WDK Short Film Award



The winners of this year's WDK Short Film Award are:

"Snippet of Lifetime was convincing in its authenticity of its protagonists," stated head of the jury Giles Foreman, "Heimat with its philosophical confrontation with matters of belonging and 90 Sekunden in Berlin inspired us by its liveliness and spontaneity."

The 1st WDK Short Film Award was supported by the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung.



Snippet of Lifetime BY Carolin Kraft 

Carolin Kraft studied Multimedia Production in Aachen and Kiel until 2008 and then tried her luck as an assistant in various departments of cinema and TV productions in Berlin. In 2012, she discovered the world of Facebook, Instagram, YouTube & Co and changed her industry. Carolin workstoday as a community manager for agencies like PANORAMA3000, TLGG, AKQA, buddybrand, SinnerSchrader and others. Since 2013, has been working on the web series Snippets Of A Lifetime and produces documenary short films.


HEIMAT BY Oliver Boczek & Oliver Boczek

Oliver Boczek initially studied economics before starting in the film industry. The idea to make films out of stories motivated him to take film courses and seminars. He took over different positions in various productions before he made his first own film. This was followed by several more strips, including short-feature films, documentaries, trailers, music videos, image movies and commercials.

Sonia Dimitrov - young journalist, indie filmmaker and freelance photographer, studied Historical Science and Spanish at the Humboldt University in Berlin and at the Universidad de La Habana in Cuba. She lives and works mainly in Berlin, has a heart for cultural projects at home and abroad, and is continually looking for the Diver-City in front of and behind the lens. Internships, among others, include ZDF, taz, Funkhaus Europa, probono.tv - currently an editor for B-MIX: Sendung zum Berlingefühl. Short film projects include "awakening" (2014); "Constipation“ (2014); "Tango Samsarano“ (2015); "Welt 42 – Berlin im Kreisverkehr“ (2015); "H3IMAT“ (2015). Photographer – for the theater magazine "Theater der Zeit".


90 Sekunden in BerlinBY Elías Nader

Elías Nader has been living in Berlin since 2006. At the age of nine, he started on his own initiative to create films and has even since been an autodidact. He has tried different types of film alone and with friends and invented stories. He is a student in 13th grade at the Nelson Mandela School in Berlin. His dream job is a film director.





GILES FOREMAN is one of the leading acting coaches in the UK and throughout Europe, and is a specialist in the Methodological approach to acting. Giles has worked as an acting coach at the Drama Centre, London; Deutsche Schauspiel Akademie, Berlin; The Forum for Filmschauspiel, Berlin; Creative Education, The City Lit; NODA; Stage Center – Jerusalem, the Pula International Festival of Theatre, Croatia; the International Festival of Making Theater, Athens; Trixter and Eicar in Paris; FOCAL in Switzerland; GFCA in Luxembourg; at the Centro del Actor in Madrid; First Take Schauspielschule in Koln, and Munich’s Acting Atelier.


MASAYO KAJIMURA lives and works mainly as a filmmaker and video artist in Berlin. She has produced short films, video installations and work created in collaboration with dance and music. Her work has been exhibited internationally, e.g. at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, the Amsterdam Film Experience or the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Masayo Kajimura has received scholarships from the DAAD, the Artists Programme of the Berlin Senate and the Zeit Foundation. Throughout 2008, she was artist-in-residence at the Künstlerhaus Lukas in Ahrenshoop. In addition to 'Made in Europe' at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, she curated the video art section of the Asian Hot Shots Festival in 2009.


ERWIN M. SCHMIDT studied film production at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). He was the 3D producer of Wim Wenders’ 3D dance film PINA (Berlinale Out of Competition 2011, Best European Documentary Prix Arte 2011, Oscar Nomination Best Documentary 2012). In 2010 he produced Wenders' 3D Video Installation IF BUILDINGS COULD TALK… (Architecture Biennale Venice 2010, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo 2011). Together with Gian-Piero Ringel he is the co-producer for Romanian director Bogdan Mustata’s debut feature WOLF (in post-production). At present he is developing CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE, a European 3D television series about buildings and their cultural importance, to be directed by 10 international filmmakers.


ANJA SIEMENS studied at the London Guildhall University, the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and the Central Saint Martins School of Art in London, where she received her Bachelor of Arts (BA). Since then, she has been working as an editor and cut many short and feature length films such as the documentary "Guca" (UK, 2006), about a Roma Music festival in a Serbian village and "Wir waren so frei" (2009), about the history of a failed "independent" film project in the GDR. Siemens was nominated for the Deutscher Filmpreis in 2013 for her editing of Jan Ole Gersters' highly praised feature film "Oh Boy" (2012), which depicts a day in the life of an aimless university student from Berlin.


Since 1999, ALEXANDER WADOUH has been working in various areas of production in the film industry and is well known for the film "Oh Boy" (2012). In 2003, he began studying film production at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Between 2006 and 2009, he worked with the production company Essential Film on various international arthouse films (Women without Men, You, The Living, Import/Export), as well as for the French sales company Coproduktion Office. In 2006, he founded Chromosom Filmproduktion for the development and production of national and international projects for various distribution channels.


The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is one of the few cultural institutions in Germany, which focuses consistently on transculturality and diversity, and specifically emphasizes Berlin's multiplicity of migrant and minority cultural, art and action forms.

As the organizer of popular festivals such as BLACK HISTORY MONTH, the global music award competition creole Berlin-Brandenburg and creole Global, the GLOBAL DRUMS FESTIVAL, the Karneval der Kulturen, the three-day SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has certainly made a name for itself in Berlin and beyond.

In close collaboration with curators, cultural institutions and initiatives from the city's varying cultural and artistic milieus, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is continuously producing a cross-genre program of music, dance, film, literature and word-based events, as well as releasing publications such as the colonial-historical CD project 1884, an excellent collection of texts for the memorial event "200 Years Later...", the award-winning school film project "Kiez der Kinder" and film production "Den ganzen Weg."