Call of Cuteness

A Film by Brenda Lien

Synopsis

Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation – all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled – its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. Objects are fetishized and subjects made into things that are quantifiable and ready for use. They are the natural resources of a luxury they will never know. We are here because you were there – and waste is dumped in the ocean. In the end, bodies reveal the causes and effects of power, pleasure and hate.

Director

  • Picture of Brenda Lien © Oliver Rossol

    Brenda Lien

    Born 1995 in Offenbach am Main, Brenda Lien works as an independent filmmaker and film music composer. She has won several prizes for her film and musical works and is a scolar at the „Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes“. Her films were screened in many well-known film festivals around the world, such as Berlinale Shorts, Palm Springs Shortfilm Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Encounters Short Film Festival and Sydney International Film Festival. Since 2012 she studies art at the University of Art and Design Offenbach.

Awards + Festivals

  • 67th BERLINALE - INTERNATIONALE FILM FESTSPIELE BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany, World Premiere)February 14, 2017
  • 21st REGARD - SAGUENAY INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Québec, Canada)March 15, 2017
  • 17th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA (Official Selection, Spain)March 31, 2017
  • 11th FLATPACK FESTIVAL BIRMINGHAM (Official Selection, Birmingham, UK, UK Premiere)April 4, 2017
  • *WINNER BEST SHORT SHORT*
    26th ASPEN SHORTFEST (Official Selection, Aspen, Colorado, USA)April 4, 2017
  • 19th MAUFLIMMERN KURZFILMFEST (Official Selection, Memmingen, Germany)April 15, 2017
  • 30th EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (International Program, Osnabrück, Germany)April 26, 2017
  • BACKUP_FESTIVAL (Int'l Competition, Weimar, Germany)May 17, 2017
  • 43rd SEATTLE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, Washington, USA)May 18, 2017
  • 33rd HAMBURG INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (German Competition, Germany)June 6, 2017
  • 45th HUESCA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Spain)June 9, 2017
  • ANNECY INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (Int. Competition, France)June 12, 2017
  • MELBOURNE INT'L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Australia)June 19, 2017
  • 3rd SANTA CRUZ INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz, Argentina)June 19, 2017
  • 23rd PALM SPRINGS INT'L SHORTFEST AND FILM MARKET (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)June 20, 2017
  • 1st VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Michigan, USA)July 7, 2017
  • 13th LAGO FILM FEST - INT'L FESTIVAL OF SHORTS & DOCUMENTARIES (New Signs Comeptition Section, Revine Lago, Italy)July 21, 2017
  • 20th GUANAJUATO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Short Animation category,San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, Mexico)July 21, 2017
  • 5th INT'L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL "CONSTANTINE'S GOLD COIN" (Official Selection, Niš, Serbia)July 25, 2017
  • 21st AVANCA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Avanca, Portugal)July 26, 2017
  • 17th IMAGES CONTRE NATURE 2017 - INT'L FESTIVAL OF EXPÉRIMENTAL VIDEO (Official Selection, Marseille, France)August 4, 2017
  • 41th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 10, 2017
  • 2nd WOMEN TEXAS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, TX, USA)August 17, 2017
  • 7th FARCUME - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTAS-METRAGENS DE FARO (Official Selection, Faro, Algarve, Portugal)August 21, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERACTIF DE CINÉMA DE LÉVIS (Official Selection, Lévis, Québec, Canada)August 26, 2017
  • 42nd ODENSE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Denmark)August 28, 2017
  • 13th BUSHO - THE BUDAPEST SHORT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Competition, Hungary)August 29, 2017
  • 22nd PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)August 31, 2017
  • 11th ANIMANIMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cacak, Serbia)September 5, 2017
  • 18th FESTIVAL OFF-COURTS TROUVILLE (Competition, France)September 8, 2017
  • 7th QUÉBEC CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada)September 13, 2017
  • 2nd CIUDAD DEL ESTE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay)September 19, 2017
  • 10th PARIS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Students Competitive Session, France)September 20, 2017
  • 13th FANTASTIC FEST (Official Selection, Austin, TX, USA)September 21, 2017
  • 9th CHARLOTTE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Charlotte, NC, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 10th CYBORG FILM FESTIVAL (Not Competitive Section CyBorg OFF, Umbria, Tuscany and Liguria, Italy)September 22, 2017
  • 7th INT'L KISAKES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Finalist, Istanbul, Turkey)September 25, 2017
  • *PREMIO ESPECIAL DEL JURADO*
    29th GIRONA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Spain)September 27, 2017
  • 10th LINOLEUM INT'L CONTEMPORARY ANIMATION AND MEDIA-ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kiev, Ukraine)September 28, 2017
  • 22nd MILANO FILM FESTIVAL (Focus on Animation Section, Italy)September 28, 2017
  • BALTIC FILM ART FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Lübeck, Germany)September 29, 2017
  • DISCOVER.FILM AWARDS 2017 (Official Selection, London, U.K.)September 30, 2017
  • 19th FESTCURTASBH - BELO HORIZONTE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Belo Horizonte, Brazil)September 29, 2017
  • 12th ANIM'EST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (International Student Competition, Bucharest, Romania)September 29, 2017
  • 12th TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tacoma, Washington, USA)October 5, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 7, 2017
  • 10th IMAGINE SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)October 13, 2017
  • 3rd BANGKOK THAI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL October 15, 2017
  • 17th TOHORROR FILM FEST (Official Selection, Torino, Italy)October 17, 2017
  • KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FEST (Official Selection, Texas, USA)October 20, 2017
  • 36th UPPSALA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Uppsala, Sweden)October 23, 2017
  • 10th Morbido Fest (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)October 26, 2017
  • 28th SAN SEBASTIAN HORROR & FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL (Int'l Animation Short Film Competition, Spain)October 28, 2017
  • 36th FESTIVAL DU CINÉMA INTERNATIONAL EN ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE (Espace Court , Canada)October 28, 2017
  • 9th REANIMANIA INT'L ANIMATION FILM & COMICS ART FESTIVAL OF YEREVAN (Official Selection, Armenia)October 28, 2017
  • 1st ANATOMY:CRIME-HORROR INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Athen, Greece)October 29, 2017
  • 60th INT'L LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM (Int'l Competition for Short Documentary and Animated Film, GermanyOctober 30, 2017
  • 6th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, U.K.)November 3, 2017
  • SICK 'N' WRONG FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)November 4, 2017
  • *WINNER OF ANIMATION FILM*
    1st BLUE DANUBE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 4, 2017
  • 16th HYPERFEST - INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)November 7, 2017
  • 21st INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WINTERTHUR (Int'l Competition, Switzerland)November 7, 2017
  • *MENCIÓN ESPECIAL MEJOR CORTO ANIMACIÓN 2D*
    2nd AJAYU INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Peru)November 8, 2017
  • 9th CUTOUT FEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION AND DIGITAL ART FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Querétaro, Mexiko)November 9, 2017
  • 19th BRATISLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Slovakia)November 9, 2017
  • 11th PSSST SILENT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Zagreb, Croatia)November 9, 2017
  • 1st SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Argentina)November 9, 2017
  • 17th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)November 15, 2017
  • 13th PARIS COURTS DEVANT International Short Film Festival ("Borderline films" official program, Paris, France)November 16, 2017
  • 23rd ENCOUNTERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bristol, UK)November 19, 2017
  • *ARTE SHORT FILM PRIZE*
    37th FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)November 19, 2017
  • 14th MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)November 20, 2017
  • NEOSFEST ENCUENTRO UNIVERSITARIO DE VIDEOEXPERIMENTACION (Official Selection, Puebla, Mexico)November 22, 2017
  • *NOMINATION*
    GERMAN SHORT FILM AWARD 2017 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 23, 2017
  • UP-AND-COMING FILM FESTIVAL HANNOVER (Official Selection, Germany)November 23, 2017
  • 16th FILMZ - FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS (Section “andersARTig” Mainz, Germany)November 28, 2017
  • 15th Anilogue International Animation Festival (Official Selection, Budapest, Hungary)November 29, 2017
  • 6th ULTRACINEMA (Category EXPERIMENTAL, Mexico)November 30, 2017
  • 10th THIS HUMAN WORLD - INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)November 30, 2017
  • 14th LONDON INT'L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Late Night Bizarre programme, London, UK)December 1, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM IN THE FAN FREAK FANTASTIC COMPETITION*
    15th BOGOSHORTS - BOGOTÁ SHORT FILM FESTIVALDecember 5, 2017
  • 12th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ZUBROFFKA (Whole Wide World competition, Bialystok, Poland)December 6, 2017
  • 12th LECCE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Lecce, Italy)December 16, 2017
  • 28th BAMBERGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Bamberg, Germany)January 22, 2018
  • 3rd BAYAMÓN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)January 24, 2018
  • ARTFOOLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Larissa, Greece)February 4, 2018
  • BOGOSHORTS MOVEMENT 2018 (Best of Bogoshorts, Bogota, Kolumbien)February 13, 2018
  • 1st INTERNATIONALER ANIMATIONSKURZFILMABEND 2018 (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany)February 27, 2018
  • 40th INT'L WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paris, France)March 9, 2018
  • 11th GLASGOW SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Scotland)March 14, 2018
  • 20th MECAL, BARCELONA INTERNATIONAL SHORT AND ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)March 15, 2018
  • 9th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)April 18, 2018
  • 6th FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longmont, CO, USA)April 27, 2018
  • 14th PICTOPLASMA CONFERENCE AND FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)May 2, 2018
  • NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nashville, TN, USA)May 10, 2018
  • *BEST ANIMATION*
    1st SOUTH AFRICAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cape Town, South Africa)May 24, 2018
  • DARK TOONS SHORT FILMS PROGRAM @ 22nd ROOFTOP FILMFESITVAL (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)May 26, 2018
  • 14th FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE DE MONTERREY (Official Selection, Monterrey, Mexico)August 16, 2018
  • BOGOSHORTS MOVEMENT AT SOFA (Official Selection, Bogotá, Colombia)October 11, 2018
  • OPEN MEDIA AWARD 2018 (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)January 18, 2019
  • FBW (GERMAN FILM AND MEDIA REVIEW): SEAL OF APPROVAL: 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'

Crew

Screenplay
Brenda Lien
Producer
Brenda Lien
Director
Brenda Lien
Director of Photography
Brenda Lien
Art Direction
Brenda Lien
Sound
Oliver Rossol
Editor
Brenda Lien
Sound Design
Oliver Rossol
Music
Brenda Lien
Animation
Brenda Lien

Details

Running Time
4 mins
Shooting Format
Analog & Digital
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

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Europe
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WORLD SALES

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PRODUCTION COMPANY

Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
Schlossstraße 31
63065 Offenbach, Germany

DIRECTOR

Brenda Lien

mail@brendalien.de
www.brendalien.de
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