EYES & EARS 2020

23.-27. November / online

Start early - and in the media industry this includes not only the development of an idea, but also its implementation, presentation and finally the contact to those who are always looking for young creative talents. At the Eyes & Ears New Talents, selected projects by students, graduates and trainees in the field of audiovisual media will be presented. This year, the best New Talents will be awarded within the framework of the International Eyes & Ears Awards.

EYES & EARS New Talents 2020


Migraines are the third most common disease in the world, affecting 15% of the human population, and is so much more than "just a headache". Using an ambivalent love letter language, AURA introduces the disturbing world of a migraine patient. It is not explaining medical processes, but rather gives and insight based on emotions.

Eyes & Ears of Europe
Eyes & Ears of Europe

Timm Völkner, Dipl. Motion Designer, Graduate Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Timm was born in Berlin in 1988. After high school he completed an apprenticeship to become a media designer in 2011 and started a traineeship at maz&movie GmbH in the editing and graphics department. In 2013 he was promoted to become the company’s art director for concepts, motion graphics and print. Timm started studying motion design at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in autumn 2016. After graduating three years later, his diploma film AURA was nominated at the First Steps Awards, DOK Leipzig and other festivals in the US, Mexico, Brazil and many more countries.

Augmented Participation

Imagine the city of our dreams comes true.

Augmented Reality enables us to make urban development experienceable for everyone, to bring our ideas to the streets and to discuss future urban spaces live. Let us take participation seriously and create the city of our dreams together.

Eyes & Ears of Europe
Eyes & Ears of Europe

Paulina Porten, Creative Technologist and Interaction Designer, Absolventin der HAW Hamburg

Paulina Porten, born in Düsseldorf in 1997, graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Design from the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg. Since 2018, she has been working intensively with Augmented and Mixed Reality and wants to create added value for society with the help of this technologies. Therefore, Paulina Porten developed an AR participation tool for urban development projects in her final thesis.

Since 2019 she is part of the co-creative network JES as an Augmented Reality Specialist.


In her bachelor thesis "Science vs. Fiction", Vanessa Melzner researched the origin of supposedly real UFO abduction stories, which are said to have occurred increasingly on the American continent between the 1950s and 1970s. In these stories, victims reported that they had been abducted by aliens and had had sexual intercourse with these beings. The short film "Uniperverse" seeks answers to the origin of these events. It parodies three of the most curious UFO incidents in history by comparing them with erotic filmic depictions and by making the sexual aspect absurd.

Eyes & Ears of Europe
Eyes & Ears of Europe

Vanessa Melzner, Motion Designerin, Graduate of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt

Vanessa Melzner was born in Marktredwitz in 1992. After graduating from high school, she trained as a state-certified product designer in Selb and then studied communication design at the Würzburg Design Faculty. Since the beginning of the year she has been working as a motion designer for Walt Disney in Munich.

Her bachelor thesis "Uniperverse" has already been awarded a Grand Prix and Gold by the Art Directors Club and the Annual Multimedia Award.

The Jury

Manfred Becker, Mark Fleig, Oliver Haroun, Volker Hundertmark, Marc Lepetit, Ralf Lobeck, Claudia Meßmer, Magdalena Metker, Lukas Middelmann, Ralf Nolting, Patrick Ruch, Karin Sarholz, Anne Vogt, Rosa von Süss, Martin Zimper


Subscribe to the EYES & EARS newsletter and stay informed about everything concerning the EYES & EARS 2020 e-Edition. Be the first to know which speakers will be present and when you can register for the Masterclasses. 

Subscribe to the Newsletter