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2018 Short Finalist Bernhard Riedhammer

Cardboard Box

A homeless girl’s life is defined by her troubled past, her daily struggles of survival, and her attachment to a cardboard box.

Hi, my name is Bernhard Riedhammer, and I’m from Munich, Germany. I started off writing when I was sixteen. First, bad teenage poems, which turned into short stories, and finally I arrived at screenplays. Of course, I didn’t know what the hell I was doing! Now, I hold a BA in Screenwriting from Staffordshire University in England and an M.Litt. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In between, I have worked for some three odd years as an assistant and story editor in the film industry, giving me the chance to learn more about script development and the production side of things.

So far, I have written three features and about a dozen shorts. This includes the feature Happy Days. It’s a dark comedy about a grieving widower, who has to deal with his eight-year-old son, a teenage daughter out of wedlock, and his dead wife’s ghost (StoryPros Awards, NY International Screenplay Awards, and NY Screenplay Contest Finalist; Big Break Quarter-finalist; Hollywood Hills Screenplay Competition Winner). It also includes my short Living in the Past, a story about a son reconnecting with his dementia-stricken father, which was inspired by my own life (Global Grit Fest Winner; 3rd Place Indie Gathering Int. Film Festival; Finalist Inroads Fellowship and Hollywood Just4Short Film and Screenplay Festival). For several more shorts and features, I have won live readings and Awards. In particular, I love writing and I love watching stories who deal with real-life issues, or just stories with quirky characters who are able to make you laugh and cry at the same time. Something along the line of Nebraska, Lady Bird, Still Alice, Three Billboards out of Ebbing, Missouri and Good Will Hunting,… and everything from Darren Aronofsky.

Cardboard Box was inspired by one of those ‘real life issues’ when I watched a documentary about child homelessness. Those vivid images really stuck with me, and so I tried to depict the despair and hardship of my character in as raw and gritty pictures as possible, while also never losing sight of the overall theme of hope, which I tried to carry through the script. Cardboard Box is about Lucia, a tough, homeless girl never giving up, and pursuing her dream of having a better life, even if she has to cross an ocean to get there.

I’m truly grateful and honored that Cardboard Box is part of such a prestigious competition! Thanks a lot!!!

Contact Bernhard Riedhammer:

Email: [email protected]