With a lot of passion for stylized film-worlds, Caroline Schwarz, as a director, is interested in the border between art and fiction-film.
Her short film “Doors of Perception” - a film shot only with Uv-lighting, won the “People’s Choice Award” at the Humboldt International Short Film Festival, “Jury Award of Recognition” at the Transilvania Shorts, received “Honorable Mention” at the AMARCORD Chicago Arthouse Television and Video Festival and was named “Best Experimental Film” at the Black Sea Film Festival and the Bucharest International Shortfilm Festival. In 2017 Caroline started her post-gradued studys at the KHM in cologne. She is finishing up her last project „Banana Island“ and is now preparing her Graduation Film „Out of this World“, funded by the BKM. A Shortfilm, again, only shot with UV-lighting. This time under Water.
A DEEPER HIGH
ongoing - 90 Min.
In a world, where young people have been training for the prophecy of new workspaces for the last 25 years, the two biggest competetors develop an unexpected, secret and highly forbidden relationship.
A dystopian parralel-world. A surreal Trip through capitalism. A Debut-Film with a lot of chewing-gum.
SWEETER THAN LIFE
2018 - 3,5 Min.
A Lunchbreak Year 2222.
An independent shortfilm created from the material shot for the Teaser of "a deeper high".
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
2017 - 10,5 Min.
A mysterious film-team accompanies Mr. and Mrs. N. during their employment trial-period at the chewing-gum-sorting-department, where they learn that: one bowl always remains empty.
Two actors in four roles play and reflect upon the underlying focus of the film, namely: routine and predisposed hierarchies.
DOORS OF PERCEPTION
2016 - 14,5 Min.
In a world where everything unknown is black infinity a nameless person has to overcome the temptation of the visible to be free.
“Doors of perception” is an experimental short film, which was shot exclusively in black light. Only UV-active materials glow in this light, everything else remains invisible to the human eye.
Every film idea of mine starts with a picture in my head, not a plot, not a character – just the scenery. Before writing a script, I approach each film project by creating a couple of pictures that will capture it's essence. As a director, I am interested in the border between art and fiction-film. Why? When you ask most directors, why they make films, they say: “because I want to tell stories.” That has always confused me. To me, that is not the beauty of the medium at all. I would answer that question by saying that I want to create experiences. And an experience can be partly created by story and words, but more so it is essentially created through the molding of time and space. And for that, I need abstraction. When I watch a Roy Andersson film, I for one, experience Humanity. I am not just being told about it. In my work I explore the possibilities of abstraction in form as well as in narration. With every film I make I want to peel out certain strings from dynamics in our society and show it on its own.
Exhibitions and Festivals 2016-2020
(selection from over 60 national & international Festival-participations)
group exhibition „perfect creatures“ Herbstrundgang Spinnerei Leipzig (Ger);
STIFF Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival, Seatlle (USA)
Filmfestival Osnabrück (Germany)
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage (Germany)
Independent Days – Internationale Filmfestspiele Karlsruhe (Ger)
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Regensburg (Ger)
19. CELLU L‘ART KURZFILMFESTIVAL Jena (Ger)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, (UK)
Working Title Film Festival, Vicenza (Italy)
Motionartfilmfestival Schwerte (Ger)
New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
15. Neiße Filmfestival, Neiße, (Ger)
Color-Tape Australia Filmfestival Brisbane, (Australia)
Yale Student Film Festival (USA)
Nordic Youth Film Festival Tromso (Norway)
12. Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Starnberg, (Ger)
Camp/2 Festival für Künstlerischen Film und Performance (Ger)
AMARCORD Chicago Arthouse Television and Video Festival (USA)
Huesca International Film Festival (Spain)
Transilvania Shorts International Short Film Festival, Sibiu, (Romania)
Visionär Film Festival 2018 , Berlin (Ger)
Kurzfilmfestival Göttingen 2018 – Göttingen (Ger)
49th Humboldt international Film Festival (USA);
BLOW-UP · Chicago International Arthouse FILM FEST (USA)
Second Asia International (Wenzhou) Youth Short-Film Exhibition (China)
BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Romania)
Filmkreis Shorts (Ger)
Festival Internationale Cinema d‘Arte (Italy)
Arc filmfestival, Mainz, (Ger);
Werkstatt der jungen Filmszene Wiesbaden (Ger)
Berlin Experimental Film Festival (Ger)
15th FILM SHARING - FESTIVAL TOUR 2018 - Stuttgart & Heilbronn, (Ger)
Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, Victoria (Texas, USA)
Moosburger Kurfilmnacht , Moosburg an der Isar, (Ger)
18th LA.MEKO - INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, Landau, (Ger)
Short-to-the-point Film Festival (Romania)
Brazilian International Labour Film Festival / Mostra CineTrabalho - Marília, (Brazil)
Berlin Short Film Festival (Ger)
Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival, Puna (India)