Facing Mecca

2017 | Drama | 27 min | MA Film

Directed by Jan-Eric Mack

Produced by Dschoint Ventschr | ZHdK

Collection: Degree Films 2017

Pensioner Roli comes to Fareed’s assistance when the Syrian refugee is faced with the burial of his Muslim wife. Together they stumble into a bewildering forest of Swiss bureaucracy to which Roli finds a beautifully simple answer

Runtime27 min
Year of Production2017
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP, QT
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio FormatStereo, 5.1
Shooting FormatProRes
Spoken LanguageSwiss German, English, Arabisch
Available SubtitlesGerman, English, French, Spanish, Japanisch, Arabisch
Director Jan-Eric Mack
Cinematography Jan Mettler
Production Design Fabian Lüscher, Noemi Lüscher
Music Dimitri Käch
Editor Simon Gutknecht
Screenplay Anna Schinz
Jan-Eric Mack
Produced byDschoint Ventschr | ZHdK
Leading ActorsPeter Freiburghaus
Jay Abdo
Nicolas Rosat
Ruth Schwegler
Supporting ActorsAli Alfatlawi
Enver Fazliji
Saya Ibrahim
Merav Ibrahim
Maria Sigrist
Casting Nora Leibundgut – Glaus Casting
Anna Schinz

Costume Design Irene Schweizer
Makeup Artist Madleina von Reding
Location Sound Engineer Lisa Ricar
Sound Design Christian Schäppi
Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Digital Colorist Ramón Königshausen
Compositing Valentin Karl Huber
Jan-Eric Mack
Technical Support Equipment Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Norbert Kottmann
Producer Joël Louis Jent
Executive Producer Franziska Sonder
Executive Producer ZHdK Filippo Bonacci
Production Manager Gilles Germann
Production Company Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
Co-Production Company Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Project Mentoring Samir
Michael Schärrer

Financial Support BAK, Zürcher Filmstiftung, SRF, Kanton Glarus
Head of Programme MA Film Markus Imboden


29. August 2018
CILECT Award 2018 for "Facing Mecca"

The 2017 master degree film by Jan-Eric Mack wins the CILECT Award 2018 in the category Fiction and will be screened in November during the CILECT Congress in Mumbai .

CILECT Award 2018 Fiction

24. April 2018
Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2018 - Nomination

Nomination in der Kategorie BESTER KURZFILM. Die Preisverleihung findet am 6. Juni in Hamburg statt.

Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis 2018

28. March 2018
"FACING MECCA" - Best Short Film - Swiss Film Award QUARTZ 2018

Born in 1983 in Trüllikon, Switzerland. 2002-05 Trains as graphic designer. 2005-09 Works as graphic designer. 2009-13 BA in Film at ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), film department. 2014-17 MA in Feature Film Directing at ZHdK. Works as independent filmmaker and graphic designer in Zurich.

Best Short Film - Swiss Film Award QUARTZ 2018

12. December 2017
"FACING MECCA" by Jan-Eric Mack on the Shortlist for the BEST LIVE ACTION - OSCAR 2018

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences on Monday announced (December 11) that 10 live-action short films will advance in the voting process for the 90th Academy Awards. Academy members received a record 165 titles. Members of the short films and feature animation branch viewed the eligible entries in the preliminary round of voting and will choose five nominees. The Oscars ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.


17. November 2017
"FACING MECCA" von Jan-Eric Mack gewinnt den JURY AWARD am St Cloud Film Fest, Minnesota

Der Masterabschlussfilm 2017 von Jan-Eric Mack wird am St Cloud Film Fest, Minnesota mit dem JURY AWARD ausgezeichnet.

JURY AWARD - St Cloud Film Fest in Minnesota

14. November 2017
"FACING MECCA" by Jan-Eric Mack wins the Audience Award 2017 in Winterthur

The master degree film by Jan-Eric Mack wins the ZKB Audience Award of CHF 10 000.– at the Internationalen Kurzfilmtagen Winterthur (the Zuricher Kantonalbank is the sponsor of the award).

Public Award 2017

12. October 2017
"FACING MECCA" by Jan-Eric Mack wins the Silver Medal of Student Oscar 2017

"FACING MECCA" by Jan-Eric Mack wins one of three Student Oscars - Student Academy Awards 2017 in the category Narrative of International Film Schools.

Student Oscars 2017

10. August 2017
Deutscher Nachwuchspreis - FIRST STEPS 2017 | Two nominations

Two degree films are nominated by the "Deutscher Nachwuchspreis - FIRST STEPS" in the cateogry medium-length film: "Facing Mecca" by Jan-Eric Mack and "Les Heures-Encre" by Wendy Pillonel.


27. June 2017
MA-Short „FACING MECCA“ triumphs at Palm Springs ShortFest

The Degree Film „FACING MECCA“ by Jan-Eric Mack wins two Awards: the BEST OF FEST AWARD and the BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD. Thereby the film is qualified for the Academy Award 2018.

Palm Springs International Shortfest 2017


10. January 2019 – 17. January 2019
PIFF Pune International Film Festival International
Pune | India

8. November 2018 – 00:10
SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen | CH-Filmszene

18. October 2018 – 28. October 2018
shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival

10. June 2018 – 16. June 2018
International Student Film Festival
Tel Aviv | Israel

20. April 2018 – 20. April 2018
Kurzfilmnacht 2018
Swiss Shorts

6. April 2018 – 6. April 2018
Kurzfilmnacht 2018 - Lokalpremiere

23. March 2018 – 18. May 2018
Short Film Night Tour 2018
Cities in the german part of Switzerland
swiss shorts

19. March 2018 – 25. March 2018
Nominees Week - Swiss Film Award Quartz 2018
Filmpodium | Zürich
Nominees of ZHdK

19. March 2018 – 25. March 2018
Nominees Week - Prix du Cinéma Suisse Quartz 2018
Cinemas du Grutli | Geneva
Nominees of ZHdK

14. March 2018 – 19. March 2018
Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival
Landshut | Germany

22. February 2018 – 25. February 2018
BIFF - Boulder International Film Festival
Boulder | CA | USA

25. January 2018 – 1. February 2018
Solothurner Filmtage
Solothurn | Switzerland
Upcoming Talents

22. January 2018 – 28. January 2018
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Saarbrücken | Germany

28. November 2017 – 3. December 2017
RIFF - Roma Independent Film Festival
Rome | Italy
student short competion

7. November 2017 – 12. November 2017
intern. kurzfilmtage winterthur - The Short Film festival of Switzerland
Winterthur | Switzerland
Swiss Competion

4. November 2017 – 11. November 2017
St. Cloud Film Fest
St. Cloud | Minnesota | USA
International Competition

3. November 2017 – 11. November 2017
TIFF Tirana International Film Festival
Tirana | Albania
student international

20. September 2017 – 1. October 2017
Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary | Canada
small victories

13. September 2017 – 23. September 2017
Quebec City Film Festival
Quebec | Kanada
International Competition

20. June 2017 – 27. June 2017
Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
Palm Springs | CA | USA
International Competition