Migrating Birds


Script, Direction, Animation, Editing, Sound Design, Music: Felix Reinecker
Sound Mixing: Ralf Schipke
Colorgrading: Fabiana Cardalda
Production: Academy of Media Arts Cologne / Felix Reinecker

Animafest Zagreb 2021, Croatia (Premiere)
2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
49th Festival of Nations, Austria
Athens International Film and Video Festival, USA
CINANIMA – Festival Internacional de Cinema de Animação, Portugal
ANIMATEKA 2021, Slovenia
MONSTRA 2022, Portugal
Filmschauplätze 2022, Germany
Deep Focus Film Festival (Honorable Mention), USA
Animest – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival 2022, Romania

A grey evening in Düsseldorf. Birds pass over the noisy city. A young man seeks refuge in the “Fortuna newsstand” and drinks coffee to keep his exhaustion at bay, but nods off regardless. Flocks of birds follow him into his daydream, in which he tries to escape his isolation and sense of being trapped. He manages this for a moment by picturing an old friend until the traffic and noise of the city slowly catch up to him and he finds himself back at the newsstand.
“Migrating Birds” is an animated film using individual hand-painted frames done with oil paint. The style and traces of the analog production process remain permanently visible.