Short Tiger 2022 - Die Gewinner

Zum zwölften Mal vergab die gemeinsame Kurzfilminitiative von FFA und German Films den SHORT TIGER an die besten Kurzfilme für das Kino. Die fünf SHORT TIGER-Gewinner*innen erhalten ein zweckgebundenes Preisgeld von jeweils 5.000 Euro für neue Projekte und einen Vertrag mit einem Kurzfilmverleih, der die Filme schnell und unkompliziert ins Kino bringt. Zum zweiten Mal feierten die Filme ihre internationale Premiere mit den Filmen des NEXT GENERATION Programms im Rahmen des Filmfest Dresden im April 2022.


Animation ⸱ 4 min 25 sec ⸱ 2022 ⸱ no dialogue
REGIE & PRODUZENT Jonatan Schwenk
DREHBUCH Merlin Flügel, Jonatan Schwenk
KAMERA Jonatan Schwenk, Ferdinand Kowalke
ANIMATION Thalke Thyen, Max Mörtl, Anne Breymann, Marta Magnuska, Maria Teixeira, Jonatan Schwenk

In the dark swamps of a nocturnal forest, a group of gleaming axolotls is in heat, nuzzling and nibbling one another’s limbs. Soon a much larger, two-legged forest-dweller encounters the lustful group and reaches down to gobble one of the small shimmering creatures. His plump friends begin to partake as well and a feast begins. While dawn is slowly breaking, a cheerful game begins higher up in the branches.

JONATAN SCHWENK, born in 1987, is an independent filmmaker, animator, sound designer and storyboard artist currently based in Berlin. He graduated in Visual Communication from the University of Art and Design in Offenbach (HfG) and also was a guest student at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. He focuses on combining various animation techniques into hybrid forms. His films include the animated shorts SOG (2017), which screened at many international festivals and received awards such as the Annecy Cristal for a Graduation Film, as well as ZOON (2022), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.


Animated Documentary ⸱ 2021 ⸱ 4 min 39 sec ⸱ German with English subtitles
SOUND DESIGN Amparo Battaglia Lopez
MIT Otto Dov Kulka, Hans Hofmeyer, Stefan Baretzki
PRODUKTION University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

When Otto Dov Kulka was 11 years old and had to start the death march from Auschwitz to Groß-Rosen, he saw a prisoner lying with a broken leg on the orders of the defendant Baretzki who then probably shot him. Unlike this unknown prisoner, Kulka managed to escape death. Nineteen years later, he testified alongside 210 other Auschwitz survivors against 20 indicted former SS officials, participating in a trial that confronted the German people with their past and gave voice to silence.

JAKOB WERNER, born in 1994 in Bückeburg, studied Visual Design at the University of Applied Science in Potsdam from 2014-2021, focusing on Motion Design and Animation. He works as a freelance motion designer, illustrator and filmmaker.


Animation ⸱ 2 min 27 sec ⸱ 2021 ⸱ no dialogue
REGIE & DERHBUCH Kilian Armando Friedrich, Ann-Kathrin Jahn, Jonas Kleinalstede, Katharina Schnekenbühl, Paula Tschira
KAMERA Jonas Kleinalstede, Paula Tschira
MUSIC Kevin McLeod
PRODUZENT Christoffer Kempel
PRODUKTION Christoffer Kempel, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF)

Edgy lives in a world of blue blocks, but somehow he doesn’t seem to fit in.
photo © Christoffer Kempel

KILIAN ARMANDO FRIEDRICH studied Scenic Arts in Hildesheim and Fine Arts in Madrid from 2014-18. Since 2018, he has been studying Directing at the documentary department of the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). He works as a filmmaker and media educator.

ANN-KATHRIN JAHN, born in Stuttgart, studied Media Sciences and German Philology in Tübingen. Since 2018, she has been studying Scriptwriting at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). Her animated documentary short DIE SCHATTEN AUF MEINEM GESICHT won the LFK Media Award 2019. Her concepts for TV projects have been successful as well: CASH was awarded the ProSiebenSat.1 Mainstream Award 2019, MANNY UND DIE MAYERS won the Episode-1-Award for Serialized Storytelling in 2020.

JONAS KLEINALSTEDE, born in 1997 in Cloppenburg, worked as an intern in postproduction and on film sets. Since 2018, he has been studying Cinematography at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). He worked as a cinematographer for several scenic and fictional projects as well as music videos.

KATHARINA SCHNEKENBÜHL studied Philosophy at the LMU Munich and, since 2018, Directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). She directed the short films WUSSTET IHR, DAS STEINE (2019) and STROM (2020).

PAULA TSCHIRA was born in Bad Wörishofen. She earned a B.A. in Theater, Film and Media Studies in Vienna and worked in the camera departments of film productions. Since 2018, she has been studying Cinematography at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF) and shot several fiction and documentary shorts.