Milen Vitanov

Germany, Bulgaria, 2020 / 8 min / Without dialogue / Animation

Part of the short film collection Cloudy

The lives of four lively arctic hares take a turn after discovering a strange new creature.

Far and wide, there is nothing but snow, ice and pleasant silence. That is, until a helicopter full of noisy tourists lands. A quick round of selfies and then they’re off again, leaving behind a heap of trash and a tiny dog which is immediately adopted by four Arctic hares. The Berlin-based collective Talking Animals returns to Generation with a humorous yet biting cinematic commentary on animal empathy and human ignorance.

  • Grand Prize for our Best Children's Animation, Rhode Island Film Festival, 2020 (USA)
  • Gryphon Award - Best Short Film Elements+3, Giffoni Film Festival, 2020 (Italy)
  • FRIESE Award, Mo&Friese Film Festival Hamburg, 2021 (Germany)
  • Best Family Short, Cleveland International Film Festival, 2021 (USA)
  • Colour Box Audience Award, Flatpack Festival, 2021 (United Kingdom)
  • Best Animation, Feel The Reel Intl Film Festival 2021 (United Kingdom) (Romania)
  • Audience Award - Kids1, Dresden Film Festival, 2021 (Germany)
  • Audience Award, Festival du Film d'Animation Pour la Jeunesse de Bourg-en-Bresse 2021
Cast & Credits
Metodi Litzev, Vera Trajanova
Olaf Aue
Jens Prausnitz
Susanna Jerger
Leonard Petersen
Aktivist38, ZDF Germany
Kurzfilm Agentur

Milen Vitanov was born in 1978 in Prague. After growing up in Sofia, he graduated in Animation from the University of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2007. His graduation short My Happy End screened in many international festivals and received numerous prestigious awards. Together with a group of fellow HFF graduates and friends, he co-founded the Talking Animals Animation Studio in Berlin.

  • 2020, Mishou (short)
  • 2016, Bango (short)
  • 2015, Natural Novel in 8 Chapters (short)
  • 2012, Rising Hope (short)
  • 2007, My Happy End (short)