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First Work, Then Play

film type animated film, experimental film, fiction Production Country Germany production year 2022 runtime 20'00 animation technique stop motion, 2D computer animation, 3D computer animation, mixed media
screening format DCP aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9) sound format Dolby Surround languages Englisch Subtitles Englisch, Deutsch

Maxi´'s stress level is at an all time high: She is pushing herself to release her almost finished album, but extreme perfectionism is blocking her creativity. The downward spiral is fueled by her precarious situation as a freelancer and non-existent social life. While chasing her dreams and the most effective self-care products, Maxi realises she needs to exorcise her inner cop and make peace with her inner child. But stepping off the hamster wheel is easier said than done…

director Brenda Lien Produktion / Production Brenda Lien, Seemab Gul Drehbuch / Script Brenda Lien Schnitt / Editing Brenda Lien Original-Filmmusik / Original Score Brenda Lien Animation Brenda Lien Bildgestaltung / DOP Dubravka Kurobasa Besetzung / Cast Anthonette Olaleye, Aannelle Olaleye, Lona Culmer-Schellbach Tongestaltung / Sound Design Lena Beck film school Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
2022 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Sydney, Australia
2022 FILMFEST DRESDEN - International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany (Sächsischer Filmförderpreis)

Brenda Lien

Brenda Lien is a filmmaker and music producer. Her films have been screened at renowned film festivals worldwide (Berlinale Shorts, Oberhausen, Flickerfest, Uppsala, etc.) and received multiple awards. CALL OF COMFORT won the 2018 German Short Film Award. In 2020 Brenda Lien was awarded the Hesse Newcomer Prize.

2015 Der gekerbte Raum aus Stein, gegen ein Ideal aus Glas
2016 Call of Beauty
2017 Call of Cuteness
2018 Call of Comfort