EUROFILMER
Europäischer Autorenkreis für Film und Video e. V.
European Film & Video Makers Circle

How a film and video club can outdo itself

Impressions by Uwe Haase

"Hello Uwe, you know, that because of family commitments  I could not take part in this year's Euro FilmFestival in Ansbach. Yet I would like to know how you enjoyed it in Ansbach."

"Yes, my dear, you know that the Ansbach film-and-video club was the organiser of the festival once before in 2007."

We all still remember the perfect organisation and the friendly reception. Could our Ansbach film friends beat that first event?

This time too we were thoroughly spoiled by the members of the Ansbach film club with white sausages and sandwiches, soups and delicious home-made cakes and pies from the filmmaker ladies.

Anni and the Club members overcame an occasional lack of funding and lack of sponsors, but achieved success this time with flying colours.The Margrave town of Ansbach, with its lovingly restored buildings made the cultural centre in Karlsplatz available to the Ansbach film club.

When we entered the hall, you were warmly welcomed by an extremely friendly Ansbach filmers.  We were also given a little present of a jar of jam and a a chocolate, which should sweeten the day in Ansbach.

The way the  Ansbach club members looked after their guests left nothing to be desired. On the contrary, some restaurants could learn a lot from their attention and lovingly prepared dishes. The film screenings then took place in the Anglet-Saal with a high level of audience participation. The technical work under the direction of Dieter Schlemmermeier was in very good hands.

As for the screening of the 57 films and videos, they kept to the timetable. During the breaks everyone had enough time to interact with each other and talk about the movies watched or a bit of the past.

The Thursday night was came to an end with a cosy get-together in a Greek restaurant.

On Friday afternoon, after the film screenings, the programme offered us a bus trip to the romantic Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We were led through the medieval town in two groups, and could thus learn one or two things about its beginnings and about the origins of some popular expressions. Photo opportunity followed photo opportunity everywhere you looked. There were endless flashes, and aperture adjustments throughout the tour. Unfortunately, time was too short to allow us longer to look around the city and so several wives, who wanted to see the businesses from the inside, had to leave their credit cards in their pockets unused.

The remaining route led us to the open-air museum in Bad Windsheim. Here, in a purpose-built complex, we were able to see well-restored Franconian farmhouses. We also saw how spartan life at that time was for people.

On the way back to Ansbach we turned in to the "Zum Schmied" inn in the Kettenhöfstetten suburb. A variety of delicious Franconian specialties were on the menu. The truly professional preparatory organisation ensured that all the Eurofilmers could eat there. They could order a la carte. Stuffed and thus completely satisfied, we then drove back to Ansbach.

On Saturday morning, the screenings continued and ended on time, so that the reception by the town of Ansbach with a light meal in the Cultural Centre at Karlsplatz (Karlshalle) could take place as scheduled.

The Deputy Mayor, Dr. Christian Schön, declared us all welcome. Then all the guests and members had plenty of time to get ready for the evening in the Grünen Saal in the Orangery (courtyard) where there was the EURO-banquet and the subsequent award ceremony.

The cold /warm Franconian buffet was tastefully prepared and plentiful and thus contributed to the good mood. An entertaining programme consisting of dancers from the Springer Dance School added to a relaxed atmosphere and to the surprise of everyone all the Ansbach film friends vigorously sang the "Euro filmmakers Song". To the tune of " Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen".

At the subsequent award ceremony all 57 films were excellent. They received 3 gold, 29 silver and 25 bronze medals.

So my dear, that was the report of the Euro Festival in Ansbach 2015. You see, it was not just me, who was greatly pleased. One thoroughly enjoyable Euro Festival is now past. How quickly time goes by.

However, we look forward to the next festival in 2016 in Hamburg.

In the hope that your celebration gave you just as much pleasure, I stop now and wish you "good light".

Uwe Haase