SWISS FILMS IN ANNECY 2022

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SWISS

2022 IN ANNECY

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VISIT US AT THE MIFA IN ANNECY SWISS FILMS B06 info@swissfilms.ch

SWISS FILMS Neugasse 6, 8005 Zurich www.swissfilms.ch Published in June 2022 Image campaign by Pierluigi Macor


SWISS FILMS IN ANNECY 2022

PAOLO’S HAPPINESS THE INVENTION OF LESS THE QUEEN OF THE FOXES THE RECORD THE SMORTLYBACKS COME BACK! 22 WHITE BIRD

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� ANNECY 2022 SPOTLIGHT ON SWISS ANIMATION 6 NEW FEATURE FILMS 6 NO DOGS OR ITALIANS ALLOWED 7 RED JUNGLE 8 8 9 10   11 12 13 14 15 16

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NEW SHORTS ARREST IN FLIGHT AUTOSAURUS REX BODDYSSEY GIUSEPPE INTERSECT LUCKY MAN MIRACASAS MOSAIC ON THE BRIDGE

27 ANIMATION TALENTS 29 COMING SOON 39 SHORT FILM LIBRARY & MEDIA DESK SUISSE 40 SUPPORT MEASURES

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


SPOTLIGHT ON SWISS ANIMATION 2

FESTIVAL 13-18 JUIN MIFA 14-17 JUIN

CHECK OUT THE 14 SPECIAL PROGRAMMES IN ANNECY 2022


From 13 to 18 June, the Annecy International Animation Film Festival will present the world’s most comprehensive focus on Swiss animation filmmaking. The programme includes fourteen special programmes offering a insight into Swiss production over the last hundred years – a journey through time in Swiss animation filmmaking, from its beginnings to the major international successes of recent years. The Swiss Focus was created in collaboration with numerous Swiss institutions. Visit the SWISS FILMS booth B06 during the MIFA Market from June 14–17, 2022.

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS! ANIMATOU Cinéforom Cinématèque Suisse Consulate General of Switzerland in Lyon Embassy of Switzerland in France FANTOCHE Swiss Federal Office of Culture Geneva International Film Festival GSFA (Groupement Suisse du Film d’Animation – Swiss Animation) Le Gruyère AOP Lucerne School of Art and Design HSLU Presence Switzerland Ville de Genève Zippy Frames – online animation journal

SPOTLIGHT ON SWISS ANIMATION

This year the festival will celebrate the richness and diversity of Swiss animation.

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ANNECY 2022 SPOTLIGHT ON SWISS ANIMATION


La Cinémathèque suisse au Festival Annecy Du 13 au 18 juin 2022 14 programmes spéciaux dédiés à l’animation suisse : Pinschewer, Ansorge, une exposition, un ciné-concert…

DANS LA NATURE Marcel Barelli © 2021 Nadasdy films

annecy.org/accueil www.cinematheque.ch

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LA PRODUCTION DE FILMS D’ANIMATION SUISSES

A practical guide that uses a variety of texts, diagrams and links to give a glimpse into the production of animated films.


28TH GENEVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4-13.11.2022

GENEVA DIGITAL MARKET presents UPCOMING PROJECTS – SWISSXRLAND A showcase of the most promising XR projects from Switzerland

June 14, 4:00 pm @Mifa FORÊTS* by Fabienne Giezendanner, CH/FR, VR ROBOT + PAPILLON* by Raphael Penasa, Allison Crank, Jonathan Droz, CH, VR THE TRUE FILM by Christina Zimmermann, Susanne Guggenberger, CH, VR PEACE UNTOLD by Robin Burgauer, Robbert van Rooden, CH, VR *Project supported by Cinéforom

CALL FOR ENTRIES Be part of the 10th Geneva Digital Market (NOV 7-11, 2022)! - XR COPRODUCTION SESSIONS - SWISS INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

DEADLINE: SEPT 8, 2022 MORE INFO ON GIFF.CH


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directed by Alain Ughetto 6

Luigi Ughetto and his brothers leave behind their village of Ughettera, the land of the Ughetto family in their native Piedmont, to discover “La Merica”, that fabulous land where dollars grow on trees. Instead of America, it is in Provence that Luigi will set down his bundle. His story is that of hundreds of thousands of Italians who left their homeland to settle in France, Switzerland, Belgium and everywhere else.

Anidoc

WORLD SALES: Indie Sales, Paris www.indiesales.eu WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2022

FRANCE / SWITZERLAND / ITALY Anidoc, 80 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Stop Motion ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, Italian SCREENPLAY: Alexis Galmont, Anne Paschetta, Alain Ughetto PRODUCTION: Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Marseille / Vivement Lundi!, Rennes / Foliascope, Bourg-Les-Valences / Nadasdy Film, Geneva / Graffiti Doc, Torino SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

ALAIN UGHETTO Born in France. Alain Ughetto is a seasoned animator and documentary filmmaker. LA BOULE (1984) premiered in Cannes and won France’s César Award for Best Short Animation Film. JASMINE (2013) won the European Film Award for Best Animated Feature Film. His featurelength anidoc NO DOGS OR ITALIANS ALLOWED (2022) premieres in competition in Annecy.


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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., 2022 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 / Nadasdy Film, Geneva / RTS / Tchack, Lille SWISS PRODUCERS: Anne Deluz, Luc Peter, Nicolas Burlet

WORLD SALES : Urban Distribution International, Paris www.urbangroup.biz WORLD PREMIERE: FIFDH Geneva 2022

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JUAN JOSÉ LOZANO * 1971 in Colombia. Juan José Lozano works as an independent filmmaker in Geneva and Bogotá. His films have screened and been awarded internatio­ nally. He is an associate at Intermezzo Films since 2008.

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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 thousands of emails written by the man in charge of negotiating the release of 100 hostages – including Ingrid Betancourt. RED JUNGLE delves into the secrets of the oldest communist guerrilla, as the revolutionary utopia was slowly turning into a nightmare.


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ARREST IN FLIGHT written & directed by Adrian Flury 8

This experiment in film sets the stage for a hitherto unseen magical life form. The film focuses on the non-obvious character of movement when transferred to an alien object thus endowed with the life derived from the movement’s true to life source.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Adrian Flury, Bern www.adrianflury.com WORLD PREMIERE: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2021

SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation, Stop Motion ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Adrian Flury

ADRIAN FLURY * 1978. Adrian Flury completed an apprenticeship as electrician and went on to study animation at Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). He has participatied on several films in the field of animation, camera and lighting. He now works on more experimental films – such as A PLACE I’VE NEVER BEEN (2015), ARREST IN FLIGHT (2021) and DUST DEVIL, currently in production. ARREST IN FLIGHT screens in competition in Annecy 2022.


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written & directed by Marcel Barelli

SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 6 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / RSI PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2022

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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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Among the different species that inhabit our planet, one stands out from the others by its power and its impact on ecosystems. It is the Autosaurus Rex!


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written & directed by Jonas Alexander Bienz 10

A journey through a surreal landscape covered with human skin. Processes of birth and growth, death and decay show the downfall of a strange ecosystem.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) BA Animation animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/en/animation WORLD PREMIERE: Animafest Zagreb 2022

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

JONAS ALEXANDER BIENZ * 1993. Jonas Alexander Bienz specialised in 3D computer graphics at Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU), graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation in 2020. He focuses on procedural modelling and simulations. His personal work usually has a slope to surrealism. BODDYSSEY premieres at Animafest 2022 in Zagreb followed by participation in competition at both Annecy and ShortShorts Tokyo.


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GIUSEPPE directed by Isabelle Favez

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 26 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French SCREENPLAY: Isabelle Favez, Pierre-Luc Granjon PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / Les Films du Nord, Roubaix / RTS SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Internationales TrickfilmFestival Stuttgart 2022

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ISABELLE FAVEZ * 1974. Isabelle Favez belongs to Switzerland’s most acclaimed animation filmmakers. She studied Film at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and has directed many award-winning animated shorts for children. As artist in residence at the studio Folimage in Valence she completed her award-winning short CIRCUIT MARINE (2003), which like AIR-MAIL (2015), premiered at the Berlinale Generation. Both films screened in countless festi­ vals. GIUSEPPE (2022) also screens in Annecy.

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This year, Giuseppe, the little hedgehog, doesn’t want to hibernate, because his life’s biggest dream is to see snow. When the snow doesn’t come, he goes in search of it. Along the way, he makes new friends and has a great adventure.


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INTERSECT written & directed by Dirk Koy

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The title is derived from the verb to intersect, which means to cut through, divide but at the same time also to converge and cross. The film is a visual investigation of the interface between the real and virtual world in five chapters. Digital interventions are made in natural surfaces.

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Dirk Koy Bild und Bewegung, Münchenstein www.dirkkoy.com WORLD PREMIERE: Vienna Shorts 2022

SWITZERLAND Animation / Experimental, 18 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D / 3D Computer animation, mixed technique ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Dirk Koy

DIRK KOY * 1977. Dirk Koy graduated from the Institute of Visual Communication at the University of Art and Design in Basel (HGK Basel) in 2002. He founded Dirk Koy Bild und Bewegung with a focus on experimental film and animation and has also been a lecturer for Time Based Media at the HGK Basel since 2011. In 2019 he received the Basel Media Art Prize for the work “ground”. His latest film INTERSECT (2022) screens in Annecy’s competition.


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LUCKY MAN directed by Claude Luyet

SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, 3D Computer animation, Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Claude Luyet, Thomas Ott PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Luyet, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Claude Luyet

WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Luyet, Geneva c.luyet@studio-gds.ch FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Studio Wasia, Champigny-sur-Marne www.studio-wasia.com / promofilms WORLD PREMIERE: Animafest Zagreb 2022

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CLAUDE LUYET * 1948. Claude Luyet trained as a graphic designer. He cofounded Studio GDS with Georges Schwizgebel and Daniel Suter in 1970. Since 1973 he works as an independent filmmaker. His animation films have screened and been awarded at numerous festivals, including Cannes, Zagreb, Hiroshima and Annecy. LUCKY MAN (2022) premieres at Animafest in Zagreb followed by a participation in competition in Annecy.

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A man plays and wins. He is euphoric, but … A different game, a different winning player. Nature shows its presence. In the end, the praise of slowness.


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written & directed by Raphaëlle Stolz, in collaboration with Augusto Zanovello 14

Carried in a makeshift hammock by two thugs, Ernesto makes his way to his destination: a strange village that has recently sprung up in the depths of 1920s South America. When he arrives, he understands that his role in the life of the village is essential.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch Komadoli Studio, Paris www.komadoli.fr WORLD PREMIERE: Go Short Nijmegen 2022

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 14 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Portuguese PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / Komadoli Studio, Paris / RTS SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

RAPHAËLLE STOLZ * 1989. Raphaëlle Stolz studied illustration, painting and animation. She is a director of animated shorts, an AD, set designer, animator and painter. AUGUSTO ZANOVELLO * 1965 in Brazil. After his studies in Fine Arts and Cinema, Augusto Zanovello worked in various animation studios as an animator, layouter and storyboarder. He has directed several series and short films, including the multi-awarded WOMEN’S LETTERS (2013).


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Three beings occupy the floor of a cave with stones. Each of the three figures has a specific task. Where their bodies are particularly exposed during their work, a glittering layer forms. When a hole opens in the cave due to a mishap, the figures realise that their skin sparkles in the light because of the incoming light. But not all three glitter. This leads to a life-threatening conflict between the three.

WORLD RIGHTS: SWITZERLAND Peacock Film AG, Zurich Animation, 8 min. www.peacock.ch ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Peacock Film AG, Zurich / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) MA Film / SRF PRODUCERS: Elena Pedrazzoli, Gerd Gockell

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ELONORA BERRA * 1985. Eleonora Berra studied animation. Together with Delia Hess and Shami Lang, she codirected the stop motion short film PARTITION (2011) which screened at over thirty festivals worldwide and won the ANIMA+LAB award for Best Animated film at the SediciCorto and first prize at the Athens Animfest. EFFORT (2012) was also selected for numerous festivals. After a Master in Game Design at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) in 2021 she decided to make a new film: MOSAIC.

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written & directed by Samuel Guillaume, Frédéric Guillaume 16

Men and women board a mysterious train that takes them to a suspension bridge between heaven and earth. Some of them try to understand why they are here, others talk about their hopes and fears; earthly memories sometimes surface. Each person experiences in his or her own way this threshold state on the edge of a dream, as if in a rite of passage. Everyone is on their way to a mysterious goal – the presumed end of the bridge – but does it really exist?

Anidoc

WORLD RIGHTS: Ciné3D Association, Givisiez www.cine3d.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2022

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Anidoc, 48 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Mixed technique, Rotoscope ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Ciné3D Association, Givisiez / RTS / Andolfi, Paris SWISS PRODUCER: Samuel Guillaume

SAMUEL AND FRÉDÉRIC GUILLAUME * 1976. The twin brothers both attended one year at the École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL), studying Industrial Design and Cinema. Together they codirected numerous animated films. They are known for their feature film MAX & CO (2007), honoured with the Cristal – Prix du Public in Annecy, their successful shorts HAPPY CHEESE (2011) and the award-winning festival hit THE NIGHT OF THE BEAR (2012). ON THE BRIDGE premieres in Annecy 2022.


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directed by Thorsten Drössler, Manuel Schroeder

MANUEL SCHROEDER * 1986 in Germany. Manuel Schroeder is a VFX artist and motion designer. He has worked on numerous animation films since 2012. PAOLO’S HAPPINESS is the duo’s directing debut.

GERMANY / SWITZERLAND / CZECH REPUBLIC Animation, 14 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Thorsten Drössler SWISS PRODUCER: Sereina Gabathuler

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: FilmVermoegen GmbH, Grimma www.filmvermoegen.com Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion AG, Zurich www.dvfilm.ch Maur Film Ltd., Prague www.maurfilm.com/en NATIONAL PREMIERE: Goldener Spatz Gera / Erfurt 2022 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Annecy 2022

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THORSTEN DRÖSSLER Born in Germany. Thorsten Drössler is a freelance animator and has collaborated on numerous international animated film productions since 2005.

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Paolo Piangino is a very happy man. Because he can cry. He cries at stories with sad endings, but also at stories with happy endings. Paolo’s tears make people happy too: they can gather his happiness. But they can’t hold on to it. A touching puppet animation based on the successful Swiss children’s book “Paolos Glück”.


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In 2031, due to global warming a young polar bear has to leave her home and moves to Zurich. Together with the other animals who have fled, she ekes out a living with odd jobs. But then she has a world-changing idea!

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Studio uuuh!, Zurich www.studio-uuuh.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Animateka 2021

SWITZERLAND Animation, 3 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCER: Noah Erni

NOAH ERNI * 1993. Noah Erni graduated with a Bachelor in Sociology from the University of Zurich in 2017 and a Bachelor in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design in 2020. Together with Marion Täschler he cofounded the animation collective Studio uuuh! in Zurich in 2020. After his graduation film THE TALE OF THE GREEN CHEESE (2020) which screened in numerous festivals, THE INVENTION OF LESS (2021) is his first self-produced film.


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written & directed by Marina Rosset

SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min., 2022 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper PRODUCTION: Marina Rosset Productions, Lausanne / RTS PRODUCER: Marina Rosset

WORLD RIGHTS: Marina Rosset Productions, Lausanne www.marinarosset.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Berlinale 2022

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MARINA ROSSET * 1984. Marina Rosset makes hand-drawn animated short films and graduated from the Lucerne School of art and Design (HSLU) in 2007. Her short films have screened at films festivals all over the world, and received many awards, notably at Premiers Plans for THE BEAR’S HAND (2008), Hiroshima for LATERARIUS (2010), and Locarno for LA FILLE AUX FEUILLES (2013). THE QUEEN OF THE FOXES premiered in the Berlinale 2022 Generation Kplus.

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In the hopes of making their queen smile again, the foxes descend on the city each night to rummage through the humans’ trash, searching for all the love letters that were never sent.


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THE RECORD written & directed by Jonathan Laskar 20

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 re-emerge.

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WORLD SALES: Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg www.shortfilm.com WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2022

SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Papier perforé / Punched paper films, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Sophie Laskar-Haller

JONATHAN LASKAR * 1978 in France. Jonathan Laskar studied fine arts at Aix-Marseille University and architecture at Bauhaus Universität Weimar. After working as an architect in Basel, he studied animation at Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU), graduating in 2013 with the film FROM EARTH AND INK. He works as an independent animation filmmaker since 2013. THE RECORD (2022) premieres in competition in Annecy.


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THE SMORTLYBACKS COME BACK! In a barren world TamLin of the Little People travels with his herd of splendid smortlybacks in search of greener pastures. They struggle with fear and find themselves stranded at the ocean shore. With unlikely help from TamSin, a wonderful mermaid, and her disrespectful smortlysharks they cross the ocean and find a happy end.

SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Little Monster GmbH, Zurich / Schattenkabinett GmbH, Bern / SRG SSR PRODUCERS: Josef Burri, Gerd Gockell

WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de WORLD PREMIERE: Animafest Zagreb 2022

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TED SIEGER * 1958 in Chile. Ted Sieger grew up in Chile, Peru, Australia and Switzerland. Working as a roofer, ferryman, groomer, night porter, forestry worker, street musician, engineer on a freighter bound for Africa, stableman, as well as counting eggs in an egg factory, were several highlights in his career. Since 1987 he works as independent director, animator and designer of animation films and series, comics and picture books. Since 2004 he also lectures in film schools.

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WHITE BIRD directed by Mathieu Epiney 22

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.

Anidoc

WORLD RIGHTS: Alina film, Geneva www.alinafilm.com

SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 12 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D / 3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French SCREENPLAY: Mathieu Epiney, Leandro Basso PRODUCTION: Alina film, Geneva / RTS PRODUCERS: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney

MATHIEU EPINEY * 1982. Mathieu Epiney studied graphic design at the École Supérieure d’Infographie (ARIES) in Annecy and since 2006 works as animation filmmaker and musician. His animated film CYCLOPÈDES (2014) won the Taurus Studio Prize for Best Soundtrack at the Animatou Festival and the High Swiss Risk Award at Fantoche in Baden. He combines his dual passions for music and images by producing video clips for Swiss and international bands.


BÉMOL written & directed by Oana Lacroix

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 5 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / RTS WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Annecy 2021 / Fantoche 2021 / Animatou Geneva 2021 / Sapporo Short Fest 2021 / Clermont-Ferrand 2022 / Anima Brussels 2022

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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

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

SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Geneva / RTS WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Geneva schwizgebel@studio-gds.ch FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Anima Brussels 2021 / Annecy 2021 / Curtas Vila do Conde 2021 / Encounters Bristol 2021 / Bucheon 2021 / PÖFF Shorts 2021

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Long ago the fish transformed into humans and came onto land to celebrate. At sunset they hurried back into the sea, leaving behind a big mess. The people of one island plan to find out who these uninvited visitors were. What they discover, leaves them mesmerized. Based on a legend from Papua New Guinea, where the filmmaker was born, the film is a dedicated collaboration between Pacific and Swiss artists.

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SWITZERLAND / UNITED STATES Animation, 10 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Tok-Pisin SCREENPLAY: Ursula Ulmi, Zag Ziagaz Clan PRODUCTION: Ulmi Film, Lucerne / SRF / Pacific Islanders in Communications, Honolulu WORLD RIGHTS: Ulmi Film, Lucerne www.ulmifilm.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Chicago Children’s 2021 / ZLIN 2022 / Annecy 2022 / Filmfest München 2022

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IN NATURE DANS LA NATURE directed by Marcel Barelli

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 5 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, Italian SCREENPLAY: Marcel Barelli, Fleur Daugey PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / RSI WORLD SALES: SND Films, Amsterdam www.sndfilms.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): ANIFILM Liberec 2022 / Aspen Shortsfest 2022 / Oberhausen 2022 / Hiroshima 2022

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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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SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio GmbH, Bern / SRF WORLD SALES: Premium Films, Paris www.premium-films.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Locarno 2021 / Anima Brussels 2022 / Monstra Lisboa 2022 / Kaboom Animation Amsterdam 2022 / Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart 2022

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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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MR. PETE & THE IRON HORSE

SAUNA written & directed by Anna Lena Spring, Lara Perren

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) BA Animation animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/en/animation FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Anima Brussels 2022 / Tampere 2022 / Mecal Barcelona 2022 / Animafest Zagreb 2022

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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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SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, German PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) BA Animation animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/en/animation FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2021 / Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen 2022 / Videoex 2022 / Annecy 2022

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SOMETIMES I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE SUN MANCHMAL WEISS ICH NICHT WO DIE SONNE written & directed by Samantha Aquilino 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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SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) BA Animation animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/en/animation FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Annecy 2021 / Fantoche 2021 / Encounters Bristol 2021 / Sundance 2022 / Anima Brussels 2022 / Kaboom Amsterdam 2022

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written & directed by Marie Kenov, Joana Fischer

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.


DIRECTOR Élodie Dermange studied animation at La Poudrière in Valence. INTIMITY (2017) was her first animated short. She recently completed the short animation ARMAT to be released in 2022. She is currently working on RED, a feature-length anidoc codirected with Mara Manzolini and Andrea Pellerani and simultaneously she is developing a feature-length documentary about our relationship to our bodies.

ANIMATION TALENTS

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FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION) 2022 ARMAT 2021 INÈS 2017 INTIMITY

JONATHAN LASKAR DIRECTOR AND COMPOSER Jonathan Laskar studied fine arts at Aix-Marseille University and architecture at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. After working as an architect in Basel, he studied animation at the Lucerne School of Art and Design, where he graduated with the film FROM EARTH AND INK (2013). Since 2013, he works as an independent animation filmmaker. His debut film THE RECORD (2022) premieres in Annecy’s competition. FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION) 2022 THE RECORD 2018 AROUND THE STAIRWAY with Georges Schwizgebel, Delia Hess et al. 2013 FROM EARTH AND INK


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SARAH ROTHENBERGER ANIMATOR After graduating from the Lucerne School of Art and Design, with EMBERS (2019), codirected by Estelle Gattlen, Sarah Rothenberger worked in advertising as an animator. She is a member of Voilà Collective and works as a freelance animator, director and illustrator in Zurich. Currently she is developing THIS OLD HOUSE IS ALL I HAVE and has been selected for this year’s animation residency at Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation, hosted by the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal.

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FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION) 2019 EMBERS with Estelle Gattlen

FREDERIC SIEGEL DIRECTOR AND ARTIST He is a Swiss animation director, visual artist and member of the collective Team Tumult. He graduated from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with RUBEN LEAVES (2015), winner of the Swiss Film Award for Best Graduation Film. THE LONELY ORBIT (2019), codirected with Benjamin Morard, won the Best Animation Award at the Oscar-qualifying Sitges Fantastic Film Festival. His latest animation short SIT DOWN, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING is ready for release. FILMOGRAPHY (SELECTION) 2022 SIT DOWN, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING 2019 THE LONELY ORBIT with Benjamin Morard


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REISE DER SCHATTEN

written & directed by Yves Netzhammer

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A nameless figure drives its partner figure to suicide. Plagued by feelings of guilt, the figure flees and, after a surreal odyssey, finds itself on an uninhabited island. A new beginning seems possible. But piece by piece a dystopian universe reveals itself.

WORLD RIGHTS: freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH, Basel www.freihaendler.ch

Animation

JOURNEY OF SHADOWS

SWITZERLAND Animation, 85 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D / 3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH, Basel / Liechti Filmproduktion GmbH, Zurich / SRF PRODUCERS: Stella Händler, Jolanda Gsponer

YVES NETZHAMMER * 1970. Yves Netzhammer studied Visual Communication at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). His solo exhibitions include FOSUN Foundation Shanghai, Kunstmuseum Bern, MONA Tasmania, SFMOMA San Francisco, Venice Biennale Swiss Pavilion, Liverpool Biennale and Kunsthalle Bremen. His short animated films were presented at the festivals in Stuttgart, Venice and IFFR Rotterdam among others.


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A child is pulled up by the ski lift bar, another time it cannot open the door anymore after going to the toilet and yet another time it is too slow when leaving the bus and drives away without its mother. A short episodic film about fears we suffer from as children and we can smile about as adults.

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written & directed by Matthias Huber

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 3 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Fred Truniger PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) MA Film Animation Department animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 11 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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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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written & directed by Elodie Dermange


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SWITZERLAND Animation, 8 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Aline Höchli Tricksfilms, Bern / Stefan Holaus, Lucerne PRODUCERS: Aline Höchli, Stefan Holaus WORLD RIGHTS: Aline Höchli Tricksfilms, Bern karies@kommtgeht.ch

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KARIES written & directed by Aline Höchli

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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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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 3 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Painted on cell ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Geneva / RTS / Miyu Productions, Paris SWISS PRODUCER: Georges Schwizgebel WORLD SALES: Miyu Distribution, Arles www.miyu.fr

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FROM ONE PAINTING … TO ANOTHER D’UNE PEINTURE … À L’AUTRE written & directed by Georges Schwizgebel Two paintings that respond to each other, or the representation of a woman of colour in the 19th and 20th centuries.


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SWITZERLAND Animation, 10 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Paint on glass ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Alvaro Schoeck PRODUCTION: Virage Film, Zurich / SRF / SRG SSR PRODUCER: Saskia von Virág WORLD RIGHTS: Virage Film, Zurich www.viragefilm.ch

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An autumn day and the first winter night in the high mountains, it is hunting season. Chamois, birds of prey, snow hares and three men make their tracks between the high sky and the wild landscape. Swathes of mist blur the boundaries between dream, imagination and reality.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 5 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Asako Film GmbH, Zurich / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) MA Film / SRF PRODUCERS: Anja Kofmel, Gerd Gockell, Jochen Ehmann WORLD RIGHTS: Asako Film GmbH, Zurich www.asakofilm.ch

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After farmer Olga butchers her beloved pigs in a fit of lust for meat, the animals find themselves transported to a cloud above the farm. They discover that from there, they can directly influence events on the farm.

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written & directed by Thirza Ingold


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SWITZERLAND Anidoc / Experimental, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation, mixed technique, other techniques ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCER: Fred Truniger PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) MA Film Animation Department animation@hslu.ch

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LIMITES written & directed by Simon de Diesbach

In a forest he digitised, Simon runs. Within an autobiographical narrative where the images were entirely captured in the Swiss forest of Chaney, running embodies the intimate link between the protagonist and the forest, a forest that is now being destroyed by a gravel pit. Immersed in a fragmented world, Simon questions the reasons that pushed him to 3D scan his forest.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Papierboot, Lucerne PRODUCERS: Delia Hess, Anja Sidler WORLD RIGHTS: Delia Hess, Lucerne www.deliahess.ch

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written & directed by Delia Hess

A young woman is stuck in the waiting line of a telephone hotline … a surreal episodic short film about the absurdities of urban life and the feeling of a paralysing standstill.


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Taking into account the short attention span of modern human beings, all of the episodes are planned to last exactly sixty seconds. In this short time, complex historical, social and philosophical topics become small cinematic miniatures.

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written & directed by Stefan Holaus, Nicolas Mahler

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 30 x 1 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, German SCREENPLAY: Nicolas Mahler PRODUCER: Olivier Zobrist PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Langfilm – Bernard Lang AG, Freienstein www.langfilm.ch

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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 26 min., 2022 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film, Geneva / Les Films du Nord, Roubaix SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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A small family of shrews made up of a grandmother, a mother, and her three children, lives by the stream. But one day, heavy rains fall, causing the old dam upstream to break. Luckily, the family escapes the worst, but their house is totally destroyed. Forced into exile, the little family then decides, on the advice of a lost old man, to go to Pebble Hill.

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LA COLLINE AUX CAILLOUX written & directed by Marjolaine Perreten


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Rainboy isn’t a common gardener. He plants drops and grows clouds. While working he injures the vain sun. Revenge! The prognosis for the boy is bleak, but together with the rain clouds he manages to brighten her spirits again. A short film about stormy conflicts.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 5 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Brunner& Meyer, Zurich / SRF PRODUCER: Franziska Meyer WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de

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written & directed by Barbara Brunner

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 6 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: without dialogue ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation PRODUCTION: Team Tumult, Zurich PRODUCER: Frederic Siegel WORLD RIGHTS: Frederic Siegel, Fribourg www.fredericsiegel.ch

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SIT DOWN, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING written & directed by Frederic Siegel

A face is born out of chaos. It struggles to exist. It struggles to find its purpose. It struggles to sit on a chair. In fact, it struggles with many things. But thank God, it’s trying.


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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 10 min. ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: English, Polish ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation PRODUCTION: Jadwiga Kowalska – Animation & Illustration, Lucerne / SRF PRODUCER: Jadwiga Kowalska WORLD RIGHTS: Jadwiga Kowalska – Animation & Illustration, Lucerne 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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THE DUCK

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SWITZERLAND / BELGIUM Animation, 9 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Puppet animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Elie Chapuis, Germano Zullo PRODUCTION: Hélium Films, Lausanne / Beast Animation, Mechelen / RTS SWISS PRODUCERS: Clémence Pun, Claude Barras, Carole Thévenaz WORLD RIGHTS: Hélium Films, Lausanne www.heliumfilms.ch

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Vladimir and Olga raise ducks on a small isolated farm in the countryside. They hope for a child, but this expectation soon turns into a nightmare.

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(working title) LE CANARD directed by Elie Chapuis


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Alberto and Susana, married for 60 years, have lived their daily lives in Tepoztlán the same way for decades. Hand in hand they cope with the hard work in the fields and in the house. Their relationship now has noticeable scars. There seems to be no trace of love any more. One last project unites the two: on their anniversary they want to climb “their” mountain once again.

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SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 23 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish PRODUCTION: Catpics, Zurich / SRF / SRG SSR PRODUCERS: Sarah Born, Dario Schoch, Rajko Jazbec WORLD RIGHTS: Catpics, Zurich www.catpics.ch

LA ÚLTIMA SUBIDA written & directed by Remo Scherrer

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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 GmbH, Zurich www.gentinettafilm.ch

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THINK SOMETHING NICE written & directed by Claudius Gentinetta

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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