2019 | 4' | animation | HD | color

NEST trailer from Talking Animals on Vimeo.


A slightly naive paradise bird is going out of his way to attract a mate.


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Short Tiger 2019  | Best national animated short film - Filmfest Schlingel | Best Mini Short Family & Children at Sapporo International Short Film Fest | Honourable Mention – Animation for Young Audiences: Preschool Ottawa 2019 | Special-FBW price at interfilm Berlin | Special prize at Hiroshima International Animation Festival


Berlinale | Annecy International Animated Film Festival | MONSTRA - Lisbon Animated Film Festival | GLAS Animation Festival | Ottawa International Animation Festival | BFI London Film Festival | Animateka | IndieLisboa - Festival International de Cinema | Deutsche Kinder-Medien-Festival Goldener Spatz| Mo&Friese Children's ShortFilmFestival | FEST - New Directors / New Films Festival | Cannes | Curtas Vila do Conde | Sapporo Short Fest | Kurzfilmtage Winterthur | Guanajuato International Film Festival | BuSho International Short Film Festival | Insomnia International Animation Film Festival | Turku Animated Film Festival | FAB Festival of Animation Berlin | Milano filmfestival | Filmfest Weiterstadt | LUCAS - International Festival for Young Film Lovers | Festival Silhouette | Sarajevo Film Festival | Brest European Short Film Festival | Umbria Film Festival | Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival | Cervino Cine Mountain Festival | SWEAT & TEARS animation festival | Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema | Lublin Film Festival | Dok Leipzig | London International Animation Festival | Exground Filmfest Wiesbaden | Cinanima | Primanima World Festival of First Animations | Chicago International Film Festival | IndieJunior Allianz | Banjalukanima | Flensburger Kurzfilmtage | Kaboom Animation Festival | Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People | St. Louis International Film Festival | interfilm Berlin - International short film festival | PSIAF Palm Springs International Animation Festival | Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival | Minimalen Short Film Festival | Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg | Festival Travelling Rennes | MEME PAS PEUR Festival - International Fantastic Film Festival of Reunion Island | Taiwan International Children's Film Festival | Internationalen Frauenfilmfestivals Dortmund | International Children Film Festival of Galicia | Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) | PLAY – 7º Festival Internacional de Cinema Infantil & Juvenil | 58 Cinemagic Film Festival | ANIMA Festival | European Film Festival | Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski | Rural Film Festival | ISFF Detmold | ALPINALE short film festivalGISFF Globe | International Silent Film Festival | Athens International Film + Video Festival | Cinemira - Budapest International Children's Film Festival | Mecal Pro -Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival | HIROSHIMA 2020 International Animation Festival | European Film Festival of Lille


director & producer: Sonja Rohleder
music: Jens Heuler
mixing: Michal Krajczok
additional instruments: Silke Büscherhoff, Esther Remmen
graphic design: Ines Gomes Ferreira


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Jens Heuler



Jens Heuler is a German composer, pianist and electronic music artist based in Bonn, Germany. His work ranges from orchestral film music such as the original music for the Student Academy Award winning stop motion animation film LAIKA & NEMO, directed by Jan Gadermann and Sebastian Gadwo, and intimate film scores for documentaries such as Melanie Lischker's film BILDER (M)EINER MUTTER // LIFE ON TAPE, a collaboration with FREYA ARDE, to ambient electronic music. His most recent work also includes the retro tropical Jazz scores for Sonja Rohleder's award winning animated short film NEST, premiered at the Berlinale International Film Festival and – as a SHORT TIGER AWARD winning film – screened at the Cannes Film Festival by GERMAN FILMS and on festivals around the world, and her latest animated film SOMNI, also premiered at the Berlinale International Film Festival.

In his musical work Jens Heuler combines acoustic and electronic elements into organic music and soundscapes, fusing classical, generative and experimental compositional approaches. With his first solo EP RISING he focuses on working with analogue and modular synthesizers, where both generative and melody/harmony based approaches meet classical pianistic elements.

In addition to his compositional work, he also works as a lecturer in MUSIC PRODUCTION and PROJECT SUPPORT at the FILM UNIVERSITY BABELSBERG KONRAD WOLF and occasionally as an assistant composer and arranger and so he is involved in the music for the Oscar-nominated documentary OF FATHERS AND SONS, the German TV mini series DIE DASSLERS, the documentaries RABBI WOLFF and THE CORRIDORS OF POWER and many more.



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