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Popular short film festival “Shorts at Moonlight” in Oestrich-Winkel for the first time

21 July 2017 | By:
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Short film highlights and prize ceremony against the backdrop of Schloss Reichartshausen - sponsored by the Frankfurt RheinMain Culture Foundation

This summer, film enthusiasts in the Rheingau region can look forward to a special highlight - the Frankfurt RheinMain Culture Foundation is staging a guest performance of the well-known short film festival “Shorts at Moonlight” in Oestrich-Winkel. The gates of Schloss Reichartshausen, home of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht (EBS), will be opening to all friends of the short film genre, on August 4 and 5. “Our new member Oestrich-Winkel is the ideal enhancement for the Culture Foundation. The Rheingau offers beautiful countryside, good wine and a fascinating history but, above all, the public, with their interest in art and culture, will be delighted to come to the short film festival “Shorts at Moonlight”, says Managing Director of the Frankfurt RheinMain Culture Foundation, Dr. Helmut Müller.

The short film festival, founded in 2003 and centred in Frankfurt-Höchst - meanwhile one of the largest festivals of its kind in Germany - aims to present to its visitors mainly German-speaking but also international short films, in an attractive setting and relaxed atmosphere. “The aim of ‘Shorts at Moonlight’ is to offer its guests a well-deserved break from everyday life as well as an unforgettable and inspiring evening. Thanks to the active support of the Frankfurt RheinMain Culture Foundation, the town of Oestrich-Winkel and the EBS Universität, we are now able to hold this event in the Rheingau, too. We are convinced that we are making a significant contribution to the region’s cultural diversity and hope to be invited back in the coming years”, says Gudrun Winter, director of the short film festival.

Opening night on Friday August 4 will show short film highlights which have already been an enormous success at other festivals or the Academy Awards night (Oscar). Just one example is the film awarded the Student Oscar 2017, a German short film entitled “Invention of Trust” and the animated film “Sternenjäger” (“Star hunters”) which will be the ideal way to evoke the night atmosphere at the evening performance. On Saturday, August 5, the festival guests can look forward to a special highlight: during the “Best of” programme, including the public’s favourite 2017 films, there will be the first short film award ceremony for the best short film from this region.

The top-class programme will begin at 19:30h on both days. Before darkness falls, live music, interviews with the filmmakers and some culinary delights will help to make waiting for the highlight of the evening, namely the presentation of the short films, worthwhile. The variety of films certainly offers something for everyone’s taste. Although some of the short films may be serious, thought-provoking or tragic, the evening always ends on a humorous note with the last film.

If the weather is good, the festival will take place in the inner courtyard of Schloss Reichartshausen - the EBS Universität campus. If the weather is bad, inside the EBS building. “Our University has been deeply rooted in the Rheingau for over 35 years. We are very pleased to be venue for such a great film festival, and proud to be able to contribute to the region’s wide range of cultural activities. We would like to invite all film enthusiasts to our Castle Campus!” says Prof. Markus Ogorek, President of EBS.

We are very pleased and grateful that the Frankfurt RheinMain Culture Foundation has brought ‘Shorts at Moonlight’ into the heart of the Rheingau - a successful start to joining the Culture Foundation, now that the foundations have been laid! This offers the people of the Rheingau a very special cultural highlight and I hope to welcome many of them on the first weekend in August at ‘Shorts at Moonlight’, concludes Michael Heil, Mayor of Oestrich-Winkel.

Tickets for the popular performances are now available on www.kurzfilmfestival.de. In Oestrich-Winkel, Eltville and Geisenheim, tickets can also be bought in the bookshops Untiedt and Idstein (without additional fees). The day ticket costs 10 euros, the festival pass, which admits you to all performances of ‘Shorts at Moonlight’ in Oestrich-Winkel and Frankfurt-Höchst, 30 euros. The box office opens on both days, August 4 and 5, at 19.30h.

Further information about “Shorts at Moonlight” and a detailed programme is available on www.kurzfilmfestival.de.

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