A Film by Iring Freytag
and Viktor Stickel


A child has to leave its cozy hut to collect wood for the fire that went out. Growing into a teenager, he encounters a singular tree that he wants to turn into fire wood. He tears the tree out and thus becomes a man who is drawn to the woods that emerge around him. Overwhelmed by the mass of trees, he starts to tear out every single one of them. Then he gathers the wood, getting ready to travel back. Though the last tree breaks the back of this now middle-aged man, his desire, to bring everything back home, persists. Having become an old man, he realizes that he is not strong enough to return with any trunk at all. Unburdened from his responsibilities, he stumbles across the tree he already knows from his youth.


  • Picture of Iring Freytag © Iring Freytag

    Iring Freytag

    Iring Freytag (*Oktober 31. 1981 in Cologne) is a german Director and 3D-Animator. After passing his technical diploma for design he undertook several internships in the area of photography, multimedia and computer graphics. As of 2005 he worked as full-time CG Artist at The Light Works. During this time, he took part in a lot of computer games such as Patrician IV: Conquest by Trade (2010), Sacred 2: Fallen Angel(2008), X³: Terran Conflict (2008) and Lair (2007). 2010 Iring started his study of animation at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg where he supported different projects as an animator and realized his own storys in the 3D animation short films Radio Active, Mr. K and the E and the official ITFS-Trailer 2014 Plot-O-Mat. He graduated in March 2016 with the short film CHILD and is working as a freelance 3D-Generalist and Animator.

  • Picture of Viktor Stickel © Viktor Stickel

    Viktor Stickel

    Viktor Stickel (*April 20. 1982 in Georgiewka/Kasachstan) is a Director and Animator. After his studies in Media Design at DHBW-Ravensburg he focused more on moving pictures and graduated Animation studies at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 2015.

Awards + Festivals

  • Best Director
    5th CARTOONS UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Singapore, Indonesia)October 21, 2017
  • 37th FILMSCHOOLFEST MUNICH (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)November 13, 2016
  • 11th GIFAR - INT'L FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT ANIMATION (Official Selection, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)November 24, 2016
  • 13th ANIMATEKA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Lubljana, Slovenia)December 5, 2016
  • 1st ATF ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (Panorama Selection, Out of Competition, Tehran, Iran)
  • 3rd FICABC - ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barranquilla, Colombia)August 30, 2017
  • 10th CYBORG FILM FESTIVAL (Not Competitive Section CyBorg OFF, Umbria, Tuscany and Liguria, Italy)September 22, 2017
  • 9th ANIMA CÓRDOBA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL (International Short Film Competition, Argentina)October 11, 2017
  • 1st MAKE IT SHORT - LEWES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lewes, U.K.)October 14, 2017
  • 10th KLIK AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Animation for Art lovers program)October 17, 2017
  • 5th PRIMANIMA WORLD FESTIVAL OF FIRST ANIMATIONS (Official Selection, Budaörs, Hungary)October 18, 2017
    16th INT'L STUDENT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Official Selection, Beijing, China)October 22, 2017
  • BEST INDEPENDENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)October 28, 2017
  • 9th REANIMANIA INT'L ANIMATION FILM & COMICS ART FESTIVAL OF YEREVAN (Official Selection, Armenia)October 28, 2017
  • 16th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)November 3, 2017
  • 2nd INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL AJAYU (Official Selection, Puno, Peru)November 8, 2017
  • 4th FILMKREIS SHORTS EVENT (Official Selection, Darmstadt, Germany)November 11, 2017
  • 16th MAGMA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Acireale , Italy)November 23, 2017
    UNI SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Zealand)November 23, 2017
  • 11th LUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lublin, Poland)November 24, 2017
  • 14th ANIMATEKA - ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (European Young Talents Competition, Ljubljana)December 5, 2017
  • STEAM HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Avenal, CA, USA)December 8, 2017
  • 10th PICCOLO FESTIVAL ANIMAZIONE (Official Selection, several cities, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy)December 11, 2017
  • 2nd BERLIN EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)December 16, 2017
  • FOUR SEASONS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)February 3, 2018
  • 41st GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE (Official Selection, Selb, Germany)April 5, 2018


Iring Freytag, Viktor Stickel, Linus Stetter
Iring Freytag, Viktor Stickel, Paul Maresch
Iring Freytag, Viktor Stickel, Linus Stetter
Director of Photography
Adrian Langenbach
Robert Stuprich
Sound Design
Marc Fragstein, Marvin Keil
Friederike Bernhardt


Running Time
09:12 min
Shooting Format
3D, Full CG
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD),ProRes
Aspect Ratio
5.1, Stereo



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany


Iring Freytag

Viktor Stickel