Students of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course Anastasia Prakhova, Elizaveta Ostapenko, Marina Shtyk and Daria Kochetkova won the WAND 5 HONORARY AWARD at the Filmwinter Stuttgart – Festival for Expanded Media. Their festival entry was a short film called “AU! AU! Shark something is very heavy”.
Filmwinter Stuttgart – Festival for Expanded Media was founded at 1987 and for over 30 years now breaks down barriers between cinema and media art. The festival has a rich programme that includes film screenings, workshops, exhibitions and performances by artists from all over the world. International short film and media art competitions are the core of the festival. This year’s theme — Wake Me Up — addresses the new art forms and possible ways they can develop in the modern society.
The short film “AU! AU! Shark something is very heavy” was shot at the abandoned children resort in Polushkino. It reflects on the romanticism of the past and strong emotions, caused by the forgotten objects and abandoned places. "After we first presented our film at the BHSAD we send it out to various festivals. Some of them accepted our entry. But this festival turned out to be the biggest and most important for us", — says Marina Shtyk. — "The festival team invited us here, and we are extremely happy to make the cut for a festival of such level. It is a huge honour for us and a great experience".
Around 2000 works from all over the world were sent for the International Short Films Competition. The jury decided the film by the students from Russia to be a winning entry because of its strong and varied visual language.