Who I Am Happy

Graduation film 2012 of the ifs internationale filmschule köln
Germany 2012 | 15 min. | Feature Film

Alicia (15) lives in an orphanage and longs for recognition. One day a new resident sits at the dinner table. Alicia notices that this boy is quite attentive and somehow different. A flirtation begins, but then it turns out that Mika isn’t a boy at all, but her new roommate Michaela. Whoever I am happy is a short film about the desire for recognition of one’s own decisions, no matter how crazy they sound, and about the courage to stand up to them – against all odds.


Director: Maria Pavlidou
Screenplay: Ingrid Kaltenegger
Producer: Jens Kaulen
DoP: Till Vielrose
Editing/ Sounddesign: Fiona Brands
Production Design: Maira Bieler
Costume Design: Birte Hendrikje Krieg
Mask: Jenny Diessner; Svenja Hartnack


Ekaterina Tafel
Sophie „Liam“ Aller
Machmud Gadjisade
Peter Mustafa Daniels
Shirin Fleur Krieg
Dennis Enter
Mehmet Selim Adanur
Arno Kempf

Awards & Festivals

  • Long Beach QFilm Festival Long Beach, USA 2013
  • mov. Kurzfilmfest für Schülerinnen Köln 2013
  • 16th Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival Ankara, Türkei 2013
  • Out in the Desert LGBT Film Festival Tucson, USA 2013
  • 23. Bamberger Kurzfilmtage Bamberg 2013
  • Pink Screens Film Festival Brüssel, Belgien 2012
  • Festival International des Ecoles de Cinema Huy, Belgien 2012
  • 17. Internationales Filmfestival für Kinder und junges Publikum Schlingel Chemnitz 2012
  • Chéries-Cheris, Paris Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender film Festival Paris, Frankreich 2012
  • Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Karlsruhe 2012
  • Mix Milano Festival Mailand, Italien 2012
  • XPOSED International Film Festival Berlin 2012
  • Queer Film Festival Mezipatra Prag /Brünn, Tschechien 2013
  • Paris International Lesbian & Feminist Film Festival Paris, Frankreich 2013