Last updated: 2019/01/11

KIDS Press Kit

Info

Description

KIDS is an experimental project about the psychology of the group. The final products are a short film, an interactive animation and an installation.

Web

Formats

Film

Game

Installation

Film

Specs

  • World Premiere:
    Berlinale
  • Duration Film: 9 minutes
  • Festival Distribution: Some Shorts
  • Contact: info@someshorts.com

Synopsis

An animated short exploring group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal?

Main Crew / Credits

  • Written by: Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach
  • Director: Michael Frei
  • Animation: Michael Frei, Martine Ulmer, Anaïs Voirol
  • Code: Mario von Rickenbach, Raphaël Munoz
  • Music: Olav Lervik, Riga Cathedral Boys Choir
  • Sound: Masumi Takino
  • Production: Playables
  • Co-Production: SRF / SRG SSR, ARTE

Director`s Biography

Michael Frei, born in Switzerland in 1987, is a filmmaker and artist based in Zürich. He studied animation at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn. His Films «Not About Us» and «Plug & Play» received numerous awards all over the world. He was invited «Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo» in 2014. His interactive project «Plug & Play» became an internet phenomenon. He recently co-founded Playables, a production company for peculiar projects based in Zürich.

Film Stills

Game

Specs

  • Release Date: Spring 2019
  • Developer: Playables
  • Publisher: Double Fine Presents
  • Contact: pr@doublefine.com
  • Duration: 15-30 minutes
  • Price: TBA

Platforms

Coming to Mobile and PC.

Teaser Game

GIFs

Awards & Recognition

Day Of The Devs

«Official Selection»
Day Of The Devs 2018

IGF Finalist

«Nuovo Award Finalist»
IGF 2018

Now Play This

«Official Selection»
Now Play This 2018

Installation

Debut

The installation premiered at the Museum of Digital Arts (MuDA) in Zürich, Switzerland in February 2018.

MuDA.co/KIDS

Venues

The installation is divided into three parts and easily adaptable to different settings in museums, galleries or at events.

Exhibition Trailer MuDA

Exhibition Photos MuDA

Structure

1) Projection

An interactive projection on three screens. Dynamic scenarios adapt to the visitors present in the projection-space.

2) Sculpture

Play the interactive animation on a tablet-computer. Amongst up to 100 puppets. Feel free to play with them as well.

3) Documentation

An extensive documentation of the production-process is presented on three slide viewers.

Reviews (German)

Ein aufwändiger Beta-Test
Hochparterre Magazine

Exhibitions

  • NTT InterCommunication Center ICC, Tokyo JP, 15. December 2018 - 10. March 2019
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana SI, 27. November – 9. December 2018
  • Fantoche, Baden CH, 5. September - 9. September 2018
  • Museum of Digital Art, Zürich, 3. February - 4. March 2018 (Debut)

Team

Michael Frei

Michael Frei is a swiss filmmaker and artist. His Films Not About Us and Plug & Play received numerous awards all over the world.

www.michaelfrei.io

Mario von Rickenbach

Mario von Rickenbach is a swiss game designer and developer. His award-winning works include the games Mirage, Krautscape, Drei and Rakete.

www.mariov.ch

Playables

Playables is a production company based in Zurich, Switzerland. Playables was founded by Michael Frei and Mario von Rickenbach.

www.playables.net

History

KIDS is the second collaboration of director and animator Michael Frei and game designer Mario von Rickenbach after their award-winning animated short film and short game Plug & Play.

Logos

Production

FOC
Schweizer Fernsehen
Arte

Support

FOC
Pro Helvetia
Kulturstiftung Thurgau
Kanton Schwyz
Migros Kulturprozent
Japanese Image Forum
Agency for Cultural Affairs