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My Wonderful Wanda wins the main award at this year's Edimotion

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- Swiss editor Kaya Inan received the award for the best editing for his contribution to Bettina Oberli's film at the Edimotion filmfestival in Cologne

My Wonderful Wanda wins the main award at this year's Edimotion
The winners of the 2021 Edimotion festival

Edimotion is the oldest festival in Europe to focus exclusively on the editing process. This year, the Cologne festival celebrated its 21st edition, offering once more a platform specifically to features, documentaries and short films from the German-speaking region. With film screenings but also panels and workshops, the festival encourages the dialogue between filmmakers and their audience.

Besides a special focus this year on films from the UK, the main programme is organised into three main sections: feature films, documentaries, and short films, and a best editing prize goes to one project in each category. Among the feature films nominated were The Trouble with Being Born [+see also:
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interview: Sandra Wollner
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]
(directed by Sandra Wollner) with its editor Hannes Bruun, Love Me Tender [+see also:
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(directed by Klaudia Reynicke) with editor Paola Freddi, Berlin Alexanderplatz [+see also:
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interview: Burhan Qurbani
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(directed by Burhan Qurbani) with editor Philipp Thomas, Naked Animals [+see also:
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trailer
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]
(directed by Melanie Waelde) with editor Jessica Schneller and finally My Wonderful Wanda [+see also:
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interview: Bettina Oberli
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(by Bettina Oberli) with editor Kaya Inan.

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The latter, Swiss editor Kaya Inan, was awarded the prize of € 7,500. The jury composed by five members, among them directors Antonin Svoboda (Cry Baby, Cry [+see also:
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interview: Antonin Svoboda
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) and Theresa von Eltz (Ostwind 4 – Aris Ankunft [+see also:
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), editor Julia Kovalenko (System Crasher [+see also:
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interview: Nora Fingscheidt
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), DoP Katharina Dießner (Arthur & Claire [+see also:
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) and actor Dominique Jann (Lost in Paradise) was impressed by the film which “achieves a balance between drama and comedy” and whose editing is “precisely set and sensitively thought through.” A special mention went to Jessica Schneller for her editing of Naked Animals in which she “creates intimacy.”

The main award in the documentary section, also connected to a money prize of € 7,500, went to Bettina Böhler, editor and director of Schlingensief – A Voice that Shook the Silence [+see also:
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interview: Bettina Böhler
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. She competed against five other female editors, namely Urte Alfs and Yulia Loskhina (Regeln am Band, bei hoher Geschwindigkeit), Katja Dingenberg (The New Gospel [+see also:
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interview: Milo Rau
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), Rune Schweitzer (I'll Be Your Mirror [+see also:
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) and Nela Märki (The Bubble [+see also:
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).The jury included film curator Alejandro Bachmann, producer and director Vadim Jendreyko (Taming the Garden [+see also:
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interview: Salomé Jashi
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]
), director Carolin Schmitz, editor Gabriele Voss and DoP Zamarin Wahdat.

Both juries together also decided on the winners of a special prize named “The Edit Space,” endowed with € 2,500. It went to the young editing duo Famil Aghayev and Fabio Thieme for their work on the mockumentary and short film Suite by Fabio Thieme.

Each year, the festival also pays a tribute to an editor for his or her career. With Ingrid Koller, this edition honoured for the first time an Austrian editor (The Best of All Worlds [+see also:
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, Beautiful Girl [+see also:
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).

Artistic director Kyra Scheurer and administrative director Jenny Krüger draw a positive conclusion on this year's edition of the festival, that earned on top of everything the label of being the first festival in North Rhine-Westphalia to take place on a complete climate-neutral basis, by reducing CO2 emission on every level.

Here is the complete list of award winners at Edimotion:

Award for the Best Editing in a Feature Film (NRW Schnitt Preis Spielfilm)
My Wonderful Wanda [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bettina Oberli
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]
Kaya Inan (Switzerland)

Award for the Best Editing in a Documentary (NRW Schnitt Preis Dokumentarfilm)
Schlingensief – A Voice that Shook the Silence [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bettina Böhler
film profile
]
- Bettina Böhler (Germany)

The Edit Space Award - The Young Talent Award
SuiteFabio Thieme (Germany)

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Ingrid Koller (Austria)

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