Alexander Heringer is an award-winning director living in Brooklyn. His projects have been screened at over 150 international film and media festivals, most notably the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood’s LA Short Film Festival, and the AFI Festival, having collected over 20 awards in total. Additionally, “Fortune Faded” was awarded the renowned Adobe Design Achievement Award, beating out designers and artists from over 80 countries for the prize. After its selection as a Vimeo Staff Pick, “Fortune Faded” earned considerable attention on the Internet with thousands of viewers across the globe.
He recently finished his second CG project, “Circle,” which he developed in collaboration with Student Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ahmad Saleh. “Circle” has screened at over 40 international film festivals, won several awards, and has been featured on various internationally-known platforms such as the 3D Artist magazine, 3dtotal, BlenderNation and CGSociety. Alexander received his M.A. and B.ENG. in Electronic Media from Stuttgart Media University and holds a Research Scholarship from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In his thesis he focused on the current state of VR storytelling and discussed the language that needs to be developed for this new and immersive medium.
“Fortune Faded” describes a journey, through suspended moments.
The journey illustrates a story of a fateful concatenation, that ends in fire and ashes.
“FF” was made by students of the Stuttgart Media University (HdM). The goal was to create an outstanding visual motion picture, combined with an intense emotional core. The team intended to tell a story in a unique way, not usually seen. They were inspired by Adam Bergs’ “freeze technique”, which became a perfect match for the twisted and fatalistic story.
* LA SHORTS FEST 2012 (USA) * AFI FEST (Los Angeles, USA) * 66th CANNES INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (GERMAN FILMS NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER, France) * 29th WARSAW FILM FESTIVAL (Section: Next Generation Short Tiger 2013, Poland) * UK FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK) * 12th SHRIEKFEST INTERNATIONAL HORROR & SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL (Los Angeles, USA) * SHNIT INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Switzerland) * ODERKURZ – FILMSPEKTAKEL (Germany) * 9th SOESTER KURZFILMTAGE (Germany) * SCENECS FILM FESTIVAL (Netherlands) * 12th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Germany) * 18th FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG 2012 (Germany) * 20th FILMFESTIVAL CONTRAVISION (Germany) * CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST (Canada) * 66th CANNES INT’L FILM FESTIVAL – SHORT FILM CORNER (Market Screening; France) * 15th FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN FILMS IN MADRID (Spain) * 15th FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN FILM IN BARCELONA (Spain) * 37th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Competition, Germany) * SCHNONGS – 1st STUDENTISCHES KURZFILMFESTIVAL DESSAU (Germany) * WEBCUTS 2012 – INTERNET FILM FEST BERLIN (Germany) * CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FESTIVAL (SUMMER) (USA) * 1st FILM LEBEN FESTIVAL (Ilmenau, Germany) * DIE LANGE NACHT DES KURZEN FILMS GERA (Germany) * BERLIN CINEMA SUMMER PARTY (Berlin, Germany) * PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK) * 12th ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DEBUT AND STUDENT FILMS BEGINNING (Int’l Competition, Russia) * FESTIVAL DE CINEMA QUINTA PRAIA (Int’l Competition, Portugal) * 13th FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN FILMS IN BUENOS AIRES (Short Film Program, Argentina) * 18th FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN FILMS IN PARIS (France) * BRNO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Czech Republic) * KONSTANZER KURZ.FILM.SPIELE (Competition, Germany) * CURTA CINEMA 2013 (Foco Alemanha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) * 6th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy) * 23rd FANCINE – FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition of ON-LINE-SHORT FILMS, Malaga) * 5th PSSST! SILENT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Croatia) * FILMETS BADALONA FILM FESTIVAL 2013 (Barcelona, Spain) * AARHUS FILMFESTIVAL (International Shorts, Denmark) * 6th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NORTHERN WAVE (Reykjavik, Iceland) * REC FILMFESTIVAL 2013 (Berlin, Germany) * 12th UP-AND-COMING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HANNOVER (Competition, Germany) * 5th WORLDLESS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Australia) * EUROSHORTS 2013 FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Poland) * FILMFEST DÜSSELDORF 2013(Competition, Germany) * XI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES ‘Almería en corto’ (Int’l Competition, Spain) …
*ADOBE DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2013 (USA)* *Category: Editing and Postproduction
*SHORT TIGER AWARD (Germany)* * FFA Germany, German Films
*RISING STAR AWARD* * CANADA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST (Canada)
*BEST DIRECTOR AWARD* * FESTIVAL DE CINEMA QUINTA PRAIA (Int’l Competition, Portugal)
*BEST EXPERIMENTAL* * CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FESTIVAL 2012 (USA)
*BEST FILM EDITING* * CLUJ SHORTS 2014 (Romania)
The Jury’s motivation: For the original and strong montage, for the way in which dynamics is suggested through virtually static images.
*NOMINATION: DEUTSCHER NACHWUCHSFILMPREIS 2013 / YOUNG GERMAN FILM PRIZE 2013* * 12th UP-AND-COMING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL HANNOVER (Competition, Germany)
*AUDIENCE AWARD* *3rd JURY AWARD* * SCHNONGS – 1st STUDENTISCHES KURZFILMFESTIVAL DESSAU (Germany)
*HONORARY AWARD OF MERIT* * LUCERNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST (Switzerland)
*1. PRIZE* * SOESTER KURZFILMTAGE 2012
*SEAL OF APPROVAL: “HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”* * FBW (GERMAN FILM AND MEDIA REVIEW)
*MENTION SMART ACADEMY IN GRADISCA SECTION* * 6th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)
*BEST STORY* * SHORT OF THE MONTHS – ONLINE AWARD WINNERS: FEBRUARY – MARCH 2014 (Online Competition)
*NOMINATION* 4th KALAT NISSA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)
￼*LENZING AWARD IN GOLD* *42nd FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Austria)
*DIANA IN BRONZE* * 26th GOLDEN DIANA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Austria)
*GRAND PRIZE FOR BEST FICTION** 15th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF FINE ARTS (Official Selection, Szolnok, Hungary)
*WINNER BEST SHORT *5th FILUMS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pakistan)
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A grievous loss puts a young woman in an endless struggle of escaping the past.
The short film “Circle” depicts a young woman in despair, who after experiencing a tragic loss escapes into the seemingly perfect past. She loses herself in vivid memories and starts to neglect her real life. A constant inner struggle emerges between past and present, distorting her perception of reality. The short film combines real world settings with sophisticated visual effects creating an atmosphere that emphasizes the emotional core of the film.
The idea for “Circle” is based on a poem written by Ahmad Saleh, a Student Academy Award-winning screenwriter, to cope with the personal losses he endured during the conflict in the Middle East.
Directed by Alexander Heringer.
*17th VIEW CONFERENCE, Turin, Italy
*12th AKBANK SANAT FESTIVAL, Istanbul, Turkey
*CLUJ International Short Film Festival, Romania
*5th WATERSPRITE FILM FESTIVAL (SHORTLIST), UK
*EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA & VIDEO ART FEST, Kent, UK
*CAPITAL CITY International Short Film Festival, MI, USA
*49th ANNUAL WORLDFEST HOUSTON, Texas, USA
*8th SENE FILM, MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL, RI, USA
*9th PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FEST, PA, USA
*44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS, Lenzing, Austria
*15th BACKUP KURZFILMFESTIVAL, Weimar, Germany
*7th HYART FILM FESTIVAL, WY, USA
*6th ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL, NY, USA
*9th OPORTO FILM FEST, Porto, Portugal
*3rd FILMQUEST FESTIVAL, Utah, USA
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*6th FIGARI FILM FEST, Sardinia, Italy
*17th REAL TO REEL FILM FESTIVAL, North Carolina, USA
*12th INDY FILM FEST, Indianapolis, USA
*2016 UNDERGROUND FILMFEST, WORLDWIDE
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*25th FILM FEST OF MADRID (FCM-PNR), Spain
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*2016 INDIEFLICKS DÜSSELDORF, Germany
*15th FILMZ – FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS, GER
*21st PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL, London, UK
*11th HARLEM INT. FILM FESTIVAL, NYC, USA
*5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS, Raleigh, USA
*11th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL, FL, USA
*6th INT’L FILM FEST BASTAU, Kazakhstan
*15th HYPERFEST FILM FESTIVAL, Bucharest, Romania
*3rd PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST Ancona, Italy
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*18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL, India
*20th CINEMAIUBIT FILM FESTIVAL, Bucharest, Romania
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