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Knight Games (Ritterschlag)

Knight Games
Scene from "Knight Games" (photo © Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)

What makes a knight? Shiny armor, a flashy coat of arms and an attitude to match it? Not by far. It's their fabulous expertise in fighting the most heinous monsters of them all:

But what on earth makes dragons such formidable opponents? Come and see, you'd have never suspected it.

Sven Martin was born in 1976 in Wiesbaden. After his schooling, he worked in the graphics department of the public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk. From 1997-2002, he studied Digital Design and Animation at the Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg. He has worked on the digital and visual effects of such films as Schnee in der Neujahrsnacht (1999), Sass (2001), Acuarios (2001), Caravan (2001), and Getting My Brother Laid (Mein Bruder der Vampir, 2001), and has directed the animated short Knight Games (Ritterschlag, 2003), among others.
Genre Comedy, Animation
Category Short
Year of Production 2003
Director Sven Martin
Sven Martin
Marius Felix Lange
Ulrich Zeidler
Animation Sebastian Frey, Sven Martin, Stephan Haase, Denise Behnke, Florian Kraft, Tom Bracht, Tim Weimann, Oliver Bermes
Producers Marco Gilles, Daniel Mann
Production Company Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Length 7 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 no dialogue
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2003, Valenciennes 2003, 3D Film Festival Copenhagen 2003, Anima Mundi Rio 2003, Exeter Animation Festival 2003, Siggraph CFI San Diego 2003, Dresden 2004, KROK Moscow 2004, Imagina Monaco 2004, Anima Zagreb 2004, Umbria 2004, Beijing 2004, Uppsala 2009
Awards Coup de Coeur Award Valenciennes 2003, Imagina Award Monaco 2004, Producer Award 2005 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation, Audience Award Zagreb 2004, Award Children’s Competition Umbria 2004, Silver Award Beijing 2004, Audience Award Shocking Shorts 2005
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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