Graduate success at Potsdam International Student Film Festival
By Alice Ross
The Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival held in Potsdam is the biggest student film festival in Europe and a major event on the German film festival calendar. It showcases work from the best young filmmakers studying on accredited programmes around the world. Winners from the festival in the past have gone on to win Student Oscars.
Due to the prestigious nature of this festival internationally, we were thrilled when Met Film School BA graduate Assaf Machnes film Auschwitz on my Mindwon the Best Short Film Award, beating hundreds of entries from around the world.
Assaf’s film tells the story of an Israeli teenage boy, trying to win the affection of a girl in his class at school, while they both travel round Poland on a school trip visiting Holocaust memorials and death camps.
The festival jury said:
“From a German and Israeli perspective the concept of the film is fresh, true and important. The film tells a tender love story in the setting of breaking a taboo. Still, dignity and respect towards the holocaust are preserved. The thin line between tragedy and comedy is not crossed, but masterly and respectfully realised. A theme that has been touched many times is set into a new light, somehow normalised and positioned refreshingly different through its human perspective. Of prime importance is the intensive exchange of glances between the two protagonists.”
Photo: Auschwitz on my Mind
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