Experiencing Interruptions?


Between the pulsating city and the standstill of the people, a young man is looking for his place in society.
"Pressure" is showing his journey from the drug ridden nightlife to the unfair music scene. Everywhere his search is taking him he ́s facing restrictions, compulsions and pressure. His journey ends when he starts questioning everything he fought for while hitting rock bottom.

  • Julian Pixel Schmiederer
  • Julian Schmiederer
  • Julian Schmiederer
  • Lara Rabitsch
  • Ibrahim Aly
    Key Cast
  • Gregor Franz
    Director of Photography
  • Johannes Rass
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Art, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 2, 2020
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Ortweinschule
  • Ars Electronica Festival
    September 5, 2019
    Premiere Premiere
  • Pressure Premirere
    World Premiere
  • European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA)
  • New York Cinematography AWARDS (NYCA)
    New York
    United States
    Best underwater cinematography
  • Lift Of Sessions

  • screen test student fest

    United States
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Julian Pixel Schmiederer

Julian Pixel Schmiederer (AT), born 02.02.02, is a director and sound engineer and first appeared artistically in 2010 as part of the Ars Eleronica Festival with the project “Pixel Guitars”. In the cellar of the Linz tobacco factory, a surreal carpet of sound was
created with 10 guitars made to sound by motors. The further artistic development remained being in the musical area, as rapper, DJ and hiphop producer he released two
mixtapes, one Ep and one album so he could gain a lot of experience in the creation of sound scapes. This experience was also used in the 2015 project “Gangway Horns”, in which he created apocalyptic sounds with foghorns in the courtyard of the Postcity in Linz. One year later Julian moved to Graz to follow his childhood dream of filmmaking at the Ortweinschule Graz for Film and MultimediaArt. His experience with sound also helped him here, so he was able to work on the film “Taste of Love” as a Foley Artist in his first year at school. Further projects followed in which he worked as a sound engineer, also the internationally presented audio play “schuldICH?” in which he also took over the direction and production management. After beeing part of the crew of several movies it was time for him to make his own. He made his first steps as a director with the movies “Kruzifix” and “Pressure” where he also wrote the scripts.

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Director Statement

The movie is a mirror of modern society where uniqueness is diabolized, where striving for freedom is something uncommon and where chasing your dreams is not cool anymore. In a society like this it ́s hard for people to identify themselves, because we are taught not to be different. We are always trying to push our psychological limits to the edge, just to do what others think is good for us.
To show all this we chose to let the action take place underwater so that the main character is literally oating through the environment. The story is told by a poem-like monolog and the emotions are expressed through the body language of the protagonist.