Zombriella

A Film by Benjamin Gutsche

Synopsis

Like many 8 year old boys, Miko often wakes up in the middle of the night. Haunted by the creatures of his nightmares, he jumps out of his room and sneaks in to his mother’s bed to hide under her blanked, were he is safe from the monsters… In Miko’s nightmares it’s zombies, who totter around mumbling incomprehensible noises, screaming and coming dangerously close to him. Especially little Zombriella follows the boy doggedly. And on top of everything, there is Miko’s older brother Steve, who makes fun of him and even changed his name to scaredy cat. Sooner or later Miko has to face his fears, stand up to the monsters and show his brother what he’s really made of…

Director

  • Picture of Benjamin Gutsche © Benjamin Gutsche

    Benjamin Gutsche

    I knew I wanted to be a director since September 2nd 1993. I was the biggest dinosaurs fan on earth when my parents took me to the movies to see „Jurassic Park“. Although my mom kept my eyes closed most of the time - „to scary for a 7yrs old kid“ - I immediately knew I have to become a filmmaker if I want continue playing with dinosaurs! About 20 years later I’m still waiting for an offer to make a new “Jurassic Park” movie. In the meantime I wrote “Arman’s secret” - a fantasy tv series for German television. Furthermore I wrote and directed the children’s shorts “Love, Cakes & Rock’n’Roll” and “While mommy’s sleeping” for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). For me, movies and tv series are always an escape from reality. I love writing and directing stories that make me laugh and cry. Stories that are surprising, captivating, exciting and give the audience a cause for reflection. The main thing is there have to be dinosaurs in it…

Awards + Festivals

  • 37th FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS (Children Shorts, Germany)January 22, 2016
  • GENRENALE4 FILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Berlin, Germany)February 17, 2016
  • MAHARASHTRA INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)March 25, 2016
  • 25th DAKINO INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Competition, Bucharest, Romania)April 13, 2016
  • 44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)May 13, 2016
  • 11th DER PHANTASTISCHE TRASHFILM – DAS UNABHÄNGIGE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL KASSEL (Competition, Germany)June 3, 2016
  • *JURY CLASS AWARD*
    13th PLEIN LA BOBINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, La Bourboule, France)June 11, 2016
  • 7th HYART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)June 18, 2016
  • CRYPTSHOW FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Badalona, Spain) July 7, 2016
  • *GRIFONE AWARD*
    46th GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2016 – GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL (Section ELEMENTS +10, Italy)July 15, 2016
  • SPECIAL MENTION
    21st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE PARA NINOS (Official Selection, Mexico City, Estado de México, Mérida, Michoacán and Tijuana Mexico)August 9, 2016
  • 40th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Open Air Programm, Germany)August 12, 2016
  • 8th SHORTYNALE KURZFILMFESTIVAL (German-Speaking Competition, Klosterneuburg, Austria)August 17, 2016
  • 11th BUTFF - B MOVIE UNDERGROUND & TRASH FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Netherlands)August 31, 2016
  • 1st FARM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)September 1, 2016
  • *DIRECTOR'S AWARD*
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • 13th DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington, D.C., USA)September 8, 2016
  • *BEST SHORT FILM FOR 12-*
    34th CARROUSEL INT'L DU FILM DE RIMOUSKI (Official Selection, Canada)September 21, 2016
  • 18th SEOUL YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Korea)September 29, 2016
  • 4th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL WEST (Official Selection, Hermosa Beach, CA, USA)September 29, 2016
  • 9th MAIPU CORTOS FESTIVAL DE CINE DE HUMOR (Official Selection, Argentina)October 6, 2016
  • 11th ANNUAL TACOMA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)October 6, 2016
  • 1st CINEMAGIC BELFAST FILM AND TELEVISION FESTIVAL (Official Selecion, Belfast, North Ireland)October 7, 2016
  • 14th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, Kansas, USA)October 12, 2016
  • 3rd MUSKOKA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Rosseau, Ontario, Canada)October 20, 2016
  • 19th ABYCINE - ALBACETE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Albacete, Spain)October 20, 2017
  • 4th FESTIVAL LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (Out of Competition, «Culottes courtes», Huy, Belgium)October 23, 2016
  • 35th UPPSALA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Uppsala Jackdaw for Best Children's Film, Sweden)October 24, 2016
  • 10th INT’L CHILDREN’S FILMFESTIVAL FILEM’ON (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)October 30, 2016
  • 15th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Emilia, Italy)November 3, 2016
  • 30th BRAUNSCHWEIG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)November 7, 2016
  • 31st BREST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Children Program, France)November 8, 2016
  • 8th KINODISEEA INT’L CHILDREN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)November 10, 2016
  • 11th BURIED ALIVE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Atlanta, USA)November 17, 2016
  • *BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM*
    1st ETCULTURA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Petersburg, FL, USA)November 18, 2016
  • 12th PARIS COURTS DEVANT INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL ("Films for children" program, Paris, France)December 4, 2016
  • 1st FILMSTHAN – INT’L FILM FESTIVAL ON WHEELS (Official Selection, New Dehli, India)December 25, 2016
  • 39th CLERMONT-FERRAND INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Youth Audience Competition, France)February 3, 2016
  • 5th ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Maryland, USA)March 30, 2017
  • AG KURZFILM SCREENING @ EUROPEAN FILM MARKET (Special Screening, Berlin, Germany)February 15, 2017
  • 35th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL CINÉ-JEUNE DE L'AISNE (Special Screening, France)April 14, 2017
  • 1st PETERSBURGER DIALOG - RUSSIAN-GERMAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Russia)April 20, 2017
  • FANTASTIC CINEMA & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Little Rock, AR, USA)May 3, 2017
  • 5th SHARJAH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, United Arab Emirates)October 8, 2017
  • 14th EDITION OF COURT MÉTRANGE, INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC AND ETRANGE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Secondary School Program, Rennes, France) October 18, 2017
  • 36th OULU INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Finland)November 13, 2017
  • 35th INT'L AUDIENCE FILM FESTIVAL ALE KINO! (Short Films Competition, Poznan, Poland)December 3, 2017
  • UPPSALA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL FAVOURITES TOUR (Official Selection, diverse locations, Sweden)
  • LISTED IN THE CATALOGUE „GERMAN SHORT FILMS 2017“ (AG KURZFILM – GERMAN SHORT FILM ASSOCIATION)

Crew

Screenplay
Benjamin Gutsche
Producer
David Christoph
Director
Benjamin Gutsche
Director of Photography
J. Moritz Kaethner
Costume Design
Daniela Thomas
Sound
Manuel Voigt
Editor
Sabine Knauer
Sound Design
Tobias Peper
Music
Pivo Deinert

Details

Running Time
15'
Shooting Format
digital
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Sound
5.1

Contact

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