Madama Butterfly

A Film by Andreas Kessler
and Lea Najjar

Synopsis

MADAMA BUTTERFLY is a string puppet movie about a fiery opera performance with tragic consequences.

Director

  • Picture of Andreas Kessler © Andreas Kessler

    Andreas Kessler

    In 2010 Andreas Kessler started working as a film editor for directors such as Enrique Sánchez Lansch in Berlin. In the meantime he made his own short films which were screened internationally and broadcast on German television (ZDF). His latest short film CAMOUFLAGE was shown worldwide in 2014. His film POSITIVE FEELINGS, which took over 5 years of filming, won the first prize at the Deutscher Jugendvideopreis 2015. In September 2014 he started studying fiction film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

  • Picture of Lea Najjar © Lea Najjar

    Lea Najjar

    Lea Najjar was born in Vienna, Austria. She finished her school education in Beirut, Lebanon while working as a Press Photographer at Al Akhbar. After completing her Freshman at the American University of Beirut in 2014, she started studying studying documentary film directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Awards + Festivals

  • 2nd NIGHTPIECE FILM FESTIVAL EDINBURGH (Competition, UK)August 14, 2015
  • 9th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE ANIMACIÓN EXPOTOONS (Competition, Spain)September 3, 2015
  • 5th CHITRAKATHA INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ANIMATION FESTIVAL (International Student Competition, Ahmedabad, India) September 14, 2015
  • 14th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, Kansas, USA)October 12, 2016
  • 4th BEIRUT ANIMATED (Competition, Beirut, Lebanon)October 18, 2015
  • 10th SZCZECIN EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Poland) October 20, 2015
  • 22nd VISIONARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SIENA (Competition, Italy)October 24, 2015
  • 3rd HAGENER KURZFILMFESTIVAL EAT MY SHORTS (Competition, Germany)October 30, 2015
  • 2nd FIRST STEP FILM FEST (Competition, Tirana, Albania)November 10, 2015
  • 1st 401 FILM FEST (Competition, Rhode Island, USA)November 14, 2015
  • 3rd CHINA WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, China)November 20, 2015
  • 14th FILMZ - FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS (Competition, Mainz, Germany)November 25, 2015
  • CHRISTIAN-TASCHE-FILMPREIS – DREH’ DEIN DING(Competition, Unna, Germany)November 26, 2015
  • 21st FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Competition, Germany)December 2, 2015
  • 26th BAMBERGER KURZFILMTAGE (Animation/Experimental Competition, Germany)January 25, 2016
  • FILMTAGE FRIEDRICHSHAFEN JETZT ODER NIE 2016 (Competition, Germany)February 26, 2016
  • WOMEN IN REVOLT - BERLIN-BOUND (Screening ShortsOnTap, Z-inema Berlin, Germany)March 8, 2016
  • 17th BUNTER HUND – INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL MUNICH (Competition, Germany)March 10, 2016
  • 34th FIFA – INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILMS ON ART (Official Selection, Montréal, Canada)March 10, 2016
  • 19th TRAVERSE VIDÉO 2016 (Official Selection, Toulouse, France)March 16, 2016
  • 40th HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (non-competitive animation section, China)March 21, 2016
  • 34th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF URUGUAY (Official Selection, Uruguay)March 22, 2016
  • 39th GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE SELB (Competition, Germany)March 31, 2016
  • 4th HEADWATERS FILM FEST 2016 (Official Selection, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA)April 1, 2016
  • 11th KINOKI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL 2016(Official Selection, México City, México)April 4, 2016
  • 4th CLUJSHORTS – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 4, 2016
  • 6th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (CCFF) (Official Selection, USA)April 6, 2016
  • *BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM*
    6th NEW VISION INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Program, Kiev, Ukraine)April 15, 2016
  • *WINNER ANIMATION CATEGORY*
    BRIDGEWATER COLLEGE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, UK)April 21, 2016
  • 23rd STUTTGART FESTIVAL OF ANIMATED FILM 2015 (Young Animation, Germany)April 26, 2016
  • 26th MEDIAWAVE – “ANOTHER CONNECTION” INT’L FILM FESTIVAL AND MUSIC GATHERING (Int’l Competition, Hungary)April 27, 2016
  • 2nd A LONG WEEK OF SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL SHANGHAI 2016 (Official Selection, China)May 5, 2016
  • 51st WERKSTATT DER JUNGEN FILMSZENE (Competition, Wiesbaden, Germany)May 13, 2016
  • STUDENT CUTS 2016 (Official Selection, Maribor, Slovenia)June 1, 2016
  • 11th HOBOKEN INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Jersey, USA) June 3, 2016
  • 9th OPORTO INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Animation, Porto, Portugal)June 8, 2016
  • 14th CINEMADAMARE (Official Selection, various locations, Italy)June 25, 2016
  • 4th AZORES FRINGE FESTIVAL (Official Selection, MiratecArts, Madalena, Pico-Açores, Portugal)June 29, 2016
  • SAISONABSCHLUSSPARTY FILMKUNSTKINO CINE K (Screening, Oldenburg, Germany)July 2, 2016
  • INSOMNIA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)July 14, 2016
  • 4th AIFF – ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ariano Irpino, Italy)August 1, 2016
  • 4th LA GUARIMBA FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Animation Category, Italy)August 7, 2016
  • 18th FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE INVENTA UN FILLM LENOLA (Animation Section, Italy) August 9, 2016
  • ON LOCATION: MEMPHIS INT’L FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Memphis, TN, USA)August 11, 2016
  • 16th INTERNATIONAL FILM SCHOOLS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)August 11, 2016
  • 9th MOSAIC WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rockford, Illinois, USA)August 26, 2016
  • 1st FARM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)September 1, 2016
  • 1st INN KURZFILMFESTIVAL BRAUNAU (Short Film Competition, Austria) September 23, 2016
  • 14th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, Kansas, USA)October 12, 2016
  • 33rd BOGOTA FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Category (non competitive section), Colombia)October 18, 2016
  • 3rd PIGRECOZEN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Ancona, Italy)October 28, 2016
  • 14th MANLLEU FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Official Selection, Manlleu, Spain)November 1, 2016
  • *SOUND AWARD 2016*
    15th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Emilia, Italy)November 3, 2016
  • 1st MusiCanZone FilmFest (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)May 25, 2017
  • "BOLLERWAGENKINO" (Screening, Munich, Germany)July 21, 2017
  • "BOLLERWAGENKINO" (Screening, Munich, Germany)July 28, 2017
  • 1st MUSICANZONE FILMFEST (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)August 7, 2017
  • 7th BENGALURU INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangalore, India)August 26, 2017

Crew

Screenplay
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar
Director of Photography
Mortimer Graf von Hochberg
Producer
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar
Director
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar
Editor
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar
Sound Design
Michael Lotz
Puppeteer
Rolf Högemann
Set Design
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar
Puppetbuilder
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar
Character Design
Andreas Kessler, Lea Najjar

Details

Running Time
5:13
Shooting Format
Full HD
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
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, DISTRIBUTION & PRODUCTION

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Akademiehof 10
71638 Ludwigsburg, Germany

Tel.: +49 7141 969 103
festivals@filmakademie.de

Eva Steegmayer (Festival)
mail: eva.steegmayer@filmakademie.de