Dear film friends,
as President of Ansbach Film and Video Clubs e. V. I would like to welcome you very warmly to EURO FILM FESTIVAL 2015 in our beautiful Margrave town of Ansbach. I am particularly pleased to be able to do so in the year in which the Ansbach Film and Video Club celebrates its 50th anniversary and 10 years of membership in the European circle of Film & Video authors.
The medium of film is specially suited to "bridge-building" in Europe. A picture says more than a thousand words. Interesting stories and associated pictures go straight to people's hearts.
57 film or video entries from Europe have qualified in the regional forums, which took place in various parts of Europe, for the big festival in Ansbach. Therefore "the crème de la crème" of European amateur film will be shown. Although the films are the focus, this festival is also a meeting of "friends".
Filmmakers from all over Europe will have the opportunity to compare their filmmaking with films from other countries and the chance to exchange ideas, strengthen existing contacts and make new friendships beyond their own national borders.
I wish the film festival every success, the authors their hoped-for medals and all guests a pleasant stay here in beautiful Ansbach.
1. Chairman of the Ansbach Film and Video Club.
Dear guests, dear Ansbach film enthusiasts, dear Eurofilmers from near and far!
On the 50th anniversary of the Ansbach Film and Video Club, film enthusiasts from all over Europe will arrive in the beautiful Franconian city of Ansbach.
At the same time it is the 36th Festival since the founding of the "Euro filmers".
In August 1965 the Ansbach Film & Video Group was established and this is the second time it has hosted the EURO FILM FESTIVAL. I am sincerely grateful to them.
As in previous years, high-quality documentaries, animation, travel and fiction films will be seen in the culture centre on Karlsplatzen.
Working purely for the love of it, amateur film makers shoot and edit their movies to a very high standard and thus serve as an advertisement for the creative hobby of making movies.
I hope many guests will enjoy the event. So far as the organisation and programme are concerned, I am sure that the club with its highly committed members will, as before, do us proud.
As chairman of the Eurofilmers I will be very pleased to greet you and welcome you to Ansbach. I look forward to enjoyable, sociable, informative and interactive hours and days in Ansbach with guests and film friends.
Best wishes for a super reunion in Ansbach in 2015.
President of the EURO FILMER
The 50th anniversary of the Ansbach Film and Video Club is the perfect occasion to bring the EURO FILM FESTIVAL to Ansbach once again! I warmly welcome all foreign guests of the festival to our city and congratulate members of the FVC on their "milestone birthday".
When the Film & Video Club was founded in 1965, hardly anyone would have dreamed how rapidly development in the film and video sector would take place. A short clip, shot in seconds with a smartphone and with a click sent to YouTube or Vimeo?! Back then that was scarcely conceivable, today it is established reality. That is a total contrast to your works of art, which will be exhibited in Ansbach at the EURO FILM FESTIVAL from 8 to 10th October: yours are certainly not created in seconds, but thoughtfully planned, shot, edited and given soundtracks.
I wish you an exciting competition with many interesting movies, a lot of success for your own movies, a lively exchange of views and of course a nice stay in our city!
Carda Seidel, Lady Mayor
* Parking in Ansbach:
There is plenty of parking in Ansbach. Please do not buy a parking card at your hotel! By buying a Festival Gala card you automatically get a free parking card for 3 days. This lets you park for free in all public parking. Please tell us the license plate number of your car, when you pick up your Gala Card at the festival office
* accommodation service:
* Overnighting in a camper-van
There is a parking place for camper-vans at Hallenbad Aquella.
* Film Screenings:
The film screenings are daily from 9.00 o'clock in the Anglet-Hall of the Kulturzentrum in Karlsplatz.
* Reception by the City of Ansbach: Kulturzentrum in Karlsplatz
* Gala Evening/ festival banquet: The Orangerie in the Hofgarten
* Festival Office opens: daily from 9.00 o'clock until the end of the film screenings.
* Important Note: All authors (film makers) are requested to meet Frau Bergauer (by the box-office in the Anglet Hall of the Kulturzentrum.)
Please also look at our website: eurofilmer.com Under "Eurofilmfestival 2015" you will always find the latest news and information.
by Anni Bergauer
I have always lived - with short breaks during school years - on the outskirts of Ansbach. My hometown is the administrative capital of Middle Franconia and the former residence of the Margrave of Brandenburg. Ansbach can look back on more than 1250 years of affecting and eventful history. I feel comfortable here, because today with 40,000 inhabitants (the town of Ansbach includes at least 54 districts) it ranks among the smaller towns. But I love this accessibility.
In the year 748 a Benedictine monastery was established between the Onoldsbach (from which the name Ansbach was later derived) and the Rezat.
Its wealth of historical sites and treasures gives Ansbach a special position among the cities of Franconia. Impressive monuments such as the Chancellery, the churches of St. John and St. Gumbertus, the residence with its 27 state rooms and the magnificent Orangerie in the Hofgarten (where our gala evening will be held) bear witness to the glorious past of the erstwhile royal capital. In the Residence - our castle - you will find among other things the Ansbach Porcelain Factory. Thanks to a "privilege" bestowed in 1709 by Margrave Wilhelm Friedrich the Ansbach Porcelain Factory produced from 1710 the first porcelain with blue and white décor. Famously the porcelain factory succeeded in copying the Chinese decor of the "green family". The pieces of this type, the cold-painted pieces with cherry blossoms and the relief decoration of birds are especially precious. These can be seen during a guided tour of the Margrave Castle.
From the towers of the castle, Simon Marius, the astronomer who lived in Ansbach, discovered the moons of Jupiter over 400 years ago - even before Galileo Galilei.
The Orangery and the courtyard were first mentioned in the Herb Book of Leonhart Fuchs in the early 16th century. During World War II, both were badly damaged and have now been rebuilt in the style of the 17th and 18th centuries.
A mysterious crime story and a tragic victim, who was led by his destiny to Ansbach: this is the source of many puzzles. It refers to Kaspar Hauser, the "Child of Europe", who lived in Ansbach from 1830 until his violent death in December 1833. Not only has Hauser's death remained a mystery, but also his past life. Was he the legitimate offspring of the Grand Duke of Baden, or perhaps just the son of a Tyrolean maid? No one has yet been able to solve the mystery. Even DNA analysis failed to yield any clear results.
A monument in the old town, a memorial stone at the site of his assassination in the courtyard garden, a department in Margrave museum and his grave remind us of his fate.
In the historic centre (pedestrian zone) of Ansbach there are many more very interesting buildings to visit. The Jewish synagogue in the Rosenbadstr. 3 built in 1740 was desecrated during the pogrom of November 1938 by SA-men, but to protect neighbouring buildings it was not set on fire. Today it serves as a "symbolic house of God."
The St. Gumbertus church and the St. John's church both date from the 15th century. Within the old town near the Margrave Museum a small remnant of the former city walls can be seen. In addition, you can find in the old town, numerous lovingly restored buildings, spacious city squares and countless street cafes, beer gardens and many speciality shops, to stroll around and linger over. On the other side of Fränk. Rezat - connected by a modern footbridge to the old town - there is a Shopping Center in Brückencenter with 60 shops under one roof. Since 2007, the town of Ansbach has also had a private theatre. Its founding director was the playwright, director and author Jürgen Eick, who was honoured for his numerous productions, co-productions and guest performances in 2010 as "Artist of the Month" by the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. Marketed under the name "Ansbach Theater - Culture Cooperative at the Castle" a series of a classical concerts with international guests and the Ansbach Castle Cinema operate next to the theatre.
The Ansbach Bach Week is a music festival held each year in Ansbach, which is dedicated to the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach. The first Bach Week took place in 1947.
Numerous concerts are performed in the Charles Hall, the Great Hall of the Margrave Castle, the Orangerie and the churches St. Gumbertus and St. John.
The program lists well-known world-class artists who have played in Ansbach: Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ludwig Hoelscher, Ferdinand Leitner and Karl Richter. In recent years, there have been guest appearances by, for example, John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Andreas Staier, Martin Stadtfeld and Masaaki Suzuki with his Bach Collegium of Japan. The Ansbach Bach Week is the oldest festival which features the work of Johann Sebastiann Bach and which takes place in a fixed centre in Germany.
With its Rococo Festival, the city celebrates its name as "the Frankish Rococo city". This is part of its great margravial heritage. Courtly bustle, gallantry and a touch of powder and perfume give the festival a unique character and make the Rococo Festival a unique experience. Each year the elegance, music and dancing of the 17th and 18th centuries against the backdrop of the Orangerie in the margravian Hofgarten attract thousands of visitors.
Since 2007, an art exhibition in the city of Ansbach has caused a stir: that is the "Ansbach Sculpture Mile", showing modern art in public spaces, in interaction with historical buildings and places, but also in front of modern facades. Numerous sculptures by Prof. (hc) Jürgen Goertz or Claude Viseux from Anglet and sculptures of Swiss artist Quirin Mayer or Kurt Laurenz Metzler provoke many discussions.
In the 60s Ansbach was known throughout Germany because the Porzner brothers of TSV 1860 won the German field handball championship twice from 1960 to 1962. In 1981, 1982 and 1985 the Ansbacher Grizzlies were German Champions in American football.
Ansbach is twinned with four cities: Bay City (USA) since 1960, Angelet in France since 1968, Jing Jiang in China since 2004 and most recently with Fermo in Italy since 2006.
Today, modern educational institutions like the University of Ansbach with about 3,000 students, characterise the city of Ansbach. Of course Ansbach has numerous high schools and vocational schools. But there are other important sites in this former garrison town: the Bavarian Economics School and Bavaria State Institute for the training of specialist teachers in general education and technical school for mechanical engineering and a Medical Academy, for medium-sized industrial enterprises in the fields of plastics processing (Oechsler AG, Heinlein plastics, etc.), food (Fa. Schafft -. Bifi and Unox soups ) the automotive supply industry (Robert Bosch GmbH, Diehl Metering GmbH) to name a few; the various administrative bodies and an attractive inner-city retail centre.
As the seat of county government, with regional authorities and courts such as the Administrative Court and a Senate of the Bavarian Administrative Court, Ansbach has a high proportion of public sector workers.
You see, in Ansbach there is a lot on offer, although that is only a small part of our fun activities. That is why I am particularly pleased that I can warmly welcome you all to EURO-FILM FESTIVAL 2015 in Ansbach. See you soon!
Wednesday, 07th October 2015 (Arrival)
from 18.00 a friendly gathering of film makers and guests at
Hotel/Cafe/Restaurant „Bürgerpalais“ (pedestrian zone of the Old Town)
Thursday, 08th October 2015
Kulturzentrum in Karlsplatz (Anglet-Saal)
9.00 - 9.15 Welcome and opening ceremony of Euro-Filmfestival 2015
9.15 - 10.30 Screening (Block A) starts
Pause until 11.00
11.00 - 12.30 Screening (Block B)
Midday pause until 14.00
14.00 - 15.30 Screening (Block C)
Coffee break until 16.00
16.00 - 18.00 Screening (Block D)
Followed by dinner and a cozy get-together at ?? Inn.
Friday, 09th October 2015
Kulturzentrum in Karlsplatz (Anglet-Saal)
9.00 - 9.05 Welcome
9.05 - 10.30 Start of screening (Block E)
Pause until 11.00
11.00 - 13.00 Screening (Block F)
Followed by assessment of the One Minute Films
Eurofilmer excursion by bus to Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Note - no film screenings in the afternoon
Saturday, 10th October 2015
Kulturzentrum in Karlsplatz (Anglet-Saal)
9.00 - 9.05 Welcome
9.05 - 10.30 Screening (Block G)
Pause until 11:15
11.15 - 13.00 Screening (Block H)
about 13.00 Reception by the City of Ansbach, light meal in the Cultural Center at Karlsplatz (Charles Hall)
Admission from 18.30 to the Green Hall in the Orangery (Hofgarten) gala evening / EURO banquet and award ceremony.
An evening with friends and good conversation
Sunday 11th October 2015 (Departure)
Dear film friends,
this edition provides detailed information about our film festival in Ansbach. We had to leave out the film running list for printing reasons, but that may be beneficial, as you would have to have the booklet and it is not always to hand. The Ansbach Film and Video Club has made every effort to make a real occasion for us visitors. Let's show our appreciation by turning up in large numbers!
A few words about our own concerns: it sometimes happens, that just before compiling an issue of EUROFILMER, we cannot accurately judge whether we have enough interesting items. That leads to last-minute phone calls and requests. If you read our articles, you will notice that some authors have submitted something for publication more frequently than others. We are happy to have our "supporters", on whose cooperation we can rely. But it would be nice if the circle of those who have something to report would be enlarged.
In our articles you will often find, reports of successful events, where socializing is a not insignificant aspect. Membership in our Euro filmmakers should be characterized as involving encounters among friends. This appears as socializing, which is then also reported. That's a good thing.
If we want to raise the visibility of film making more, we need reports, that are written by expert:
What makes a travelogue so unique?
Can a particular approach to a topic be described, and perhaps serve as an inspiration for the film making of others? Are there technical points that are worth reporting? Can faults in the design or in the proposed purchase of equipment be avoided? We would like to publish more articles on these issues, but are dependent on the cooperation of our members!
Our Film Festival offers many opportunities to exchange ideas about the films seen.
Maybe that can result in some thoughts that would be worth sharing with the editor!
With cordial greetings,
Editor of EURO FILMER
Deadline for the next issue: 01/10/2015
Forum Director Anton Wallner, personally brought the trophy she had won to Sonja Steger during a visit to Vienna. They were both particularly pleased about her gold medal at this year's Forum Germany-South / Austria, since the dedicated filmmaker had only recently joined the EAK.
We are keen to see what masterpieces we may get from Sonja in the coming years. With glass of wine Wallner wished the author "good light" and an “always full battery".
Competition – comparing performance among us filmmakers - the evaluation of the films, their impact and in the happiest case their award – for almost 40 years, that has been one of the pillars of our association. In the regions, we see each other once a year at the Forum, then if there is success we meet a second time for Euro-Film Festival at the national and international levels. And then what?
Wolfgang Thomas, Director of Forum North, has also asked this question, and dared to try an experiment, whose outcome was quite uncertain. How would it be, he wondered, if we take authors whose films have not be shown at any forum, at any festival and perhaps never seen in public, and meet without the stress of competition to show unpublished treasures to fellow film friends and others who are interested?
Is there any need? Are films, which no jury has given strict assessment and praise, at all presentable? And where should it, if you please, take place at all? Probably not in the living room of an amateur film maker!
The Hamburg region now has three small private theatres, each with its own special atmosphere and modern technology. For more than 30 years and well-known far beyond the borders of Northern Germany there has been Olga and Gerhard Plambeck’s Clubkino in Wistedt in Nordheide. In a converted goat barn, 12 surplus orange aircraft seats from the happy days of Lufthansa’s propeller airplanes are installed. The big screen fills the entire width of the small theatre, the sound is excellent and the cinema experience perfect. Before the screenings there are coffee and cake and after the shows beer is also served, while opinions are exchanged on what has been seen. Hardly any TV station has failed to include in their local programmes, "the smallest cinema in Germany." But until now it was mostly professional films that were shown.
Times have changed. The Wisted Club-Kino is no longer an isolated case. Gerd Jagow also has such a small cinema, with rustic chairs, tables and benches and a separate vestibule.
The third venue has been added: Gebra-Kino belonging to George Brand. It has more than 20 seats, modern equipment, black walls decorated with burgundy stripes and a screen that lets any viewer escape into the magic spell of the images. Cinema at its best!
For a year now Wolfgang Thomas has organised these so-called “Author meeting” for a change. And the film makers come. What you see is not rubbish from the dustbin and unusable material, but often little cinematic gems, long cinematic tales of travel, often giving strong and fully watchable insights. And why have these films never been seen in a competition? Some are too long, some authors do not want to expose themselves to the criticism of a jury and still others might sometimes not trust their own works. The reasons are many.
The small venues of amateur film makers are surprisingly well stocked, with films of varying lengths, of varying quality and of different ages. The “un-shown works” often surprise you with their subject matter, their nostalgic charm and also with unexpected quality.
The respective author has the opportunity to introduce his film, but he does not have to. If he wishes, the film will be discussed, and that way there is no verbal injury. The authors come from near and far, from the circles of Eurofilmers and BDFA, there are solo film makers, beginners and advanced users, and of course sometimes there is a request to join the EAK from an enchanted participant. At an Author Meeting in July this year five visitors spontaneously joined the EAK. If a selected film maker cannot be there in person, then he can get a written record of the film review from Wolfgang Thomas.
Scepticism about the idea of such an Author’s Meeting has given way to the joy of wide acceptance and success. We film makers see each other more often. We can show even our old films before an interested audience, and the appreciation of our productions is immediate, very personal, emotional and not always of merciless objectivity as is required from a good jury. Wolfgang Thomas has certainly no copyright on his idea.
Imitation is desirable!
The long history of a short film
By Thomas Tiefelsdorf
April 14, 2013: The last shots for the Super 8 film "Hammonia's Daughters" are in the can.
I had almost given up all hope of completing the film. It was nearly 30 years ago that I first came up with the theme "Hammonia's daughters. It was 8 film in the first flowering of Super 8 films. I had graduated in the winter semester 1983/84 from the main building of the Adult Education Centre Hamburg-Ost in Farmsen in the beginners film course. Then I was a permanent participant in the course for advanced students, which met in the Volksdorfer Räucherkate.
Our teacher, Mrs. Engel, not only taught us the theory of film making, but also made us students do practical exercises. On 10 October 1985, the first night of the winter semester 1985/86, Mrs. Engel handed out a brochure entitled "Hammonia's Daughters". It was to be the basis of our next film exercises.
Three days later, on Sunday, 13 October 1985, the students of the film course met for the first shots in downtown Hamburg. On Hansaplatz we filmed Hammonia, the patron saint of Hamburg. She would be the starting point of our film.
At the next course evening the theoretical part was deepened.
A second location shoot on November 10, 1985 had to be cancelled due to rain. Mrs. Engel and I completed a third day of filming on 1 December 1985, when ice and snow filled the Hamburg city park. Diana, the goddess of hunting was on the schedule. Cold fingers and the lack of tripod are obvious on the shaky shots.
After that, probably in the course of 1986, individual students did more filming. But interest in "Hammonia's daughters" had ebbed sharply. Looking back over almost 30 years, I suspect that the reason for this was that we always had to make special appointments for group shoots on weekends (at that time we were all employed). In addition, in January 1986 Mrs. Engel had given out "The other side of", the manuscript of a new project. "The other side of" is a small movie, which was filmed entirely in and in front of the Räucherkate. The film was completed within the year of 1986.
"Hammonia's daughters" fell into oblivion. We had dealt with the theory and our "exercises", filming sculptures, we had completed in our trip in October 1985. Thus, the treatment of the subject was actually completed. But for me the issue was not yet finished. I wanted to finish my film. I persuaded Mrs Engel to give me the previously filmed material, but also got no further with it. I had changed employers and had less free time than before.
And then "Christel von der Post", which had not yet been filmed, disappeared. The post office, before which she stood, was closed, the sculpture vanished and later the building was also demolished.
"Hammonia's daughters" appeared to be definitively forgotten. But then as I drove by one day I made an exciting discovery. The “Christel von der Post” was back! Just 100 meters from the old location. That awoke in me the ambition to finally make the film.
Thus far the film had been shot entirely on Kodachrome 40 Super 8 film. The production of this film was stopped in 2005. The energetic entrepreneurs Gottfried Klose and Daniel Wittner had with their brands "Cinevia" and "Wittnerchrome V50D" turned a Fuji slide film into Super-8 The colours were a little different than those of Kodachrome 40, but this was a compromise I had to make to be able to continue working.
On 30 July 2011, shooting resumed with the "Christel von der Post" in the Hoheluft Chaussee. A year later, on April 14, 2013, I filmed the last four objects [Images 8 and 9]. In the town hall lock on the little Alster the final clapper-board was marked.
Of the 21 sculptures that are listed in the treatment, I now had the appropriate shots for 19. The others were not used because the film would have been too long, or reshoots could not be performed because the figures and their views were overgrown on the Alster in recent years.
I created a video copy by myself from Super 8 film, as a basis for the rough and the fine cut. After I had a presentable rough cut, I got in touch with Mrs. Engel. During a visit with her in August 2013 and in some conference calls, we improved the assembly together and created the commentary.
In January 2014 I then had a professional copy of the film produced.
In April 2015 "Hammonia's daughters" was shown at Euro Forum North in Ammersbek. It was awarded a bronze medal, and further sent on to the Euro Film Festival in Ansbach. I did not expect this success. For me it was just important that despite all the shortcomings and deficiencies, I could finish the film. It would be a reminder of the time when it was begun, and the beautiful high school years with Mrs. Engel and all the other participants.
By Max Rüegg
A challenging task awaited the multinational Euro filmers jury team in Ansbach / D.
After the arrival of the judges from all corners of the globe, the jury-welcome meeting was held after the official welcome by Anni Bergauer and Uwe Haase on Wednesday night.
Known and new authors produced a total of 57 amateur film/video productions with a total running time of almost 12 hours. They had chosen to put their work into the battle for gold, silver and bronze.
In accordance with the timetable the jury program began on Thursday at 9 o’clock. With great enthusiasm all jurors rose to their task true and assessed every single entry to the best of their ability.
On Thursday 29 videos were judged in 4 blocks and on Friday 28 video also in 4 blocks.
After a short break, the final jury meeting took place on Friday evening. Since all judges had made their assessments during the previous video screenings to the best of their knowledge and belief, the assignments for the gold, silver and bronze awards were swiftly approved and with great consistency. There was a particularly good team spirit in a very positive atmosphere. None of the judges "had" to be judging. Each juror was keen to be there and felt an obligation towards the authors, to be relevant and neutral in judging the video productions.
On behalf of all the judges, I thank the Eurofilmer director and organiser, Anni Bergauer, and the operator Horst Peter for trouble-free performances and warm hospitality.
On Saturday morning all the Eurofilmer jury members said their farewells and started their homeward journeys feeling satisfied and pleased with the jury work.
CH-8636 Wald ZH, June 26, 2015 Max Rüegg
By Reto Stocker
Movie Olten was responsible for the organisation of the 2015 SIFA Day.
Rainer Gizzi, the club president of Olten, came up with something special. In the grounds of his company in Gunzgen a barbecue with open-air cinema was set up.
On July 11, 2015 by 5 o’clock in the afternoon the first guests started to arrive. There were members of Movie Olten and SIFA- film clubs.
They looked forward to a reunion with friends and was soon engaged in lively discussions.
What it mainly concerned, is not difficult to guess for the filmmakers.
First, the thirst has been deleted, then also the big barbecue was ready.
Everyone put myself were brought with meat on the hot plate.
It soon became apparent that here expert were at work.
They dominated the grilling as well as any adherence of film rules.
For food you could take your time, because to Demonstrate the films, it was still too bright.
Of course, we did not miss out on a good coffee. After another lively conversation, the guests were officially welcomed by Rainer Gizzi and to Movie Olten by Hansruedi Wiget and me from SIFA- Bureau for the invitation and the opportunity.
Then we went onto the big screen. Members of various clubs had each brought one work. We could be amazed, appraised and amused.
Although the organizers did not plan it, we enjoyed a varied and very good programme. I myself am always surprised by the high quality at which many members of the Swiss Film Clubs work. What also impressed me: the fact that individual annual SlFA days are planned by the organising clubs in very different ways.
Certainly everyone enjoyed a memorable evening. Therefore, once again, many thanks and congratulations for the super organisation to Movie Olten.