Happiness Machine is a short films’ programme collected from 10 women animators and 10 women composers from all over Europe, reunited by Klangforum Wien and Tricky Women discussing the following topic: to what extent does the current economic climate affect our lives and right to happiness?
In a variety of impressions from satirical to fairy tale, to documentary, these artists have fun deconstructing the system and highlighting hindrances or proposing alternative ideas that are more conducive to well-being.
A collective and creative discussion that questions the world we live in and teaches us to look at it from a new perspective.
Original title: Happiness Machine
Born in Israel, Michelle and Uri Kranot are artists, independent animation filmmakers and they also happen to be married. They're currently based at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, where they both teach animation and run the AniDox:Lab - a continuous training project devoted to the making of animated documentaries. Their personal works have won over a hundred international prizes and participated in numerous film festivals and exhibitions. Their film "Hollow Land" was nominated for an Oscar in 2013 and selected out of competition at the Annecy Festival. "Black Tape" was in competition at Annecy 2015 and "How Long, Not Long" took home the FIPRESCI Award at Annecy 2016. Michelle and Uri also work with audiovisual performers and multimedia game studios, creating installations, exhibitions and VR.
Based in Vienna, Susi Jirkuff explores the fields of drawing, animation and installation. Her work has been exhibited in many cities internationally and her videos shown at film festivals world wide, including the Tricky Women Animation Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.
Country: Germany, Austria, Denmark, United Kingdom, Serbia
Year of production: 2019
Running time: 01 h 17 min 50 s
Category: Feature film
Techniques used: Animated objects, 2D Computer, 3D Computer, Clay, Diverse techniques
Target public: Adults, Young adults
Directed by: Ana NEDELJKOVIC, Andrea SCHNEIDER, Eni BRANDNER, Joanna KOZUCH, Michelle KRANOT, Rebecca BLOECHER, Samantha MOORE, Susi JIRKUFF, Vessela DANTCHEVA, Elizabeth HOBBS
Production: FABIAN&FRED GMBH, Fabian DRIEHORST, ANIMATE PROJECTS, Abigail ADDISON, PUBRES SK, Zuzana MISTRIKOVA, ANIDOX, Michelle KRANOT, FILM HOUSE BAS CELIK, Joanna KOZUCH
Distribution: FABIAN&FRED GMBH, Fabian DRIEHORST
Animation: Rebecca Bloecher, Eni Brandner, Vessy Dantcheva, Elizabeth Hobbs, Susanne Jirkuff, Joanna Kozuch, Michelle Kranot, Smanatha Moore, Ana Nedeljkovic, Andrea Schneider
Music: Eva Reiter, Iris Ter Schiphorst, Malin Bång, Misato Mochizuki, Carola Bauckholt, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Ying Wang, Joanna Bailie, Electric Indigo, Hanna Hartmann