YEAR Film is dedicated to the memory of Marek Serafinski, a filmmaker and producer, privately the director’s husband. It is a graphic and sound diary created from everyday life paper waste: labels, tickets etc. and cigarette packages of one chain smoker, accumulated by one collector within six years.
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What happens in a cinema when you film it at a resolution of 10K with a 360° camera and then reverse the spatial and temporal axes? It is not surprising that cinema-in-the-cinema scenes are often used in horror films. For they irritate and unsettle by reminding us – the immobile viewers hidden in the cosy […]
ANGEL’S TRUMPET Inspiration for the film came to me from the plant Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia). One of its many breeds can be pollinated solely by a very long billed hummingbird. Only this bird is able to reach the core of the blossom and drink the flower’s nectar. It took millions of years of evolution to […]
In a forgotten village, where everyone is cut from the same cloth, a new, self-proclaimed leader arrives changing the local way of life. Dividing lines are carved out as the once unified society is torn and segregated. THEM is a cautionary tale of misguided ideologies, destructive leadership and of being an outsider. But most importantly, […]
Voices in a crowd stir violent emotions, microaggressions bring up past traumas. Then a turning shifts the emotional landscape… A short animated film about the emotional impact of homo- bi- and transphobia on young people, and how support and community can help us grow.
With a mix of claymation and live action we enter the world of Love, who’s 2 years old and struggles to get attention from his father and connect to his Granny. But Loves father has no time, to see him or to listen, since he’s totally preoccupied with trying go get grandma out of bed.
HOW AND WHY DON JOSE DISSIPATED A delighted bee disturbs the tranquility of vacationers on a quiet pastoral island. Disturbing Don Jose in the middle of a relaxing gaze, he spits at her and she falls into his drink. Attempting to save her from drowning, Don Jose becomes emotionally attached to the bee. When the […]
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see. The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, […]
ALTITUDE Sophie longs to be reborn while seeking to know her double. A party in the hills of Los Angeles offers a corporeal shift to her existence.
The process of self-purification is visualized through both abstract and direct representations of deities and other elements from the egyptian mythology, combined with modern graphical elements. The character is trapped in an uninhabitable world reigned by chaos which is a visual representation of her own state of mind. As she enters subconsciousness a mixture of […]
Drawing. Dancing is a short experimental animation that sits between visual and performing art. Employing a body language positioned between choreography and combat, we seem to be watching a mysterious exchange between the drawing and the dancer.
A Creak In Time is a 27-minute meditation on the ever-expanding fractal universe with recurring themes of transformation and altered perception, switching scale from microscopic topography to the vast distances of the cosmos. Presented in two parts, the first exploring the macro; the nature of physicality and formation on a celestial level, with the latter […]
꽃 ‘At Kindergarten I thought I could grow a penis from my vagina, just like the other boys.’ Although Chaerin Im was born as a woman, she never had affection or interest in objects or properties that corresponded to the category of ‘feminine’. At the same time, she never had the feeling that she should […]
GELATO – DIE SIEBEN SOMMER DER EISLIEBE. The 20th Century was still young when Italian mountaineers conquered Germany with a sensation: gelato! Tiny stalls developed into beautiful ice cream shops. But suddenly sunny days of childhood turned into dark years of war. The love story between Rosa and Paolo ended before the seventh summer had […]
1000 KINGS. 1000 people live encaged in an immense space and can only be distinguished from one another by their different social positions, as in a beehive. The inhabitants’ only goal is to produce light. But only one of them has this ability. For this he is admired and exploited, until he makes a fatal […]
Booted from the limelight, Max Headroom now roves the video signal on the search for meaning. Once summoned to the screen, he talks to the audience in hopes of remembering his past life. As we watch Max, (and as he continues to watch us), he begins to understand what it will take to escape from […]
In the film Standing Nymph and Man, the Fine Arts Building in Chicago is the protagonist rather than the subject. Originally designed by Spencer Beman in 1884 as a soundproof structure for the Studebaker Company (horse carts and automobiles), the building has for many years been home to artists’ studios and services for classical music. […]
CAT DAYS. Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to see the doctor. She diagnoses a harmless condition. But it shakes the core of the boy’s identity.
STRETCH OF LAND. A story about silence, remembrance and the power of narratives. The half-hour-long short film Stretch of Land, based upon hundreds of drawings, tells of a German family’s fate between the end of World War II and the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The film begins with these sentences: “After the war my […]
The old lady excitedly awaited her little girl at the train station. As time ticked by, there was still no sign of her daughter. Turned out she had got onto the wrong platform! To rescue her little girl, the old lady would have to get through the sea-like crowds and the mountain-high stairs— but her […]
A letter, a broken heart. The sound of the rain. A black cat, a plan.
In a cold and sterile world Kaskador feels more and more uncomfortably watched. He decides to take a closer look behind the secret of the mysterious observer-drones and follows them to their maze. A musical parable about “surveillance”.
Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever- changing world; a hand painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind. Based on the ups and down of my parents’ relationship, this illustrative and […]
Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil. Inspired by the actual correspondence recovered by the couple’s grandsons 80 years later in São Paulo, A Thousand Kisses presents a peculiar love story tainted […]
Sometime in the late Cretaceous, a fierce Tyrannosaurus Rex dreams about a cute little kitten. It is a dream that ushers in a new phase of his life. Determined to recover the kitten, he abandons his daily routine of hunting, eating and sleeping and sets out to explore the world around him. The story is […]
In Edge of Alchemy the silent-era actors Mary Pickford and Janet Gaynor are seamlessly appropriated from their early films of the 1920’s and cast into a surreal epic with an upending of the Frankenstein story and an undercurrent of hive collapse. Comprised of over 6000 handmade collages, Edge of Alchemy is the third in a […]
Five deities of power gather in an Underground Secret Society to discuss major themes about world domination and status-quo. Mr. Visionarius has machiavellian prospects for the future of mankind, but he is warned by the Angel Auditivus about the spiritual awakening present in some avenues of Western society.
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.
After a flood, some fish got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don’t feel happy about the unintended gathering.
Netta, a young Israeli woman wishes to immigrate to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors. He refuses to speak to her again if she leaves. Based on Daniella Koffler’s personal story, “Compartments” is the first German-Israeli animation co-production that […]
A turntable springs out a woman named Avocado, out of Avocado’s instinct creates a man called Soul. A sudden passion joins and swings them in a trumpet mood. An uncertainty madness strikes Soul heavily. Seed of passion continue to breed conflict amongst five men without control, which eventually leads Soul to the fact of life.
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 […]
A small dinosaur called “Citipati” falls prey to a global extinction event caused by a meteorite impact. Despite the struggling attempts, the body soon succumbs to its wounds and collapses. In its mind, though, the fight against the traumatic experience continues, nearly trapping the fearful dinosaur in its own nightmare. But after overcoming its instincts […]
A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.
The non-narrative animated film is a poetic debate with the issue of “HOME” and the experience of the outland as a new home. A collage of fragments of Hilde Domin´s poems and a concentration and overlay of sketchy drawings and sound elements – always incomplete, always close to disappearance. It describes the search for an […]
Experimental Animation based on Urban Exploring in Paris. The Idea was to feel inspired by this beautiful but also terrifying City & its Urban Landscapes. The focus was laid on Faces in this City that are on the darker side of the spectrum. These faces were collaged and animated in various Techniques.
Whilst we remain safe and sound, watching the highest grossing cat fail compilation – all that is kept out of sight gets back to us in this consumerist nightmare. On a global playground, without bounds, the cat’s body is devoured, exploited and controlled – its fear of pain being stronger than its longing for freedom. […]
After a long journey through space the last two believers are about to reach their destination. Ananda, the space archaeologist, hopes to prove that Earth is not a myth and that all mankind did originated from the same tiny blue planet – but mostly he wants to prove his colleagues and his father wrong and […]
“The Moon Is Essentially Gray” is a 3-minute CG animated short about a young child, her makeshift rocket, and her fantastic flight to the moon. The film explores the role escapism plays in the lives of children who suffer some form of neglect or abandonment by their caregivers, and is ultimately about the struggle to […]
In rural villages in Ghana, Clara faces the challenges of teaching, as her students discover the happiness of having wheels. This playful animated documentary shows how bicycling brings joy to a new teacher and independence to her students.
Don Ruperto is an old cynical man who does not care about other people’s feelings. Ruthlessly he cares just on his own interests. When he gets himself into trouble nevertheless he is helped by those he hurt.
Little Ami finds out her mother must leave on a business trip. Mom tells her a white lie to appease her mind while she is away. Find out what happens when the innocent lie turns true in a way neither of them expected.
This cinematic parable tells the story of five people in a diner who spin a yarn about potato dishes. In the next scene, funny animated potatoes appear. The audience cheerfully follows the film but understands that a highly topical issue is served with the potatoes on the plate.
A long time ago in Eastern Europe the turmoil following a revolt against Soviet occupation leads to the separation of a small child and her mother. While the mother is forced to flee the country, her daughter is raised by a bunch of precocious geese. After 5 years of separation the child gets on its […]
„The feeding habits of the common chameleon as never seen before“
The story of an encounter, the fulfillment and the fail of wishes and phantasies. Mishka and Fox – a white dot, a red line and the infinite darkness of the universe.
Sara is a Google Street View Camera and photographs the streets from the top of a Car. But when she listens to the music of driver Larry for the first time, something starts to shake in her. Deeply unsettled by this behavior, she searches for help at the common Google Search. Google instead, just wants […]
An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.
A piggy pursuing dream in the big factory but in reality all efforts seemed powerless and even kill himself. The concept is inspired by the classic movies of the silent era, Metropolis and Modern Times. The title is coming from the song ‘Where have all the flowers gone?’. Original song uses the disappearing flowers, telling […]
From the team that brought you “The Lost Tribes of New York City” comes a new animated documentary. “149th and Grand Concourse” captures the diverse voices of the South Bronx against a backdrop of rapidly changing streets. An animated portrait of New York city life in flux.
In 1986, Andy London had a small, forgettable role in the Glen Cove High School production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”. But what happened when the curtains closed…is the stuff of legend.
Awesome Beetle’s Colors” is a 3.13 minutes long, fun and educative plasticine animation. The story goes: Awesome Beetles Color Dirty Elephant. Five Gorgeous Hippopotamuses Inspire the Jaguar. Kangaroos Like Marmelade. Naughty Octopuses Photograph the Queen. The Royal Spider Teaches an Unhappy Vampire. Wariors X-ray a Yellow Zebra. A nearly impossible story, supported by a catchy […]
A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her in the hereafter.
In Exile is the story of a boy who lives with his grandmother in an Eastern European village. His parents are both working abroad, so the boy is left to his own devices. He fills his time by playing in an abandoned shed on the river bank. Inside the shed he toils away at a […]
BLOODY SOUR GRAPES, INDEED. It’s already been 18 years since David Foster Wallace built his epic novel Infinite Jest around a dystopian society ruled by a constant pressure to achieve and an obsession with efficiency.The film’s title Verflucht saure Trauben, fürwahr is a quote from the german version of the novel: on the search to […]
Lion and Bird break into an uninhabited villa to find out about the reason why it is not aging. Immediately they feel the power that keeps the villa alive.
A business woman risks due to work pressure physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. A saleslady is bubbling over with magical vitality. A beautiful fairy is chased through the woods … Three sides of the same woman in inner conflict. This modern parable is looking for priorities in life and is a plea to vitality.
An animation-short about puberty, based on real life interviews with teenagers.
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 […]
A cruel war has taken two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life. Anxious her sons could come in danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They […]
CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO. Chika the dog and the five-year old Mikasch are the heroes of this story which is set in a Jewish ghetto in an unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews and the threats of the 2nd World […]
Alan Brown uses divine powers of precognition to foresee the fate of mankind… and breakfast. Meanwhile, Wendy has had enough of being married to ‘the next step in cognitive evolution’.
Everyday routine on an ordinary working day. Then things turn in a different direction – or was it just a dream?
In a continuous scenery, his physical movement stays in the same position. The speed of the continuity and his movement have accelerated and gradually cause a distortion.
“Leaving home, ‘I’ got a phone call. As ‘I’ answered it, the house exploded. ‘I’ went to work and continued as normal”…
An ex-model tries to explain how not to be boring, or does he?
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem “All The World’s A Stage” narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company). Directed by Hannes Rall.
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, […]
After Elfie and her nerdy son August successfully proved themselves on their home webcam in MeTube 1, the odd pair venture onto the street to present the biggest, boldest, and sexiest operatic flash mob the internet has ever witnessed!
THE SMALL GRAIN OF RICE It’s the story of a special encounter between two strangers in the town Daegu in South Korea. The true story of a great inspiration leading to the formation of the first SOS-Children’s Village outside of Europe.
LITTLE HERO Doug is a 12 year old boy, who has terminal cancer. He lies in hospital, full of fear of the unknown. He feels lonely , because of his mother, who can’t take it anymore to visit him at this state. The hospital staff is busy with their work too. But then the mysterious […]
Frederick Baer spent over a decade on death row in Indiana State Prison. He is still waiting for his death penalty to be executed. Hand-drawn animated Documentary about a murderers time on death row and the conflicts about his guilt and destiny.
LOOKS tells the story of a gray lynx that doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. He’s being excluded and bullied by the coloured animals. On his search for acceptance and belonging he finds himself resorting to drastic measures… The film deals with social exlusion and bullying and aims at children from 4 […]
NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.
MADAMA BUTTERFLY is a string puppet movie about a fiery opera performance with tragic consequences.
THE CABINET DECISION Israel and Palestine, two entities competing over their one beating heart. Will they both survive?
A story of two star-crossed lovers in ancient Vietnam. Baeed on a traditional folk tale and adapted for animation in a style inspired by local Asian art styles.
Sry bsy – no time for nothing. Not even for spelling in full the words “sorry” and “busy”… This digital 2D animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping up with the challenges of modern working life. By combining a dark sense of humor with absurd elements, sry bsy is amusing and disturbing […]
The true story of „B.“: Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?
An ornithologist falls for a girl dancing with birds.
“Warm snow” is an animation short about the relationship between a father and his grown up daughter. It starts out in an ordinary situation with the father and daughter sitting at the kitchen table. The daughter is waiting for her food to get warm and is annoyed by her father’s questions and suggestions. The situation […]
Toni is a fisherman in Lampedusa. He sees men, women and children traveling from another continent. Who are these migrants arriving by sea on an island at the entry door of Europe, leaving it as soon as they can if they didn’t die before on their paths? Through Toni’s testimony, intercut by animation that underlines […]
A snail invents the wheel and goes through a rapid cultural evolution, to finally get back to its origin.
Rob, a worn out robot with a corrupt memory, drowns the sorrows of his ‘screwed’ existence in alcohol and asks himself the essential question: what did he do wrong? He needs to remember…
My grandpa’s past was always very present. It would break through in something he’d say or do, but he’d never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.
The mechanical life form Ohm inhabits a bleak and devastated planet. The thousands of mechanical creatures of this world share a single cycle of energy. In this cycle, Ohm is a rogue element. His nature is to devour and absorb others. When one day a gargantuan foreign object appears in the skies during a lightning […]
Julius can’t sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a roadtrip, but somehow he can’t manage to leave. A hand drawn film about failure, insomnia, a red motorbike, pretty bargirls, the desolateness of Berlin (even in summer) and waterproof socks.
In “REPLACE” we are confronted with a Nature seemingly familiar to us, but only at first glance. Quickly it becomes clear that Nature’s laws have been suspended and strange creatures are inhabiting the Planet. All plants and animals give the impression of pursuing a certain target. Halfway through the film a geometrical shape appears, floating […]
Recently in the Woods is a short tale about acceptance and tolerance. Two horses laugh at a unicorn‘s horn because of it‘s different appearance.
“WIND” is a short animation about the daily routine life in a windy country. WIND is an animated short about the daily life of people living in a windy area who seem helplessly exposed to the weather. However, the inhabitants have learned to deal with their difficult living conditions. The wind creates a natural system […]
The Black Forest in the 19th century: A young and poor charcoal-burner desperately wants to become rich. He trades his warm heart for a cold stone with the evil spirit of the forest. A cautionary tale about the effects of greed on the human soul, based on a darkly romantic German fairy tale.
One child is different than the others. Because of her dreamily and sportive nature she doesn’t match the generally accepted behavior of the other kids. Being different makes her more and more lonely. But in the end her loneliness saves her from being killed by the bomb that hit the orphanage.
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, DACHSHUND AND THE WOLF tells the story of the Grimm fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood” in German Sign Language for deaf and hearing people. The deaf Ziernagel family – Little Red Riding Hood, her brother Dachshund, her mother and Forest Grandma, lives in a world where even buildings and trees tell […]
Actually Giant Fox & William Honda just want to enjoy a coffee together, but the afternoon is getting more adventurous than they thought.
It´s grandpa´s birthday. He has invited his family… But they have only eyes for their iphones, smartphones and laptops. Grandpa feels alone… alone at a fully laid table. His attempts to get attention fail. But then… Mucus comes out of the iphones and laptops and infected the family. They turn into media-zombies, stupid people without […]
The poor yet smart trickster Si Lunchai triumphs over the cruel king. An adaptation of an Indonesian legend, inspired by the style of the Southeast Asian shadow puppet play “Wayang Kulit.
It could have been a nice Saturday …were it not for a mad cow, a hysteric mother and two ambulance men, who are all good at one thing mainly: Creating chaos. Comedy about a young Berliner in the German Alps, who gets by a series of confusions in a hospital. A surreal nightmare for our […]
“I just want sex!” says Tanja to Benjamin.
Tami, a newcomer to the online 3D world of Second Life, approaches owners of virtual Second-Life homes in an attempt to re-discover her own lost home. Blending Second-Life and real-life footage, Tami explores the experience of home in the virtual era, and the ability to capture it on film.
The film is based on the poem of the same name by Etta Streicher. It is concerned with not speaking out, keeping your feet still or actually biting the bullet and achieving inner freedom. And about how individual mental states influence the world.
Juergen Vollmer met The Beatles 1960 in Hamburg music club Kaiserkeller. They hung around together, Vollmer started photographing them and when they met again in Paris, The Beatles insisted to get his haircut. Narrow-minded Hamburg in the 50th and 60th made him escape to Paris. He took pictures of beatniks while having sex, moved on […]
Clay-Motion, Stash House Stick-Ups, West Baltimore, and fluffy pancakes. The Hopper is not your average clay-animation story. 16 year old Dexter lives with his grandmother in west Baltimore, Maryland. One night Dexter and his friend Kevin rob local drug dealers, but things do not work out as planned and violence spins out of control.
Freedom of the press is one of our greatest assets. We just need to make journalists aware of abuses and defend this fundamental right. But we must also focus on self-critical on the way we work. Freedom of the press is regularly put to the test. The short film “20zwoelf” – the video essay www.20zwoelf.de […]