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