Richard Hurding und das neue "e"

The ‘e’

Every day via technology, humankind seems to be reducing the physical dimensions of the world of objects and even our need to interact with them to the absolute minimum. This has provoked me as a designer to ask myself is the endgame actually to minimize everything down to energy and nothing more? Is the Modernist expression ‘Less is more’ to be worshiped – or criticized?

With this in mind, the ‘e’ trophy has become a reduced raw expression of digital visual communication and has been produced using state of the art 3D printing technology. Video-‘Film’ as digitally projected signals is simply stated, the ‘signals’ describe an ‘e’ which finally manifests itself as colours on a ‘flat’ surface. Perhaps in the future this design will simply be transparent…?

The exception to the design for the main 6 categories is the design for the new category: ‘The PRICKLE’. This object has by nature of the theme ‘Sustainability’ to have a more serious persona. Produced from both PLA and recycled plastic, it is designed to convey the seriousness of ‘Sustainability’ which is an issue that grows bigger and more critical every day.
Driven by the Filmfest Eberswalde ‘PROVINZIALE’ concept, a number of positives have emerged during the design phase: The ‘e’ is manufactured from the ‘stuff’ of the Provinces, that is ‘PLA’ (Poly Lactic Acid) derived from plant based starch which is bio-generated and biodegradable. Furthermore, the 3D printable data generation and the production of the trophies was handled by YOUin3D, a young company based in Berlin Mitte, thereby supporting smaller ‘seed’ idea generators, the likes of whom could emerge anywhere at any time – essential for the perpetuation of provincial life.

Richard Hurding, Designer,
Joachimsthal/UNESCO Biosphere Schorfheide-Chorin
Zelfo Technology / BIORAMA-Projekt


The international competition will be held in the categories of Documentary Film and Short Feature Film. There are no restrictions as to the filmmakers and their origins.
From the films sent in, the programme advisory boards select those that will take part in the competition. The ‘e’ prize will be awarded by a jury at the end of the festival for overall artistic performance in each category.

In the Documentary Film category, the jury decides on the winner of the PROVINZIALE, which will be the best film on the subject of province.

The award is meant as an encouragement to the prize winners for their achievement.

  • Award for the best documentary film in the PROVINZIALE competition: 4,000 EUR, donated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of Brandenburg
  • Award for the best short feature film: 2,000 EUR


Festival visitors can decide on four audience awards, one in each of the Documentary Film, Short Documentary, Short Feature Film and Animated Film categories. Ballots will be issued before each screening. The counting of votes is closed to the public.

  • Audience award for the best documentary film: 1,000 EUR
    donated by the mayor of Eberswalde
  • Audience award for the best short documentary film 1,000 EUR
    donated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Energy of the State of Brandenburg
  • Audience award for the best short feature film 1,000 EUR donated by Sparkasse Barnim
  • Audience award for the best animated film 1,000 EUR


Birger Schmidt

Birger Schmidt

Birger Schmidt, who grew up in Puttgarden, a village on the Baltic Sea island of Fehmarn, was a founding member and has been the long-time chairman of the Brot & Spiele association. He initiated the first international football film festival, named 11mm, which takes place annually in Berlin and for which he is now one of its three artistic directors. He is an educational researcher and bearer of the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany).

Johanna Ickert

Johanna Ickert

Johanna Ickert works as a director, editor and cultural anthopologist at the point where arts and sciences intersect. She graduated with honours from Humboldt University Berlin (European ethnology, sociology and journalism) and Babelsberg Film University Konrad Wolf (cinema and TV direction). Currently, she works as a Marie Curie Research Fellow on her doctoral thesis on the potential of audio-visual and interactive forms of narrative for the communication of climate and geographical risks. Her films have been shown at numerous international festivals and awarded several prizes.

Ulrich Wessolleck

Ulrich Wessollek

The Emsland in 1983 – if you were young, you were bound to leave. So was I, feeling that the adventure that life is must be elsewhere. On my way, I was involved in the production of an animated film, and then it was pictures all the way down. A camera and sound assistant, an editor, a cinematographer and photographer. Bonn, Berlin and the rest of the world. News were mostly bad. Studied at Berlin University of the Arts. Presently, there’s only good news. Eberswalde, involved in town marketing amidst all the doings and goings-on. Life is at my doorstep.


Lilian Engelmann

Lilian Engelmann has been living in Eberswalde since 2015. An art historian and curator, she works at the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and European Affairs as an expert for literature, film and the visual arts. Her involvement in media-based art goes back many years and has included being a jury member for the Kassel Documentary and Video Festival.

Duc Ngo Ngoc

Duc Ngo Ngoc is a Vietnamese-German filmmaker who came to Berlin at the age of five. In 2010, he took up studies in media design and art at Bauhaus University Weimar, leading him to a B.F.A. degree. Since October 2015, he has been studying film direction at Babelsberg Film University Konrad Wolf as part of a master programme which also brought him to Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema for an exchange semester.

Denis Demmerle

Denis Demmerle

Denis Demmerle, a creative artist, knows the festival scene in and around Berlin from a variety of perspectives. Since 2009, he has been publishing the online magazine. Since 2017, he has been responsible for the PR and marketing activities of FilmFestival Cottbus. He is also the head of the festival’s affiliated programme named 5×4 – Brandenburger Festivalkino, to which the Provinziale contributes.

Der Stachel


How can we live without jeopardising ourselves? The question is a long-standing one. The answers attempted so far have included not only plain scientific balances but also our endeavours to lead a life worth living, in view of the variety and unrestfulness of our desires. Whether our ever-more-radical appropriations of nature will save us or kill us has been a cause for argument whenever new technologies arose.

The present discourse on sustainability has turned this argument into a promise: It seems to be only a matter of time and good will to build a society that has made its peace with nature. Do we have good reason for such optimism? Or is what we call a sustainable way of living an issue to be tackled afresh every day? Do we maybe need some kind of thorn to prick us every now and then, reminding us that we need to rethink our own practice?

Every year, we admit films with prickles to our competitions: documentaries, animated and feature films which contribute to the sustainability debate in a productive way.

What we are looking for is a film that tells neither tidings of joy nor messages of doom; a film that deliberately upsets our well-studied stances, allows for uncertainty and traces contradictions.

From 2017 on, PROVINZIALE and Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development will award the PRICKLE special prize for the best cinematic contribution to this ongoing issue of our time, sustainability.

A total of nine entries have been nominated for the PRICKLE by this year’s programme advisory boards. Among these are three long and three short documentaries and three short feature films. The candidates are marked in the programmes.

  • “THE PRICKLE” special award: 1,000 EUR donated by Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development


Melanie Adam

Melanie Adam
Melanie Adam and the town of Eberswalde have had a happy on-and-off relationship for more than 15 years. It started rather by coincidence in 2004 but proved to be crucial. After studying International Forest Ecosystem Management (B.Sc.) and Regional Development and Conservation (M.Sc.), she found a career at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE). Since 2019, she has been in charge of the university’s project HNEE Storytelling – a Soap Opera on Sustainability, which is founded by the Brandenburg State Ministry of Research, Economy and Culture. Recently, she started working on a second, more fariytale-like project named Es wa(h)r einmal… HNEE (True) Storytelling, where she is able to combine her knowledge on sustainability and storytelling with personal fates and accounts full of lifeblood and imagination.

Felicitas Hasper

Felicitas Hasper

Fee Hasper wanted to take to the stage but ended up on a farm, which is totally acceptable because, even as an undergraduate at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, you never cut ties with art and culture. As Student Vice President of the university, she contributes to the Stachel jury from the students’ point of view. Owning both a projector and screen, she has all the means of thoroughly scrutinising this year’s submissions within her own four walls.


Daniel Kurth

Daniel Kurth, born in Eberswalde-Finow in 1973, completed extra-occupational studies in public administration and worked at the Barnim district administration until recently. He won a direct mandate at the 2014 Brandenburg State Parliament elections and joined the parliament’s Committee for Interior and Community Affairs. In July 2018, he was elected District Administrator for the rural district of Barnim.

Nora v. Billerbeck

Nora v. Billerbeck, born in Berlin in 1965, studied voice at Hanns Eisler Academy of Music. She has been a member of the Rundfunkchor Berlin since 1987 and a founding member of the Berlin Film Choir. Nora has lived in the Barnim district since 2002. Together with her husband Sören, she founded the Barnimer Brauhaus brewery in 2017. Their passion for culture and local brewing traditions has made the company an active supporter of regional networks.