A film about a lost shirt button, perfectionist aunts, busy cats,
startled parrots—and a long-lost friend.
5:27 min |
4K | 1.85:1 |
2D Drawn Animation
Previous & Upcoming Screenings
28th Filmfest Dresden (National Competition) | Germany
63rd Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (Int´l Competition) | Serbia
11th Athens Animfest (Int'l Competition) | Greece
7th VAFI Int. Children & Youth Animation FF (Int'l Competition) | Croatia
Platinum Remi Award Winner | 49th WorldFest Houston Int'l Film Festival | USA
7th International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM (Int´l Competition) | Czech Republic
26th FilmKunstFest MV (Short Film Competition)| Germany
2nd Runner Up | 17th Animation Masters Summit, Flying Elephant | India
18th Future Film Festival (Short Film Comp.) | Italy
6th Int'l Festival of Animation The Truca | Colombia
Best Children's Short Film | 16th Cine a la calle Int´l Short Film Festival | Colombia
13th Neisse Film Festival (Short Film Competition) | Germany
40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival (Official Selection) | France
21th Nantucket Film festival | USA
6th Rabbit Fest Int'l Animation Festival (Int'l Competition) | Italy
Best Short Film / Children's Choice Award | 9th Int'l FIlm Festival KINOLUB | Poland
31st Valencia Int'l Film Festival Cinema Jove (Int'l Competition) | Spain
37th Durban Short Film Festival | South Africa
24th Art Film Festival | Slovakia
19th Brooklyn Film Festival (Animation Comp.) | USA
39th Outdoor Short Film Festival of Grenoble (Young Audiences Comp.) | France
1st Audience Award | 23rd OpenEyes Filmfest Marburg | Germany
13th Rwanda Film Festival | Africa
32nd Cartoon Club Int'l Festival of Animation Cinema & Comics | Italy
14th Shorts at Moonlight | Germany
9th Animator Int'l Animated Film Festival | Poland
12th Lago Film Fest | Italy
40th Filmfest Weiterstadt | Germany
7th Anibar International Animation Festival | Kosovo
17th Lucania Film Festival (Short Film Competition) | Italy
4th Kraljevski Filmski Festival | Serbia
Best Animation Short | 7th Short to the Point | Romania
6th Filmfestival Oberursel | Germany
13th Anonimul Int. Independent Film Festival | Romania
12th Budapest Short Film Festival | Hungary
3rd Hurra!ART Festival | Poland
8th Palena Cinema Award | Italy
12th WFAF World Festival of Animated Film Varna | Bulgaria
16th The Night of Animation in Lille | France
10th Animanima Festival | Serbia
4th Tenerife Shorts | Spain
21st Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film | Croatia
6th AniFest ROZAFA | Albania
Best Animation Film Award | 5th International Tour Film Festival | Italy
11th Shorts Mexico (Animation Comp.) | Mexico
3rd Arkadia Short Fest | Romania
4th Duhok International Film Festival | Iraq
9th Animasivo Int´l Animation Festival | Mexico
21st Split International Festival of New Film | Croatia
9th Animasyros International Animation Festival | Greece
11th LINOLEUM Int'l Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-Art | Ukraine
10th Jahorina Film Festival | Bosnia Herzigovina
21st International Filmfestival SCHLINGEL | Germany
Best Animation Film Award | 67th Montecatini Int´l Short Film Festival| Italy
14th shnit International Shortfilmfestival | Switzerland
8th Comedy Cluj International Film Festival | Romania
Best Animated Short | 13th BendFilm Festival | USA
24th Anima Mundi International Animation Festival | Brazil
10th International Digital Film Festival Kinofest | Romania
10th Canterbury Anifest | UK
45th Kyiv Int'l Film Festival "Molodist" | Ukraine
Best Short Film Award 2nd Prize | 12th ShortFilmFestival Diessen | Germany
14th Tofifest International Film Festival | Poland
10th Kolibri Int'l Film Festival for Children and Youth | Bolivia
1st Prize | 14th Akut Amberger Kurzfilmwettbewerb
3rd Graphic Design Festival Scotland | UK
Special Mention | 13th Sedicicorto Int. FF | Italy
Special Jury Award | 8th ReAnimania Int´l Animation Film & Comic Art Festival of Yerevan |Armenia
3rd Award | 13. Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele | Germany
14th Multivision St. Petersburg | Russia
9th Filmzeit Kaufbeuren | Germany
November 201610th Filem'on Children´s FF Brussels | Belgium
December 201614th LIAF London International Animation Festival | UK
January 201727th Bamberger Kurzfilmtage | Germany
February 20173rd Winner Special Jury Award |8th Providence Children’s Film Festival | USA
March 20177th Green Bay Film Festival | USA
April 2017Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth | Canada
May 201717th Media Art Biennale WRO | Poland
June 201727th Animafest Zagreb | Kroatia
Seal of Approval "Highly Recommended"
"TRIAL & ERROR constantly surprises by its dry humor and playful imagery.
It put the jury in such a good mood that they could not do otherwise
than awarding the movie as "Highly Recommended"."
How long did it take to make the film?
The idea is actually a couple of years old and it waited very patiently for its realization. In February 2015, we began working out the script and animatic. Afterwards, we intensively started animating and finishedit in January 2016.
Why did you choose drawn animation as technique?
Drawn animation is a very time-consuming technique, since you have to draw, animate, adjust, texture and colorize frame by frame. For us, it was the most appropriate way to tell the story which is based on an illustrated booklet of mine.
Why is the protagonist only shown from shoulder to hip?
That was a very bold decision as you have to show emotions without any facial expressions to relate to. To create a character, who is that minimalistic from a visual point of view, proved to be an interesting, sometimes challenging and unique task.
Who is the Supervising Cat Percy in the final credits?
Percy is our studio cat busy supporting us with advices. He likes to talk a lot and comments on work-, play- and food-related subjects. Usually he prefers to sleep and snore. But if we have to make important decisions, he instantly wakes up and gives his approval or rejection of an idea by meouwing loudly.
The most difficult scenes?
Ironically the most difficult scenes were the ones that actually don´t look complicated. But I can tell you stories about a shuttering cat, which took us ages and thousands of tests and revisions. Also the scene with the fishing rod got us all quite fed up, because we spent so much time on it.
While working our crew consumed roundabout 30 kg of sweets, 250 liters of coffee and 2450 hours of music. We had 54 program crashes, 18 export failures and found 4 software bugs, which doubled the amount of sugar & coffee. We´ve spent a couple of hours performing the intended animation in real life, throwing umbrellas and buttons, taping shirts, opening boxes and catching imaginary things …