For the launch of the initiative "" Projekt Zukunft, the German Film Archive and zero one film (together) advertised a competition for the best Berlin short film.


To create the movie documentation “24h Berlin” in 2009, the city’s everyday life was captured in cameras filming around the clock. With “First we take Berlin” an open Internet archive has been created, which makes the raw film material available for interested (amateur) movie makers.

The first prize, covering 5,000 euros was given to Cristiano Polato from Neukölln for his film "Berlin looping mosaic". Showing many small images and the accompanying combinations of 'everyday-life' sounds, the video displays the diversity of Berlin.

The second place, funded with EUR 3,000, goes to the movie "Berlin in Numbers" by Clemens Brodeßer. He sees Berlin from a statistical perspective, and presents numbers together with music and shots from the air.

The third place and 1,000 Euro go to Marco Zaccaria who won with his movie "Berlin 7 Step Meditation", which shows Berlin in a sensual way. Each participant - whether old, young, amateur or professional - could create his or her own short film by using the 700 hours of raw footage of the 2009 broadcast film project "24h Berlin".

The material was provided on the website "". The German Cinematheque; the Museum for Film and Television, the national initiative “Projekt Zukunft” and zero one film had organized the competition.

Video Contest with material from "24-hours Berlin"

The competition

For the start of the project and platform "", the country initiative Project Future, the German Cinematheque and zero one film held a competition in order to award the best short film in Berlin. The platform "" contained all of the material, that was filmed on the 5th September 2008 in an 24 hour long session by many professional teams and amateurs. The result of this movie-making action was the recognized TV movie "24h Berlin".

"FIRST WE TAKE BERLIN" is the ninth competition in the competition series "Berlin - Made to Create". These contests are sponsored by Project Future to support development and innovative features of creative services.

The price
The winners were awarded:
First Price: € 5,000
Second Price: € 3,000
Third Price: € 1,000

Entitled to participate:

  • Privat persons
  • Associations and Organizations
  • Art- and Culture Institutions
  • Networks
  • Small- and middle sized companies. Participants have to have their residence or location here in Berlin