New Film Generation MS & NRW

In addition to their numerous other activities, the film workshops, film houses and film festivals in North Rhine-Westphalia are always the starting points for film projects with children, adolescents and young adults, which are created in workshops and support programs. This film program shows a selection of the most diverse works, from the summer workshop of the New Film Generation in the Münster Film Workshop to a soundtrack for a silent film, which premiered as part of the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund + Cologne.

The films in the programme:

Manipulate (Filmwerkstatt Münster, 8:00 min)
The future belongs to resistance (Filmhaus Köln, 14:42 min)
b:movie (Filmhaus Bielefeld, 10:17 min)
Cunégonde reçoit sa famille (International Women’s Film Fest Dortmund + Cologne, 05:53 min)
Project Superbrain (blicke – filmfestival des ruhrgebiets, 13:08 min)
Mahmoud Alfarj (endstation.kino, 06:50 min)
My Mind (Junge Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf, 03:25 min)

Manipulate (Filmwerkstatt Münster, 08:00 min)

A Film by Janne Büscher, Johanna Huck, Paul Caplan, Elisa Kalu, Jonathan Drautz, Juli Aepkers, Daniela Ioffe, Linnéa Brormann, Lars Pätzold, Maja Pilati and Jana Nestler

This film contains scenes that could trigger epileptic seizures in viewers with epilepsy.

Are the days of analogue film over? Eight filmmakers between the ages of 10 and 14 show that this is not the case. The group rediscovered the romance of analogue film. The fragile 16mm projector with its unmistakable optical sound, touching the material and working directly on the film, the magic of the analogue medium. They have used various objects and materials to manipulate, expose, develop and alter films. Because the manipulation of videos is both highly topical and part of our everyday life. In the film, the children and young people tell us what they personally associate with manipulated images and where they come into contact with manipulation in their everyday lives. The hybrid film format with digital sound collages and analogue, experimental images by the young filmmakers invites you to reflect on the topicality and magic of analogue and at the same time to critically question today’s possibilities of manipulation.

This project is funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Kulturrucksack NRW and the Münster cultural office.

The future belongs to resistance (Filmhaus Köln, 14:42 min)

A Film by Arvin Saeedpour

Young men who have been forced to flee want to be the driving force of the future and show resistance by rebelling against the old.

The future belongs to resistance was created as part of the 2022 mentoring program at Filmhaus Köln. This program particularly supports people over the age of 18 who have not previously had the opportunity to try their hand at filmmaking. At the beginning of the program, the participants familiarized themselves with dramaturgy, directing, editing and other tools of documentary work in a series of workshops. For this purpose, the Filmhaus Köln organized six workshops with experts from the fields of idea development, camera, direction, sound and editing. While the films were being made, the mentors continued to support the participants with advice and action.

b:movie (Filmhaus Bielefeld, 10:17 min)

The youth film project b:movie took place for the first time in 2022. The project was implemented in Bielefeld over two shooting weekends in October and November. Around 30 people between the ages of 12 and 20 came together from very different backgrounds. And that was exactly what was planned: film education simply for everyone!

A great feature was the variety of languages ​​within the group. After the registration lists filled up more and more, it was decided without further ado to “simply” interpret everything that was said in all directions. Because: Language should not be a hurdle!

In practice it looked like this: First, the youth film Enola Holmes was watched together with the young people and young adults in the Filmhaus cinema. In German with Ukrainian subtitles. The film was then analyzed together with film professionals and broken down into the basic themes. Supported by translators, discussions were held in four languages: English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.

It was this language add-on that gave the project a very special spirit – everyone could act in their mother tongue behind and in front of the camera and in this way develop super. There was also a lot of professional film equipment, a variety of props, authentic costumes and imaginative settings. The result is two enchanting short films that deal with the original Enola Holmes in very different ways.

A project by Filmhaus Bielefeld, in cooperation with the Green Cube, funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the “Cinema and Film Education” funding program.

Cunégonde reçoit sa famille (International Women’s Film Fest Dortmund + Cologne, 05:53 min)

The starting point was the short French silent film Cunégonde reçoit sa famille. The 6-minute film is about the maid Cunégonde, who receives a visit from the family. The big cleaning turns into an anarchic shack magic and together they attack the middle-class apartment with fervor and rustic methods.

The film is part of a 1912 series of more than ten Cunégonde films, in which actress Little Chrysia played the protagonist.

The short film soundtrack was created as part of the joint workshop with the SK Stiftung Kultur “Klangfarben für Schwarz-weiß” during the IFFF 2023 under the direction of the musician Gunda Gottschalk. Pupils from the Carl von Ossietzky comprehensive school in Cologne and 55+ year olds worked together with instruments, voices and sounding found objects to create a new acoustic level for a film that never had it.

The participants were able to experience the magical power of sound, which can animate things and objectify people, in a playful way. At the same time, the workshop provided concrete insight into the history of early cinema and its silent films.

The workshop was implemented together with the SK Stiftung Kultur in cooperation with the Carl von Ossietzky Comprehensive School in Cologne. The outcome of the workshop was performed during the IFFF 2023 awards ceremony.

Project Superbrain (blicke – filmfestival des ruhrgebiets, 13:08 min)

The TV show Project Superbrain searches for the best inventions. It will be exciting because there is a lot of money at stake. If there wasn’t always this ad…

The film was made in the animation workshop of the Children and Youth Views 2022, led by Laurence Vanryne and Jannik Völlings, organized by Gabi Hinderberger.

Mahmoud Alfarj (endstation.kino, 06:50 min)

Mahmoud Alfarj has been living in Bochum’s Hamme district for four months. He owns the Syrian grocery store on Dorstener Strasse in Hamme, which has more German customers than Arabs.

The documentary short film Mahmoud Alfarj was made in the film workshop “Video Portraits from Bochum-Hamme” in autumn 2018. 12 Syrian participants aged between 14 and 18 with refugee experience took part in the 5-day workshop.

My Mind (Junge Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf, 03:25 min)

A Film by Leo Grabowski

„Was mit Kunst!?“  ( is a youth art project organized by KIT – Kunst im Tunnel and the Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf in cooperation with the tanzhaus nrw, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the 40° Urban Art Festival and others.

In 2019, for the first time, more than 50 young people between the ages of 15 and 25 took the opportunity to get to know different disciplines of the cultural sector and to gain practical experience with their own art production. They worked together with artists and cultural actors from the Düsseldorf art scene. The results of the groups painting, sculpture, performance, photography, video/moving image, graphics/book art as well as press and art mediation were presented at KIT in October 2019 and accompanied by a supporting program.

In the Düsseldorf film workshop, the participants in the video group created eight individual videos on the common theme of “identity” as part of the project. With My Mind, the participant Leo has created a video that arouses strong feelings in the viewer.

In her search for her own identity, she gives the viewer an insight into a very open, sensitive self-reflection. Through the overlaying image, music and digital drawing, she creates an honest and haunting collage of her emotional world.