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Maribor, Upravna enota Maribor, 2000

StopTrik International Film Festival is dedicated to stop motion techniques of hand-made, spatial animation as puppet film, claymation, object or photography manipulation, animation of loose materials (such as salt, sand etc), pixilation, traditional cut-out and many more. The list of sub-genres could be complemented with such exceptional techniques as animation of lights, fire, yarns, threads. Artists' imagination is limitless and so we can be neither orthodox nor strict while defining the term "stop motion". The ultimate goal of this unique annual gathering is to admire and celebrate artistry of hand-made, spatial animation together with all the other drifters of the surreal, absurd or merry highways who are ready to pursue frame by frame illusion.

Animations 2019

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To be a woman

Kaja Fiedler

Curated by Maciej Misztal


short live-action films programme

Short films mirror the reality in which they are created. Much more immediately than feature-length production they react on social transformations and anticipate future trends in cinema. Their authors frequently experiment with form and pursue new modes of storytelling. Dynamic technological development has dismantled an economic barrier that reduced opportunities for the directors from underprivileged regions to reach the most distant audiences with their ideas. Content and originality became most important. And even if the mainstream cinema in recent years has presented some inspiring heroines, it is the short form that has been touching upon women's issues for a long time already in a mature and nuanced way. In the programme "To be a Woman" that is at the same time a replica of Lublin Film Festival 2018, I look at the films made in the former Eastern Bloc. Each of them approaches subject of womanhood from various angles, each of them presents somewhat different issues related to the age of the main women characters. It is difficult to compare life of a Russian teenager and a senior lady from Hungary. Maturing Slovak girl most likely doesn't have much to talk about with a Hungarian waitress in her middle age. However there is a lot to connect them... I believe that discovering such interconnections will inspire your reflection and long discussions.

Maciej Misztal


About the curator

Maciej Misztal - initiator and director of Lublin Film Festival (till year 2016 known as MFF Golden Anteaters). Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia graduate in Organization of Film and Television Production studies. Award winning production manager of documentaries and feature films as well as many television broadcasts including international co-production. Initiator and host of project Warsaw Short Framing. Film workshops for youth instructor. Creator and animator of art-houses.


01. Magic Moments
Martina Buchelová (FTF VŠMU)
2016, SVK, 25’

While the parents struggle to earn a living, their daughters practically take care of each other. They share a special bond, but the elder sister is overwhelmed by escalating problems.


Screenplay: Marína Mĺkva, Martina Buchelová
Dir. of Photography: Radka Šišuláková
Music: Herzog Herzog
Editor: Dušan Varmeďa
Cast: Michaela Kostková, Mia Sofia Arpášová, Ján Pavúr, Zvonko Lakčevič
Production: FTF VŠMU
Festivals: Toronto 2017, CinEast 2017, Uppsala 2017

02. Silent Mode/ Без звука/ Bez zvuka
Lena Lanskih (Moscow School of New Cinema)
2017, RUS, 18’

A teenager despised by her peers wants to finally become a woman. She’s ready to sacrifice a lot to make her dream come true.


Cast : Angessa Tsvelodub, Elizabeth Kashintseva, Kseniya Gekeit, Olga Mironova, Maria Yanicheva, Svetlana Podgornaya, Viktoria Chernobai, Kirill Mitrofanov
Screenplay : Lena Lanskih
Cinematography : Michael Weizenfeld
Assistant réalisation : Vadim Istomin
Production : Moscow School of new cinema (Vasily Filatov, Vadim Istomin)
International sales : Moscow School of new cinema

03. Mildly Salty/ Enyhén sós
Zoltán Nagy (Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem)
2017, HUN, 24’

Anita, a 40-year-old waitress works hard to fulfil her dream of leaving Hungary for good, but instead she makes someone else's dream come true.


Script: Zoltán Nagy
Photos: Nándor Gulyás
Cast: Zsófia Szamos, Róbert Kardos, Rozi Csámpai
School: Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem

04. Last Call
Hajni Kis
2018, HUN, 27’

Anikó, 61, is about to leave Hungary to move in with her daughter's family in the UK. This is her last day before leaving everything she has. Lublin Film Festival 2018 Grand Prix of Short Films Competitions.

Cast: Kati Zsurzs
Script: Hajni Kis, Fanni Szántó
Editing: Vanda Gorácz
Assistant Director: Gergely Apjok, Dániel Füzes
Production: SZFE (Miklós Bosnyák, Gábor Garami)
Co-production: Cinema-Film H.I.P., Filmfabriq, Proton Cinema


Lublin Film Festival, until 2016 known as the IFF Golden Anteaters, is one of the oldest international independent film festivals in Poland. The statuettes awarded to the festival’s winners bear the former name of the event to this day. The project, which was started in 2007, is a perfect place for those who like to ask questions and reflect on the answers. These are the people for whom we hand-pick films from all over the world. LFF combines the traditional film competitions with a modern approach and an openness characteristic for the city of Lublin. The festival is rich in various workshops, concerts and other events as well as long talks with Polish and foreign guests who eagerly blend into the festival’s community and always highlight the LFF’s unique vibe. For years, we’ve been cultivating and developing our philosophy of cinema as a pretext for meeting, discussing views and getting to know each other. We are fueled by passion, a passion that we want to spread. We love Lublin and we believe that there’s a community that can be created around cinema, one that we want to be a part of.

Perfect Women

Kaja Fiedler

Curated by Paola Bristot

When I thought about the title of this selection "Perfect Women", I automatically recalled films that were inspired by the female model (or at least were ironic of) imposed since the earliest stages of education, a perfect woman model. So deeply rooted in our society that frequently not even women themselves are able to perceive it. Therefore I tried to reverse this cliché by looking for films that show women in their dimensions of magic, intuition, passion, but also dysfunction, weakness; their personality. Films in this program jump from one point to another without a precise reason; this apparently irrational way nevertheless reveals a feminine inclination to look at things somehow sideways and across and so they grasp the deeper truth of things.

Paola Bristot


About the curator

Paola Bristot, graduated in Discipline Arti Musica Spettacolo, in University of Bologna (1985) and specialized in Contemporary History Art in University of Bologna (1991). She is professor of History of Art at the Academy in Venezia. As a president of the Viva Comix association she organizes many exhibitions of comics, illustration, animation and visual arts. She is the Artistic Director of the Piccolo Festival Animazione (12thedition) in Trieste, Udine, Pordenone, Gorizia and Venice. She curated with Andrea Martignoni the 5th DVD “Animazioni“(2010-17, Viva Comix, Ottomani), anthologies of contemporary Italian short film. As an art director she produced the experimental film “Re-cycling” (Arte Video, Viva Comix 2014).


01. Somnium Coleopterae
Elisabetta Di Sopra, Igor Imhoff
2013, ITA, 2'33''

A game where images and kaleidoscopic fantasies synthetize themselves along with a Kafkesque dancing metamorphosis.

Elisabetta Di Sopra
born in 1969 in Pordenone. Lives and works in Venice. In 2010 she graduated from Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Her artistic research is expressed particularly through the use of video language in order to investigate the most sensitive dynamics of the everyday dimension and its unexpressed micro-stories, where the female body takes on a central role. She is the curator of the Maurizio Cosua video art competition within the Francesco Pasinetti festival. She collaborates with the Ca’Foscari University for the Short Film Festival in the promotion of Italian video art and with the cultural association Archivio Carlo Montanaro at the Fabbrica del Vedere, Venice.

Igor Imhoff
born in Italy on 10/02/1976 . Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. Currently teaches Multimedia Design in Academy of fine Arts, animation and 3d modeling at the "International School of Comics". Artistic activity is dedicated to experimental video, animation in film or in areas more related to art/experimental film. Numerous solo exhibitions and taken part in festivals in Italy and abroad (among them " Bevilacqua La Masa " Galleria San Marco , Venice , Milan Triennale A + A Gallery, Venice Video Review DVDrops Art, Hong Kong, Bologna, Ferrara, OCT Contemporary Art Ends Shanghai, Museu Belas Artes de São Paulo, etc), animation and film festivals such as Clermont Ferrand, Annecy, Animateka, Animamudi, etc... and collaborations with Ca‘Foscari University Ca‘Foscari Cinema, International School of Comics and Istituto Europeo Di Design (IED).

02. Boles
Špela Čadež (Finta)
2013, SLO, 13' 

One day Filip gets a knock on the door. His neighbor Tereza, an older prostitute that Filip tries to avoid by all means, asks him to write a letter for her fiancé. Filip agrees. And it would all end up fine if a week later Tereza would not show up at his doorstep again, asking him to write an answer to the previous letter.


Based on the short story “Her Lover” by Maksim Gorky
Screenwriters: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Assistant director, animation supervisor, main animator: Oliver Throm
Animator: Leon Vidmar
Puppets, set, props: Žiga Lebar
Costume designer: Gordana Bobojević
Director of photography: Michael Jörg
Editor: Thomas Schmidl
Postproduction: Markus Bledowski
Voices: Katja Levstik, Gregor Zorc
Music: Tomaž Grom
Sound: Johanna Herr
Producers: Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež
Co-producers: Martin Roelly, Erik Winker, Andreas Bauer
Production: No History – Contemporary Arts Institute
Co-production: Hupefilm
Co-funding: SFC – Slovenian Film Centre, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW

Technique: puppet animation
Recommended for children under 14: yes


Špela Čadež

born in 1977, graduated in Graphic Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2002. She continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany, and has been working as an independent animation director and producer since 2008. Her films have been screened worldwide. “Boles” (2013) has received 50 awards, distinctions and nominations including a Grand Prix at the DOK Leipzig and Best Debut Award at Hiroshima International Animation Festival. Špela Čadež’ latest film Nighthawk (2016) has to date received 23 awards and distinctions including the Grand Prix at the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF) and Animafest Zagreb. It has been screened at international festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

03. Love Me, Fear Me
Veronica Solomon (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
2018, GER, 6'7'' 

"What would you be willing to do for them to love you?". It is a dance metaphor about the roles we play and the shapes we take, about the stages we chose, the audience we try to impress and the price of acceptance.

Script: Veronica Solomon
Music: Dascha Dauenhauer
Animation: Veronica Solomon
Choreography: Martha Hincapie Charry, Gabriel Galindez, Cruz, Veronica Solomon
Production: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Distribution: Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Technique: Clay animation
Recommended for children under 14: no


Veronica Solomon
Born in Romania, currently living in Berlin, Germany. Owning a degree in Fine Arts, she began a self-training process to become an animator alongside doing comics and illustration. Nonetheless in 2017 she graduated from the Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF with a BA in Animation.

04. Darling
Izabela Plucińska
2013, GER/POL, 6' 

What is memory loss? In the labyrinth of fear, a stranger becomes a close person and home turns into a trap. Groping her way down the track of familiar objects and shapes, the character is trying to go back to the life that used to be her own.


Directing: Izabela Plucińska
Script: Izabela Plucińska
Dop: Izabela Plucińska
Editor: Daniel Scheimberg
Music: Detlef Schitto
Production: Clay Traces, Hauptproductions Film
Distribution: Krakow Film Foundation,


Izabela Plucińska
Born in Koszalin in Poland on 06.10.1974. She graduated from Lodz National Fine Arts Conservatory, National Polish Film School in Lodz and National German Film School “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam- Babelsberg. In 2004, her graduate film project "Jam Session" was selected for the short film competition at the Berlin Film festival 2005, when she has been awarded with Silver Bear. "Jam Session" has been presented on over 60 international festival and won a number of international prizes. In 2006, Izabela founded her own production company "Clay Traces" in Berlin when she is working with a team of young animators from different European countries. She has made "Breakfast" for Polish television. She has directed and produced “7 More Minutes” and "Marathon" in collaboration with Spela Cadez. "Esterhazy" is currently the biggest Izabela's project (25 minutes, 3 years of production), coproduced by Donten & Lacroix Films Poland with participation of PISF, TVP S.A, European Media Program and, on the German side, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FFA and DEFA Stiftung.

05. Inanimate/ Neživo
Lucia Bulgheroni (NFTS)
2018, UK, 8'

Katrine has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. That's what she thinks until one day everything starts falling apart.


Cast: Erin Austen | Jay Taylor | Jassa Ahluwalia
Production: NFTS - National Film and Television School
Producer: Lennard Ortmann
Screenplay: Andrew Eu | Lucia Bulgheroni
Animator: Lucia Bulgheroni
Cinematography: Ronnie McQuillan
Editing: Raphael Pereira
Original Score: José D. Pavli
Production Designer: Kristina Kovacs
Sound Editing & Mix:Louise Patricia Burton
VFX Supervisor: Amy Gibson
Distribution: Zen Movie Distribuzione

Technique: puppet animation
Recommended for children under 14: yes


Lucia Bulgheroni
Italian animation director. While studying filmmaking at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Lucia first began exploring stop motion animation and discovered her love for and the potential of the medium. After working in commercials, regularly blending live action and stop motion techniques, Lucia completed an MA in Directing Animation at the National Film & Television School in London. Her main interest lies in exploring issues surrounding philosophy, psychology and her own subconscious - abstract themes perfectly suited to be visualised through the medium of animation. With her short film "Inanimate" she has already won major awards at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation), at Annecy - Int. Animation Film Festival (Oscar qualifying festival) and at BAFTA Student Film Awards.

06. Soil Is Alive
Beatrice Pucci (D406 Galleria d’arte Contemporanea)
2015, ITA, 8' 

A dark tale without heroes. Like lens, it lets us to look under the leaves. Its aim is to communicate the concept of the common good. There are eight characters, three live in a building and wear wigs, five live in the wood and are bald.


Animation: Beatrice Pucci
Music: Demetrio Castellucci
Post production: Cinzia Ascari
Producer: Andrea Lo Savio / D406 Galleria D’arte Contemporanea
Distribution: Ottomani a.c.


Beatrice Pucci
born in 1979. She lives and works in Emilia Romagna, Italy. Her film "Soil is Alive" has participated in numerous festivals and won the award "five finalists Nastri d'Argento 2016" in Italy. She is the author of numerous independent films including an animated work for Alina Marazzi's latest film, “Tutto speaks about you” with Charlotte Rampling and winner of the best new director in the eighth edition of the Rome Film Festival. She received animation training the Book School of Urbino, where she produced her first film “Appunti for a film on Pinocchio's old age” (“Appunti for a film on Pinocchio's old age”). Then she moved to the School of Scenography of the Academy of Fine Arts where she graduated. Since 2007 she has exhibited in various art galleries throughout Italy and abroad.

07. La fille aux feuilles
Marina Rosset
2013, SUI, 6' 

About a man who has to burry his goldfish and the strange business that's going on between the leaves.


Written by: Marina Rosset
Production: Marina Rosset Productions, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Producer: Marina Rosset
Cinematography: Marina Rosset
Editing: Marina Rosset
Sound Design: Peter Bräker, Werner Haltinner
Rerecording Sound Mix: Denis Séchaud
Music: Valérie Niederoest
Compositing: Marina Rosset

Technique: Techniques: Oil pastel on paper and glass

Marina Rosset
Born in 1984 in Lausanne, Switzerland. 2003-04 Attends the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in Brussels. 2004-07 Attends HSLU (Hochschule Luzern, Design & Kunst). 2007 Receives degree from HSLU.

08. The Dress
Girlin-Bassovskaja (OÜ Nukufilm)
2007, EST, 6'50''

A woman tries to remember the highlights of her life, or maybe dreams about them. Who is that woman whose dress knows a beautiful-exiting life with kitchen utensils?


Technique: object animation, mixed


Girlin Bassovskaja
There are two directors working under name Girlin Bassovskaja – Jelena Girlin and Mari-Liis Bassovskaja (Karula). Filmography: "About Love" (in production), "Papa" (2014), "Oranus" (2009), "Miriam's Colors" (2008), "The Dress" (2007), "The Table" (2004).

09. Dandelion
Elisa Talentino (Fondazione Dravelli, Airelles Vidéo)
2017, ITA/FRA, 2'52''

An antique dance, a courting ritual. A dandelion flower to blow desires. The double time bourrée dance is full of romantic and loving meanings, it is almost a theatrical transposition of dynamics of seduction. The dancers come close, reaching towards each other, then they turn away, find and avoid each other, without ever touching.


Technique: watercolour and acrylic color on paper
Soundtrack: Julia Kent (contemporary bourrée based on the traditional structure),
Editing: Riccardo Chiara
Additional animation effects: Emanuele Rosso
Occitan dance starring: Bianca Micalizzi, Andrea Lopomo
Production: Fondazione Dravelli, Airelles Vidéo

Elisa Talentino

Italian artist working with illustration, graphic arts, painting and animation. She published Le jardin d’hiver (Print About Me, 2013), Bendata di stelle (Inuit Editions, 2014), Metamorphosis (La Grande Illusion, 2016). Her illustrations appear also in Il tramonto birmano (Add Editore, 2016), and she realized illustrations for The New York Times, The Washington Post, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Mondadori, Einaudi, Bompiani, Edizioni e/o, Goethe Institut amongst many others. Her works were selected and showed in various festivals in Italy and abroad, among which Bologna Children’s Book Fair, BilBOlbul. Festival internazionale di fumetto in Bologna, Ilustrarte – International Illustration Biennial of Lisbon, Viñetas con Altura. Festival internacionál de historietas in La Paz (Bolivia). She won for two consecutive years (2017/2018) the Gold Medal of 3×3 Mag Professional Show of New York. In 2017 she realized the animated short film Dandelion (with music by Julia Kent) that was selected in the main international animation festivals, winning the prizes for “Best original soundtrack” (Lago Film Fest, GLocal Film Fest, Wag Film Fest) and “Best animated short” (GLocal Film Fest), from which the homonymous book Dandelion (Lazy Dog Press, 2018) was published. She is specialized in printmaking: her screenprints, personally made with pictorial and incisor experimental techniques, are exhibited in several galleries in Italy and abroad.

Heroine's Journey

Kaja Fiedler

Friday, 4. 10. 2019, 15.00, GT22 Intimate Cinema

Curated by Franziska Bruckner

In narratology the term hero's journey, refers to a common template for tales. It always involves a hero who is called to an adventure, overcomes obstacles and – after a substantial crisis – wins a victory that changes or transforms him. But what about all the heroines? The main female characters we admire for being brave or that achieve something great? The program Heroine´s Journey takes a look at some of those characters: women and girls trying to break from ordinary or restricting circumstances, facing obstacles – sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing, but never giving up.

About the Curator

Franziska Bruckner is media scholar and Head of the Research Group Media Creation at St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences; curator and organizer of the international symposium series Animafest Scanner. Co-coordinator of the working group Animation of the German Society for Media Studies and a member of the Executive Board of the ASIFA Austria. She studied painting and animated film at the University for Applied Arts Vienna and Theater, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Vienna, where she worked as a University Assistant from 2009 to 2013 and earned her doctorate in 2017. She was a lecturer at Vienna University, the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, and the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus among others. Her research focuses on the history of animation in German-speaking countries, hybrids of animation and live-action films, animation in virtual and augmented environments, and the connection between art and film.


01. Chaste Susanne/ Die Keusche Susanne
Catrina David, Fabian Anger, Hannes Müller, Julia Ritter (University of Vienna)
2016, AUT, 2'11''

The chaste and dutiful SUSANNE is driven crazy by the impertinence and harassment of men, which makes her explode and destroy everything around her.


Written, directed and animated by Catrina David, Fabian Anger, Hannes Müller, Julia Ritter
Technique; loose materials animation

Recommended for children under 14: no

02. Thumbelina
Lotte Reiniger (Primrose Productions)
1954, UK, 10'

A tiny girl is born from a flower. A toad and a mole propose marriage, but she is rescued, first by some fish, then by a swallow, and meets the fairies, who welcome her and give her wings


Directed and animated by Lotte Reiniger
Producers: Carl Koch, Vivian Milroy, Louis Hagen
Music: Freddie Phillips

Recommended for children under 14: yes

03. Interview
Caroline Leaf & Veronika Soul (National Film Board of Canada)
1979, CAN, 13'

A freewheeling cinematic experience, this film is the work of two filmmakers who relate their perceptions of each other through their respective animation techniques. Images and words are paired in startling associations.

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Producer: David Verrall
Executive producer: Derek Lamb
Camera: Jacques Avoine
Richard Moras: Robert Humble
Sound editing: Jackie Newell
Re-recording: Hans Peter Strobl
Music: Richard Baskin 

Recommended for children under 14: yes

04. Ball-Head/ Kugelkopf
Mara Mattuschka
1985, AUT, 6'

Hands vigorously pull scraps of paper from an antiquated printing press, while their owner remains invisible. Then Mimi Minus and a razor blade - the incident is still shocking. (Stephan Settele)

Director, Script, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Music, Animation: Mara Mattuschka 
Distributed by SIXPACK

05. Raumfahrt/ Space Travel
Renate Kordon
1989, AUT, 4'52'' 

Renate Kordon encircles her living space with the body, along the walls at the edges of the floor. By/for filming, the spatial inventory is recorded cm for cm. (R.K.)

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06. Trilogy of Leaving
Anna Vasof
2016, AUT, 4'

Three animated experiments explore how the desire to leave is at the same time metaphorical and an actual illusion.



07. Absent
Nikki Schuster
2015, AUT/GER/ESP/BOL/MEX/BiH/CRO, 6'33''

In abandoned buildings life starts to vibrate again: the ambient light starts to flicker, left-behind items begin to move, inside spaces come alive. An odyssey through a labyrinth of decay.

Technique: photo-series / pixilation / 2D computer
Animation, 6:33 min, Stereo/5.1, HD/DCP
Direction/Animation/Editing/Sound: Nikki Schuster
Synthesizer: Ignatz Bee
Sound-Mix: Sebastian Müller
Sponsored by: Kulturland OÖ
© Nikki Schuster AT/DE/ES/BOL/MEX

08. Lucía
Critóbal León, Niles Atallah, Joaquin Cociña (Diluvio)
2007, Chile, 3'50'' 

Lucía remembers the summer in which she fell in love with Luis. The furniture within a bedroom is shaken and destroyed, meanwhile the charcoal Lucía appears and vanishes on the walls.

Materials: charcoal, dirt, flowers, found objects and cardboar
Lucía’s Voice: Paula Florencia Navarrete
Stage Design Assistance : Natalia Geisse


09. Zepo
César Díaz Meléndez
2014, ESP, 3' 

A crude and dark fictional story inspired by the Spanish civil war. Made with sand animation technique.


Production Company, Animation, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Director, Sound, Editing: César Díaz Meléndez

10. Women's Work
Chloé Kaufmann (Chloé Kaufmann, Kinobus Istanbul 2013)
2015, FRA, 5'15''

A young woman shares her experience as being a freelancer-journalist in Syria, during a short stay in Istanbul. The action takes place during the summer 2013, before the conflict was covered by the media.

Expérimental / Docu-fiction / Animation
A loose adaptation of a Francesca BORRI's press article.
Starring: Nolwenn DASTE
Written By Chloé KAUFMANN et Nolwenn DASTE

11. Exomoon
Gudrun Krebitz
2015, AUT/ UK, 6' 

"Because she has been alone for a really long time and there´s just no one else, she might as well live on the moon."

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A film by Gudrun Krebitz
Category: Animation
Original language: English
Distributed by SIXPACK