The short film competition plays the leading part at the festival and provides a platform for new brave and experimental productions. 1,300 submission from more than 50 countries were proposed to the Stuttgarter Filmwinter. This record number underlines the festival's character of an international platform for innovative and independent media culture. Nearly 60 productions were selected for the six-part program of the international short film competition.


Important film producers such as the British video artist and movie director Matt Hulse ("Plot") and the Austrian experimental movie director Dietmar Brehm ("Rolled eyes, 2nd version") as well as the German experimental movie director Eva Könnenmann with her film "Happy Problem" (a perfectly rhythmic documentation between fiction and truth about the art group Happy Problem) will be there. Stephan Möckel, the legendary Super 8 movie director will present us his views of September 11.


"Our pictures are like zoos. We have divided them into genres, species of pictures. There is one species of picture we have reserved to show us the future. We call it science fiction whenever we imagine the world after this one it appears as catastrophe, haunted by science, obsessed with death: in other words it looks just like today. (...) your new world will begin like ours as pictures we long to see cherish and finally become." (Mike Hoolboom, "Imitation of Life"). The Canadian specialist for found footage, Mike Hoolboom, presents the epic meta science fiction film "Imitation of Life", a picture parade, converging future and presence. Science fiction as a way to imagine a future we are already experiencing.


Two further works avail themselves to science fiction as stylistic device: "Poloiset ja paranormalii" ("The Poor Ones and the Paranormal") by Sami Hantula – one of the most interesting newcomers this year – tells the story of a moon-like landscape, an entirely independent world, including an organ player, a constantly repeated, monotonous melody and an unshaped human being. Until suddenly a UFO appears ...


"Kalkheim" by Tobias Kipp shows the absurdity of everyday life in an average terrestrial-extraterrestrial town house settlement – somewhere, maybe on this planet.

The house as a place for artistic activities, where life and art collide, remains several artists' experimental area. Pedro, a performance artist from France, consistently tells us "only a story of a star home alone" (Pedro). In her home video "Three steps to the masterpiece", Marion Pfaus introduces us to digital editing programs for video films, with which you can "enjoy Hollywood at home".


There are a lot more films that deserve to be mentioned here. There are a lot more films that could have been presented at the festival. This year's short film competition presents a selection of films, all experimenting with the media film and video in different ways. The experimental film – in the broadest sense – frees our minds from the implementation of mass media's pictures and prosaicness. We'll show you films that are brave and innovative, leaving you with the freedom to fathom connotations, draw lines and find parallels. These are the films that manage to amaze the audience. With this program, Wand 5 demonstrates that the short film is still a medium that arouses the viewers' astonishment.