The video art competition “MACHT KUNST! city video future”, presented by Deutsche Bank and UFA, is open to short films devoted to these issues. The occasion for the competition is the 100th anniversary of UFA, Germany’s most important film production company. The two partners can look back on a long history. In 1925, Deutsche Bank helped finance Fritz Lang’s legendary masterpiece “Metropolis.”

METROPOLIS – Germany 1925-26, Director: Fritz Lang, © Horst von Harbou – Deutsche Kinemathek

Taking this science-fiction classic as a point of departure, “MACHT KUNST! city video future” seeks artistic short films focusing on the theme of “My city in 100 years.” Videos can be submitted that develop a futurist vision of the city or investigate the metropolis of the future. The videos can have a duration of 100 seconds to a maximum of 10 minutes and can be submitted until June 30, 2017, at 12 midnight, via this website.

An expert jury will choose the prizewinners. Alongside Josephine Ackerman, (Deputy Global Head Art, Culture & Sports Deutsche Bank) and Wolf Bauer (Co-CEO UFA GmbH), Maike Mia Höhne (curator of the short film competition of the Berlinale), and the artist Basim Magdy (Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” 2016), and the actress Franziska Weisz will nominate 20 videos to be included in a shortlist and to receive three awards.

Within the framework of the 37th Long Night of Museums, these 20 videos will be on view on August 19 and 20, 2017 in the atrium of Deutsche Bank Unter den Linden in Berlin. The jury will select the three winners from the shortlist. The first prize is endowed with 7,000 euros and a one-year mentorship with a renowned UFA producer, the second with 5,000 euros, and the third with 3,000 euros. The jury prizes will be announced on August 19, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the atrium of Deutsche Bank Unter den Linden during the exhibition opening. In addition, the audience has the possibility to select its favorite video from the shortlist at the location on August 19 and 20, 2017 (by ballot) or online from August 21 to 27. The audience prize will be announced online on August 28, 2017.





With its “MACHT KUNST!” initiative Deutsche Bank has already thrilled Berlin audiences twice. The Berliner Tagesspiegel newspaper characterized the first “MACHT KUNST!” action as “a coup.” “Inside crowds of people, outside a line that even at night was so long it seemed as though a long-lost early work by Picasso was being shown.” Deutsche Bank had invited all artists and art enthusiasts in the German capital to present one of their works in the then new KunstHalle. The action was a tremendous success. To be able to show all 2,135 of the works submitted, Deutsche Bank organized two 24-hour exhibitions that drew more than 12,000 visitors. An expert jury selected a total of six artists, who were presented in the KunstHalle’s studio in two-week solo exhibitions.

The second installment followed in 2015, the competition “MACHT KUNST! A Sculpture for Berlin.” 1,500 visitors came to the atrium of Deutsche Bank to view the more than 400 works submitted. The winner was a design by Dirk Bell, which was later realized. As an artistic landmark, his steel sculpture “2FREE SPACE” has stood since November 24, 2016, in front of Deutsche Bank’s new office complex on Otto-Suhr-Allee in Berlin.