Jonatan Schwenk, born in Germany in 1987, is an independent filmmaker/animator, sound designer, and storyboard artist currently based in Berlin. As a graduate from University of Art and Design in Offenbach and former guest student from Kunsthochschule Kassel, he focuses on combining various animation techniques into hybrid forms. His animated short “Sog“ received nearly 40 awards and mentions (including the Annecy Cristal for a graduation film) and has been screened at renowned film festivals around the world, including SXSW, Palm Springs ShortFest, Annecy, Ottawa, Zagreb and Flickerfest, where it qualified for the Academy Awards. As an animator and sound designer, his work has already been selected twice for the Berlinale, where he was chosen as a “Berlinale Talent” in 2020. Schwenk also contributed the sound design for “Cops & Robbers”, directed by Florian Maubach, which won the German Short Film Award in 2018, as well as for “Rules of Play” by Merlin Flügel, which received a Cristal at Annecy in 2019.

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as director and animator
-SISYPHOS BLUES (animated short, 2009, 04:49 min)
-MAISON SONORE (animated short, 2011, 04:44 min)
-NEUNUNDACHTZIG (animated short, 2012, 02:34 min)
-EINUNDZWANZIGZWÖLFZWÖLF (animation, 2012, 01:00 min)
-SOG (animated short, 2017, 10:14 min)
-ZOON (work in progress, animation/puppeteering, approx. 04:15 min)

as animator
-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)
-MY VALE (commercial by Dennis Stein-Schomburg, 2013)
-ECHO (animated short by Merlin Flügel, 2013)
-AFTER SCHOOL CLUB (trailer by Merlin Flügel, 2014)
-ROSA (short film by Matthias Lawetzky, 2014)
-A PLACE TO FIGHT (documentary by Matthias Lawetzky, 2015)
-RÄUBER UND GENDARM (animated short by Florian Maubach, 2017)
-RULES OF PLAY (animated short by Merlin Flügel, 2018)


– 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


– KiKA
– Porsche
– Fiat
– Kia Motors
– Verivox
– Mousonturm Frankfurt
– saasfee*
– hfg Offenbach