Jury members and international guests standing in front of the screen at the end of the awarding ceremony
Closing ceremony 2016. Foto: Lua Leirner / look&roll

welcome to look&roll

and to one of the smallest and most beautiful international short film festivals. The 7th edition of this biannually held festival is scheduled for September 2018 in Basel, Switzerland.

Our focus is on life with impairments, different abilities, ageing and the elder and our attitude is far from pity. To us it is obvious that weakness, failure and being excluded from the happy few are ubiquitous experiences in societies where standardization, efficiency at the workplace and greed are growing rapidly. It is obvious, that knowing to deal with «look&roll’s» topics is more important than ever. We are talking about human diversity!

«look&roll» is not only about people sharing the said impairments and disabilities, but it is also a unique experience for them and co-organized by them. The programming committee as well as our juries include film professionals as well as peers according to our topics.

Offering full access for wheelchair users, audiodescription, SDH and a translation of all speeches and moderations into Swiss-German sign language, «look&roll» is one of the very few inclusive festivals worldwide. We are in the meantime known for an open-minded, warm and welcoming atmosphere and audience.

«look&roll» and its contributions travel vastly. Special programmes curated by us have been presented more than 250 times in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France (Liechtenstein and Slovenia will follow later this year). We are not messing around with copyright and pay happily fees to the rights holders whenever their works are on screen in our programmes.

Entries can be sent at any time and we do not charge entry fees. All we need to begin with is a screener to download including English, French or German subtitles. Entries without subtitles must be accompanied by a complete dialogue list in one of the said languages. (Hard of hearing or deaf colleagues are involved in our programming process)

The winners of look&roll 2016 are (Statements of the jury)
1st prize of the jury (CHF 5’000.-) for
ALLES IS GEZEGD (Nothing Left Unsaid)
Director: Anne-Marieke Graafmans
Audience Award (CHF 4’000.-) for
IK LAAT JE GAAN (Letting You Go)
Director: Kim Faber
2nd prize of the jury (CHF 2’500.-) for
DER BESTE WEG (The Best Way)
Angelika Herta
Special mention of the jury for
Michael Achtman
Festival director’s special award (CHF 1’000.-) for
Michael Achtman