsianer/The Operators, 2009

Luciana Lamothe (ARG) Caja Tarro Silla Marco, 2011 - winner 

Hanna Hildebrand (CH/D), A Party With a Purpose, 2009

Jessica Sehrt (D), RealiTies, 2010

Rebecca Ann Tess (D), A Crime must be committed, 2010