Graduation film 2016 of the ifs internationale filmschule köln
Germany 2016 | 30 min. | Feature film
Funding: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Westfalia, 1873: Hans Herberholz returns home to discover that his farm has been pillaged in his absence. His wife was murdered and the cattle stolen. His daughter Elsie is all that he has left. To ensure the survival of his farm he has to wed her to a prosperous bachelor. But Elsie is in love with farm hand Willi and is carrying his child.

As a bad harvest threatens their livelihood, Hans is forced to question his principles and to sacrifice either his daughter’s happiness or the farm, his life’s work.


Director / Screenplay: Christian Zipfel
Producer: Daniela Pennekamp
DoP: Nino Peschel
Gaffer: Christophe Poulles
Production Design: Anne Manss
Costume Design: Anna Ignatieva
Makeup: Jennifer Zenz
Editor: Nathalie Bender
Sound Design / Mixer: Nathalie Bender


Michael Witte
Stephanie Lexer
Jan-David Bürger
Uwe Schmieder
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey
Katrin Marder
Dimitri Tellis
Zejhun Demirov


  • 2nd Place at the Cologne Design Prize 2016 for Best Image Design
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany 05/2016
  • Festival des Cannes, Short Film Corner, France 05/2016
  • International Student Film Festival CONTACT, Izmir, Turkey 10/2016
  • LA CABINA Medium Length International Film Festival, Valencia, Spain 11/2016
  • Macau Sound & Image Challenge International Festival, China 12/2016
  • International Film Festival Pune, Indien, 01/2017
  • Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival, Hong Kong 03/2017
  • ARC Filmfestival, Mainz, Germany 04/2017
  • Filmfestival Münster, Tage des Provinzfilms, Germany 10/2017


  • FIRST STEPS – Der deutsche Nachwuchspreis, Berlin, Germany 09/2016: „Medium Length Film”


  • LA CABINA Medium Length International Film Festival, Valencia, Spain 11/2016: “Best Cinematography” & “Best Music”
  • Design Price Cologne 11/ 2016: 2. Place