seeing our little film, at least on the second day of the festival. In other words, very proud to announce that we got selected for Thinking Football festival in Bilbao.
A postman knocked on my door theses days to propose a little exchange: my signature against his promising looking envelope. Ok, at first it didn’t look that appealing and I was rather trying to remember any acts from my part, that would justify that amount of paperwork. But quickly it turned out the nature of the shipment was entirely positive. The dear people of ANIMA, Festival International de Animación de Córdoba/ Argentina had sent a catalogue. How takes the pain of sending catalogues for a 12 minute appearance in the world panorama section these days? Well, they do! And even better, the catalogue is a box of many dozen of postcards as you can see. Funnily we share the postcard with David Buob from my hometown Dresden. Cheers David and many thanks to Argentina.
Sorry to misguide you, no coincidence set us close to the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre. Still Watching the Ball won a nice little price with a long name just a couple of days before the Oscars- Brazilian international student animation festival “Animarte!” gave us the first prize for best professional sport film.
Very proud about the prize and very sorry to be in freezing Berlin instead of summery Brazil.
While WTB is nowadays a widely known abreviation for Watching the Ball, many are unshure what FCB stands for. Some opt for Feedback Control Bypass, wile others think of obscure football clubs like FC Barcelone or FC Bayern. And there is also the FC Basel, which will be in focus at the starting day of football film festival Flutlicht in Basel on friday, 15th january. Which takes us back to WTB, that will be screened two days later in the shortfilm section of Flutlicht.
Certainly among the top teams in soccer, Brasil is now also among the screening countries for WTB. Short film festival animarte! is dedicated to animation films and student audience and will screen in December Brasilian and International shorts in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba. It would be so nice to be there, but unfortunately it’s just so much “not around the corner”
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Sarajevo, great hometown of the well known Ivan Ramadan (or vice versa) hosts each year the most important film festival of the Balkans. Which makes the vibrating city for one week even more buzzing. Very handy to know an approved local guide to it’s bars and night places. Btw, Watching the ball was screened at noon, as only animation film at the Bosnian shortfilm section with some hundred people in the audience. Glad to be there!
Happy to announce the south american premiere! As part of the world panorama slot our story of football and desaster will be screened at Anima Córdoba in Argentina in september. And we will also be in Russia at Krok Festival and in Greece (3rd festical in Greece) at Be There in Korfu! Be There:)
Watching The Ball is selected for Cartoon Club Award which is a part of the Cartoon Club Rimini from 17th to 20th July in Rimini/Italy. Yeah!
Astro Turf instead of the usual red carpet and a coaching bench in front of the cinema. Welcome to a festival that’s all around watching the ball in cinema
As quite a view people of the crew are from Berlin, the festival was a nice opportunity to gather and rehearse positioning for a good wall. Ready for the next free kick…
In an epic struggle against sensory overload of their visual cortex, the audience at Athens Animafest Animation Film Festival 2015 will face Watching The Ball (among approximately 250 other animation shorts) at the Marathon section from 26th to 31st of March. Know your limits and don’t forget drinking (water, what else…..)
Finally: Five years (!) after the first meeting we come back to the point of origin and celebrate the completion of Watching The Ball and the great hospitality of Filmfest Dresden and the Exchange Forum. Big Thanks to Annegret Richter and Lars Meyer for their restless support during the years.
At Dresden the film is part of the programme “Cinema Roulette”(Thursday, 16th April 2015) which will be screened in a former casino and betting office with a unique character.
We are happy to announce the screening at the 10th edition of 11mm Football Film Festival in Berlin on friday, 20th march. If you happen to be in the city from 19th to 23rd march, you really should consider attending a show or an event at this very nice blend of cinema and football.
and please find the astronaut:)
After 4 years, 5 month and estimated 27 days we will premiere the film at DOK Leipzig. We are really happy to show the film for the first time at world’s oldest festival for documentary films with their renowned animation programme. Looking forward to the 29th october…
No time for ping-pong:( While sound postproducion facility Basis Berlin features exquisite possibilities for playing table tennis,we were far to bussy using it’s equally superb features for sound mixing to make Watching the Ball a real aural candy. After spending two days in the mix we left very pleased, with a farewell match on the table.
A new championship has finished yesterday and Watching The Balls animator Till Lassmann from Hamburg / Germany comments about the German win:
A preview of a new scene where the astronauts escape from a big meteorite- and discover they missed the only goal in the match. German composer Henning Schärfke contributed the atmospheric waltz to the scene.
The character of the old football coach got a new graphical makeover. Vid Rajin gave him more depth and edges and you can compare both version in the picure below.
Here is a quick first animation test with the newly layouted football fans- or rather with one of them. The sound is just a layout, featuring Marracash First Session Orchestra ‘s frontman Joe La Baloue.
With Watching the Ball being an episode film about the problems of watching football, what is needed in the first place, obviously is some good episodes. For inspiration we started a bit before that point and asked ourselves: In which places and situations people use to see football matches? And more interestingly: in which conditions they regularly don’t, but the possibility would be there nevertheless? So immediately we had a start: public transport, prison, home in the midst of marital problems, a bar and a cab: our first scenes.