Moviebrats News Archive


Happy Birthday MovieBrats

Ladies and Gentlemen, it all began on a snowy winter day in December 2010… (read with Morgan Freemann voice). And today MovieBrats Studios celebrates its fifth anniversary. So, here’s a snippet from every single project we’ve worked on over the past five years! Thanks to all our clients, partners, families and friends! And now, the show must go on…

A London Winter Tale

Check out our latest work from MovieBrats Studios and get into instant christmas mode with the 2D animated short “A London Winter Tale” for Montblanc‘s 2015 holiday season campaign. MovieBrats Studios handled the the full production for Montblanc International and Scholz & Friends Berlin from script and initital character designs through storyboarding, art direction to final animation, directed by our very own Tom Schirdewahn from a script by Raven Burnett.

Eurimages for Zoology

Happy to announce that the Eurimages is supporting our co-production of ZOOLOGY, the new film by director Ivan Tverdovsky, produced with New People Film Company in Russia and Arizona Films in France. Many thanks to the Board of Management of the Council of Europe! Production of ZOOLOGY is about to start shooting in early November in Russia.

LOST PLACE out now in Japan

Our mystery thriller LOST PLACE 3D is now available on DVD in the land of the rising sun. Check out the Japanese trailer on YouTube, featuring a few new, more or less subtle sound and transition effects, but could also use a big, fat spoiler warning! The DVD is available on from Interfilm/Amazing D.C.

THE SPEED BREED goes Shanghai

We are honored to announce that our Chinese-German action comedy THE SPEED BREED 3D is among the five European projects that have been selected for the Sino-European Project Lab by Bridging The Dragon. The first part of the lab will be held from June 9-13 leading up to the Shanghai Film Festival, while part two commences in August as part of the Festival de Locarno. The lab is hosted in partnership with the D’Hive Media Hub and the TorinoFilmLab.



Animation Production Day

Meet us in Stuttgart! Our 3D animated feature project HUMP will take us to this year’s Animation Production Day, a part of FMX and the ITFS International Animation Film Festival Stuttgart, that is hosted on May 7 and 8 at L-Bank in Stuttgart.

HUMP goes Lyon

From March 4 to 6 we will be attending the Cartoon Movie event in Lyon, France, where we are going to present our 3D animated feature HUMP as part of the official selection. The presentation of HUMP will be held on March 6, at 11:30am at the Studio Lyon.

Raindance Live Ammunition

Here’s your chance to pitch your movie idea to a panel of industry executives including MovieBrats Producer Alex Weimer: Join Raindance Live! Ammunition Berlinale pitch event this Friday 6:00-8:00pm at the HomeBase Lounge. Entrance is free, but throw a fiver into the hat if you want to pitch! Register here for the guest list (compulsory), including the after party!

Cartoon Movie 2015

We are happy to announce that the 3D animated feature film HUMP has been officially selected to be presented at Cartoon Movie 2015March 4-6 in Lyon, France.

Creative Europe MEDIA

We are happy to announce that our Spanish-French-German co-production of JEAN-FRANCOIS AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Sergi Portabella has been granted a development fund by Creative Europe MEDIA. Congratulations to our Barcelona-based partners A Contraluz Films.

Animation Made in Germany

The new guide to German animation production companies has been introduced last night at the Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, France, also featuring MovieBrats with an overview of our current slate of animation projects in development or in production (pages 64-65). The full booklet is available for download via the German Producers Alliance.

First Steps Award 2014

We are happy to announce that LOST PLACE has been nominated for the NO FEAR Producers Award at the First Steps Awards 2014! The awards will be given out during a gala ceremony on September 15 at the Stage Theatre at Potsdamer Platz. Fingers crossed!

Happy Clients

We are honored to have been working for so many happy clients so far and like to put out a huge Thank You for their long standing trust in our work! Check out the overview we have put together in the ABOUT section of our website.


From today on you can get LOST PLACE on Blu-ray 3D (incl. 2D),  DVD and VOD for your home viewing pleasure. The discs come with English subtitles and a ton of extras, i.e. interviews with the cast, director and producers, deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes diaries and much more… Get it now from amazon (DE)!

New Portfolio: Animation & VFX

Check it out: Today we are happy to present our brandnew Portfolio for Animation & Visual Effects (PDF). It offers a pretty nifty overview of high class projects from recent years. If you want to dig deeper you’ll find detailed information on each project right here on our website. And for a handful of selected visual effects projects check out these Breakdown Reels.


LOST PLACE is out on DVD and Blu-ray 3D (and 2D) in Germany on March 28 (incl. english subtitles). The discs are bursting with a ton of special features: interviews with the cast and crew, deleted scenes, video diaries, soundtrack recordings and much more. It will also see a same day release digitally with several German VOD outlets also providing a 3D version. Pre-order here!

We have moved!

Our new address is Mehringdamm 61 in 10961 Berlin. Now with more (wo)menpower, more renderpower, brandnew editing facilities and a 15 seat screening room in the creative environment of a Kreuzberg-style factory loft. If there’s anything we can do for you, please get in touch. Phone numbers stayed the same, or shoot us an email.

Lost Place goes LOLA

LOST PLACE was shortlisted for the German Film Award LOLA in the category “Best Sound”. Congrats to the team of sound designer Martin Frühmorgen and re-recording mixer Holger Lehmann from Rotor Film as well as sound mixers Magnus Pflüger and Robert Damrau. The final nominations will be announced on March 28, 2014.



MovieBrats supports Superhobo

MovieBrats Films & Animation in collaboration with Scholz & Friends Berlin and Yorck Kinogruppe present SUPERPENNER. MovieBrats supports the new comic supplement of Berlin’s biggest street newspaper strassenfeger with an animated trailer. Since January 13, the issue can be bought only from the homeless people of Berlin.

3D Award for LOST PLACE

We are honored to announce that LOST PLACE wins the award for “Best 3D Film with immersive 3D sound” that was given out for the first time this year at the International 3D Film Festival in Liège, Belgium. LOST PLACE was natively mixed and released in Dolby Atmos. A huge thank you to the jury.

3D Stereo Media Conference

Save the Date! On December 5, producer Alex Weimer will give a short talk on the use of Dolby Atmos in LOST PLACE at the 3D Stereo Media Professional Conference in Liège, Belgium. The mystery thriller was the first European feature to be natively mixed and released in Dolby Atmos. Click here for registration.

International 3D Film Festival

The MovieBrats-produced mystery thriller LOST PLACE 3D has been nominated at the International 3D Film Festival in the category “3D contents enhanced by immersive 3D audio”. The awards ceremony will be held during 3D Stereo Media on the evening of December 6 at the Royal Opera House in Liége, Belgium.

AFM 2013

From November 6-12 MovieBrats Films & Animation will be attending the American Film Market 2013 in Santa Monica. Please take also note of the panel “Incentives to shoot your next Film in Germany: Focus on Berlin-Brandenburg” to be held on November 7 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at the Le Meridien Delfina followed by a networking event with a delegation of 30 Berlin-Brandenburg-based producers and industry professionals. Click here (PDF) for further information on how to attend.


The Chinese action adventure flick UNBOUNDED 3D, currently in development, co-produced by MovieBrats, has been selected for the 3D Content Financing Market by 3D Stereo Media. The market and pitchings will take place on December 3 and 4, 2013 in Liège, Belgium.

LOST PLACE Theatrical Release

Today, September 19, LOST PLACE is released in theaters throughout Germany. Click here for a list of all cinemas showing the mystery thriller in 3D starring François Goeske, Josefine Preuß, Jytte-Merle Böhrnsen and Pit Bukowski. Film will also be coming to Austria tomorrow, September 20, 2013.

LOST PLACE premieres

The MovieBrats-produced mystery thriller LOST PLACE 3D is celebrating its Germany Premiere today, September 16, 2013, in Kaiserslautern, followed by the Dolby Atmos Premiere at Berlin’s Cinestar at Sony Center on Thursday, September 19, 2013, which also marks the date of its official theatrical release throughout Germany.

LOST PLACE 3D – International Release Dates

After the initial German theatrical release of LOST PLACE on September 19, the 3D flick will come to Austrian cinemas only a day later, on September 20, via  Thimfilm and to Russian cinemas on November 21 via Carmen Films.

LOST PLACE Trailer in 3D

Whip out your 3D glasses! The theatrical trailer for our mystery thriller LOST PLACE 3D is now also available in stereoscopic 3D. For regular (i.e. non-3D-capable) screens you need anaglyph 3D glasses (i.e. red-cyan). If you access it with a 3DTV or 3D-capable computer monitor or laptop, you can also watch it in side-by-side mode. Simpy choose your preferred viewing method via the 3D button on the YouTube player bar.


LOST PLACE Poster Reveal

German movie news site yesterday exclusively premiered the official poster and key art for the MovieBrats produced 3D mystery thriller LOST PLACE. The flick will hit German cinemas on September 19, 2013.

LOST PLACE at CineEurope

In 2012, Dolby launched Dolby Atmos at the CineEurope with a screening of Disney Pixar’s “Brave”, the first feature film in Dolby Atmos. In 2013, we are honored that Dolby chose LOST PLACE for an exclusive screening in Dolby Atmos and 3D on Wed, June 26, 2013 at 4:30 PM at the Cinesa Diagonal Mar. Click here for further information on all of Dolby’s Atmos demonstrations at CineEurope 2013.

MovieBrats goes Warp Speed

For the release of the sci-fi blockbuster Star Trek: Into Darkness MovieBrats fired Fisherman’s Friend lozenges into space. The new ad can be seen in movie theatres across Germany and will also be coming to German TV from May 3. And of course you can watch it right here on our site. 3D animation, vfx and compositing made by MovieBrats with a live action shoot by The Shack

LOST PLACE at Cine Tradeshow

The full theatrical trailer for LOST PLACE premiered yesterday as part of the NFP marketing & distribution tradeshow at the German cinema congress “Kino 2013″ in Baden-Baden. Head of distribution Christoph Ott took center stage with director Thorsten Klein, producers Alex Weimer and Lena Vurma and lead actor François Goeske to present it to an audience of roughly 700 industry professionals. The public release will follow soon.


Our award-winning short ASTERNAUTS has struck a distribution deal with It is now live for streaming via the IndieFlix website and in selected territories also on Roku® & Xbox Live®. Watch ASTERNAUTS and hundreds of other pre-selected indie shorts, features and docs for only $6.99/month (cancel anytime), or use our promo code FAC61525 to get a year-long subscription for only $49 ($20 off regular price)!



We are so happy to announce that ASTERNAUTS got selected for the Austin Film Society SXSW 2013 ShortCase screening on March 10 at the Vance Boyd Theatre in Austin, TX. This is even more exciting as it also marks the film’s Austin premiere. After it has been shot in and around Austin more than 1 1/2 years ago and has already travelled halfway around the world, it is finally coming home.





LOST PLACE: New Release Date

NFP and Warner Bros. pushed back the German release date for LOST PLACE to September 19, 2013 to be able to release the film in a more favorable environment in late summer, also fitting the film’s storyline. Following its recent presentation in Dolby Atmos during this year’s Berlin Film Festival, the push-back also opens up the chance to release the movie across far more Dolby Atmos-equipped screens in Germany than currently available.

Development Grant for MUMMENSCHANZ

We are happy to announce that the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg awarded a development grant for our feature film project MUMMENSCHANZ. Filming for the black horror comedy by director and co-writer Ralf Stadler is set to commence in early 2014 in southern Germany, in Brandenburg and Berlin.

MovieBrats @ EFM 2013

From Feb 7-14 we’ll be at Berlinale’s European Film Market showcasing new and current projects. In association with Dolby our 3D mystery thriller LOST PLACE (international sales: Valuetainment) will be presented in the new soundformat Dolby Atmos in a market screening on Friday, Feb 8, 12:15 PM at the Cinestar 7. For meeting requests re: LOST PLACE please get in touch with For all other inquiries drop us a line or meet us at the MEDIA umbrella.

Announcement: LOST PLACE in Dolby Atmos

MovieBrats Films & Animation together with Dolby recently announced that their 3D Mystery Thriller LOST PLACE will be the first German feature film to be natively mixed and released on the brandnew sound platform Dolby® Atmos™. Read the original story as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

LOST PLACE Teaser Trailer

Here we go: The first teaser trailer for our 3D mystery thriller LOST PLACE has been released. It is live on YouTube in glorious HD! Click here to check it out. LOST PLACE is scheduled for release in Germany in April 2013. Visit for more information.

1,500 Likes for the teaser trailer

Today we hit the 1,300 Likes-mark on the official LOST PLACE facebook page. Now we need only 200 more Likes to unlock the long-awaited first teaser trailer for the film. So let’s make it to 1,500 Likes before the end of the year: Go to,  like it, spread the word, blog it, tell your friends

Robert Bosch Co-Production Prize

We are honored to announce that our new animated shortfilm project KEEP HANGING! (working title: “The Hanger”), a German-Azerbaijan co-production directed by Alina Abdullayeva, currently in development at MovieBrats Films & Animation, has been nominated for the Robert Bosch Co-Production Prize 2013, worth up to 70,000 Euro.

Happy Anniversary, MovieBrats

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of MovieBrats Films & Animation! One year ago today also marks the last day of principal photography on our feature film LOST PLACE. It was an exciting year with many challenges, great new projects, new friends, partners, collaborators. And while we are closing in on the finishing line of LOST PLACE for the theatrical release in 2013, we like to say a Huge Thank You to everyone who supported us, who believed in us, who celebrated with us.

Animago Award & Conference

On Thursday, Oct. 25, David Henning and Vito LaManna are guest speakers at the animago Conference in Potsdam-Babelsberg, presenting an insight view into Character Design & Visual Effects Made By MovieBrats. Also, on Friday, Oct 26, LOST PLACE vfx supervisor Robert Zeltsch speaks about “Stereo Workflows With eyeon Fusion”. On both days, MovieBrats is also a co-exhibitor with the Berlin-Brandenburg on the animago trade floor. Click here to download the 2012 brochure.

ASTERNAUTS @ Hofer Filmtage

We are honored to announce that ASTERNAUTS will finally celebrate its Germany premiere at the prestigious International Film Festival Hof next week. Screening times are Thursday, Oct 25th, Saturday, Oct 27th and Sunday, Oct 28th. Tickets to go on sale Tuesday, only available at the festival’s official ticket counter .

50 Years of Orion

Out now: The latest piece of animation created by MovieBrats is a cheeky TV ad for the erotic items store chain Orion and Scholz & Friends Berlin. The lavish CG animated 30-second commercial was completely produced inhouse within only 2 months and airs on German television from now on till early November.

SAE Alumni Convention

On Oct 18th and 19th, MovieBrats will be guest lecturing at the SAE Alumni Convention in Berlin: Producer and CEO Alex Weimer gives a talk on Crowdfunding and shares his insights from the crowdfunding strategy for our short film ASTERNAUTS, while DPs Andreas Thalhammer & Xiaosu Han are sharing their experiences with stereoscopic cinematography on our feature film LOST PLACE.

Interview with 3DIC

In preparation of the 3D Innovation Day at the medienwoche@IFA producer Alex Weimer gave a short interview on the 3D project LOST PLACE. On September 4th, Weimer, director Thorsten Klein and one of the directors of photography Xiaosu Han will give an exclusive production note at the international media congress in Berlin, click here for the full program.

Lost Place @ medienwoche

Save the Date! On September 4th, 2012 MovieBrats will present a case study and a first look at the 3D mystery thriller LOST PLACE as part of the 3D Innovation Day at this year’s international media convention medienwoche@IFA in Berlin. Further presentations will be given by leading German director Detlev Buck, the German Federal Film Board and this year’s partner country China. More details in the official newsletter of the Medienwoche.

On 3D Cinematography

In the current issue of the German trade paper Film&TV Kameramann (like “American Cinematographer Magazine”) DPs Andreas Thalhammer and Xiaosu Han talk about their experiences with stereoscopic cinematography on LOST PLACE. The magazine is available in print and as iPad app (in German only).


Our sci-fi comedy ASTERNAUTS wins Best Screenplay at the Porto7 Short Film Festival in Portugal  From the jury statement: “For the power of the narration, the quality of the characters and the uniqueness of the outcome.” A huge Thank You to the jury!

Jerry Goldsmith Awards

Two MovieBrats productions grab nominations at the 2012 Jerry Goldsmith Awards: “Der Ranger” from the movie IMPURITY, music by Adrian Sieber, lyrics by Thomas Büttner, gets nominated for BEST SONG. And the score for ASTERNAUTS, music also by Adrian Sieber, gets nominated for BEST MUSIC IN A LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM. Awards will be given out on June 28 at the International Film Music Festival in Cordoba, Spain.

FX Reel 2012

As some of you already might have noticed things are about to change a little: Next to its movie production branch MovieBrats recently focused more and more on the design and implementation of ANIMATION and VISUAL EFFECTS. For that matter we present to you our brand new FX Reel showcasing some of the vfx work created by our expert artists at MovieBrats. Enjoy!

LOST PLACE Release Date

Mark your calendars: We are happy to announce the official German release date for LOST PLACE. The mystery thriller in 3D will come to movie theaters throughout Germany on March 28, 2013 – distributed by NFP in cooperation with Warner Bros. Germany.

Crowdfunding Panel

On July 3rd, Noerr LLP and the Munich International Filmfest invite you to the annual Filmfest Symposium. This year’s topic is “Crowdfunding: A true alternative for financing or just a marketing joke?” Panelists include MovieBrats producer and CEO Alex Weimer, Bavaria Pictures CEO Jan Kaiser and producer Christoph Zwickler. Click here for further information and registration form (PDF, German only).

A look back at

On Tuesday, May 29, entrepreneurs, producers and creators from the fields of film, vfx, music and videogames from Berlin and Brandenburg came together at our HQ for the networking event We provided a little peek behind the scenes of our current slate of projects and invited everyone to stay for BBQ and cold drinks. Here’s a write-up and a little photo galery by the A huge Thank You to our guests for a great night! @ MovieBrats

On Tuesday, May 29, the monthly get-together of the berlin-brandenburg will be held at MovieBrats HQ in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Previous registration via the required. In the run-up to the event MovieBrats managing director Esther Friedrich gave a little Q&A to the (German only).

MovieBrats goes Cannes

From May 18-24 MovieBrats producers Esther Friedrich and Alex Weimer will attend the Cannes Festival and film market. Our shortfilm ASTERNAUTS will be screend on May 20 and 21 as part of the ShortFilmCorner and is availbale for viewing anytime in the Digital Film Library. Get in touch via for meeting requests or for further information and an exclusive promo trailer of LOST PLACE or to learn more about our future projects.

ASTERNAUTS Premiere Screening

Our sci-fi comedy shortfilm ASTERNAUTS celebrates its US premiere as official Closing Night Film of the Columbia University Film Festivals in New York City. On May 6, 8 PM at the Walter Reade Theater of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The director, leading cast members, writer and producers will be attending.

Tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase online.

Insight Out 2012

On March 20 MovieBrats will be guest lecturing at the Insight Out Symposium at the HFF Academy in Potsdam-Babelsberg, presenting a sneak peek of LOST PLACE as case study on 3D storytelling with keynotes on producing, cinematography, editing and visual effects for stereoscopic feature film productions. Click here for tickets and registration.

Finishing Asternauts

For the last 10 days director Marta Masferrer has been our guest at MovieBrats to oversee the final steps of post production on ASTERNAUTS: Score recording in Prague, sound mixing at Rotor Film in Babelsberg, VFX and Grading in-house at MovieBrats. Check out some photos in our Facebook gallery.

It’s Berlinale

MovieBrats is looking forward to great films, people, chats and exciting new projects. We are bringing along: The documentary THEY CALLED HIM SPENCER (Financing), the 3D Mystery Thriller LOST PLACE (Postproduction)  and the scifi comedy short ASTERNAUTS (Postproduction), more about the latter in the current edition of German Films Quarterly.

Little Red Papership

Today, MovieBrats began working on the animated short film THE LITTLE RED PAPERSHIP for Polish newcomer director Ola Zareba. The german-polish co-production is produced by dragonfly films (Germany) and Odeon Film (Poland) with the support of the co-production fund of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. All 2D animation and backgrounds are being handled at MovieBrats in Berlin.

We wish you…

…a happy, successful and fantastic new year and are looking forward to several new and exciting projects ahead of us!

It’s a WRAP!

Yesterday not only marked the first anniversary of MovieBrats, it was also the last day of principal photography on LOST PLACE. A huge Thank You to all cast and crew for their dedication to make this an outstanding piece of work… Head on over to and click Like to receive future updates.

Happy Birthday, MovieBrats!

One year ago today MovieBrats GmbH was formed. Thank you so much to everyone who supported us during our first year. It was a blast! Onto the next one…

Save the Date!

At the 9th German-French Filmbiz Gathering (Les Rendez-vous franco-allemands du cinéma) MovieBrats managing director Alex Weimer will talk about Transmedia Storytelling from the Producer’s Point-of-View and showcase some examples from the case study LOST PLACE. This year’s Rendez-vous takes place from November 23-24 in Paris, France.


…is also the topic at this year’s Marl Media Days (“Marler Tage der Medienkultur”), where both MovieBrats managing directors, Esther Friedrich and Alex Weimer, will again showcase transmedia ideas for LOST PLACE. The Marl Media Days are a project of the Grimme Institut and take place from December 8-9 in Marl, Germany. Click here for the official press release of the Grimme Insitut (German only).

Card Process Corporate Video

Now online: The MovieBrats-produced corporate video for CardProcess, one of Germany’s leading operators in the credit card business. Combining live action film and motion graphics MovieBrats managed to visualize the complex and multi-layered corporate sectors.