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Event Gives Emerging Talent Showcase at Cannes

Germany has some of the best film schools in the world and during Cannes the work of some of its students will be showcased under the banner Next Generation Short Tiger 2014.

Martin Scheuring of German Films, which organizes the program with the German Federal Film Board (FFA), says invitees to the event will include festival programmers, producers, distributors, sales agents and film funds reps. “We’d like to give the international industry a chance to spot young talents very early in their careers,” he says.

The 14 films were selected by a jury that included director Caroline Link, who says the judges “were surprised how varied and multifaceted young filmmakers express themselves and their vision of today’s world through their work.”

One Next Generation participant is Ilker Catak, who attends Hamburg Media School and presents “Where We Are.” (pictured) Catak, who is prepping his first feature, is keen to stress the importance of scriptwriting. “The foundation for everything is a brilliant screenplay, and fearless companions who believe in it,” he says.

Two Tiger winners, David Gesslbauer and Michael Lange’s experimental film “(Null)” and animation “High Wool,” directed by Moritz Mugler and Nikolai Maderthoner, come from the same school, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. The school has built up a strong international reputation, especially for animation, visual effects and digital post-production.

Its student films have won Visual Effects Society awards, and the school has been a feeder to Scanline and other visual effects companies.

Another Tiger prize winner was Erik Schmitt, the director of “Telecommander.” He says he is looking forward to his Cannes Film Festival experience. “Cannes is the place where everybody comes with at least one idea in their suitcase, so it becomes a place of inspiration and exchange,” he says.

The other two winners were “At the Door,” helmed by Miriam Bliese of the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB), and “The Storyteller,” directed by Milan Ruben Kappen of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

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