SECTION: U18 Youth Film Competition

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The U18 Youth Film Competition shows current full-length and medium-length feature films that deal with the situation of young people. The thematic spectrum goes far beyond the genre of the classic coming-of-age film. The films show how young people try to find their place in the world, fight with fears, experiment with life plans.

The prize for the best youth film is awarded in the U18 Youth Film Competition.

Sweat

Sweat

Sweat

Magnus von Horn
Poland, Sveden / 2020 / 105 min
An influencer in crisis. Radiant blonde hair, slim figure and stylish outfits; Sylwia is a great role model for many. But when she posts a video in which, crying, she confesses her loneliness to her 600,000 followers, the image of the relaxed, cool ...
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Otto the Barbarian

Otto the Barbarian

Otto Barbarul

Ruxandra Ghitescu
/ 2020 / 110 min
An intimate portrait of a stubborn individual out of control. Teenage punk Otto tries to fill the void left by his girlfriend's suicide. Friends, parents and social worker Costin struggle to get through to him. Instead, silence and violent outbursts ...
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Interstate 8

Interstate 8

Interstate 8

Anne Thieme
Germany, USA / 2019 / 15 min
For a German girl in the American South an outing with a couple of boys ends differently than hoped. Yet an episode that ends with a scare for her proves a never-ending nightmare for her companion in misfortune.
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Tell Her

Tell Her

SKAZHI YEY

Aleksandr Molochnikov
Russia / 2020 / 94 min
Russia at the end of the nineties: despite the problems in wider society, maths teacher Artyom and his wife Sveta live happily together with their son Sasha in St. Petersburg. Then however Sveta has an affair with an American that fundamentally ...
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Nothing More Perfect

Nothing More Perfect

Nothing More Perfect

Teresa Hoerl
Germany / 2019 / 87 min
Maya is 16 and longs for death. Or even more for the idea of it. So that she might at least once stir everyone up, get everyone's attentions, even when the price is life itself. She is yet to go further than flowery self-filmed goodbye messages on a ...
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I am the Sea

I am the Sea

Ben Bir Denizim

Umut Evirgen
/ 2020 / 75 min
A heartbreaking tragedy about the powers of love. The 20-year-old Deniz collects waste paper. In contrast to the Syrian refugees, he always returns empty-handed. For this he is insulted by his father. An encounter with the mysterious Nisan changes ...
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Mr. Janek

Mr. Janek

Pan Janek

Maja Dachtera, Natalia Sulikowska
Poland / 2020 / 3 min
The caretaker: lord of the expanses of the storage rooms.  Yet also a quite remarkable magician.
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18 Kilohertz

18 Kilohertz

18 Kilohertz

Farkhat Sharipov
/ 2020 / 88 min
18 kilohertz. A frequency that adults cannot hear. When however a thirst for freedom and the temptation of youth collide with the drug scene, every note seems to miss the mark. A Kazakh take on “We Children from Zoo Station”.
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Somebody should do something

Somebody should do something

Elvis & Onerva

Mikael Syrjälä
/ 2019 / 65 min
It was actually love at first sight between Onerva and Elvis. Until he brags about the great sex with her that never actually happened. A lie that spreads like wildfire. Lockers and changing rooms as a meeting point; these motifs, so well known from ...
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Aylin

Aylin

Aylin

Ozan Yoleri
Turkey / 2019 / 19 min
Her best friend? Twelve-year-old Irmak looks up to the older Aylin. But Aylin moves away with her boyfriend. The days of this friendship between girls are over. A portrait of a farewell. Language: Original with English and German subtitles supporting ...
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Kher. Home

Kher. Home

Kher. Dom

Kalina Gawrysiak
Poland / 2020 / 20 min
A forgotten love letter from the 1960s brings back memories; of a great love which was doomed to fail by history.
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Boiskowy Art Brut

Boiskowy Art Brut

Boiskowy Art Brut

Daniel Mirończyk-Leśnia
Poland / 2020 / 10 min
A young woman collapses at a party. The story of that day, told backwards: a drinking session, dancing to techno, pop some pills, a poem recitation at school, a kick-about on the football field.
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