Private Project


„Tide“ is an experimental animation short that follows a man exposed to the rising danger of high tide in a vast land with seemingly nowhere to go.

  • Berkant Dumlu
  • Berkant Dumlu
  • Berkant Dumlu and nekuto KlG
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Sci-Fi, Thriller, Experimental, Surrealism, Silent Film
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 CHF
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Director Biography - Berkant Dumlu

Berkant Dumlu is an illustrator based in Zurich, Switzerland. Berk has only recently discovered his passion for creating animation. His academic studies began in medicine, where he states to always have identified more with the patients than the doctors. After leaving his studies and spending some time redefining his life goals, Berk revived his childhood passion: Storytelling. He graduated in Illustration from Zurich University of the Arts and went on to learn the art of hand drawn animation. He is a member of nekuto, a creative collective aspiring to create compelling films.
Berk draws his inspiration from everyday life and the infinite complexity of existential human struggles. His dream is to connect with people by sharing honest emotions and ideas through beautifully handcrafted films.

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Director Statement

I spent the last turn of the year in Wremen, northern Germany. Given its location at the North Sea, this little Town’s beaches experience strong tides. When it’s low tide, you can walk out very far into the open, whereas during high tide everything is covered in a band of black water, calmly existing under the permanent whistles of the wind.

There out in the open, I felt so distant from the rest of the world. The epic beauty of this endless vista evoked a whole palette of feelings that only vaguely started to form the mood and idea for “Tide”. At the time, I had already been out of school for a while working part-time at cafés and as an illustrator with no real direction still. With New Year’s Eve at the doorstep, the sobering intensity of the vast landscape, leaving humans so little and unimportant next to it gave birth to a focus that I had never experienced before. All this culminated in the desire to express my experience of feeling hopelessly stuck with "Tide" so as to ban this part of myself for good.