Short Fiction, RED, 14', Germany, 2013
Written and directed by Carolina Hellsgård
Produced by Johanna Aust
Cinematographer: Kathrin Krottenthaler
Distribution: AG Kurzfilm, Nord Shorts

Funded by the nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/Bremen mbH and the cast&cut Short Film Grant
FFA, German Federal Film Board

with Artem Klevansky & Rebbeca Stein


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***Nominated for the German Film Critics Prize 2013!***


Amal, a 13-year-old refugee from Lebanon, deals drugs in the 
Hannover subway system. He lives an isolated life in an asylum home
outside the city. One day he meets a young German girl called Clara, 
who might be his savior. 

Director's Statement

The story of LÄUFER, is inspired by real events that happened in Berlin, 
not far away from where I live. The police repeatedly arrested very young 
drug dealers in the subway, sometimes they were not more than 12-13 years old. 
Often they were asylum seekers from Lebanon, without any family in Germany.
If they were found to be above the age of 14, they were to be immediately deported. 
I imagined how it must feel being one of the kids, perhaps just longing for a 
normal teenage life, and made LÄUFER.



LÄUFER @ Zeit Online on the 24th of June 2015

Article in taz about the Nord Shorts Program and LÄUFER

LÄUFER @ Nord Shorts - Award-winning short films on tour
nordmedia – Preisgekrönte Kurzfilme auf Kinotour

LÄUFER is nominated for the German Film Critics Prize 2013
Award Cermony on the 10th of February 2014 @ the Berlinale International Film Festival

LÄUFER is nominated for "Startsladden" – the biggest short film award in Sweden!
Screening on the 26th of January, 2014, Göteborg International Film Festival
Best Swedish Short Film Competition


LÄUFER is awarded a Special Jury Mention @ Fano International Film Festival, Italien, 2014

LÄUFER wins best short film "Youth Days" @ the exground filmfest, Wiesbaden 2013

LÄUFER wins 1st Prize at Mostra de Cinema de frontera, Spain
Award screening on the 22nd of June in Portbou, 2013

FESTIVALS 2013 – 2015


14 – 19 April, 2015

Cairo Video Festival, Egypt
"Present & Future / Reality & Fantasy" 
11 March, 2015

Bangladesh International Short & Independent Film Festival, 2014
4 – 11 December, 2014

Filmfest Osnabrück "Nord Shorts - Awardwinning Short Films"
Sunday 19th October at 11.30 am, Cinema-Arthouse


Fano International Film Festival, Italien
21 – 24 Oktober, 2014

Cairo Video Festival, Egypt
5th to 19th November 2014

Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, UK
Wednesday 17 - Sunday 21 September 2014

Young Nordics at Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden
19-24th September 2014

Buff Filmfestival, Malmö
10 – 15th of March, 2014

15. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival, Germany
26 – 31st of March, 2014

Vera Filmfestival Åland, Finland
12 – 16th of March, 2014

Göteborg International Film Festival
Best Swedish Short "Startsladden"

18th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco
Program "Sensational Seven" on Wednesday, January 15th 2014


Coups de coeur allemands
mardi 26 novembre // 20h30
Goethe Institut
4bis, rue Clémence Isaure
31000 Toulouse

exground filmfest, Wiesbaden 
15–24th November
"Youth Days" 
Saturday 16th of November at 17.30 Caligari Filmbühne

11th Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival, India
Soirée Allemande 
at Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan kolkata
Tuesday, 5 November 2013, at 6:45

Geneva International Film Festival, Festival Tous Ecrans
31st October to 7th November 

Girona Filmfestival, Spain
5 – 7th of September

Klappe Auf! Kurzfilmfestival, Hamburg
25-27 October

Rencontres Cinématographiques Cerbère, France
3 – 6th of October

Festival Silhouette, Paris
August 31 – September 8

Inventa un Film, Italy
July 31 – August 4

EuroAsia Shorts - Short Films from Europe, Asia and the United States
China-Germany: Monday, June 10, 6:30 pm, Goethe-Institut Washington

Berliner Kurzfilmrolle 2013 im Radioeins Freiluftkino Friedrichshain
14th of June 2013, 09.30 pm

achtung berlin - new berlin film award
April 17th – 24th, 2013

European Film Market / Berlinale 2013
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Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
@"Soirée Allemande • Coup de cœur - Le court métrage allemand"



Main cast
Artem Klevansky (Lead)
Rebecca Stein (Lead)

Writer/Director/Editor: Carolina Hellsgård
DP: Kathrin Krottenthaler
1st A.C.: Simon Hamann
Sound recorder: Robert Fuhrmann 
Production manager: Andrea Giesel 
Assistant director: Christian Kelm
UPM: Julika Martin 
Light: Carsten Brand, Florian Hoff
DIT: Andreas Melcher 
Scenography: Nadine Meister
Costume design: Nadine Meister, Elena Neuthinger
Make-up: Henrike Huppertsberg 
Production assistants: Helen Werner, Valerie Hellman
Production interns: Bente Ehrig (director's assistant), Magdalena Tucka (light)
Child supervision: Heidi Pettit
Costume design assistant: Anne Makarov
Music: Steffen Scholz  
Sound designer: Christian Obermaier
Color correction: Chroma TV, Hamburg 

Technical info: HD, 14 minutes
Produced by FLICKFILM GbR
Producer: Johanna Aust 
Co-producer: Florian Gerstenberg / filmgestalten


With generous support by



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Equipment sponsoring: Braunschweig University of Art

Funded by nordmedia Fonds and the cast&cut Short Film Grant
FFA, German Federal Film Board





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