German Animation 1: Don’t Look Back


27. April 2024
20:00 - 21:30


Bolzstraße 10, Stuttgart, 70173


Eight current positions bring different perspectives to a litmus test for our hurting society. In between overcoming personal traumas and a search for collective identities the

programme opens a kaleidoscope of artistic strategy for new way to connect. It‘s surprising, experimental and poetic. In cooperation with Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media.


BrandenDirector: Juliane Ebner / Germany / 2023 / 16:45 min / Screenplay: Juliane Ebner / Production: Juliane Ebner / Distribution: / World Sales: Fabian&Fred GmbH

A Coastal childhood in the dictatorship. A search for traces and a bittersweet declaration of love. Based on hundreds of watercolor paintings and inspired by biography, this hand-animated film tells of departure, return and remembrance. A ‚Heimatfilm’ from the shore that was a death strip.

WüstentierDirector: Lina Walde / Germany / 2023 / 7:52 min / Screenplay: Lina Walde / Production: Lina Walde & Ines Christine Geißer Filmproduktion / World Sales: Lina Walde

Why does the desert critter have the shadow of a palm tree? Doesn’t that seem wrong? No other creature has such an unfitting shadow. Luckily, there is the chance to change one’s shadow, if an animal feels particularly unhappy about it. A poetic reflexion on peculiar friendships and the search for identity.

Baigal Nuur - Lake Baikal
Baigal Nuur – Lake BaikalDirector: Alisi Telengut / Germany, Canada / 2023 / 8:55 min / Screenplay: Alisi Telengut / Production: Alisi Telengut / Distribution: / World Sales: Fabian&Fred GmbH

The formation and history of Lake Baikal in Siberia are re-imagined with hand-made animations and told partly through the voice of a Buryat woman who can still recall some words in her endangered Buryat-Mongolian language.

it’s just a wholeDirector: Bianca Scali / Germany / 2023 / 10:37 min / Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH / World Sales: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

She knew this day would come and the choice she’d have to make. But as it finally comes, Maya cannot wrap her head around it. A mole – it’s so small, so insignificant, just a mark… How can it be so hard to part from it? Can Maya ever feel whole again when a bit of her is taken away?

Pamiętnik z węgla
Pamiętnik z węglaDirector: Adrianna Wieczorek / Germany, Poland / 2023 / 6:39 min / Screenplay: Dolunay Gördüm / World Sales: Adrianna Wieczorek

In order to reconnect with his daughter, an old miner takes her into his memories and shows how he, at her age, defeated communism.


Über Leben
Über LebenDirector: Melanie Jilg / Germany / 2023 / 15:18 min / Screenplay: Melanie Jilg / Production: Melanie Jilg / World Sales: Melanie Jilg

Fear paralyses. The people around don’t notice. Or are you not as alone as you feel? The hiccups are disturbing, and that’s what it’s all about: time to move.


ScrubbyDirector: Paul Vollet / Germany / 2023 / 6:33 min / Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH / World Sales: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

Scrubby wants to live in his mother’s thick fur forever, but she’s starting to lose hair. When he chases and returns a strand of her hair that flew away, all that is left of her is a pile of hair and a trail in the snow. In search of his mother, Scrubby encounters a naked, freezing creature. Is his fur enough to warm both of them?