Category Archives: 2018

Räuber & Gendarm nominated for German Short Film Award!

Good News:

Florian Maubach‘s graduation short film is nominated for the most important award for young filmmakers: the German Short Film Award.
On November 28th one film out of 288 submissions and 12 nominations will be honoured in Potsdam. Congratulations!

Since 1956 the Government annually awards the best German short films. Especially for young filmmakers the arward is an exceptional honour. The winner movie is chosen by two independent jurys.

ITFS – Here we come!

The Animation Class is invited again to exhibit at the  ITFS, one of the biggest animation festivals worldwide, and will therefore present the latest works in the Game Zone.

5 new games were developed within the last year by students of the classes of animation and new media:

Dead Herring

Your Future Game

Balance The Bottle

Shake Yer Dix

QB – A Cube’s Tale

We’re excited!

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New Media Class


VR Game: Dead Herring

Almost one year ago, students of animation started a cooperation with the department of chemistry of Universität Kassel. The goal was to make chemical processes and reactions that surround us everyday accessible and comprehensible to a wide range of people. The result is a virtual reality game, in which the player acts as a forensic scientists and explores his environment up to its molecular components: Dead Herring.


In the 17th century escaped criminals used the smell of red herrings to confuse tracker dogs and cover their track.


Next week Dead Herring, as well as other projects of Kunsthochschule Kassel will be exposed in the Game Zone of the Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart.


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Review: Trickreich 18

Aaaand Trickreich is over again. One week ago, the Animationsklasse celebrated the opening of Trickreich 18 in the Gloria cinema – and quite a few people (300 on the first evening) came to see the films resulting from  the past year. It was a succesful evening with lots of laughter and approval.

That is what the HNA, the locals newspaper felt, too:

We were happy to entertain you!

(Photos: Nicolas Wefers)

See you next year!

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The HESSEN TALENTS will be featured at the 68th Berlinale. With Jonatan Schwenk  »Sog«,  Florian Maubach »Räuber und Gendarm«, Alma Weber »Obvious«, Petra Stipetic & Maren Wiese »Your Future Game«.

Hessische Hochschulfilme, Talente und Pitch-Präsentationen auf der 68. Berlinale

Seit zehn Jahren sind die HESSEN TALENTS eine feste Größe im Programm des Europäischen Filmmarktes der Berlinale. Auch 2018 wird das gleichnamige Programm Filme aus vier filmschaffenden Hochschulen Hessens einem internationalem Fachpublikum vorstellen. Zudem präsentieren studentische Filmschaffende am Dienstag, den 20.02. auf dem bundesweiten Empfang der Filmhochschulen in Berlin persönlich ihre Projekte.
Zehn Kurzfilme werden am Mittwoch, den 21.02. im Filmmarkt gezeigt – online ergänzt um drei weitere herausragende Produktionen von in Hessen ausgebildeten Nachwuchstalenten. Darunter auch die Dokumentation „Ink of Yam“, die mit dem Hessischen Hochschulfilmpreis 2017 ausgezeichnet wurde.

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Hessentalents 2018 auf der Berlinale


Students of the Animation Class in this year’s AG Kurzfilm catalog!

Three students of the animation class are mentioned in the latest catalog of AG Kurzfilm. Florian Maubauch with Räuber & Gendarm, Jonatan Schwenk with Sog and Alma W. Bär with two short films: Obvious and Pink Cuts Pink.

Here you can look through the whole catalog.

AG Kurzfilm – What is it?

Since 2002, the AG Kurzfilm represents interests of the German short film and wants to improve the perception of German short films nationally and internationally. The AG Kurzfilm defines itself as a contact and refernce for politics and film economics als well as for short film makers, film festivals and film theatre.

The catalog “German Short Films” is anually released since 2004 and presents a selection of 100 outstanding German short films and, moreover, a large service part with contacts of the German short film sector.

(source: AG Kurzfilm)

Florian Maubach
Jonatan Schwenk
Alma W. Bär



Trickreich 18 @ Gloria Cinema!


Yay, Trickreich is finally back again! 2017 was exhausting but very successful, and the students of animation are looking forward to presenting their works of the past 12 months. Films of experienced animators and shorts of absolute beginners, including all imaginable topics and techniques, will be shown. Exciting!

See you @ Gloria Cinema!

7.+8.+9. February 2018
10:15 Uhr pm
Gloria Cinema
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 3
34117 Kassel

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Update: Animation class

Officially confirmed: The Trickfilmklasse is now called animation class! Why? Because. It’s more international, it’s more Zeitgeist, and it’s not limited to films, animation is everywhere, on your smartphone, in gaming, in VR, even in your dreams!

Der Studienschwerpunkt “Animation”

Seit Oktober 2017 ist es offiziell: Der Studienschwerpunkt “Trick- und Animationsfilm” wurde umbenannt in Studienschwerpunkt “Animation”. Dafür gibt es mehrere triftige Gründe. Die alte Bezeichnung ist im heutigen Sprachgebrauch unsinnig, weil zwischen Trickfilm und Animationsfilm kein Bedeutungsunterschied besteht. “Animation” (ohne -film) ist zudem internationaler, umfassender und zeitgemäßer als “Trickfilm”.

Animation gibt es inzwischen in vielen anderen Erscheinungsformen als nur in Filmen. Es gibt interaktive Anwendungen, Websites, Games, VR-Experiences, Kommunikation im Raum. In der Ausstellung “ckollision”, die Mitte November 2017 von der Animationsklasse im Rahmen des Dokfests Kassel veranstaltet wurde, war kein einziger Trickfilm zu sehen – und doch war alles Animation.

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