Film Archive

Kids DOK 2021
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Monkey Domino
Ulf Grenzer
A day at the zoo. An orangutan and a girl have fun fooling around. Until the father’s business dealings trigger a chain of events that changes everything.
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Monkey Domino

Affendomino
Ulf Grenzer
Kids DOK 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Ulf Grenzer
Ulf Grenzer
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Beatrice Matis
Doreen Borchert
Ulf Grenzer
Ulf Grenzer
Lena Dickmann
Jana Richtmeyer
Maxi Alker
Franziska Poike
Ephraim Peise
Helene Lorenz
Boris Schwiebert
Ulf Grenzer
Kevin Jahnel
Anna Magdalino
Franka Sachse

A day at the zoo, the orangutan sits in his cage and dreams of his life in the jungle when a girl comes by and brightens his dull afternoon. Her father doesn’t notice anything because he is on his mobile and laptop all the time to do important business. So important that the orangutan has to intervene, and a chain of event changes everything.

Lina Dinkla
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Intervening Nature
Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2020
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Arshan – High Hopes & High Notes
Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Arshan is ten years old and dreams of becoming an opera singer. When rehearsals for an opera production start in his town, he anxiously goes to the casting.
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Arshan – High Hopes & High Notes

Arshan – Der kleine Sopran
Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2019
25 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Nora Ehrmann
André Hörmann
Heike Kunze
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Fridolin Schöpper
Mikki Willis
Vincent Assmann
Mathias Ludwig

Classical music is great, says ten-year-old Arshan. He lives with his family on a ranch in California, helps to feed the cows and does household chores. But he uses every spare minute to train his voice. Arshan’s big dream is to become an opera singer. When performers for an opera production are sought in town, he anxiously goes to the casting.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Kids DOK 2022
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Blocks
Adrian Jaffé
A group of figures made of beads and building blocks move to the same rhythm – until the little green figure is to wear beads, too. Everything gets out of sync.
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Blocks

Blocks
Adrian Jaffé
Kids DOK 2022
Animated Film
Germany
2022
3 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Adrian Jaffé
Adrian Jaffé
Tim Hennig
Adrian Jaffé
Tim Hennig
Tim Hennig
Adrian Jaffé

The little green figure runs up the mountain to the other figures made of beads and small building blocks. All move to the same rhythm, right, left, up, down. One day the little green figure, too, is supposed to decorate itself with beads. But this throws everything out of sync. The gears come to a standstill.

Lina Dinkla
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Witty
Out of Balance
Kids DOK 2020
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The Visitor
Alexandra Schatz
When a paper plane flutters into Elise’s home one day, she gets an unexpected visit from Emil. Now everything is different. And actually much nicer.
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The Visitor

Der Besuch
Alexandra Schatz
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Alexandra Schatz
Alexandra Schatz
Wolfram Späth
Sonja Schneider
Tobias Becker
Sibylle Brunner

Elise is a timid woman. She’s even afraid of trees. When one day a paper plane sails through her window, she’s so agitated that she hardly sleeps a wink that night. The next morning Emil, a boy in a baseball cap, knocks on her door. He’s looking for his plane and also needs to go to the loo. Suddenly Elise’s life changes in a wonderful way.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2022
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The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World
Damaris Zielke
When her boring grandma takes a nap, Greta comes up with the idea of playing funeral. When grandma wakes up, they realise: For good memories, one must create beautiful moments.
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The Most Boring Granny in the Whole World

Die allerlangweiligste Oma auf der ganzen Welt
Damaris Zielke
Kids DOK 2022
Animated Film
Germany
2022
7 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Damaris Zielke
Jiayan Chen
Michael Throne
Marieke Czogalla
Max Hartstang
Damaris Zielke
Lukas von Berg
Ferdinand Ehrhardt
Patrik Knittel
Sarah Schulz
Tanja Gruber
Laura Staab
Damaris Zielke
Hannes Binder
Marieke Czogalla

Phew, it’s so boring. Nothing is allowed at grandma’s! No touching anything, no painting on anything, always being quiet. But when grandma is taking her nap, Greta comes up with the idea of playing funeral with her. The stuffed animals mourn around the sofa grave, Greta gives a speech in a trembling voice. That’s when grandma wakes up and they both realise: For good memories, one must create beautiful moments together.

Lina Dinkla
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Witty
Kids DOK 2022
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Half for You, Half for Me
Agnieszka Jurek
The yellow banana beckons from the fruit basket; it’s peeled in no time and about to disappear in the mouth. But the little elephant wants a piece, too. A piece for you, a piece for me.
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Half for You, Half for Me

Hälfte Hälfte
Agnieszka Jurek
Kids DOK 2022
Animated Film
Germany
2022
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Agnieszka Jurek
Agnieszka Jurek
Carsten Aschmann
Agnieszka Jurek
Agnieszka Jurek
Agnieszka Jurek
Carsten Aschmann
Carsten Aschmann
Fanny Aschmann
Agnieszka Jurek

The yellow banana beckons from the fruit basket; it’s peeled in no time and about to disappear in the mouth. But stop! Before you can at last take the first bite, you have to share. The banana becomes smaller and smaller. The elephant, too, wants a piece of the sweet fruit. A piece for you, a piece for me … A little film about the joys of sharing.

Lina Dinkla
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Witty
Kids DOK 2020
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Hide and Seek
Felix Golenko, Matthias Wölbing
What’s it like to live as a schoolkid in Germany? Especially when you had to flee here from another country? Three children talk about this, animated drawings provide the images.
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Hide and Seek

Verstecken und Fangen
Felix Golenko, Matthias Wölbing
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
2 minutes
German

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Felix Golenko
Matthias Wölbing
Christine Duttlinger
Sigrid Gairing
Sarah Schulz
Michael Bötticher

Three children and their families have fled from crisis areas and found a new home in Germany. What are their wishes for the future, their dreams? The conversations with the three were turned into animated children’s drawings. We see a schoolkid’s life from their perspective.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2022
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I’m Not Afraid!
Marita Mayer
Playing hide-and-seek in the dark courtyard, Vanja is frightened by the many shadows. He transforms himself into a dangerous tiger and discovers that even the big ones are scared sometimes.
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I’m Not Afraid!

Ich habe keine Angst!
Marita Mayer
Kids DOK 2022
Animated Film
Germany,
Norway
2022
7 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Marita Mayer
Fabian Driehorst
Lillian Løvseth
Lillian Løvseth
Anita Killi
Stine Wangler
MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
BKM
Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
Østnorsk Filmsenter
Fond for Lyd og Bilde
Carlo Palazzari
Alba Dragonetti
Florian Maubach
Hero Hendel
Lena Fraundienst
Sinéad Nolan
Friedrich Schäper
Simon Bastian
Friedrich Schäper
Frédéric Schuld
Marius Kirsten
Simon Bastian

“Grrr, I’m a tiger!” Vanja and his big sister turn the flat into a jungle. Then Thea gets a visitor. Three can also play hide-and-seek, suggests Vanja. He runs into the courtyard, where there are dark corners, creepy shadows and strange noises. To overcome his fear, he turns himself into the dangerous tiger again – and discovers that even the big ones are scared sometimes.

Lina Dinkla
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Witty
Kids DOK 2021
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Little Karl and the Elephants
Friedrich Kießling
A journey back in time to 1915 Dresden. Karlchen wants to see the famous elephants of the Sarrasani Circus one day. When his dream comes within reach, everything turns out different than expected.
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Little Karl and the Elephants

Karlchen und die Elefanten
Friedrich Kießling
Kids DOK 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Friedrich Kießling
Jana Krämer
youngfilms GmbH & Co. KG
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Gary Hirche
Oscar Zöllner
Friedrich Kießling
Friedrich Kießling

A journey back in time to 1915 Dresden, where Karlchen lives, who dreams of seeing the famous elephants of the Sarrasani Circus one day. To earn the ticket, he delivers potatoes. But his few coins are not enough for the visit. When Karlchen’s dream at last comes within reach, everything turns out different than expected.

Lina Dinkla
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Small Worlds, Big People
Regional
Kids DOK 2021
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Little Singer
Hao Yu
The little singer steps forward, clears her throat one last time, then … She’s not going to lick the microphone like a popsicle, is she? Surely an idea we’ve all had at one time or another!
2021
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Little Singer

Little Singer
Hao Yu
Kids DOK 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
1 minute
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Hao Yu
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Ilja Gussarov
MOE - Valeriia Khazan
Steven Müller
Nico Pavlovic
Fabian Zeidler
Hao Yu

The curtain is up, the stage is clear, the microphone on: Let the show begin. The little singer steps forward and everyone is waiting with bated breath what singing talents are about to be heard. She clears her throat one more time and then it starts. But what is this? She’s not really going to lick the microphone like a popsicle, is she? Surely an idea we’ve all had at one time or another!

Lina Dinkla
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Small Worlds, Big People
Kids DOK 2021
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Maxim the Greatest
Katja Fedulova
Maxim has lost both his legs in an accident and goes everywhere on his skateboard. One day his coach has a surprise for him. But can it be done without legs?
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Maxim the Greatest

Maxim der Größte
Katja Fedulova
Kids DOK 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
25 minutes
German Voiceover
subtitles: 
None

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Katja Fedulova
Heike Kunze
Tatjana Willms
Beate Andorff
Katja Fedulova
Sergei Amirdzhanov
Elena Petrosyan

Maxim lives in St. Petersburg with his mother and sister. Like many other kids, he just loves skating. There’s one difference, though: Maxim has lost both his legs in an accident and lives his everyday life on a skateboard, too. One day he would like to take part in the Paralympics. When his coach has a surprise for him, he is uncertain whether it can be done without legs.

Lina Dinkla
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Small Worlds, Big People
Redistribution and Having a Say
Kids DOK 2020
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My Brother Makes the Noises in the Movies
Meike Fehre
Charlie explores the history of music with Grandpa Günter, the circus elephant. Today he meets Grandpa’s brother Karl-Heinz, who makes the strangest noises for the sound film.
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My Brother Makes the Noises in the Movies

Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche
Meike Fehre
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Meike Fehre
Meike Fehre

Grandpa Günter is a retired circus elephant who takes his grandson Charlie on musical excursions. In this episode they are rudely woken because the usually quiet forest is suddenly full of noise. It’s Grandpa’s brother Karl-Heinz merrily setting up his forest cinema. Singing, Grandpa complains about the disturbance and explains what his brother is actually doing there.

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Family Ties
Witty
Kids DOK 2021
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Cabinets of Wonder
Susanne Kim
If childhood is a place: How does it feel, what is there to discover? A documentary journey into children’s minds, to unique planets and personal cabinets of wonder.
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Cabinets of Wonder

Meine Wunderkammern
Susanne Kim
Kids DOK 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
79 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Susanne Kim
Holm Taddiken
Alexander Herrmann
Joline
Lukas Scheigenpflug
Franziska Junge
Elias
Wisdom
Roya
Susanne Kim
Christoph Fleischer
Cornelia F. Müller
Daniel Fischer
Falk Johnke
Marion Tuor
Emma Rosa Simon
Sylvia Gössel

Four kids aged 12 to 14 let us in on their secrets and desires. They talk about what shapes their lives: friendship, but also bullying and ostracism. Love, but also the struggle with prejudice. An imaginative, very musical film, created together with the children, which shows the world from their perspective – unadornedly beautiful, idealistic and radically honest.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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Small Worlds, Big People
Redistribution and Having a Say
Kids DOK 2022
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Meta
Antje Heyn
The black circle becomes a round creature, becomes a whale, becomes a swimmer, becomes a little deer. Coloured shapes playfully flow in and out of each other and transform.
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Meta

Meta
Antje Heyn
Kids DOK 2022
Animated Film
Germany
2022
4 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Antje Heyn
Antje Heyn
Stine Wangler
Alexander Isert
Andreas Euler
Moritz Busch
Johanna Hochholzer
Peer Kleinschmidt
Moritz Busch

The black circle becomes a round creature, becomes a worm, becomes a whale, becomes a swimmer, becomes a little deer. Coloured shapes playfully flow in and out of each other and transform. But before you can get dizzy, the little deer winks and runs away. A film that shows that everything is made up of many parts and that ultimately, we are all connected.

Lina Dinkla
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Witty
Kids DOK 2020
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Mishou
Milen Vitanov
When a small dog is forgotten in the midst of the arctic desert, four snow hares take heart-warming care of him. But they don’t know very much about what a dog really needs.
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Mishou

Mishou
Milen Vitanov
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Bulgaria,
Germany
2020
8 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Milen Vitanov
Vesela Kazakova
Milen Vitanov
ZDF
Olaf Aue
Milen Vitanov
Vera Trajanova
Michał Krajczok
Leonard Petersen

Somewhere in the eternal ice. All around nothing but snow and pleasant silence. Until a helicopter lands to drop off a group of tourists. A few quick photos are taken and off they go. The uninvited guests leave behind a pile of rubbish – and a small dog who is suddenly quite lost. Four snow hares take heart-warming care of him.

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Natur in Bearbeitung
Kids DOK 2021
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My Mother’s Hair
Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu
A Turkish woman goes to Germany as a guest worker – without her children at first. The family’s youngest daughter describes what it’s like to grow up without a mother.
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My Mother’s Hair

My Mother’s Hair
Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu
Kids DOK 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2020
3 minutes
Turkish
subtitles: 
German

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Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu
Rebecca Lohse
Zeynep Sıla Demircioğlu

A Turkish woman emigrates to Germany in the 1970s to earn money as a guest worker. Her children have to stay with their grandparents and it takes a few years before the mother can bring them over. In memory, this period feels almost unbearable and endless. Özgür, the family’s youngest daughter, describes what it’s like to grow up without a mother.

Lina Dinkla
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Exile
Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People