The Jury Work in Hamburg 2017
From 8th to 11th August 2017, a truly European jury for the EAK Festival 2017 met at Georg Brand's "Gebra cinema" in Hamburg under the direction of Peter Klüver and organised by Wolfgang Thomas and the Friends of Forum Nord.
The jury members were: Werner Scheffknecht from Austria, Hans Finnern from Switzerland, Jon Gisle from Norway as well as Dr. Heinrich Nerowski, Reinhard Drews and Helmi Hansen from Germany. They undertook three strenuous days in the cosy little cinema. The list included 51 films in the categories travel film, documentary, animal film, reportage, fiction film and animated film with more than 10 hours of film altogether. Accordingly, the time for discussion was limited.
The innovation introduced last year to give each author hints about the strengths and weaknesses of his film was again undertaken with great patience by Antje Klüver, who fortunately still remembered her stenographer's skills.
The language barriers within the jury were easily overcome with German and English plus excerpts from Norwegian, Swedish and Italian vocabulary which sometimes provided exhilarating moments of communication.
However, this did not distract from the assessment of the films. The marking was based on the EAK scorecard with its established criteria, which were debated and discussed point by point, even if the working day did not end until after 20.00. Ultimately, the result for each film was an outcome that, despite sometimes differing views, met the goal of being a fair assessment.
The two films "Das Ende der Zukunft" (The End of the Future) by Harald Scholz (Austria) and "Fridgemania" by Emmanuel Dubois (France) were in a remarkably close race for gold medals, with “Fridgemania” rated the best film by only a tenth of a point difference.
On the last jury afternoon, Hamburg veteran, Peter Klüver, acted as guide on a city tour with a visit to the Elbphilharmonie, Speicherstadt, St. Pauli and the city centre. EAK President Uwe Haase also came over to Georg Brand’s home for a pleasant barbecue evening.
Even on the next day, some jurors were still unable to tear themselves away from Hamburg. With the help of Wolfgang Thomas, they visited Miniatur Wunderland and marvelled at the world's largest model railway with its lovingly built structures. A special kind of experience.
At this point we would like to express our sincere thanks to all the organisers, wives, friends and "good spirits" who gave us a jury week with excellent organisation and hospitality, which we remember warmly.