The 17th edition of FiSH — Filmfestival im StadtHafen — took place fully online, from May 1 to 8, 2020. 

The programme consisted of 45 short films from Germany and the Baltic Sea region. The films, divided into two competition categories, were complemented by jury discussions and more than 140 reviews from film experts and professionals (including Andreas Dresen, Susanne Bormann, Christian Schwochow, and many more). Opportunities for fruitful exchange were provided by various virtual events, such as Youth Cinema Network (YCN) Conference with representatives from film festivals from more than 20 countries (including a large number of European festivals and participants from Brazil, Canada and India).

The short films and virtual events of FiSH online received more than 7400 views from visitors from 25 countries worldwide. The patronage of the festival was once again taken over by Manuela Schwesig, the minister-president of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

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Film of the Year

funded with €7000, sponsored by the Hanseatic City of Rostock and the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania


Documentary essay, 2019, 17:17 min

Regie | director Julian Mahid Carly
21 years old, Ludwigsburg
Kamera | d.o.p Markus Ott
Montage | editor Maxie Borchert


funded with €500, sponsored by the association Kulturkosmos Müritzsee

Darauf Reimt Sich Tütiti | It Rhymes With Tütiti

Documentary, 2019, 05:33 min

Regie | director Maximilian Glas
20 years old, Berlin
Kamera | d.o.p Maximilian Glas
Montage | editor Maximilian Glas


Diamond FiSH

sponsored with a synthetic diamond by Eco Diamond LCC

The Search | The Search

Superhero |  advertising | action | romance | west | ASMR | children’s series, 2019, 14:43 min

Regie | director Dennis Lehner, Tobias Mundigl
17 years old, Regensburg
Kamera | d.o.p Jonathan Market
Montage | editor Dennis Lehner, Tobias Mundigl


funded with €1000, sponsored by the Hanseatic City of Rostock and the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Becky’s weightloss palace | Becky’s weightloss palace

Comedy | satire, 2019, 07:59 min

Regie | director Bela Brillowska
14 years old, Hamburg
Kamera | d.o.p Bela Brillowska
Montage | editor Bela Brillowska


Euphrat | The Euphrates

Social short film, 2019, 03:38 min

Regie | director Jelena Ilic
25 years old, Cologne
Kamera | d.o.p Martin Paret
Montage | editor Ronida Alsino, Jelena Ilic


Moderne Liebe | Modern Love

Romance | avant-garde, 2020, 30:54 min

Regie | director Leonard Geisler
24 years old, Berlin
Kamera | d.o.p Mirko Hans
Montage | editor Hoang Quynh Nguyen

Young Baltic Cinema Award

funded with €1000, sponsored by the Hanseatic City of Rostock and the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

Ekskursion | Field Trip

Comedy | drama, 2019, 13:53 min

Regie | director Malthe Kalbakk Elgaard
20 years old, Harlev J.
Kamera | d.o.p Christine Wennerstrøm Radl
Montage | editor Jens Nordhausen

Audience Award

funded with €1021,66, sponsored by the audience

Gjeteren | The Shepherd

Drama, 2018, 17:17 min

Regie | director Brwa Vahabpour
24 years old, Oslo
Kamera | d.o.p Annicken Aasheim
Montage | editor Bjørn Straumsnes


with all official figures, partners and sponsors