As part of the BMBF-funded WIR project PRINA, new films were made in the summer of 2022. Pupils from a grammar school in Joachimsthal and a primary school in Templin made films about an innovative field robot and the use of mules in forestry under my project management. Beforehand, an eight-month film workshop was integrated into the lessons at the schools:
My podcast with Petra Kappler is online. In the first two episodes we chat about the eternal dilemma between the sexes. The third episode, which we'll upload on the Whitsun weekend, is about change. "Chic and beautiful" deals with everything that has come between us in life, sometimes cheerful and sometimes serious.
Under my direction, the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF has developed new film formats for innovative projects in the region of Uckermark, Barnim and Uecker-Randow as part of the alliance "Region 4.0". The film clips are all about unique innovations and projects that are planned or already to be found in this region. The formats are very different: from classic reports, informative quiz clips to podcasts and music videos, everything is included. The topics are as varied as the formats. For example, if you want to know how robots and drones bring sugar beet back to the Uckermark, why free-range cattle protect the climate, what secret places you can discover in Oderberg or how bicycle inner tubes can be ordered by bus, you can find out everything here:
After almost two years of further training and four months of signatures, the time has come: I have been awarded the certificate for university teaching by the Minister of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg.
The German ministry of education and science funds the joint-project "Regionalisierung 4.0". As head of participatory and interactive storytelling I took part in the project for the Filmuniversity Potsdam-Babelsberg. This little film that deals with a region north of Berlin (Uckermark) I directed: (YouTube-Link):
My doctorate which dealt with "Structure of audio-visual humor in successful children’s films" obtained the grade "magna cum laude" at the Filmuniversity Potsdam-Babelsberg. I thank my mentor, Prof. Claudia Wegener, and the chairman of the examining board, Prof. Conrad Heberling, for the support, the fair procedure and the encouraging result.
Following my PhD-thesis I'm giving a lecture at the Conference of the Int. Society for Humor Studiens in Dublin, Trinity University: ‘Laughing in complex ways: Structure of audio-visual humor in successful children’s films’.
Almost all 24 actors, directors and crew-members celebrated the premier of "The Golden Cup" in the cinema of the German Film Institute in Frankfurt/Main. During a workshop a whole school class developed and shot the film with my help during the last six months.
We did it! 24 kids acted and helped out in front and behind the camera during my workshop. Premiere of the little film "The golden cup" will be in July '15 in the Cinema of the German Filmmuseum, Frankfurt/Main.
The 2nd part of my workshop in collaboration with the German Film Institute in Frankfurt/Main has been a good piece of work. After the kids of class 5cG of the Geschwister-Scholl-Schule developed a film story in part I we now shot some layout-scenes. A reading for 180 kids was also part of the package and left me with a husky voice...
In the field of media science I published an essay: Preferences of kids as a guide for definitions and age recommendations for kid's films (German title: Kinder an die Macht! Bedürfnisse von Kindern als Maßstab der Definition und Altersempfehlung von Kinderfilmen). In: Janning, Jürgen/Pecher, Claudia Maria/Richter, Karin (eds.): Erzählen im Prozess des gesellschaftlichen und medialen Wandels. Baltmannsweiler, 2015. p. 253-287. ISBN: 978-3-8340-1420-7.
At the German Film Institute and in collaboration with the int. kid's filmfestival LUCAS, Franfurt a.M., I'm leading a tripartite workshop. Kids learn how to write a script and produce their own film. Titel: "Tell me your story - storytelling through visualizing - kids develop stories in a playful way".
For the public broadcaster SWR I shot again for the kids serials 'Motzgurke TV' and 'Tigerentenclub'. This time we went to the Ozeaneum in Stralsund, to the Sea-Rescue-Service at Warnemünde and to the museum of technology, Berlin. Broadcasting dates are in spring 2015.
State chancellery of Thuringia funds the development of my script for the movie-project "Der Goldscheisser" based on the novel "Der kleine Hinz" by Bernd Hagemann. Production company: makido Film Weimar, Wien.
In the Mediterranean Sea of Turkey I've just finished principal photography for the serial pilot of "One Boat - Two Captains". The buddy-comedy ist set in the world of travel-journalists. More information coming soon.
The general assembly of the FERA (European Federation for national associations of television and cinema directors) has elected me to the board in Rom, Cinecitta. FERA fights for the filmdirectors' rights in Europe.
„A timeless beautiful kids’ movie, that impresses with a simple story and refreshing young characters.“
„A warm-hearted, social restrained but very precisely told story about the power of dreams, loss and the cleverness of the weak ones.“
Leipziger Volkszeitung 29.10.09
„A racy adventure in front of a beautiful natural setting that shows that its worth fighting for your dreams even when there are stumbling blocks in your way. Suspensfull for grown ups and little ones. Especially eyecatching: the amazing soapboxes.“
"Real life with real characters- a bitter-sweet family film from Irleand that shows that life can be unfair but you never should give up."
"A beautiful film about small disappointments, big dreams and fast soapboxes."
Freie Presse 29.10.09
"It is the power of the film that it does not bet on the simple happy ending but shows that conflict between parents is not always resolved in a child’s sense and that there are sudden decisions to be made."
„„The Race“ is most convincing when it suggests the parental and children’s worlds are equal yet distinct, standing side by side. Where kids’ movies often try to get a distance from the grown up characters, director André F. Nebe instead manages very well in his debut movie, guiding his young heroes through the family and social reality without losing the fun and adventure.“
Hamburger Abendblatt 29.10.09
"The Berlin based director André F.Nebe is in his feature film debut more interested in a multi-layer storyline than with cracking action. His film not only tells the story of Mary’s charming race preperation, but it also aim contemplative tones. Thanks to the appealing cast and the multi-layered storylines contrasting fun and melancholy, The Race is a traditional kidsmovie and a recommendation for visitors from 8 on."
Nibelungen Kurier 24.10.09
"Certainly in the foreground of the movie is a great race with the soapboxes and it is done with suspense right up to the great finale of the movie. But the filmmaker let swing ably in front of the eye of the audience and tells on the side a serious and informative story about the problems that most kids are confronted with at one time or other. They learn this in The Race without preaching."
taz Bremen, 29.10.09
"Director André F Nebe tells the story of an outsider who has to overcome obstacles and prejudice. The dreams of the girl are contrasted to the divorce of the parents. The conciliation between father and daughter is a touching moment in this convincing film with its exciting race. A movie that is not avoiding the problems of kids and grown ups. Loaded with hope, the film has a go-cart race, where winning or losing is in the foreground but true friendship is more important."
zitty Berlin, 28.10.09
"Despite some amusing parts, André F. Nebe’s feature film debut is not a comedy. It shows kids and their parents living complicated lives the way it often is."
On Mai 30th is the premiere of my latest shortfilm which was produced in collaboration with the GG19-project. "The Hero Of The Hour" will be screened in the presence of the german minister of culture Bernd Neumann. www.gg19.de
Premiere "The Hero Of The Hour" with Josef Ostendorf und Peter Jordan Wednesday, 30th of Mai, 7pm Cinestar - Kino in der Kulturbrauerei Schönhauser Alle 36 10435 Berlin
Together with Felicitas Milke, Dirk Morgenstern and Rowan O' Neill I founded the Tucano Film GbR. Our scriptpool includes a dozen screenplays for the movie-theatre-, TV- and "direct-to-DVD"-market which we'd like to realize with co-production partners. www.tucanofilm.com
Brigitte Zypries, minister of justice, about my film "Final Credits Or The Hero Of The Hour": "The already realised episode of article 18 of the german constitution which I recently had the pleasure to watch was a very good piece. It is highly credible in matterns of its craft and subject and makes the audience reflect about our constitution."
In mid-november I'll direct a shortfilm, which is part of a project that deals with the german constitution and its first 19 articles (www.gg19.de). Cast: Peter Jordan, Josef Ostendorf. Production company: movie members. The project is supported by the President of the German Parliament Wolfgang Thierse, the Minister of culture Christina Weisse, the President of the Goethe-Institute Prof. Jutta Limbach, Prof. Paul Kirchhof (former judge of the Federal Constitutional Court) and Dieter Kosslick (President of the Int. Filmfestival Berlin).