The association Sehquenz e.V. takes stock of the Provinziale 2023 with its award winners, the audience response experienced as well as new projects and supporters.
On Saturday, 21 October 2023, the 20th Eberswalde Film Festival will come to an end with a festive awards ceremony and a closing party at Eberswalde’s Haus Schwärzetal.
It was a successful festival with a very good visitor response: about 1800 people attended the screenings, which is a significant increase over the previous year and gives hope that the response of the festivals before 2020 will soon be reached again.
27 filmmakers came to Eberswalde, some from far away, presented their films and got into conversation with the audience.
The 2023 award-winning films are:
“THE PRICKLE” special award
The jury prize “THE PRICKLE / DER STACHEL” for the most successful examination of the sustainability theme went to Paathkatha / The Golden Thread by Nishtha Jain (India)
„Paathkatha / The Golden Thread“ by Nishtha Jain, India
Audience awards Rose and Thristle
There were two Audience Awards in each of the four individual competitions – a Thistle for the most relevant genre entry to the Provincials and a Rose for the strongest emotional appeal in each competition.
Audience award animated film (Thristle)
The Thristle audience award for the animated film competition, donated by the Eberswalde WHG, went to Rest in Piece by Antoine Antabi (Germany, France) with animators Albert Radl, Jonatan Schwenk and Valentin Felder.
„Rest in Piece“ by Antoine Antabi, Germany, France
Audience award animated film (Rose)
The Rose audience award for the animated film competition, donated by the Eberswalde WHG, went to Biegen und Brechen by Falk Schuster (Germany).
„Biegen und Brechen“ by Falk Schuster, Germany
Audience award short feature film (Thristle and Rose)
The Audience Award in the Short Fiction Film category, donated by Sparkasse Barnim, went to May 2000 by Kirill Sultanov (Russia).
„May 2000“ by Kirill Sultanov, Russia
Audience award short documentary film (Thristle)
In the competition of short documentaries (under 45 min) Geamăna by Matthäus Wörle (Ghana, South Africa) won the audience award donated by the city of Eberswalde.
„Geamăna“ by Matthäus Wörle, Germany
Audience award short documentary film (Rose)
In the competition of short documentaries (under 45 min) Border Conversations by Jonathan Brunner (Germany) won the audience award donated by the city of Eberswalde.
„Border Conversations“ by Jonathan Brunner, Germany
Audience Award documentary film (Thristle and Rose)
Among the documentaries screened in competition, Adieu Savage by Sergio Guataquira (Belgien, Frankreich) won the Thristle and Rose award donated by the Brandenburg Ministry of Economy, Labor and Energy.
„Adieu Savage“ by Sergio Guataquira ,Belgium, France
As a new sponsor, the EWE – Foundation has joined the circle of supporters of the festival, so that the festival can currently count on broad support from society and business and can go into next year with confidence.
Thanks to the support of the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung (East German Savings Bank Foundation) and the Sparkasse Barnim, the youth film project Filmknack has made a fresh start to the festival’s work with young filmmakers. Six contributions by young people from Eberswalde and the surrounding area were shown as supporting films and presented by them personally in front of the big screen.
We would like to thank all supporters, guests and participants for a lively festival week, which was characterised by friendliness, empathy and great commitment – and last but not least by an alert eye for the fates of the people our films are about.