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Black Summer

film type animated film, documentary film, experimental film Production Country Germany production year 2022 runtime 11'40 colour animation technique 2D computer animation
screening format DCP aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9) sound format Dolby Surround
screening format Media File (ProRes, mp4, mov) aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9) sound format Dolby Surround

In the Black Summer of 2019-2020, Australia had some of the worst bushfires in its history, observed by the meteorological satellite Himawari-8 from the far distance. For this experimental animated documentary, terabytes of satellite data were processed with specially developed algorithms, combining visible light and infrared measurements with heat detection into a unique hypnotic stream of images.

director Felix Dierich Produktion / Production Felix Dierich Drehbuch / Script Felix Dierich Schnitt / Editing Felix Dierich Bildgestaltung / DOP Felix Dierich Animation Felix Dierich Original-Filmmusik / Original Score Roman Vehlken Tongestaltung / Sound Design Roman Vehlken
2022 CinemAmbiente – Environmental Film Festival, Torino, Italy
2022 Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, Germany
2022 Cine Eco, Seia, Portugal
2022 Lucca Film Festival, Italy
2022 INFF Innsbruck Nature Film Festival, Austria
2022 Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, Germany
2022 IndieCork, Ireland
2022 Cinema Planeta, Mexico City, Mexico
2022 SEFF - Smaragdni Eco Film Festival, Croatia
2022 Flensburger Kurzfilmtage, Germany
2023 Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Germany
2023 Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, Germany
2023 Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein Augenweide, Kiel, Germany
2023 CineMare Internationales Meeresfilmfestival Kiel, Germany
2023 Ecozine International Environmental Film Festival, Zaragoza, Spain
2023 FILMFEST DRESDEN - International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany
2023 cellu l’art Kurzfilmfestival Jena, Germany (lobende Erwähnung Visual Design)
2023 River Film Festival, Padua, Italy
2023 OpenEyes Filmfest, Marburg-Amöneburg, Germany
2023 Concorto Film Festival, Piacenza, Italy
  • Felix Dierich
  • Felix Dierich
  • Felix Dierich

Felix Dierich

Born 1980;
grew up in Lübeck;
he studied computer science, as well as arts and media at Oldenburg University;
works in the renewable energy sector, and occupies himself with short films, photography and installations;
he undertook organisation and film selection for zwergWERK short film festival

2018 A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit
2020 Shapes and Sizes, Storms and Smoke
2020 Three Unknown Territories
2022 Black Summer
2023 Night Over R32