Tschüss Papa (Goodbye Papa)

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Short film from Germany, 27 minutes
German with English subtitles

Screens Saturday, February 28, 2015
Screening Block 3: 5pm-8pm

Directed by Hendrik Maximilian Schmitt
Produced by Hendrik Maximilian Schmitt

Goodbye Papa is a touching drama about a boy coping with the death of his father and the grief that comes with it. Young Benedict is very attached to his father’s old set of medieval armor and it is the only thing that gives him any comfort. Trying to be a knight, he ends up getting into a fight at school with a long-time bully. His mother is forced to sell his suit of armor in an effort to help her son move on. Benedict must then go on a great adventure to get the armor back. Along the way, he learns what it is to be a true knight, with or without his armor.

About the Director

Hendrik Maximilian Schmitt was born 1985 in Fulda, Germany. Since 2005, he studied Film at the School of Art and Design Kassel, finishing in 2013, while working in different jobs for Film and TV productions.


2014 German Children Media Festival ‘Golden Sparrow’ – Best Short Film
2014 Studio Hamburg Up-And-Coming Award – Best Short Film
2014 Shanghai International Film Festival – Best Short Film Nominee
2014 Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) – Director’ Choice Award: First Prize


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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