Fruit

A Film by Gerhard Funk

Synopsis

Rise into being, mature, perish – Fruit tells a creation story. As the animated short film unfolds, it brings forth a play of shapes illustrating the dialog between two mythological forces – the West and the East. In it the vibrating entities of black and white are constantly being split apart and reconciled by red, in a playful and dramatic choreography of forms and figures. The journey is narrated in three parts which function like three rooms that are being crossed. In the first room of this triptych the viewer dives into a cosmos of inorganic, dead matter with astronomic dimensions and simple shapes that oscillate. The second room produces living creatures that exist in cycles of eating and mating. In the third room dwells the human being, incessantly striving, searching, erring. A plant bearing leaves, flowers and a ripening fruit is the recurring motif that runs throughout the entire short film. The polar opposites, black and white, are complemented by the omnipresence of red. As the events progress, they begin to form cyclic patterns. Yet the structure of the story as a whole remains linear. A world awakens, unfurls into a pulsating multiform variety of creatures, and dies once it has completed its course. Fruit reveals itself to be the answer to its own question, an answer that seeks meaning – the Fruit, that nourishes human existence.

Director

  • Picture of Gerhard Funk © Gerhard Funk

    Gerhard Funk

    Born 1981 in Russia and moved to Germany in the age of 13. Apprenticeship as designer of print media then study at the Academy of Fine Art Saar in the subject „Media Arts & Design“. Graduated 2010. 2011- 2015 different Jobs in the field of 3D and 2D animation. Simultaneously independent film making. Now freelance animator and independent film maker.

Awards + Festivals

  • 38th CLERMONT-FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Film Market, France)February 5, 2016
  • 22th KURZFILMWOCHE REGENSBURG (Special Screening, Germany)March 9, 2016
  • 17th LAKFF, LANDSHUT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Germany)March 9, 2016
  • 32th EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL LILLE (Competition, France )March 11, 2016
  • *1st PRIZE*
    2nd KINGSTOON 2016 (Int’l Short Film Competition, Jamaica)March 12, 2016
  • 20th SAGUENAY INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (only at the filmmarket, Canada)March 16, 2016
  • 11th ATHENS ANIMFEST (Official Selection, Greece)April 7, 2016
  • 7th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Caligari (Competition, Italy)April 13, 2016
  • 19th BRUSSELS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (International Competition, Belgium)April 27, 2016
  • 6th DADA SAHEB PHALKE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, India)April 30, 2016
  • 7th THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILMS, AniFest, Trebon (Competition, Czech Republic)May 3, 2016
  • 14th CINEMADAMARE (Official Selection, various locations, Italy)June 1, 2016
  • 3rd FILMQUEST FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salt Lake City, Utah)June 17, 2016
  • 29th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL OF VÉBRON (Official Selection, France)June 20, 2016
  • 4th AIFF – ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ariano Irpino, Italy)August 1, 2016
  • ON LOCATION: MEMPHIS INT’L FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Memphis, TN, USA)August 11, 2016
  • 16th HIROSHIMA INT’L ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Competition, Japan)August 18, 2016
  • 12th BUDAPEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Panorama, Hungary)August 30, 2016
  • *PRESIDENT’S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA) 
September 5, 2016
  • ANIMASYROS 9.0 INT'L ANIMATION FESTIVAL+AGORA (Int'l Competition, Syros Island, Greece)September 21, 2016
  • TUMBLEWEEDS FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH 2016 (Official Selection, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)September 23, 2016
  • 9th ANIMASIVO, MEXICO CITY CONTEMORARY ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Mexico City, Mexico)September 28, 2016
  • 10th KINOFEST INT’L DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL (World Panorama, Bucharest, Romania)October 2, 2016
  • 4th INDIECORK FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cork, Ireland)October 9, 2016
  • 14th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, Kansas, USA)October 12, 2016
  • FILMLABFESTIVAL 2016 (non-competitive section dedicated to animated films, Brescia, Italy)October 13, 2016
  • INNSBRUCK NATURE FILM FESTIVAL (Nomination, Austria)October 18, 2016
  • 33rd BOGOTA FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Category (non competitive section), Colombia)October 18, 2016
  • *1st PLACE COMPETITION*
    2nd THESSALONIKI ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greece)October 20, 2016
  • 13th KONSTANZER KURZ.FILM.SPIELE (Official Selection, Germany)October 23, 2016
  • 8th ANNUAL PETALUMA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)October 28, 2016
  • *BEST MUSICAL ANIMATED CLIP*
    8th REANIMANIA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM AND COMICS ART FESTIVAL OF YEREVAN (Official Selection, Armenia)October 28, 2016
  • 17th IZMIR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Izmir, Turkey)November 2, 2016
  • 6th ST CLOUD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA)November 5, 2016
  • 30th BRAUNSCHWEIG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)November 7, 2016
  • 32nd INTERFILM – SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (International Competition, Germany)November 14, 2016
  • 29th EXGROUND FILMFEST (German Short Film Competition, Wiesbaden, Germany)November 15, 2016
  • 16th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)November 16, 2016
  • 37th EUROPEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF VILLEURBANNE (Digital Pictures Competition, France)November 18, 2016
  • 10th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN ANTEATERS (Official Selection, Lublin, Poland)November 18, 2016
  • 15th FILMZ – FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS ("Andersartig" Selection, Mainz, Germany)November 22, 2016
  • *JURY SPECIAL MENTION*
    33rd TEHRAN INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Main Competition, Iran)December 1, 2016
  • 9th AMACORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)December 2, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • 12th PARIS COURTS DEVANT INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ("Music films" official program, official program, Paris, France)December 4, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 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
  • 27th BAMBERG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)January 23, 2017
  • *OUTSTANDING ANIMATED FILM AWARD*
    SNOWTOWN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Watertown, NY, USA)January 25, 2017
  • 12th CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL SEATTLE (Official Selection, USA)January 26, 2017
  • 2nd FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE DE MEDELLIN (Official Selection, Medellin, Colombia)February 15, 2017
  • BEST CONCEPT FOR ANIMATION
    17th FILUMS - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Pakistan)February 17, 2017
  • 3rd FINDECOIN - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES INDEPENDIENTES (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 20, 2017
  • 13th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FILM FESTIVAL (Digital Art Exhibition, Athen, Greece)March 7, 2017
  • 2nd FEMUCIQ FESTIVAL MUNDIAL DE CINE INDEPENDIENTE DE QUITO (Official Selection, Quito, Ecuador)March 7, 2017
  • *SPECIAL MENTION*
    12th ATHENS ANIMFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Greece)March 16, 2017
  • 18th BUNTER HUND - INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFEST MÜNCHEN (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)March 18, 2017
  • 8th ROANNE ANIMATION SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Experimental Competition, Roanne, France)March 20, 2017
  • *BEST ANIMATION*
    10th TAOS SHORTZ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Mexico, USA)March 30, 2017
  • 1st PICKURFLICK INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Category, Bangalore, India)March 31, 2017
  • CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 3, 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
  • 7th NEW VISION INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kiev, Ukraine)April 7, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL DE CINE DE SAN LORENZO (Official Selection, Paraguay)April 14, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • 9th FILM FEST PETALUMA (Official Selection, Petaluma, CA, USA)May 6, 2017
  • 6th CARMARTHEN BAY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wales)May 8, 2017
  • 14th NEIßE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany) May 9, 2017
  • *GO WITH THE FLOW - PROFESSIONAL AWARD*
    4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • 23rd KURZFILMTAGE THALMÄSSING (Official Selection, Germany) May 12, 2017
  • LJUBLJANA INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)May 12, 2017
  • 9th LEIDEN INT’LSHORT FILM EXPERIENCE (LISFE) (Official Selection, Leiden, Netherlands)May 13, 2017
  • BACKUP_FESTIVAL (Int'l Competition, Weimar, Germany)May 17, 2017
  • 13th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection “ADAF kids”, Greece)May 18, 2017
  • 1st MusiCanZone FilmFest (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)May 25, 2017
  • 8th VAFI INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN AND YOUTH ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL VARAŽDIN (Official Selection, Croatia)May 30, 2017
  • ROLLE VORWÄRTS - FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)May 31, 2017
  • 44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)June 2, 2017
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
  • 7th FESTIVALICO - MUESTRA DE CORTOMETRAJES Y VIDEOARTE (Official Selection, Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia), Spain)June 16, 2017
  • WILDSOUND FEEDBACK FILM AND SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)June 28, 2017
  • KAMALEOIAK GARA (Screening, San Sebastian, Spain)July 2, 2017
  • 8th FILM SCORE AND SCRUFFY CITY FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Knoxville, TN, USA)July 27, 2017
  • 1st MUSICANZONE FILMFEST (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)August 7, 2017
  • 12th ANNUAL REDCAT INT'L CHILDREN’S FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)

Trailer

Crew

Screenplay
Gerhard Funk
Producer
Gerhard Funk
Director
Gerhard Funk
Sound
Tobias Schneider
Editor
Gerhard Funk
Sound Design
Tobias Schneider
Music
Tobias Schneider

Details

Running Time
06:55
Shooting Format
4K digital computergenerated images
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
5.1.

Contact

FILM AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 (0) 176 - 62965299
markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Gerhard Funk
Renatastr. 40
80634 München, Germany
+49 (0) 160 23 30 49 2
mail@gerhard-funk.net