Final whistle for the 13th 11mm International Film Festival

Thursday, 24 March 2016

The French short film Sur la touche wins the shortkicks competition; the German documentary Zweikämpfer voted the people's favorite.

The thirteen edition of the 11mm International Football Film Festival came to its conclusion on Monday evening with the handing out of the awards and the shortkicks gala. After five days that contained more than 70 short and feature-length films, international guests and enthusiastic audiences, the main cinema at Babylon Mitte was once again nearly sold out for the gala.

The winner of the shortkicks competition was the French entry Sur la touche (Hortense Gélinet), which made its Germany premiere at the festival. This witty look at the role of football in a couple's relationships garnered the most points from the shortkicks jury. Second place went to Padres Hooligans (Spain, world premiere; Alba Gómez, Alba Cid, Sarah Zelich) while Twelfth Man (Britain, Duane Hopkins) took third.

Moderated by Shelly Kupferberg, the competition pitted nine short football films against one another. The winner was chosen by the illustrious 11mm shortkicks jury, which this year included World Cup and European Championship winner Ariane Hingst, World Cup winner Thomas Berthold, actors Eva Löbau and Heiko Pinkowski, and Hertha Berlin defender Sebastian Langkamp.

The gala also saw the people's choice award for feature-length films, the Golden 11, went to the German documentary Zweikämpfer by director Mehdi Benhadj-Djilali. The moving portrait of out-of-work football professionals wondering what to do next in life conquered the hearts of audiences. Benhadj-Djilali, a Berlin native, accepted the prize together with his protagonist Nico Frommer from Wolfsburg defender Naldo.

Second place in the popular vote went to the documentary film Im Derbydreieck by Milan Skrobanek, while third also went to a German documentary Es war Liebe - ein Porträt über ein Leben für den Fußball by Steffen Kuttner, which focuses on the former Union Berlin and Dynamo Dresden fan favorite Cristian Fiél.


The 11mm prize winner:

1st prize People's choice for the best feature-length film: Zweikämpfer by Mehdi Benhadj-Djilali - Germany, 2016
2nd place: Im Derbydreieck by Milan Skrobanek - Germany, 2015
3rd place: Es war Liebe - ein Porträt über ein Leben für den Fußball by Steffen Kuttner - Germany, 2015

shortkicks jury 1st prize: Sur la touche by Hortense Gélinet - France, 2015 
2nd place: Padres Hooligans by Alba Gómez, Alba Cid, Sarah Zelic - Spain, 2015
3rd place: Twelfth Man by Duane Hopkins - Britain, 2015

The 11mm shortkicks-jury: Ariane Hingst (former German national, World Cup and European Championship winner), Thomas Berthold (former German national, 1990 World Cup winner), Eva Löbau (actor), Heiko Pinkowski (actor), Sebastian Langkamp (Hertha Berlin defender), Raphael Brinkert (Jung von Matt/sports), Franz W. Albers (Robert Bosch Foundation);

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