Archiv für den Autor: Jonatan

Über Jonatan

Animator from Offenbach and Kassel, Germany




*NEF Prix Plans Animés*
(Festival Premiers Plans, France)
*Lotte Reiniger Promotion Award for Animated Film*
(ITFS Stuttgart, Germany)
*Audience Award*
(Hiroshima Animation Season, Japan)
*Jury Award European Competition*
(Kortfilmfestival Leuven, Belgium)
*Audience Award*
(Animatricks Animation Festival, Finland)
*Audience Award German Competition*
(Short Film Festival Cologne, Germany)
*Peer Raben Music Award*
(Soundtrack Cologne, Germany)
*Best International Animation Short*
(Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland)
*Craft Award for Best Sound Design*
(Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada)
*Main Price Best Animated Short*
Camera Action Film Festival (Poland)
*Most Original Short*
(Sognielettrici Intl. Film Festival, Italy)
*ex aequo Audience Award*
(Warsaw Animation Film Festival, Poland)
*Best Animation Award*
(Filmschoolfest Munich, Germany)
*First Place*
ASIF Animation Festival (Israel)
*Best Original Score Award*
(London International Animation Festival, UK)
*Short Tiger Award*
(national german award)
*Nomination Hessischer Hochschulfilmpreis*
(regional german award)
*Jury’s Personal Pick*
(by Koji Yamamura, Hiroshima Animation Season, Japan)
*European Film Awards 2023 Short Film Candidate*
ZINEBI Bilbao (Spain)
*Jury Citation*
(Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, USA)
*2nd Mention Award International Graduation Short Film*
(Bitbang Festival Int’l de Animación, Argentina)
*Special Mention for Sound Design*
(Primanima, Hungary)
*Special Student Film Mention*
(Turku Animated Film Festival, Finland)
*Honorable Mention*
(Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, USA)
*Honorable Mention*
(Festival Intl. de Cine en Guadalajara, Mexico)
*Special Mention*
Festival of Animation Berlin (Germany)

animated short
Germany, 2022, 04:25 min

In the dark swamps of a nocturnal forest, a group of gleaming axolotls is in heat, nuzzling and nibbling one another’s limbs. Soon a much larger, two-legged forest-dweller encounters the lustful group and reaches down to gobble one of the small shimmering creatures. His plump friends begin to partake as well and a feast begins. While dawn is slowly breaking, a cheerful game begins higher up in the branches.

press kit

(including image material):
text version to be found here:  link
version with visuals: download pdf


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on Instagram: @jonatanschwenk

festival selections:

Sundance Film Festival 2022 (USA)
Festival Premiers Plans d’Angers (France)
REGARD – Saguenay Intl. Short Film Festival (Canada)
Go Short Intl. Short Film Festival, Netherlands
Dresden Filmfest, Germany
GLAS Animation Festival (USA)
Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
DC International Film Festival (USA)
Milwaukee Film Festival (USA)
Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg (Germany)
Animafest Zagreb (Croatia)
Festival Intl. de Cine en Guadalajara (México)
Palm Springs International ShortFest (USA)
Galway Film Fleadh (Ireland)
SIGGRAPH 2022 Computer Animation Festival (Canada)
18th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (USA)
HAS Hiroshima Animation Season 2022 (Japan)
Concorto Film Festival (Italy)
Turku Animated Film Festival (Finland)
Festival Silhouette (France)
Fantoche (Switzerland)
Telluride Film Festival (USA)
Pictoplasma (Germany)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (Canada)
Viborg Animation Festival (Denmark)
Encounters Film Festival (UK)
Vancouver Int’l FF (Canada)
Primanima World Festival of First Animations (Hungary)
Uppsala Short Film Festival (Sweden)
Denver Film Festival (USA)
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival 2022 (Japan)
Leeds International Film Festival 2022 (UK)
AFI FEST FILMFESTIVAL 2022 (American Film Institute) (USA)
ZINEBI Bilbao (Spain)
Animage Intl. Anim. Festival Of Pernambuco (Brazil)
interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival (Germany)
PÖFF Shorts Black Nights (Estonia)
StopTrik IFF (Slovenia/Poland)
London Intl. Animation Festival (UK)
Animateka (Slovenia)
Leuven Intl. Short Film Festival (Belgium)
Anima Brussels (Belgium)
Intl. Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (Germany)
Landshut Short Film Festival (Germany)
Kaboom Animation Festival (Netherlands)
RiverRun Intl. Film Festival (USA)
Florida Film Festival (USA)
Stuttgart Intl. Festival of Animated Film (Germany)

(complete list in press kit above, text version)


directed and produced by Jonatan Schwenk
music & sound design David Kamp
screenplay Merlin Flügel, Jonatan Schwenk
puppet fabrication Anne Breymann, Hélène Tragesser, Jonatan Schwenk
puppeteers Thalke Thyen, Max Mörtl, Maria Teixeira, Merlin Flügel, Jonatan Schwenk, Ramona Lüdemann, Carolina Iglesias
camera (real-time-part) Ferdinand Kowalke
stop-motion camera Jonatan Schwenk
technical director on set Björn Ullrich
assistant director Merlin Flügel
set manager Joey Arand
production assistant Carolina Iglesias
stop-motion animator Jonatan Schwenk
2d animators Marta Magnuska, Jonatan Schwenk
retouch & rig removal Mascha Balura, Lea Majeran, Maria Teixeira, Aaron Farkas, Jade Stendel (PixelPEC) Irina Rubina,
Chengjie Xu, Yu Hao
3d models & textures Valentin Oellers, Ferdinand Kowalke
2d tracking Maria Teixeira
3d tracking Valentin Oellers
compositing Marc Rühl, Jonatan Schwenk
color grading Matthias Behrens (waveline), Jonatan Schwenk
graduation film at HfG Offenbach
funded by HessenFilm und Medien GmbH & FFA


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THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD – finally online

Have a look at the stopmotion-bird that I animated for this short film THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD by Dennis Stein-Schomburg is finally available on vimeo.

script, director, editor: Dennis Stein-Schomburg / cinematography: Christoph Neugebauer / stopmotion animation: Jonatan Schwenk / music: Thomas Höhl / sound recording, sound design: Tobias Böhm, Christian Wittmoser / producer: Roland Fischer / production design: Svenja Matthes, Daniel Maass, Maryna Miliushchanka / costume design: Riet Hannah Bernhard / mask: Gabriel Sahlmüller / actress: Tina Machulik

An Ocean Pictures Filmproduktion production, coproduzed by Dennis Stein-Schomburg and the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Gefördert mit Mitteln der Stadt Konstanz, der Hessischen Filmförderung (HFF) und der Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA).

“Sog” will have it’s festival premiere soon!

I am excited to announce that my new animated short “Sog” will have it’s festival premiere soon! In June the 10 minute film will be in the student films competition of the great Animafest Zagreb in Croatia. And there’s even more to it than that: the film made it into the Annecy programme and will be shown at the Anima Mundi in Brazil as well! I’ll be around in Zagreb and Annecy, I hope that I’ll manage to visit the Anima Mundi as well!



Germany, 2017, 10 min, animated short

Credits (excerpt):

directed and animated by Jonatan Schwenk
idea/screenplay: Jonatan Schwenk, Merlin Flügel
secondary stop motion animation: Marc Rühl
secondary 3D animation: Florian Maubach
2D animation: Florian Maubach, Marc Rühl
cinematography: Iván Robles Mendoza
gaffer: Maximilian Reimann
sfx set supervisor: Marc Rühl
sfx: Nils Wildegans
3D character modelling / rigging: Jonatan Schwenk
3D environments: Ferdinand Kowalke
cave destruction scene vfx: Mikola Debik
matchmoves: Valentin Oellers
compositing: Jonatan Schwenk, Maximilian Wagener, Daniel Maaß
sound: Jonatan Schwenk
set builders: Teresa Rinn, Lynn Weyrich, Aleksandar Radan, Marcus Morgenstern
mentoring / advice: Prof. Rotraut Pape, Prof. Alex Opperman, Prof. Thomas Meyer-Hermann, Prof. Martina Bramkamp, Erika Surat Andersen, Urte Zintler, Anne Breymann


*BEST STUDENT ANIMATION* Palm Springs ShortFest (US)
*EUROPEAN ANIMATION AWARD* Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival Bristol (UK)
*GOLDEN HORSEMAN ANIMATED FILM – National Competition* Filmfest Dresden (Germany)
*BEST STUDENT FILM* itfs Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (Germany)
*BEST ANIMATED SHORT* RiverRun International Film Festival (USA)
*GRAND JURY PRIZE EUROPEAN STUDENT FILMS* Premiers Plans Film Festival (France)
*GRAND PRIX* Primanima World Festival of First Animations (Hungary)
*WOLFGANG-LÄNGSFELD-PREIS for the Most Original Film* Filmschoolfest Munich (Germany)
*BEST DIRECTION* 8th Animage – International Animation Festival of Pernambuco
*FIRST PRICE* in German Competition Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin (Germany)
*BEST FILM* Animated Dreams Student Competition PÖFF Shorts – (Estonia)
*BEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION* SHORTS MÉXICO- Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes (México)
*BEST SHORT FILM AWARD* Two Short Nights (Exeter, UK)
*BEST ANIMATION SHORT FILM* Sierra International Film Weekend (Bolivia)
*BEST ANIMATION* Euroshorts Young Filmmakers Festival (Poland)
*BEST ANIMATION AWARD* Artfools International Film Festival (Greece)
*BEST ANIMATED FILM* Brussels Independent Film Festival (Belgium)
*SPECIAL JURY AWARD* 5th Chennai International Short Film Festival (India)
*AUDIENCE AWARD* Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International
*BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM* Critics‘ Choice Awards from Hyperfest Intl. Student Film Festival (Romania)
*AUDIENCE AWARD* OpenEyes Filmfest (Germany)
*BEST OF CATEGORY STUDENT SHORT* Salute Your Shorts Film Festival (USA)
*GOLDEN HERCULES* Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest (Germany)
*BEST OF ANIMATIONS CORNER* 5th annual Literally Short Film Festival (USA)
*GOLDEN POMEGRANATE AWARD* 9. START International Short Film Festival (Azerbaijan)
*GOLDEN DONKEY* 17th Concorto Film Festival (Italy)
*JURY AWARD* Shortcutz Berlin (Germany)
*SPECIAL MENTION* Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival (Nepal)
*SPECIAL MENTION* Animateka Intl. Animation Film Festival (Slovenia)
*SPECIAL MENTION* 13. Athens Animfest (GREECE)
*SPECIAL MENTION* Festival of Animation Berlin (Germany)
*SPECIAL MENTION* Festival du Film court d‘Angouleme (France)
*OFFICIAL JURY‘S SPECIAL MENTION* 9th Skepto intl. Film Festival 2018 (Italy)
*HONOURABLE MENTION* International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima 2017 (Poland)


Animafest Zagreb (Croatia)
Annecy Intl’ Animation Film Festival (France)
Anima Mundi (Brazil)
Anibar Intl’ Animation Festival (Kosovo)
Ottawa Intl’ Animation Festival (Canada)
Viborg Animation Festival (Denmark)
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival (Netherlands)
Bucheon Intl’ Animation Film Festival (Korea)
BANJALUKA Intl’ Animated Film Festival (Bosnia-Herzegovina)
Intl’ Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (Germany)
Leeds Intl’ Film Festival (UK)
Denver Film Festival (United States)
CutOut Fest Intl’ Animation and Digital Art Festival (Mexico)
ANIMAGE Intl’ Animation Festival of Pernambuco (Brazil)
Poitiers Film Festival (France)
Animateka (Slovenia)
Pune Intl’ Film Festival (India)
Premiers Plans Film Festival (France)
Max Ophüls Preis (Germany)
Glasgow Short Film Festival (Scotland)
SXSW (United States)
GLAS Animation Festival (USA)
Filmfest Dresden (Germany)
itfs Stuttgart Intl’ Festival of Animated Film (Germany)
Pictoplasma (Germany)

press kit (including complete festival list):

download pdf here (3 MB)


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Hashtag: #sogshort
Sog on Instagram: @jonatanschwenk
Sog on IMDb:
Trailer of Sog on vimeo:





The Old Man and the Bird – the making-of

Have a look behind the scenes of the animated short >>The Old Man and the Bird<< (directed by Dennis Stein-Schomburg). I made the puppet of the bird and animated it (stop motion). We tried to integrate the bird as good as possible into the live action footage that the talented team around Dennis had recorded before. They had also captured a greyball in the life action set, which I was able to use as a reference for the lighting (min 03:45)

THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD at the Berlinale 2015 !

It was worth it: I spent several weeks in dark studio rooms last summer while animating a little stop-motion robin –  which will now go to the Berlinale! I am very happy that THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD, an animated short by Dennis Stein-Schomburg was chosen to be shown at this years edition of the Berlin International Film Festival. So we are going to be in Berlin for the world premiere of the film on Tuesday, February 10th in the Cinemaxx…

This is what I can already show you, including a short clip from the process of animation (the scene didn’t make it into the final movie, but I think it’s worth to be shared anyway). Click here to see an extract of the film.


THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD - robin outside

script, director, editor: Dennis Stein-Schomburg / cinematography: Christoph Neugebauer / stopmotion animation: Jonatan Schwenk / music: Thomas Höhl / sound recording, sound design: Tobias Böhm, Christian Wittmoser / producer: Roland Fischer / production design: Svenja Matthes, Daniel Maass, Maryna Miliushchanka / costume design: Riet Hannah Bernhard / mask: Gabriel Sahlmüller / actress: Tina Machulik

An Ocean Pictures Filmproduktion production, coproduzed by Dennis Stein-Schomburg and the Kunsthochschule Kassel. Gefördert mit Mitteln der Stadt Konstanz, der Hessischen Filmförderung (HFF) und der Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA).


This is what I animated for this years “Trickreich”, the annual presentation of new animation productions from the Trickfilmklasse Kassel. We made more of those chicken-dogs and screened them between the longer shorts.


This is the opener for a local filmfestival in Offenbach, Germany, which took place on December 21, 2012.


animation, compositing, cinematography, lighting, sounddesign JONATAN SCHWENK
characterdesign JONATAN SCHWENK and MARC RÜHL
titles & trousers for the fish TERESA RINN
technical support MARC RÜHL
mentoring: Prof. Alex Oppermann
hfg Offenbach 2012

VIDEO: Canon EOS 7D, 28mm
STOP MOTION: Dragon Stop Motion
COMPOSITING: After Effects CS5


Fog effects for “GOODBYE PAPA”

I made some fog effects for the children’s film “Tschüss Papa” (“Goodbye Papa”) by Hendrik M. Schmitt. Because of the hand-held camera I had to rotoscope a lot, but I used the colour channels to create the mattes too. Here are the “breakdowns” for two of the shots:

Visit the film’s facebook-site for more information.
Credits: director: HENDRIK M.SCHMITT / director of photography: THOMAS FÖRSTER / fog effects: JONATAN SCHWENK, BORIS DÖRNING