An animated short film by Rafael Sommerhalder
9 min 30 sec, no dialogue, Switzerland, 2016

Synopsis

A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg.
The resonant sound of a sea shell.
Leaving forever.

Trailer

You can buy or rent “Au revoir Balthazar” here.

Credits

A Film by Rafael Sommerhalder
Producers Stella Händler, Claudia Frei
Puppets & Sets Zita Bernet, Rafael Sommerhalder
Music Hansueli Tischhauser, Tobias Preisig
Sound Design, Mix Zhe Wu
Colour Grading Philippe Gallay
Titles Zita Bernet
Lighting Mentor André Pinkus
Additional Editing Rosa Albrecht, Marina Rosset
Music Recording Peter Bräker, Laura Endres
Storyboard Thomas Ott
Multiplane Stand Motorsänger
Lighting Equipment FTK Filmtechniker Kollektiv
Dubbing Theatre Magnetix
Grading Studio & DCP Tweaklab
Production Company freihändler Filmproduktion GmbH
Financial Support BAK Bundesamt für Kultur
Zürcher Filmstiftung
FA BS/BL Audiovision/Multimedia
Aargauer Kuratorium
Migros Kulturprozent
BAK Succès Cinéma
Succès Passage Antenne SRG

Awards

Swiss Film Award – Best Animated Short Film
Cardiff Independent Film Festival (UK) – Best Animation
Animayo (Spain) – Best Stop Motion
Fastnet Film Festival (Ireland) – Shortlisted for Best Animation
Festival Brasil Stop Motion (Brazil) – Best Art Direction
Semaine sans télévision de Delémont (Switzerland) – Audience Award
Transilvania Shorts (Romania) – Best Animation
Solothurner Filmtage (Switzerland) – Audience Award, 2nd place
Etiuda&Anima (Poland) – Honorary Diploma
Animated Dreams (Estonia) – Shut Up! Competition, Silver Price
New Chitose Airport Animation Festival (Japan) – North Pacific Bank Award
AJAYU Animated Short Film Festival (Peru) – Special Mention
Animatou (Switzerland) – Audience Award, Swiss Competition
Canterbury Anifest (UK) – Winner, Best International Film
Canterbury Anifest (UK) – Runner Up, Best Sound
Fantoche (Switzerland) – Special Mention, Swiss Competition
In the Palace (Bulgaria) – Nominated for Best Narrative Animation

Screenings

August 2016 International Animation Festival Hiroshima (Japan)
September 2016 LA Shorts Fest (USA)*
Fantoche (Switzerland)*
Gesticulation (Switzerland)*
October 2016 Canterbury Anifest (UK)*
Festival du nouveau cinéma of Montréal (Canada)*
Animatou (Switzerland)*
Balkanima (Serbia)
Anima Mundi (Brazil)*
Festival de courts-métrages de Nice (France)
Banjaluka Anima (Bosnia and Herzegovina)*
KLIK! Amsterdam (Netherlands)*
November 2016 New Chitose Airport Animation Festival (Japan)*
AJAYU Animated Short Film Festival (Peru)*
Animated Dreams (Estonia)*
Etiuda&Anima (Poland)*
RICA Wissembourg (France)
Mar del Plata Film Festival (Argentina)
International Izmir Short Film Festival (Turkey)
Anilogue (Hungary)
Animalada, Seville Animation Festival (Spain)*
Seoul Best of the Best (South Korea)
December 2016 LIAF – London Int. Animation Festival (UK)
In the Palace, Short Film Festival (Bulgaria)*
Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale (China)
Bogotá short film festival (Colombia)
Animateka (Slovenia)*
January 2017 Solothurner Filmtage (Switzerland)*
Max Ophüls Preis, MOP-Shortlist (Germany)
February 2017 IndieJúnior (Portugal)*
Dublin Int. Film Festival (Ireland)*
Portland International Film Festival (USA)
Festival Travelling (France)*
El Findecoin (Venezuela)*
March 2017 Monstra (Portugal)*
GLAS Animation Festival (USA)*
Craft Animation Night London (UK)
Tehran Int. Animation Festival (Iran)*
HAFF Junior (Netherlands)
Mecal Pro (Children’s section) (Spain)
Ciné court animé (France)*
Cape Town Int. Animation Festival (South Africa)
Be there! Corfu Animation Festival (Greece)*
Transilvania Shorts (Romania)*
Animakom Bilbao (Spain)*
Speechless Film Festival (USA)*
Athens Animfest (Greece)*
RiverRun (USA)*
Festival Mundial de Cine de Quito (Ecuador)*
April 2017 Festival de Cine de Lanzarote (Spain)*
Athens Film and Video Festival (USA)*
Ankara Int. Film Festival (Turkey)
Brasil Stop Motion Film Festival (Brazil)*
Mediawave Film & Music Festival (Hungary)*
Animatricks (Finland)*
Cortoons Gandia Festival (Spain)*
MedFest Alexandria (Egypt)
May 2017 Cardiff Independent Film Festival (UK)*
Golden Kuker (Bulgaria)*
Anifilm (Czech Republic)
Animayo (Spain)*
KloosterKino (Netherlands)
Leiden Int. Short Film Experience (Netherlands)*
Fastnet (Ireland)*
Cinema in Sneakers (Poland)*
La Truca (Colombia)*
FICII (Peru)*
Festival de la Petite école du film court (France)
June 2017 River Film Festival (Italy)*
Fest Anča (Slovakia)*
CayFilm (Cayman Islands)*
FICA (Brazil)
Cheste in Motion (Spain)*
Palm Springs ShortFest (USA)*
NexT (Romania)
Countryside Animafest (Cyprus)*
Euganea Film Festival (Italy)*
Short Film Festival Detmold (Germany)
July 2017 Savigny Animation Film Festival (Switzerland)*
LifeArt Media Festival (Greece)*
Vidlings & Tapeheads (USA)*
Constantine’s gold coin (Serbia)*
Ojo al Piojo (Argentina)
Insomnia (Russia)*
Fünf Seen Filmfestival (Germany)*
Zabut (Italy)*
Cartoon Club (Italy)*
OpenEyes Filmfest (Germany)*
Guanajuato Int. Film Festival (Mexico)
Freiluftkino Baden (Switzerland)
Motovun Film Festival (Croatia)*
SICAF (South Korea)*
Animation Block Party (USA)*
Two Riversides Film and Art Festival (Poland)*
TAIS Animation Showcase (Canada)*
August 2017 La Guarimba (Italy)
La Matatena (Mexico)*
Openair Cinema Basel (Switzerland)
Lucania Film Festival (Italy)*
Open-Air Cinéma La Tour-de-Peilz (Switzerland)
Film Festival della Lessinia (Italy)
Imaginaria (Italy)*
Turku Animated Film Festival (Finland)
Kraljevski Filmski Festival (Serbia)
Nancy International Film Festival (France)*
Festival Interactif de Cinéma de Lévis (Canada)
BuSho (Hungary)*
Gässli Film Festival (Switzerland)*
September 2017 FICBUEU (Spain)
SESIFF (South Korea)*
Varna – World Festival of Animated Film (Bulgaria)
Festival Stop Motion Montréal (Canada)*
Great Message Film Festival (India)*
Tournez court (France)*
October 2017 3D Wire Market (Spain)
November 2017 Festival de Cine de Autor (Mexico)*
Film Festival For Children and Youth (Armenia)*
* in competition/official selection

Making-of

Contact Producer

Stella Händler
freihändler Filmproduktion
Gärtnerstrasse 50
4057 Basel
Switzerland
+41 61 631 45 05
mail@freihaendler.ch
www.freihaendler.ch

Contact Director

Rafael Sommerhalder
Crictor
Zimmerlistrasse 6
8004 Zurich
Switzerland
+41 44 401 55 92
rafael@crictor.ch
www.crictor.ch

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