Hilde

A Film by Felix Knoche

Synopsis

After a hard night shift at the hospital tired HILDE (40) hurries home – today is her daughter MELLY’s 11th birthday! Melly would rather like to celebrate with her best friend Franzi, however disappointed Hilde talks her into a trip to the lake. Melly is excited about her birthday present: a „Mono fin“! With it she can swim like a mermaid. At the lake Hilde can finally relax and falls asleep. When she wakes up Melly has disappeared without a trace. Searching for her child panicked Hilde splashes in the water and dives down. Next morning Melly stands in the pouring rain as if she was in a trance. When Hilde approaches her, Melly pulls away. The girl begins to behave strangely, even her body changes, Hilde discovers gills on her neck. Melly desperately wants to go back to the lake, but Hilde locks her at home in an attempt to keep things as they were. When Melly’s health gets crucial, Hilde starts to realise that she can’t hold back her daughter forever…

Director

  • Picture of Felix Knoche © Felix Knoche

    Felix Knoche

    Born 1980 in Vienna, Austria. After his postproduction studies at SAE he works for several years as art director for an austrian gaming company and creates animations, compsitings & visual effects for a wide range of short- and feature films, games, music videos & commercials. He increasingly combines his skills in postproduction with his passion for writing and directing. 2016 he finishes his studies in directing at filmArche Berlin. Now he develops his first feature film and continues working in animation and postproduction.

Awards + Festivals

  • 21st PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
  • 13th SEDICICORTO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Forli, Italy)October 7, 2016
  • 7th TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW (Official Selection, Colorado, USA)October 14, 2016
  • BEST DIRECTING AWARD
    15th HYPERFEST INT’L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cinema Europa, Bucharest, Romania)October 26, 2016
  • 16th TRIESTE SCIENCE+FICTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)November 1, 2016
  • 17th IZMIR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Izmir, Turkey)November 1, 2016
  • 11th BURIED ALIVE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Atlanta, USA)November 17, 2016
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)December 1, 2016
  • 14th INTERNATIONAL SHORT & INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dhaka, Bangladesh)December 3, 2016
  • FESTIVAL DE CORTOMETRAJES EL CUERVO (Official Selection, Navarro, Spain)December 12, 2016
  • *BEST DIRECTOR (STUDENT)*
    5th MUMBAI SHORTS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)December 21, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 11th LECCE FILM FEST - CINEMA INVISIBILE (Official Selection, Italy)December 26, 2016
  • *JURY AWARD FOR THE 2nd BEST FANTASY AND HORROR SHORT FILM*
    4th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES DE TERROR Y FANTÁSTICO "LA VIEJA ENCINA" (Official Selection, Sevilla, Spain)January 19, 2017
  • 7th MEME PAS PEUR - INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF REUNION ISLAND (Official Selection, Saint-Philippe, France)February 22, 2017
  • 12th AURORA: FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE HORROR DE GUANAJUATO (Official Selection, Guanajuato, Mexico)February 27, 2017
  • 2nd INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL KOLKATA (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)March 6, 2017
  • 18th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)March 15, 2017
  • *AWARD NOMINEE BABY IMP - BEST STUDENT FILM*
    2nd INDIE-LINCS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincoln, UK)March 16, 2017
  • 18th BUNTER HUND - INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFEST MÜNCHEN (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)March 18, 2017
  • UTAH FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA)April 7, 2017
  • REALITY BYTES INDEPENDENT STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Illinois, USA)April 11, 2017
  • 33rd IMAGINE FILM FESTIVAL (Competition for the Silver Méliès for the Best European Fantastic Short Film Amsterdam, Netherlands)April 12, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    GOLD MOVIE AWARDS GODDESS NIKE MONTH MARCH (London, UK)April 14, 2017
  • 12th ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, South Carolina, USA)April 19, 2017
  • 2nd ACTION&ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL MOVIEPARK (Official Selection, Los Angeles, California, USA)April 21, 2017
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Veliko, Bulgaria)April 30, 2017
  • FFRESH STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL (Shortlisted: International Fiction, Cardiff, Wales)May 2, 2017
  • 11th JEHLUM SHORT & LONG FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)May 7, 2017
  • 8th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)May 10, 2017
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • 6th PLOIESTI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Romania)May 11, 2017
  • *BEST HORROR NATIONAL*
    AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)May 17, 2017
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Varna, Bulgaria)May 29, 2017
  • 13th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE CUENA (Official Selection, Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, Ecuador)June 3, 2017
  • *BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS*
    1st INT'L INDEPENDENT PERMANENT MEMORIES FESTIVA 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)June 8, 2017
  • 4th LITERALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)June 14, 2017
  • 35th FLIMMERZIMMER (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)June 22, 2017
  • 3rd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 22, 2017
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Balchik, Bulgaria)June 24, 2017
  • *BEST DIRECTOR* & *BEST FX*
    11th CRYPSHOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Badalona, Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain)July 5, 2017
  • *FIRST PRIZE*
    19th LENOLAFILMFESTIVAL INVENTA UN FILM (Int. Competition, Lenola, Italy)August 9, 2017
  • 7th FARCUME - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTAS-METRAGENS DE FARO (Official Selection, Faro, Algarve, Portugal)August 21, 2017
  • 3rd INTERNATIONAL MOTIVATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BRIDGE OF ARTS (Non-Competitive Programme, Rostov-on-Don, Russia)August 23, 2017
  • 23th L’ÉTRANGE FESTIVAL (Int'l short-length Competition, Paris, France)September 6, 2017
  • 12th SHORTS MEXICO - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES MÉXICO (FANTASCORTO SHOWCASE Category, Mexico City, Mexico)September 6, 2017
  • TATORT EIFEL 2017 (Official Selection, Germany)September 15, 2017
  • 12th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, Florida, USA)October 19, 2017
  • 7th EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Scotland, UK)October 27, 2017
  • 16th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)November 3, 2017
  • 2nd AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Switzerland)November 17, 2017
  • GOLD MOVIE AWARDS GODDESS NIKE (Official Selection, London, UK) January 11, 2018
  • 14th DEUTSCHES FERNSEHKRIMIFESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Wiesbaden, Germany)March 6, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Director
Felix Knoche
Screenplay
Felix Knoche
Producer
Felix Knoche
Director of Photography
Christian Taschka
Art Direction
Victor de Pachas
Costume Design
Charlotte Feldmann
Sound
Moritz Monorfalvi
Editor
Juliana Neuhuber
Sound Design
Manuel Meichsner
Music
Rainer Oleak

Details

Running Time
20:23
Shooting Format
4K, Full HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,78 (16:9)
Sound
5.1, Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

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

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILMSCHOOL

filmArche e.V.
Lahnstraße 25
12055 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 30 616 26 911

info@filmarche.de

DIRECTOR

Felix Knoche

felix.knoche@gmx.at
www.felixknoche.com