VKRATZE! Days of Russian and German short films were established in Volgograd Region in 2013, thanks to international cooperation of several cultural actors: the Agency for Cultural Initiatives, participants of “Cultural Managers in the Russian Federation” program by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Goethe Institute Anne-Kathrin Topp, Barbara Anna Bernsmeier and other partners. Our project goes on for 8 years, adopting new formats and becoming the point of attraction for regional creators as well as the platform for filmmakers, video artists and festivals from Russia, Germany and the rest of the world. Festival screenings took place at Spinnerei youth culture center in Munich (2014) and in numerous Russian cities. Since 2018, VKRATZE! focuses on providing education platforms for children and film education platforms for Volgograd audience. In 2019, in Cooperation with Young Talents Foundation and under support of the Presidential Grants Fund, the project evolved into an international film festival, a large-scale cultural and educational project for local communities and filmmakers from many countries.
The Main Program:
Best Film Award (1st place), Best Screenplay – Freigang / Day Release (Deutschland, 2019, Martin Winter). Fiction, 35:00.
The 2nd place – Der Transport / Cargo (Deutschland, 2019, Christina Tournatzés). Fiction, 35:00.
The 3rd place – Die Tochter / My Daughter (directed by Falk Schuster, Max Mönch, Alexander Lahl). Documentary, animation. 6:32.
The Special Jury Mention – Paradise Spoiled (Russia, Iana Osman, 2019). Experimental. 14:52.
The Best Actress – Anna Suk (Freigang – Deutschland, 2019)
The Best Actor – Ovanes Torosyan (Der Transport – Deutschland, 2019)
The Children’s (Family) Program:
The Best Film Dreams Dreams (India, 2019, Athithya Kanagarajan). Fiction. 9:39
The 2nd place – The Witch & the Baby (Russia, Evgenia Golubeva, 2019). Animation. 4:45.
The 3rd place – Boje (Deutschland, 2019, Andreas Cordes, Robert Köhler). Fiction. 10:00.
The Special Jury Mention – Give it back! (Israel, 2019, Ruchama Ehrenhalt). Fiction. 14:14.
The Best Actress – Ora Knapel (Give it back! – Israel, 2019)
The Best Actor – Dilip (Dreams – India, 2019)
The Curators Special Award – Hello, my dears (Russia, 2019, Sasha Vasiliev). Animation. 4:30.
The Viewer’s Choice Award – Moscow-Vladivostok Vladivostok (Russia, 2019, Ivan Sosnin,). Fiction. 18:35.