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2008 - movies & stills


“movies & stills 2008“ is an international HD short film competition, for which entries were invited both from media academies as well as from film academies and film universities and was, therefore, primarily aimed at young media artists and young film makers. The focus was on HD clips and their visualisation in powerfully expressive single images (stills). Students, graduates and freelancers are invited to participate, collaborations were welcome, but not mandatory. “movies & stills 2008” was open to all topics; the closing date for entries was 31st March 2008.


Conditions for Participation

To be admitted, clips had to be submitted on data media in HD format together with one to maximum four hardcopy stills in DIN A4 format as well as a high-quality data file. They had to sho powerfully expressive motifs from the clip and served as a focal point of the film presentation. It was decisive that the relationship between the single image and the film presentation, both in terms of content and form, became evident.


1. Clip/short film on data medium (max. 5 min.)

2. HD formats (16:9) 1080p/720p (Codecs: MPEG-2/H.264) as MOV, WMV or AVI.

  (Exception for the competition 2008: progressive SD formats as MOV, WMV or AVI also admitted)

3. Brief description/Exposé (max. one A4 page)
4. Still(s) in file format 70x40 cm/300 dpi and as A4 printout per image

5. Biography incl. exibition listing / filmography

6. Stamped and addressed envelope for return posting


1. Claudia Herbst, Pratt Institute / New York (www.pratt.edu) Associate Professor / Department of Digital Arts

2. Prof. Dr. Bernhardt Eberhardt, Hochschule der Medien / Stuttgart (www.hdm-stuttgart.de)
Professor for Audiovisual medias, Computeranimation

3. Thomas Henke, media artist / Berlin (www.innervoice-medien.de)


The contributions submitted were evaluated in the category “Movies” and “Stills” and the prizes were awarded in the summer of 2008. On this occasion, the best three movies received prizes amounting to a total of 6,000 euro. The three best stills received from the Videor Art Foundation a purchase guarantee to the value of 500 euro each and were exhibited together with the stills of the award winners 4 - 10 at “Basis” (www.basis-frankfurt.de).

Category “Movies”
1. Prize - 3.000,- Euro
2. Prize - 2.000,- Euro
3. Prize - 1.000,- Euro

Category "Stills"
1-3. Prize - Purchase of file at the price of 500 euro
4-10. Prize - Participation in the exhibition