Europe With In/Out Borders (Europe 4)

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3-Hanna-Heilborn-Sharaf1A unique tribute to documentary animation and true stories on children, immigration and European borders. A. Hanna Heilborn: a trilogy of documentary animation on children and human rights

Hidden, Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch & Mats Johansson (SWEDEN, 2002), 8'

1-Hanna-Heilborn-HiddenThe sound is an interview with Giancarlo, a 12-year-old boy, and the images are animated. Giancarlo has no permit to stay in Sweden and he describes how it is to be chased by the police and live in hiding. The film travels to Peru and to the school in Sweden but it mostly stays in the room where the actual interview took place. There are also Giancarlo’s father, mother with a newborn baby and his little brother. Giancarlo sits still with his arms pressed tightly against his little body. He gives straightforward answers to the questions.


Directors and Producers:Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch & Mats Johansson
In co-production with: Ulla Simonen, Kinotar Oy, Finland, Antonio Russo Merenda, Asterisk Film, Danmark/ Hysteria Film AB
Design: Acne, Mats Johansson
3D-production, modelling and animation: Jonas Moberg, Mantra Animation
Animation: Flemming Borgen
Effects and rendering: Oskar Wahlberg, Mantra Animation
Music: Jonas Bohlin

Slaves, David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn (SWEDEN, 2008), 15'

2-Hanna-Heilborn-Slaves - Abuk cIt’s a simple furnished hotel-room. Abuk, nine years old, cuddles up in a bed. Machiek, 15 years, is nervously turning his chair.

We got abducted my mother, father, my sister and I. After that they killed my parents and separated me from my sister. It was just after my mother had stopped breast-feeding me, says Abuk in a low voice.

Abuk and Machiek are two out of thousands of children captured by the government-sponsored militia during the Civil War in Sudan. In the prize-winning film ”Slaves – an animated documentary”, they tell about their experiences from the day they were captured, until the moment they’re released by James Auger Alic and his organisation CEAWC (Committee of Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children). ”Slaves” is the second film in a series of animated documentaries by

David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn, after the grand success with the film ”Hidden – an animated documentary”. Among other festival wins, “Slaves” got also awarded the Annecy Cristal (best short film) in Annecy Animation Festival 2009.


Directed and produced by: David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn
Art Directon/Character Design: Mats Johansson, Acne Junior Production Design/Animation Design: Magnus Östergren, Degauss Lead Animation: Nicolas Hu Animators: Hubert Seynave, Gilles Brinkhuizen, Mathilde Le Moal, Nicolas Maurice, Benoît Galland. Animation/Post Production: Degauss/Daniel Annefelt, Mats Karsvall, Marcus Dalhamn, Francis Paulsson Background Animation: Isak Gjertsen Photos: Kim Naylor 3D Models: Maria Avramova, Christer Hägglund Rendering/Ass Compositing: Calle Herdenberg, Pär Linusson Sound Design: Peter Albrechtsen, Anders Nyström Advisor/Translation: Martin Majak. Digital Grading: The Chimney Pot

Sharaf, Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch (SWEDEN, 2012), 13'

3-Hanna-Heilborn-Sharaf1"The boat was like a little fly in the sea, in two-meter high waves. We just drifted without any food or water." Sharaf, 17 years old, is one of thousands of boat-refugees who have arrived to Gran Canaria the last years. . Sharaf was lucky, he survived but many people have died in the Atlantic Ocean trying to get into the EU. Sharaf - an animated documentary" is the third part in the series of animated documentaries about children and young people in difficult situations by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn


Directors- Producers: Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch (Story AB)
Art Direction and Character Design: Mats Johansson/Acne Jr;Production and Post-production Design: Magnus Östergren/Potemkin; Line producer: Thomas Oger; Lead animation: Nicolas Maurice
3D models: Jonas Kärn, Nicolas Maurice
; Animation: Astrid Krejberg, Bert Zierfuß, Thomas Oger; background animation: Malin Erkkonen, Charlotte Cambon, Lucie La Chimia; Rendering and compositing: Adam Wittsell;Sound design: Anders Nyström; Conform and grading: Tom Brennan/ theFlock, Kersti Grunditz; Advisor and interpreter: Claudia Herrera Strömber; Assistants: Tim Dahlberg, Jeroen Pool ; Company producer: Tobias Janson/Story ; Co-producer Denmark: Camilla Andersen/ Microcosmos

B. Selected Films 2012-15 on Europe and its borders

Villa Antropoff, Kaspar Jancis, Vladimir Leschiov (LATVIA, 2012), 13'.

VillaAntropoff Image02A man has nothing to lose except his dream. To make his dream come true the man embarks on a dangerous journey. But his destination is not what it seems.


Directors: Vladimir Leschiov and Kaspar Jancis
Producers: Vladimir Leschiov, Kalev Tamm
Editing: Kaspar Jancis, Vladimir Leschiov
Animation: Līga Skirmane, Vladimir Leschiov, Inta Silanža, Kristīne Zvirbule, Marje Ale, Karina Golovin, Ulle Metsur, Tarmo Vaarmets
Screenplay: Vladimir Leschiov, Kaspar Jancis
Scene & character designer : Vladimir Leschiov
Computer Graphics: Ere Tott, Marje-Ly Liiv
Original music: Kaspar Jancis
Sound: Horret Kuus
Production Companies: Lunohod (Latvia), Eesti Joonisfilm (Estonia)

Armenian Papers, Ornella Macchia (BELGIUM, 2015), 6’ 34”

Armenian-Papers2D computer animation, Ηθοποιοί, Σχεδίαση στην άμμο, διαδικτυακό λογισμικό

At the market of Yerevan , in Armenia, a merchant invites us to share his fruits and his history...


Director: Ornella Macchia
Producer: Vincent Gilot
Storyboard, Artistic Direction, Animation, Editing, Graphics: Ornella Macchia
Music: Benoit Charron
Light: Laura San Martin Perrera

Black Tape, Michelle/Uri Kranot (DENMARK/ISRAEL, 2014), 3’

Black-TapeDrawing on paper, Φωτογραφίες

In an entangled tango, the victim and victimiser dance, occupying the frame and the space between brushstrokes.


Director: Michelle & Uri Kranot
Producer: Michelle Kranot
Storyboard: Michelle & Uri Kranot
Artistic Direction: Michelle & Uri Kranot
Animation: Michelle & Uri Kranot
Music: Uri Kranot
Editing: Michelle & Uri Kranot

Festival screenings / Awards

Annecy, Ottawa, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Interfilm Berlin, Odense, Valladolid, Leeds (special mention), Monstra (Special mention)

Αλλοδαπάνθρωποι, Rory Waudby-Tolley (UK, 2012), 2’ 30’’

merfolk still 13D computer animation

Merpeople have been living among humans, on mainland Britain, for the last ten years. Forced to leave the polluted oceans, an elderly couple of merfolk refugees discuss the society they now live in, and how they have adapted to their new life.


Director: Rory Waudby-Tolley 
Producer: Rory Waudby-Tolley 
Storyboard-animation-music-editing: Rory Waudby-Tolley

Τεφίκ, όταν πέφτεις, ξανασηκώνεσαι, Jannik Hastrup (DENMARK, 2014), 10' 10''

Tefik 01filmens billed2D computer animation

Tefik from Kosovo is living with his father and traumatised mother in a refugee camp in Denmark. They have fled from Albania because they were harassed.Maybe because they are Roma gypsies.
Tefik is now being bullied by other kids at school but he won’t tell his dad because he is having enough worries with the mother who is sick.
Tefik is very good at riding his bike. It makes his father happy when Tefik makes tricks on his bike.


Director:Jannik Hastrup
Production: Dansk Tegnefilm
Screenplay: Jannik Hastrup
Sound: Niels Arild
Music: Fuzzy



Festival Production: ANIMATE CORFU

Event Organization: Great Events



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