Täglich einen Kurzen: „POUR 585“ by Patrick Smith

In a dystopian world populated by animated wine glasses, a timid character tries to escape an important rite of passage. When he disrupts the standard pouring ritual, he discovers that individuality comes with a price. Pour 585 is a cautionary tale about the dangers of conformity that uses metaphor to illustrate the process of indoctrination. „Pour 585“ has qualified for entry into the Oscar’s short animated film category.

Directed and Animated by Patrick Smith
Produced by Kaori Ishida
Music by Leon Riskin

These are the 13 animation talents selected for Berlinale Talents 2020

Dear animation lovers,

Berlinale Talents – the festival’s creative hub with talks and workshops for film lovers and invited Talents from around the world (February 22-27) –  has announced its selection of 255 Talents from across the industries and from around 86 countries (cf. press release here). We are very pleased to tell you that, once again, Talents assembles various interesting protagonists from the animation industry and people working in animation and experimental film.

Here they are:

  • Jonatan Schwenk, “Sog” (winner of the Cristal as Best Graduation Film in Annecy, winner of the European Animation Award at the Encounters Festival, Best Student Film at the ITFS Stuttgart and much more; screened at 124 festivals) as well as Sound Design for Räuber und Gendarm, Rules of Play (from Germany); working as a hybrid filmmaker often combining stop-motion, 2D as well as 3D, currently on his graduation film

Sog from Jonatan Schwenk on Vimeo.

  • Nara Normande, Brazilian director living in France – realized “Guaxuma”, an intimate anidoc about friendship which combines different animation techniques all connected with sand, which screened internationally, winning more than 60 awards including SXSW and Palms Springs (the film was produced by Justin Pechberty, a Berlinale Talents alumnus, whose credits include “Wicked Girl”)

Guaxuma by Nara Normande from Les Valseurs on Vimeo.

  • Esther Niemeier, director of the ani-doc “Tracing Addai” (2D rotoscope animation) about two German adolescents joining the Jihad in Syria (screened at 70 film festivals, has won 20 awards including “Best Short Award” at the Oscar qualifying Docaviv, Best Animation at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and was a finalist for the 2018 Student Academy Awards), currently working on a hybrid documentary about her grandmother who was killed in the Third Reich for her outspokenness; from Germany

Tracing Addai from Esther Niemeier on Vimeo.

  • Martin Smatana (FAMU graduate), directed the award-winning puppet animation “The Kite” (including awards: “Young Audience Award” in Annecy; “Best Short Film For Children” at the ITFS Stuttgart, “Best Children’s Short Film” at Anima Mundi) as well as his debut “Rosso Papavero” (premiered at Berlinale 2015 Generation Kplus and won 13 international awards), currently working on yet another animated short for children “Hello Summer” (stop motion object animation and hand drawn animation), with which he was selected for the European Further Education Program “Animation Sans Frontiéres”.

THE KITE – trailer from BFILM on Vimeo.

  • Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis, whose experimental, hybrid work encompasses films such as the hybrid doc Swatted about online players and the fear of life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon which picked up several awards including Special Jury Award in the category “Labo” at Clermond-Ferrand, or “Ondes Noires” about three hyper-sensitive people; his editor on both films, Celine Perreard, is also part of Berlinale Talents 2020

  • Josephine Lohoar Self, a dedicated stop-motion animator, whose “The Fabric of You” was nominated for a Scottish Bafta; her further credits include “Superfrog”, a film based on a Murakami-story

  • Shirley Bruno, whose “An Excavation of Us” (2D+3D compositing animation) won her the Off-limits-award in Annecy and an honourable mention at the “Prix Ars Electronica” among others; (further films: Tezen, The Things I see), drawing from her Haitian heritage she expresses herself in a unique manner; from the US; also on board is Alexandru Petru Bădeliţă, who edited “An Excavation of Us” and also works as a director, for example on “I Made You, I Kill You”, an autobiographical anidoc about complicated, violent family dynamics that was screened at IDFA and won several awards for its experimental style

An Excavation of Us Teaser (international) from shirleybruno on Vimeo.

  • Martin Juza, producer and director; co-founded animation studio and film production company Krutart; he produced “Kosmix”,a Czech animated series for kids, which revolves around a robot and his adventures in space, which will be broadcast in 2020

Seicha Matcha – It Has Matcha! from Krutart on Vimeo.

  • Sarah D’hanens, she produces documentaries as well as animation films such as Jacky de Groen’s “Spermaceti” (drawing, painting, 2D computer) and Robbe Vervaeke’s “Fighting Pablo” (oil on glass animation), from Belgium

SPERMACETI — trailer from Jacky De Groen on Vimeo.

  • Thomas Kunstler, stop-motion animator, currently working on a feature film project (“Rebetiko”, “De Los Kouventa“); clay puppet animation; from Greece

ΔΕ ΛΕΣ ΚΟΥΒΕΝΤΑ (You Don’t Say A Word) from Thomas Kunstler on Vimeo.

  • Hannah Dougherty, director for anidocs and animated fiction (“Theo and Celeste” – made for TedX 2018, the upcoming web series Broken: A Sockumentary as well as further animated web series) from Australia

Mates from Hannah Dougherty on Vimeo.

  • Laura Espinel, editor as well as director, directed “Kosmiska Katter” (Objects, Mixed Media, Collage; shown in Leipzig), currently developing a film as part of the HERSTORIES seminar in Berlin-Babelsberg, from Colombia

JulClub – On The Frontier (Official Video) from Laura Espinel on Vimeo.

In addition, further Talents occasionally venture into the realm of animation – among them Chris Hees, who produced the BAFTA- and Annecy-winning short “The Bigger Picture”.


Stuttgart: Filmbilder – Behind the Frames

Is Stuttgart really the animation capital of the universe? You can make your own judgement. Have a look Behind the Frames of Filmbilder’s production process! Meet the artists and see what they’re cooking up at the moment! Angela Steffen is working on the second season of the PATCHWORK PALS (with the partners rbb, BBC, Beta Film, WeKids and MFG). Elena Walf is preparing the series LENA’S FARM (with ZDF, MFG and MDM) as well as the short DAMN IT (with FFA). Thomas Meyer-Hermann is preparing the feature DEINE FLECKEN (with Daniel Nocke, Stefan Krohmer, Raumkapsel, MFG, HessenFilm and FFA). Andreas Hykade is working on the short ALTÖTTING (with NFB Canada, ciclope films, MFG and FFA), and he is preparing an animadoc about his grandfather (with MFG). Julia Ocker is preparing the new season of the ANIMANIMALS (with KiKA and SWR) as well as a short with the working title BABY BLUES (with MFG and FFA). Gottfried Mentor is working on an online series called BENZTOWN (with MFG and FFA).

Behind the Frames has been conceived, shot and edited by Micah Cohen, Julian Zimmermann & Neda Ahmadi.


L’extraordinaire voyage de Marona – trailer | IFFR 2020

Directed by : Anca Damian
Produced by : Sacrebleu Productions, Marmitafilms
Genre: Animated film – Runtime: 1 h 32 min
French release: 08/01/2020
Production year: 2019

Victim of an accident , a small female dog remembers her dif ferent masters she has unconditionally loved. With her unfailing empathy, Marona has brought lightness and innocence in each of the homes she has lived in.


MORBIUS – Teaser Trailer – At Cinemas July 31

One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.

Morbius – watch the teaser trailer now. At Cinemas July 31.

One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar® winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.

Directed by: Daniel Espinosa

Story by: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless

Screenplay by: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway

Based on the Marvel Comics

Produced by: Matt Tolmach, Avi Arad, Lucas Foster

Executive Producer: Louise Rosner

Jared Leto
Matt Smith
Adria Arjona
Jared Harris
Al Madrigal
Tyrese Gibson


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