New German Animation and AG Animationsfilm
Six German films have made it into the International Competition at DOK Leipzig this year. The festival features many more great animated short films by German students, filmmakers and studios, in the two programmes of New German Animation. Here you can admire the variety of stories, ideas and technical know-how of the current German animated film scene.
Content-wise, you can expect a truly exquisite cycle of curious beings, deranged humans and funny, occasionally dangerous beasts. Above all, this refers to the murderous house cat „Whodunit“.
You will find humour in the films in which animals fare no better than us humans. For example, the exasperated mother and father sheep in "Lambs" have their hands full teaching rules to their anarchist children, while the South American guinea pigs in "Molly and Andy" talk about their problems being foreigners in Germany.
How a relationship works – or doesn’t – is the subject of the film „Sie so, er so“ ("She was like this, he was like that") by Gregor Dashuber, based on a short story by Sibylle Berg. In the film "Tea Time" the theme of dementia is addressed in an original and entertaining way.
There’s also a film about the fall of the wall from Leipzig-based animator Zeichner Schwarwel, an animated selection of sex surveys in the film "Sexpol", and also amusing other films that your children will enjoy. Let us surprise you with new German animation.
Corresponding with the panel "Heaven or Hell? – Animated Competition MADE IN GERMANY", DOK Leipzig has also created a Special Programme of animated commercials from Germany devoted to this theme. The discussion is organised in cooperation with AG Animationsfilm (the Federation of German Animated Film Industry) and is held in German.
After the panel, which will be from 6:30 to 7:30pm, AG Animationsfilm is holding a branch meeting on the theme of lobby work in the animation sector. German filmmakers and producers will talk, presenting progress and projects. Those who are interested in the work of the association or would like to contribute their own ideas, are cordially invited to stay on after the panel in the Polish Institute or to join in at 6:30pm.