E is for Evolution

A Film by Paul Kusmaul


E is for Evolution is an animated short. It consists out of 26 short episodes about evolution. Each Episode has its own point of view and interpretation due to evolution.
The film deals with several topics and questions. For example the development from reptiles to mammels and the instinct of procreation. Was all life on earth created by god or was it just randomly developed by nature with a method we call evolution. And what about the future? Will humans and machines merge together in one new lifeform?
These all questions and topics are merged in everyday storys and stereotypes.
The alphabet builts a chronolgical base of the film. To each letter there is an episode. In the end the film results in an collaged overall picture. A small ABC of evolution.


  • Picture of Paul Kusmaul © Paul Kusmaul

    Paul Kusmaul

    Paul Kusmaul is born in 1984 in Karaganda (Kazakhstan). In the age of five he came to Germany. 2005 he graduated from high school. 2007 he started studying Digital Media at Hochschule Darmstadt. 2010 Paul get his bachelor graduation with the short movie Hannes der Hausmeister. From 2010 to 2013 he worked as a Motion Designer in Berlin. 2013 Paul moved to Ludwigsburg to study Motion Design at Filmakademie Ludwigsburg. April 2016 he graduated with the animated short E is for Evolution.
    Since 2016 Paul works as a freelance motion designer and filmmaker.

Awards + Festivals

  • 23rd INT’L INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL IN THE NAME OF IRENEUSZ RADŹ “PUBLICYSTYKA 2016” (Official Selection, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland)October 21, 2016
  • 15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • 9th MORBIDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)November 2, 2016
  • 10th SHORTFILM SLAM – ZEISE KINO (Official Selection, Hamburg, Germany)November 18, 2016
  • 22nd FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)November 30, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh) December 3, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2016
  • 20th CINEMAIUBIT – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)December 7, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Fiction Short Film Section, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • 30th STUTTGARTER FILMWINTER (Official Selection, Germany)January 18, 2017
  • 8th ARTFOOLS VIDEO FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Larissa, Greece)January 20, 2017
  • ANIMAC 2017 (SATURDAY LATE NIGHT SESSION, Lleida, Spain)March 2, 2017
  • 8th FILMS FOR THE FOREST (Official Selection, Austin, Texas, USA)March 12, 2017
  • 8th FLICKS INT'L STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Groningen, Netherlands)March 15, 2017
  • 12th ATHENS ANIMFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Greece)March 16, 2017
  • HEADWATERS FILM FEST 2017 (Official Selection, Bemidji State University, Minnesota, USA)March 30, 2017
  • 1st ANIMATED ARIZONA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA)March 31, 2017
  • EPOS – THE INT’L ART FILM FESTIVAL (Student Competition, Tel Aviv, Israel) April 5, 2017
  • CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 5, 2017
  • 18th ANNUAL CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, Mississippi, USA)April 6, 2017
    48th NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tennessee, USA)April 20, 2017
  • 46th SEHSÜCHTE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)April 26, 2017
  • 8th GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA - INT'L ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Program, Sofia, Bulgaria)May 1, 2017
  • 14th NEIßE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany) May 9, 2017
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • 13th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection “ADAF kids”, Greece)May 18, 2017
  • 57th ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL (Zlín Dog International Student Film Competition, Zlín - Kudlov, Czech Republic)May 26, 2017
  • 5th AZORES FRINGE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Azores, Portugal)May 26, 2017
  • 4th LITERALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)June 14, 2017
  • "BOLLERWAGENKINO" (Screening, Munich, Germany)July 21, 2017
  • "BOLLERWAGENKINO" (Screening, Munich, Germany)July 27, 2017
  • 18th LES UTOPIALES 2017 - INT SHORT COMPETITION (Official Selection, Nantes, France)November 1, 2017


Paul Kusmaul
Paul Kusmaul
Oliver Arnold
William Naylor (Narrator)
Recording of the Narrator
Alexander Kusmaul
Paul Kusmaul
Sound Design
Marco Schnebel
Andreas Pfeiffer


Running Time
5:37 mins
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 surround



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Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

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Eva Steegmayer
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany