As a part of this year's focus on animation, four discussion events hosted by international and regional experts will deal with specific aspects and problems within the genre of animated short film.

Michaela Pavlatova meets Bruno Bozzetto
Animation in dialogue

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, 3pm, Hackesche Höfe, Kino 5

Bruno Bozzetto is best known as the creator of the cult character Signor Rossi. In the course of his career, he produced a number of predominantly political or satirical short films that received world wide accolades. In recent years, Bozzetto has been applying his talent s to flash animation. Michaela Pavlatova's animation films have wone numerous awards, including the Berlinale Golden Bear. She has taught in Prague, San Francisco and Harvard. She made her first feature film in 2003.

Preceding the Bozzetto retrospective “Sense of Life,” interfilm invites festivalgoers to an open discussion with Bruno Bozzetto and Michaela Pavlatova.


Who's doing what?
Animation in Berlin-Brandenburg

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006, 6pm, Hackesche Höfe, Kino 5

In the past few years, an economically stable and high-output network of studios and other firms has formed in Berlin and the surrounding state of Brandenburg, making it the most productive area in Germany when it comes to animation. Not only does Berlin-Brandenburg produce quality animation and offer diverse education opportunities in the branch, it also has high creative potential. Nevertheless, younger generations have difficulty breaking into the working world of filmmaking, and many look for opportunities elsewhere. The panel will discuss reasons for this paradox, and possible approaches toward an improvement.

Christian Berg , film funding coordinator at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
Bernd Willim , founder and director of the German Film School
Gerhard Hahn , animation film producer, founder and director of Hahnfilm AG
Gil Alkabetz , professor for animation at the HFF Potsdam (tbc)
Olaf Encke , animation film director, co-founder Inkarnatoons
Matthias Daenschel , animation film director

Michael Schmetz , Media Consult, author of the study „Animation in Berlin-Brandenburg“ for the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg


On the edge: Reality meets animation

Friday, Nov. 10, 2006, 6pm, Hackesche Höfe, Kino 5

The focus of this panel will be on film techniques in which real footage is combined with animation, resulting in seemingly endless enhancements in image communication and further development of content.

Marcel Jean, who presented a comprehensive retrospective on “hybrids” from 1910 to the present at the Animation Film Festival in Annecy this summer, will report on his observations and analyses. While the (technical) boundaries of the showable constantly expand throughout film history, the digital era gives way to new questions concering differentiation between real and animation film. Are categories like “real film” and “animation” still relevant? The possibilities, limits and consequences of real/animation combinations will be discussed.

Marcel Jean , director, producer, curator, author and animation teacher at the Université de Montréal
Gaelle Denis , animation film director
Ulu Braun, animation film director and artist
Louise Wilde , director of “My friend Marjorie”, animated documentary (tbc)

Annegret Richter , research fellow at the Leipzig University, dpt. for media science and media culture, works on animated documentary

Film intro:
Mc Laren's Negatives , Marie-Josée Saint Pierre, Kanada, 2006, 10'


From the idea to the character – from the film to the audience
Creative work processes in animation film
Podium discussion with film examples
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, 12 noon, Hackesche Höfe, Kleiner Festsaal

Animation close up – the renowned animation filmmaker Michaela Pavlatova, animation filmmakers from the new generation, and Petr Slavik, festival director of Anifest in the Czech Republic offer insights on their work and concepts for animation.

How does an animation film come into being, and for whom? The process of brainstorming, character and material development, and questions regarding the meaning of specific techniques will be discussed, as well as related topics like art, graphics and comics. At the heart of the discussion lies the question: What can animation film transport, and how can a filmmaker reach his or her audience?

Michaela Pavlatova , renowned animation film director, teacher in Prag, San Francisco and Harvard
Raimund Krumme , renowned animation film director and animation teacher (tbc)
Petr Slavík , festival director of „Anifest“
Ewgenia Golubewa , animation film director (tbc)

Marcel Jean , director, producer, curator, author and animation teacher at the Université de Montréal

Film intro:
Animando , Marco A. Magalhães, Brasilien, 1981, 15'



Rolf and Adrian on the couch - On the path to the big screen!

Wednesday, Nov. 8. 2006, 10pm, Volksbühne, Roter Salon

Adrian has made a short film on Rolf's search for his father, who left when Rolf was a child. The film is quite a success in North Prenzlauer Berg, and now both have caught red carpet fever and want to make a full-length feature on the story. This is the sales pitch to international producers and everyone else who wants to “be there,” replete with music (Nikko Weidemann and Katharina Biebrich), jokes and promotional freebies.





Thursday, Nov. 9. 2006, 10 pm, Volksbühne, Roter Salon

The big screen – in miniature. Volker Gerling combines film, photography and performances to form a completely new genre: photographic video flipbook. Accompanied by poetic stories on his travels through Germany and excursions on the themes of photography and film – on “empty space” and “proper time” – Gerling composes sensitive portraits of people and places using the projection of flipbooks in action.



Friday, Nov. 10. 2006, 10 pm, Volksbühne, Roter Salon

Imagine you could make a short film, 2 or 3 minutes long. Maybe it takes a day, maybe a month. It's something you do for yourself, you like your film, you like making films.

But film isn't a solitary event. It's an art form that can reach audiences around the world. So imagine that you could give this film to someone, and they would take it, translate it into 7 languages, and then show it at parties simultaneously taking place in 10 creative capitals of the world. Wouldn't that be amazing? - That's Quickflick World.

Imagine there was a place you could go once a month, and see a dozen or so of the best short films made around the world that month. Though they're in all sorts of different languages, there are subtitles to help you understand them. Imagine that the films are even based on a common theme, so that you can really see how different cultures approach such a theme. We party from Buenos Aires to Tokyo. Learning by doing is our motto. - That's Quickflick World.

At the interfilm International Short Film Festival, QuickFlick presents a program with a selection from their showcases with international contributions on the subjects Fragile, Confusion, Spicy and Made in China. In addition, we invite enthusiasts to create interfilm-QuickFlicks on specified themes in just a few festival days, which will then be presented to the festival audience.


Video 2.0 – Clip Entertainment at YouTube & Co.

Thursday, Nov. 9. 2006, 8 pm, Volksbühne, Roter Salon

Internet video platforms are a virtual paradise for moving pictures. The sky - in this case the hard drive - is the limit for video file uploading. interfilm presents the possibilities of "community-based entertainments" on YouTube & co. - from rough mobile clips to sophisticated short films - and takes a look at the challenges for film festivals in the rush of images on the net.

The concept of 'Web 2.0' is characterized by new forms of internet usage. The net has changed from a distribution medium to a trading post for content in which the user is simultaneously sender and recipient. Anyone can make a short film, and find the right audience on the internet. With the advent of inexpensive video technology and wideband internet access, online videos have become mainstream.

Internet video platforms could mean a chance for short film to reach a worldwide audience. Unlike film festivals, there is no pre-selection of uploaded videos. Popularity and quality are determined by direct interaction within internet communities. A film festival shows a selected program, targeting a special audience. YouTube shows everything, indirectly provoking a discussion on the social and economic implications of the internet. Questions arise concerning the future of short film and the role of film festivals when faced with an audiences that are increasingly capable of amusing themselves.

Eckhard M. Jäger, Internet-Filmfestival-Organizes

Jan Mathias Steinforth, Kommunication Designer
Bertram Gugel, Media Scientist
Klaus Dörries, Filmemaker

Tillmann Allmer, interfilm Short Film Distribution


LEM - When life is just a game

Wednesday, Nov 8. 2006, 8 pm, Volksbühne, Roter Salon

Digital aesthetics are an integral part of today's media world. Computer game heroes now star in movies, actors dress up as avatars, software systems and databases become battlefields. Virtual characters and spaces are making their way into our daily lives, intensifying the agony of reality. But what is really “virtual?” What design strategies are used to make the virtual, or digital, experienceable using the senses?

LEM, NewMediaResearch, present and discuss this and other questions using analyses, case studies and interviews from the areas of gaming, film, design, art and pop culture. A virtual voyage.


Location Tour

Shooting Berlin: Location – Tour
Welcome to the Film City of Berlin!
The Locations Tour invites you to discover the many faces of film in Berlin.
Where were famous scenes shot? How does the scenery look on film, and how does it look in real life? An experienced Berlin location scout guides you to the film locations of classic Berlin films like “The Sky Above Berlin” and “Run Lola Run,” and offers anecdotes from the making of certain scenes. In addition, you'll see the corresponding film clips.
We'll also visit a number of atypical, somewhat surprising spots that display the diversity of Berlin as a shooting location, and we'll give you some general information on filming in Berlin: Which agencies must be contacted? Who can provide detailed advice?
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006, 3pm, in front of the Hackesche Höfe. Length: appr. 3 hours
Participation is free for accredited guests, please send an email to to register.