Jonatan Schwenk, born in Germany in 1987, is an independent animation filmmaker and sound designer currently based in Berlin.
A graduate of the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach and former guest student at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, he focuses on combining different animation techniques into hybrid forms.
His graduation film “Zoon” premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and has since been screened at around 130 festivals. His animated short film “Sog” received nearly 40 awards and mentions (including the Annecy Cristal for a graduation film) and was screened at renowned film festivals around the world, including Animafest Zagreb, SXSW, Palm Springs ShortFest, Annecy, Ottawa and Flickerfest, where it qualified for the Academy Awards.
His work as an animator and sound designer has been selected twice for the Berlinale. In 2020, he was selected as a “Berlinale Talent”. Schwenk also did the sound design for Florian Maubach’s Cops & Robbers, winner of the German Short Film Award in 2018, as well as for Merlin Flügel’s Rules of Play, winner of a Cristal at Annecy in 2019. In April 2022, Schwenk participated in the prestigious NEF International Residency for Animated Film in Fontevraud, France. He is currently working on a script for a new short film.
as director and animator
-SISYPHOS BLUES (animated short, 2009, 04:49 min)
-MAISON SONORE (animated short, 2011, 04:44 min)
-EINUNDZWANZIGZWÖLFZWÖLF (animation, 2012, 01:00 min)
-SOG (animated short, 2017, 10:14 min)
-ZOON (animated short, 2022, 04:25 min)
-THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD (short film by Dennis Stein-Schomburg, 2015)
as sound designer
-HOW TO DISAPPEAR (animated short by Merlin Flügel, 2011)
-ECHO (animated short by Merlin Flügel, 2013)
-A PLACE TO FIGHT (documentary by Matthias Lawetzky, 2015)
-RÄUBER UND GENDARM (animated short by Florian Maubach, 2017)
-SÄEN (animated short by Maryna Miliushchanka, 2018)
-RULES OF PLAY (animated short by Merlin Flügel, 2018)
(excerpt) SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (USA) / SXSW (United States) / TELLLURIDE (USA) / AFI FEST (USA) / PREMIERS PLANS (France) / REGARD (Canada) / GLAS (USA) / ANIMAFEST ZAGREB (Croatia) / OTTAWA (Canada) / ANIMATEKA (Slovenia) / PALM SPRINGS SHORTFEST (USA) / FLICKERFEST (Australia) / PICTOPLASMA (Germany) / LIAF (UK) / ANIMA BRUSSELS (Belgium) / RIVERRUN (USA) / ITFS STUTTGART (Germany) / DOC LEIPZIG (Germany) / HIROSHIMA ANIMATION SEASON (Japan)
MOVING AND STATIC IMAGES
– 2D-animation: variety of techniques like stopmotion and hand-drawn animation (TVPaint) up to 2D and 3D Animation)
– VFX, compositing, tracking
– sketches, storyboards, previsualization, visual concepts
– lighting miniatures (stopmotion sets)
– Sound-Editing (ProTools and Nuendo)
– Sound design