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NEW SHORTS 3.5 % BEMOL DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK DEATH AND THE WINEMAKER HUIS CLOS IN NATURE LOST BRAIN MR. PETE & THE IRON HORSE NEW GODS O-BON, ANECDOTES FROM KYOTO OMAR & PINCETTE SAUNA SCREEN TIME SOMETIMES I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE SUN 16 SWEET NOTHING 17 THEM

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SWISS FILMS would like to thank Duscha Kistler, specialist and curator of animation films, for contributing to this selection.

SWISS FILMS TEAM

SYLVAIN VAUCHER Consultant Short Films svaucher@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 542 83 80

MARCEL MÜLLER Consultant Film, Programmes & VOD mmueller@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 787 93 88


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WORLD  RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

3.5 % written & directed by Lukas Bieri In a not too distant future, Lucerne has become uninhabitable due to climate change. Beginning in an abandoned bathroom, the scope of the change is revealed on an ever-increasing scale, until finally the dried-up Lake Lucerne can be seen.

SWITZERLAND Animation, 2 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCTION: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

LUKAS BIERI * 1996. Lukas Bieri freelances as a multimedia designer and animator since 2018. He graduated with a Bachelor in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) in 2021.


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BEMOL written & directed by Oana Lacroix

SWITZERLAND Animation, 5 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2021

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OANA LACROIX * 1989. Oana Lacroix graduated with a Master in Animation Film. She works as an independent animator and illustrator since 2012.

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A featherless nightingale sings in the forest. Its song lulls the little bear to sleep, soothes the squirrels’ quarrels and entertains the pair of swans swimming on the pond. One day a storm breaks out in the forest. The nightingale has no coat of feathers, so it catches a cold and can no longer sing.


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DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK written & directed by Georges Schwizgebel 4

The return of three anglicised natives to their county or the beginning of a meeting with the modern world that will destroy them.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge www.studio-gds.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2020

SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge / RTS PRODUCER: Georges Schwizgebel

GEORGES SCHWIZGEBEL * 1944. Georges Schwizgebel is one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed animation filmmakers. His films have been screened and awarded at numerous renowned international animation film festivals. He attended École des BeauxArts et des Arts Décoratifs, Geneva and founded Studio GDS in 1971. Schwizgebel is known for THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE CLOUDS (2000), RETOUCHES (2008) and ERLKING (2015), recipient of numerous prizes. DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK (2020) received the Swiss Film Award.


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written & directed by Victor Jaquier

SWITZERLAND Animation, 18 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Imaginastudio Sàrl, Lausanne / RTS PRODUCER: Arnaud Gantenbein

WORLD RIGHTS: Imaginastudio Sàrl, Lausanne www.imaginastudio.com

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VICTOR JAQUIER * 1982. Victor Jaquier studied cinema at the Beaux-Arts de Genève. Since his first short films, he likes to explore different techniques, as shown in his short film CRONOS &  RHÉA (2004) which mixes live action and stop-motion animation. He lives in Paris since 2007 where he directed IN MEMORIAM (2007) an episode of the SABLE NOIR series for the Canal+ group. DEATH AND THE WINEMAKER (2021) is his first animated short film.

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A young winemaker devotes himself to creating the best wine in the world, to win the hand of his beloved Mathilde – the daughter of his rich neighbour. He creates a wine so exquisite, that even Death demands to taste it. As he learns the awful truth about Mathilde’s fate, he captures Death in a barrel, ignoring the consequences on the natural order of things.


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HUIS CLOS written & directed by Nina Winiger 6

The bourgeoisie is having a celebration in a round room where eating, sipping, and dancing is followed by dancing, sipping and eating. This could go round and round forever.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation WORLD PREMIERE: Solothurner Filmtage 2021

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, digital cutout, drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

NINA WINIGER * 1994. Nina Winiger graduated in 2019 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation. Her diploma short HUIS CLOS (2021) premiered at the Solothurner Filmtage and was later screened at Go Short Nijmegen. She mainly works with the media illustration and animation with a research focusing on the limits of narration and the play with dimensions in space.


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WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2021 WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 5 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, Italian SCREENPLAY: Marcel Barelli, Fleur Daugey PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RSI PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

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MARCEL BARELLI * 1985. Marcel Barelli is passionate about animals and nature, developing all his projects around these themes. His award-winning short films GYPAETUS HELVETICUS (2011), VIGIA (2013) and LUCENS (2015) became huge festival hits and received numerous prizes at prestigious international festivals. He is one of Switzerland’s most successful animation filmmakers and specialises in anidocs.

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In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not be aware of it, but homosexuality isn’t just a human story.

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LOST BRAIN written & directed by Isabelle Favez 8

Every time Louise the crocodile sneezes, she loses part of her brain, until she cannot perform simple tasks and becomes trapped inside her own apartment. She must find a way to rediscover the world before she fades away completely.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

SWITZERLAND Animation, 6 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

ISABELLE FAVEZ * 1974. Isabelle Favez studied Film at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She directed several award-winning animated shorts for children, among them CIRCUIT MARINE (2003) and TARTE AUX POMMES (2006). AIR-MAIL (2015) and ZIBILLA (2019) – her first 26-minute television special – both premiered at the Berlinale in the Generation section.


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written & directed by Kilian Vilim

SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio, Bern / SRF PRODUCER: Fela Bellotto

WORLD RIGHTS: YK Animation Studio, Bern www.yk-animation.ch

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KILIAN VILIM * 1987. Kilian Vilim studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2017 he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the Lucerne School of Arts and Design (HSLU). His graduation film OOZE (2017) participated in various festivals and won several awards including the Basel Short Film Award, Fantoche’s New Talent Award and Animateka’s Young Talent Award. MR. PETE & THE IRON HORSE (2021), produced by the YK Animation Studio, is his debut film as an independent animation director.

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The diligent soldier Mr. Pete does everything to meet the high standards of his baroness. To satisfy her insatiable lust for speed, he shovels madly on her new iron horse’s voyage.


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User LonerWolf58 is part of the incel community. They consider themselves as involuntary celibate. His videos have been reported for violent and terrorist content. I have to make him disappear from the net.

WORLD RIGHTS: Skopéô Films, Chaumont WORLD PREMIERE: Festival du film indépendant de Bordeaux 2020

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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Anidoc / Expanded Cinema, 19 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Skopéô Films, Chaumont / Venin Films, Paris SWISS PRODUCER: Loïc Hobi

LOÏC HOBI * 1997. Loïc Hobi is a Swiss and French filmmaker. He studied directing at Luc Besson’s film school École de la Cité in Saint Denis, graduating in 2019 with a Masters. His graduation short L’HOMME JETÉE screened in Winterthur, Berlin, Busan and various other festivals worldwide. His filmography includes more experimental work such as NEW GODS (IDFA 2020) and FACE TO FACE IN THE NIGHT. (2019). He is working on his next short films ALEXX196 & THE PINK SAND BEACH and is developing a feature film.


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JÉNAY VOGEL * 1986 in Germany. Jénay Vogel studied Film, French and Art History at the University of Mainz. Passionate about Japan she lived in Kyoto and studied Japanese painting at the Saga University from 2009–11. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor in 2D Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) from which she also received her Master in Film in 2020.

SWITZERLAND Animation, 10 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Japanese PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge / RTS / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) PRODUCERS: Georges Schwizgebel, Martin Wiedmer

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In Kyoto, it is in the middle of summer and the O-Bon festival is approaching. Everyone eagerly awaits this annual event, because it is well known that wishes come true. Most of them want wealth, beauty and health. Except Nashi, a homeless man who pollutes the air with his body odour to the point of becoming more and more of a public hazard. His only real wish is to bathe in a public bath.

WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge www.studio-gds.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Animafest Zagreb 2021

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Omar is a freakshow monster with a big soft body and crab claws as his arms. Exploited since the beginning by Mr. Jules, a despicable circus director, Omar has long since resigned himself to his unfortunate fate. But the arrival of Pincette, a mermaid tightrope walker, disrupts his life, giving rise to new feelings in him. Because Omar loves Pincette and Pincette has a crush on him.

WORLD RIGHTS: Louise Productions Lausanne, Lausanne www.louiseproductions.ch

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 7 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, cutout animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Louise Productions Lausanne, Lausanne / RTS PRODUCER: Elisa Garbar

JULIEN SULSER * 1970. Julien Sulser is a freelance film director, screenwriter, editor and composer. He studied at the ÉCAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) and graduated in 1999 from the film department. He lives, works and teaches in Lausanne.


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SAUNA written & directed by Anna Lena Spring, Lara Perren

LARA PERREN * 1998. Lara Perren has a Bachelor in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). SAUNA (2021) is her graduation film. She codirected LU (2020) with Anna Lena Spring and Luisa Zürcher.

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

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ANNA LENA SPRING * 1997. Anna Lena Spring has a Bachelor in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). SAUNA (2021) is her graduation film. She codirected LU (2020) with Lara Perren and Luisa Zürcher.

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Ava enters the sauna for the first time. She is overwhelmed by the nudity, her thoughts, and the physical sensations. The other guests go about their routines. With the rising heat Ava starts to relax. Finally, she melts away and dissolves into complete ecstasy.


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WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

SCREEN TIME written & directed by Dan Wenger A thumb touches the screen of a smartphone. What starts out as an innocent pastime develops into ongoing consump­tion, driven by relentless swiping movements. The screen becomes permeable and absorbs the thumb. This marks the beginning of an uncontrollable, wild ride through digital content.

SWITZERLAND Animation, 3 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

DAN WENGER * 1996. After interning at both DesignRaum in Winterthur and point de vue in Basel, Dan Wenger went on to study Animation at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). SCREEN TIME (2021) is his Bachelor’s degree graduation film.


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written & directed by Samantha Aquilino

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

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SAMANTHA AQUILINO * 1998. From 2017–18 Samantha Aquilino attended a preparatory course in design at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) and went on to graduate in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation. In her work she is very interested in concept art and sound design and how it interweaves with animation.

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A lobster, a cat and a deer. Dangerous rebels. A human, sometimes here and sometimes there. He wants connection. He comes across the deer. He meets the cat. They reject each other. Big disappointment. Our human follows the way of the sun, to reach the animals through sharing an apple.

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SOMETIMES I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE SUN

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

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SWEET NOTHING written & directed by Marie Kenov, Joana Fischer 16

Rosa is sunbathing in her garden on a hot summer afternoon, when suddenly the idyllic peace is disturbed by the noise of a lawnmower. The gardener in the neighbouring garden is going about his work, while Rosa is increasingly ecstatic at the sight of his tender touch of the flowers.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2021

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

MARIE KENOV * 1990. Marie Kenov graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor in Poster and Visual Communication from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. In 2020 she received her Bachelor in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). JOANA FISCHER * 1994. Since 2017 she pursues her Bachelor studies in Animation at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). 2019 she studied as an exchange student at the Kingston School of Art and Design.


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SWITZERLAND Animation, 6 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2020

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SUNITHA SANGARÉ * 1995. Sunitha Sangaré studied 2D / 3D animation at the Ceruleum School of Visual Arts in Lausanne. She interned as animator for Marmitafilms, Envol Studio and Virage Film Studio. For her Bachelor in Animation she produced her second short animation DOT DOT DOT (2018). She directed THEM (2020) and graduated with a Master in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) in 2019.

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Eugene and his daughter Lavey move from place to place. Eugene loves his daughter, but he has a problem with her gradual metamorphosis. One night, strange shapes approach them. In a panic, Eugene shoots one of the pursuers. Lavey realises that she looks like one of these creatures. She runs away from Eugene, who desperately tries to get her back.


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An animated children’s film about tolerance towards strangers. The proverbial “black sheep” is mobbed out of the herd, but only the courageous outsider can save the herd from great disaster.

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SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Animation, 5 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper, stop motion ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Gerd Gockell PRODUCTION: Gerd Gockell Filmproduktion, Luzern / SRF / anigraf UG, Hannover WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Animatou Geneva 2020 /  Giffoni Film Festival 2020 /  Mecal Barcelona 2021

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LITTLE MISS FATE written & directed by Joder von Rotz

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, drawn animation PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio, Bern /  SRF WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Krakow Film Festival 2020 /  Palm Springs ShortFest 2020 /  Sundance 2021 / Anima Brussels 2021 / Go Short Nijmegen 2021 / ANIFILM Liberec 2021

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Little Miss Fate lives in a world driven by fate. When the opportunity arises, she slips into the role of the world leader. Unintentionally she creates a monster, which greedily wants to suck up all the love of the world. Overwhelmed by the rapid development, she loses control.


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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 6 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Mixed technique ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Simone Giampaolo, Severn Cullis-Suzuki PRODUCTION: Amka Films, Savosa / RSI WORLD SALES: Premium Films, Paris www.premium-films.com FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Encounters Bristol 2020 /  Aspen Shortsfest 2021 / Int. Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart 2021 / Animafest Zagreb 2021

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A visual poem created by over twenty animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and colour to the original words spoken by Severn Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet. With this omnibus film, through eloquent images and powerful animated allegories, the young animators scream their call through art.

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 15 min., 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper PRODUCTION: DOK MOBILE, Fribourg / RTS WORLD SALES: Interfilm, Berlin www.interfilm.de FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Square Eyes, Nijmegen www.squareeyesfilm.com FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Locarno Film Festival 2020 / ZINEBI Bilbao 2020 / Go Short Nijmegen 2021 /  Annecy 2021

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In a hidden place where time seems suspended, a retirement home reveals its daily routine. Drawn in pencil, the residents come to life on paper. Everyone is active, rests or bends to the schedule of medication, meals or games. Around them, machines blink, caregivers are busy and crucifixes remind them of the death that lies in wait. Time fades away and nearby, the forest stretches out.

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ÉCORCE written & directed by Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney


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The salmon want to reproduce. While the salmon men are swimming upstream in a testosterone-­ driven race, the women at the source of the river indulge themselves in a fertility dance. But the roles aren’t set as clearly as the men expect.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 6 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio, Bern /  SRF WORLD SALES: KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg www.shortfilm.com FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Locarno 2020 / Fantoche 2020 / Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2020 / Leeds Int. Film Festival 2020 / SICAF Seoul 2020 / Anima Brussels 2021

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LACHSMÄNNER written & directed by Joel Hofmann, Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 11 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Virage Film, Zurich / SRF WORLD SALES: Bonobostudio, Zagreb www.bonobostudio.hr FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Shanghai Int. Film Festival 2020 / Encounters Bristol 2020 / Animateka Ljubljana 2020 / Sommets du cinéma d’animation de Montréal 2020 / Festival Int. de Cine de Huesca 2021

An electrician follows his nightly routine setting up signs in the city. He goes through life unnoticed and out of touch with the world, until he realises which signs he should be paying attention to.


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THE EDGE written & directed by Zaide Kutay, Géraldine Cammisar

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 7 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Ulmi Film, Luzern / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF WORLD RIGHTS: Ulmi Film, Luzern ursula.ulmi@gmx.ch FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Internationales TrickfilmFestival Stuttgart 2020 / Palm Springs ShortFest 2020 /  Encounters Bristol 2020 /  Anima Brussels 2021

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A lone truck driver drives his load, a ferris wheel, through a remote desert landscape. Trapped in his fears and habits, he hardly dares to step out of the sheltered driver’s cabin. His pastime of silhouettes accompanies him on his journey through no-man’s-land and beyond the edge of his universe.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Schattenkabinett GmbH, Bern / SRF WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de FESTIVALS (A SELECTION): Berlinale 2020 / Oberhausen 2020 / SICAF Seoul 2020 /  IndieLisboa 2020 / Fantoche 2020 / DOK Leipzig 2020 /  Anima Brussels 2021

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High up in the maple tree, the little bird is happy about the buds growing on his tree. Everywhere around him there is a buzzing and humming sound and there is a lot to discover. The little bird curiously follows the funny bees and does not notice that the fiery red fox is on his heels.

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RED JUNGLE directed by Juan José Lozano, Zoltán Horváth

ZOLTÁN HORVÁTH * 1966. Zoltán Horváth has worked as producer, director, graphic designer and writer. In 2001 he founded Nadasdy Film. His shorts have screened at numerous international film festivals.

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 85 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D / 3D Computer animation, mixed technique ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish SCREENPLAY: Juan José Lozano, Antoine Germa PRODUCTION: Intermezzo Films, Geneva /  Dolce Vita Films, Paris / RTS /  Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  Tchack, Lille SWISS PRODUCERS: Anne Deluz, Luc Peter, Nicolas Burlet

WORLD SALES: Urban Distribution International, Paris www.urbangroup.biz

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JUAN JOSÉ LOZANO * 1971 in Colombia. Juan José Lozano worked as director and television producer in Colombia. Since 1998 he works as independent filmmaker in Geneva and is an associate at Intermezzo Films.

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In 2008, FARC second-in-command Raul Reyes, was killed in a raid orchestrated by the CIA and the Colombian army. His computers were found: ten years of emails written by the man in charge of negotiating the release of 100 hostages – including Ingrid Betancourt. The film delves into the secrets of the oldest communist guerrilla, as the revolutionary utopia was slowly turning into a nightmare.

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Elodie tries to find out more about her family’s Armenian origins. She interviews her father, her uncle, her great aunt, and discovers a harsh history where violence and the inability to express love are passed down from generation to generation.

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 9 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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written & directed by Elodie Dermange

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Animation

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation, Stop Motion ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Adrian Flury PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Adrian Flury, Bern www.adrianflury.com

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ARREST IN FLIGHT GLEICHZEITIG DAS ENDE UND DEN ANFANG SEHEN written & directed by Adrian Flury This experiment for film pursues ideas for the creation of moving images that would hardly be realised under other circumstances. It plays with the repeatability of events, the core of all science. But unlike modern science, the results are directly visible.


COMING SOON

CARIES

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Aline Höchli PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Aline Höchli Tricksfilms, Bern karies@kommtgeht.ch

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In a cave in the incisor, the shaman is ambitiously working on a huge mural. When she runs out of paint, she sets off for the wisdom tooth at the very back of the oral cavity to get new ones. Her journey is arduous as toothpaste storms sweep through the dentition: the television presenter to whom the mouth belongs prepares to deliver the weather report with a brilliant white smile.

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KARIES written & directed by Aline Höchli

EDUARDO SPELTERINI

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 16 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German SCREENPLAY: Jonathan Müller, Ueli Blum PRODUCTION: Zeitraum Film GmbH, Zurich / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCER: Ines Meyer Döring WORLD RIGHTS: Zeitraum Film GmbH, Zurich www.zeitraumfilm.ch

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Eduardo Spelterini, who grew up in rural Toggenburg, became a celebrated aviation pioneer through his tenacity and heroism. At the end of the 19th century, a time when everything seemed possible, he was the first to cross the Alps in his balloon and photographically capture the world from above. His flight seems boundless until it comes to an abrupt end with the outbreak of the First World War.

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directed by Jonathan Müller


COMING SOON

ETHEL

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Little Ethel lives alone with her father Per in a small house on the outskirts of a town. One day the bright child discovers the secret of her recently deceased mother in the cellar. A dangerous voyage of discovery takes its course

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation, stop motion ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Lina Geissmann PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: prêt-à-tourner Filmproduktion, Zurich www.pretatourner.ch

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written & directed by Beatrice Jäggi

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Animation

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation, clay animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCER: Milva Stutz PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Milva Stutz, Zurich www.milvastutz.ch

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FOR REAL, FOR REAL, FOR REAL THIS TIME written & directed by Milva Stutz

The animated film explores possibilities of a feminist appropriation of digital spaces and technologies. An older woman moves and dances lustily through a space in the middle of a server farm and, together with a snail, covers it with a shiny layer of slime. The myth of cyberspace as an immaterial space is questioned, slimed, feminised and embodied.


COMING SOON

GIUSEPPE

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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 26 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French SCREENPLAY: Isabelle Favez, Pierre-Luc Granjon PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / Les Films du Nord, Roubaix / RTS SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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Giuseppe is a little hedgehog with just one dream: to see snow. But beware, when the cold comes, watch out for the winter ghost! It is said that he comes out of his mountains to catch the little hedgehogs who do not want to hibernate.

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directed by Isabelle Favez

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SWITZERLAND / USA Animation, 10 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCTION: Ulmi Film, Lucerne / SRF /  Pacific Islanders in Communications, Honolulu SWISS PRODUCER: Ursula Ulmi, WORLD RIGHTS: Ulmi Film, Lucerne ursula.ulmi@gmx.ch

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Long ago in Papua New Guinea the fish transformed into humans and came on to land. Once the sun set, they hurried back into the sea, leaving behind a big mess. Curious as to who occupied the village in their absence, the villagers of one island plan to find out who these uninvited visitors were. What they would soon discover, leaves them astounded and mesmerized.

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written & directed by Ursula Ulmi


COMING SOON

LUCKY MAN

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A man in front of his television set waits for the drawing of the winning number of a game show in a casino setting. On the screen the numbers of a slot machine scroll and stop! He won, “a million dollars”. He jumps for joy, dances, but…

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper, 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Claude Luyet, Thomas Ott PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Luyet, Carouge / RTS PRODUCER: Claude Luyet WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Luyet, Carouge www.studio-gds.ch

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directed by Claude Luyet

MIRACASAS

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SUMMER 2021

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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 13 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Portuguese PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / Komadoli Studio, Paris / RTS SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch Komadoli Studio, Paris www.komadoli.fr

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written & directed by Raphaëlle Stolz, Augusto Zanovello

1930s: A village in South America wanted to inaugurate its cemetery. Unfortunately, no one died. So the mayor published an ad in the region: “Looking for a corpse for the inauguration of the Miracasas cemetery”. Freshly murdered, Ernesto is the lucky one and takes part in his carnivalesque funeral in spite of himself. The gathered villagers celebrate the event with passion, so intrigued by the idea of death that they put life aside.


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SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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A young man, owner of a cyclerickshaw, seems to be looking for a patron in a seaside resort during the off-season. Desperate, weary and hungry, he suddenly sees the salvation he has been waiting for in a group of eccen­tric revellers. But when the group’s demands become increasingly inconvenient, the young man realises the true cost of his dedication.

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LES BIENFAITEURS written & directed by Christophe Lopez-Huici

COMING SOON

THE BENEFACTORS

THE CAR THAT CAME BACK FROM THE SEA

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 10 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation, 2D/3D computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: Polish, English PRODUCTION: Jadwiga Kowalska Animation & Illustration, Luzern / SRF PRODUCER: Jadwiga Kowalska WORLD RIGHTS: Jadwiga Kowalska –  Animation & Illustration, Luzern www.jadwiga.ch

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Full of exuberance and frivolousness, six friends drive to the Polish Baltic coast and back in a small, dented car. During their trip, their car and their country fall apart. Nevertheless, life goes on. Their journey is interfused with memories and snapshots from the past.

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written & directed by Jadwiga Kowalska


COMING SOON

THE RECORD

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An antique music instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveller. “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories”. Obsessed by this endless record, the antique dealer listens to it again and again, and the memories reemerge.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 10 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Papier perforé / Punched paper films, Carouge / RTS PRODUCER: Sophie Laskar-Haller WORLD RIGHTS: Papier perforé / Punched paper films, Carouge www.papierperfore.ch

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written & directed by Jonathan Laskar

THE WHALE

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, cutout animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French SCREENPLAY: Tom Tirabosco, Jonas Brühlart, Leandro Basso PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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LA BALEINE directed by Tom Tirabosco, Leandro Basso

A young man leaves his dying mother in the hospital and discovers a whale stranded on a beach. He drifts into a dream that takes him back in time. He relives moments with his mother and tries to put off the fatal outcome. A film about the ordeal of mourning through a phantasmagorical journey.


COMING SOON

THE WHITE BIRD

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 12 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Alina film, Geneva / RTS PRODUCERS: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney WORLD RIGHTS: Alina film, Geneva www.alinafilm.com

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The legendary aviator Charles Nungesser, is adrift in the middle of the ocean on the wreckage of his plane, the White Bird, as he attempted to cross the Atlantic with his companion Coli. He replays certain passages of his life, made of challenges, of a constant relationship with death and danger, while his last moments seem to have arrived this time.

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L’OISEAU BLANC written & directed by Mathieu Epiney

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 6 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D computer animation, cutout animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Claudius Gentinetta PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Gentinettafilm, Zurich www.gentinettafilm.ch

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A metaphor for the double-entry bookkeeping we live by every day. We know about our own mortality and yet behave as if we live forever. At the mercy of the dentist’s chair, the protagonist cannot escape the confrontation with pain and the dregs of the miserable human condition. To distract himself, he takes refuge in a fantasised story of fishermen and the sea.

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written & directed by Claudius Gentinetta

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THINK SOMETHING NICE


SUPPORT MEASURES FOR SWISS SHORT FILMS

FESTIVAL SUPPORT

For more information please consult our website www.swissfilms.ch A support measure by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), administrated by SWISS FILMS.

MOST IMPORTANT MODIFICATIONS 2021: – Funding also for festival participation of minority coproductions  – New festivals are eligible for support (including EFA-qualifying festivals) – Additional support for the participation of Swiss XR projects in selected sections of international film festivals. Applications must be submitted by the distributor via the Swiss producer.

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www.bak.admin.ch Contact: support@swissfilms.ch

In order to strengthen the market potential of Swiss films abroad, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC) supports the participation of Swiss films at international film festivals. Support is granted for Swiss films and approved coproductions in selected sections of international film festivals.

VOD SUPPORT

The VOD Support aims to strengthen the online distribution of Swiss films on international VOD platforms. Support is granted for Swiss films and approved coproductions (majority Swiss production). Eligible to apply are production companies, world sales or directors domiciled in Switzerland who own the rights to the film. If the VOD rights have been sold to a professional distributor in the respective territory, support for VOD releases can be applied for exclusively by the distributor via the Distribution Support.

For more information please consult our website www.swissfilms.ch A support measure by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), administrated by SWISS FILMS. www.bak.admin.ch Contact: support@swissfilms.ch


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