LITTLE KARL AND THE ELEPHANTS

At the beginning of World War 1, little Karlchen has a big dream: to see the famous elephants of the Sarrasani Circus! To earn the entrance fee, he delivers potatoes to a merchant. But then everything turns out differently...

Based on a true story.

  • Friedrich Kießling
    Director
  • Friedrich Kießling
    Writer
  • Jana Krämer
    Producer
    Conni & the Cat, Hanni & Nanni, The Reader, Robin & Necki
  • Henning Windelband
    Producer
    Conni & the Cat, Meine Freundin Conni
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Karlchen und die Elefanten
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Short, Adventure, Children's
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
  • DOK Leipzig - International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
    Leipzig
    Germany
    October 27, 2021
    Worldwide
    Nomination
  • VGIK International Student Festival
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    November 18, 2021
    International
  • Intern. Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg
    Regensburg
    Germany
    March 19, 2022
  • Zlín Film Festival
    Zlín
    Czech Republic
    May 26, 2022
  • KURZSUECHTIG
    Leipzig
    Germany
    June 29, 2022
  • Filmfest Dresden
    Dresden
    Germany
    July 9, 2022
  • BAFTA Student Awards

    United Kingdom
  • Festival of Animation Berlin (FAB)
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 2, 2022
  • Primanima World Festival of First Animation
    Budaörs
    Hungary
    October 5, 2022
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival
    York
    United Kingdom
    November 1, 2022
  • SCHLiNGEL – International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience
    Chemnitz
    Germany
    October 8, 2022
    Official Selection 'Animation National'
Director Biography - Friedrich Kießling

Friedrich Kießling was born in 1997 in Dresden, where he grew up. Preparatory for studies he joined an internship in the animation school Fantasia Dresden e.V. and Balance Film GmbH, where he worked as compositor and colorist on two animated films. At the same time, he was active in the youth jury of the Filmfest Dresden.

Since October 2016 Friedrich Kießling has been studying at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in the Department of Animation (BA). In the summer of 2017, he went to Lucerne University to attend the six-week 3D animation Master class LUMAA. 2018 he did an additonal internship in the Blue Spirit Production Studios in Angoulême (France) and worked on a 3D animated TV series.

Afterwards he began to work on his own graduation film "Little Karl and the Elephants".

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