Official Selection to the Once a Week Online Film Festival “Sister”

Official Selection to the Once a Week Online Film Festival

Short film SISTER, directed by Michael Rittmannsberger (
Cinematography by Sonja Aufderklamm, Music by David Furrer.


WINNER Best European Union Short 2011 – 37th Filmets Badalona Film Festival (ESP)
WINNER iFestival Award 2010 – 21st Stockholm Film Festival (SE)
WINNER Labo Award 2011 – 3rd Go Short Film Festival Nijmegen (NED)
WINNER Best Experimental – 8th Fest Festival Cinema Jovem Espinho (POR)
WINNER 2nd Prize – Semana de Cine Medina del Campo (ESP)
WINNER Best Art Film 2011 – 20min|max Filmfestival Ingolstadt (GER)
WINNER Special Acknowledgement 2011 – 5th I’ve Seen Films Film Festival Milano (I)

17th Slamdance Film Festival (US)
54th BFI London Film Festival (UK)
52nd Zinebi Festival Bilbao (ESP)
37th Filmets Badalona Filmfestival (ESP)
26th Cinema Jove Film Festival Valencia (ESP)
11th Soho Rushes Shorts Festival London (UK)
8th Shnit Int. Shortfilm Festival Berne (CH)

9th Signes de Nuit Film Festival Paris (FR)
21st Mediawave Int. Film Festival Szombathely (HU)
9th Manlleu Film Festival (ESP)
8th Fest Film Festival Espinho (POR)
10th Filmz Festival of German Cinema Mainz (GER)
7th Vienna Independent Shorts (AUT)
7th Crossing Europe Film Festival Linz (AUT)

A couple takes their two daughters to the seaside. It is an ordinary day until one of the girls disappears and drowns. The parents cannot bear the loss and their other daughter goes searching for her sister. She appears to be in shock and does not even shed a tear; her eyes mirror guilt, fear and loneliness. Rittmannsberger uses music and slow motion technique to enhance the sense of vulnerability in this film.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY Michael Rittmannsberge was born in1982 in Linz/Austria. From 2003 to 2008 he attended Multimedia Art at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences (with focus on film) and the University of Westminster (Media, Arts & Design) in London. In 2011, Michael traveled around film festival world wide (including Slamdance/Sundance,Cannes Shor Film Corner, London, Stockholm, Seoul) with his short film SISTER and attended the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus. Furthermore, he was comissioned to make a short film for the Festival delle Lettere Videoletters Project in
Milan and directed his first TV an cinema commercial for Frauenhäuser women’s refuge Vienna. Michael work as a screenwriter,copywriter and director for fiction films and commercials based inVienna, Austria.

Online Portfolio: Filmography:
Punched Twice (Drama 10 mins, 2012) Sister (Drama, 6mins, 2010), Interviews (Drama,7mins, 2010), Valencia (Drama,38mins, 2008)

SISTER DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT After having made two very classically narrated films before, my ambition with SISTER was to make a short film with an innovative and unique way of storytelling. In order to achieve this, my cinematographer Sonja Aufderklamm and me tried to combine tilt-­‐ shift photography and slow motion which turned out to create a fascinating look. Even though there is a clear
story behind it, I always wanted this film to be very open to interpretation. I thought that the specific visual style and a very
reduced storytelling would build up mystery which would be amplified by the abdication of dialogue and an intense soundtrack. Therefore, I’d call SISTER a five-­‐ minute experimental mystery family drama.


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