THE ANIMAL

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jan-koester

Animation Director

Jan Koester studied Animation at the HFF Konrad Wolf filmschool in Potsdam. His graduation film OUR MAN IN NIRVANA (2005) was awarded with a Silver Bear at the Berlinale, a Golden Horseman at the Filmfest Dresden and a British Academy for Film and Television Short Film Award at Cinequest festival in San José. He co-founded the Talking Animals Animation Collective in 2009. His short film EINE VILLA MIT PINIEN (2016) shows a beautiful and inspriring watercolour world, establishing a mix of analogue painting and digital 3D techniques, now a key element of Jan Koesters work. In 2017, he was animation director for TRACING ADDAI, a documentary about german muslim extremists getting involved in the syrian war, directed by Esther Niemeier. The film was nominated for a Student Academy Award. He continued to work on political topics with the short film BRAND (2019), that he directed together with Alexander Lahl of Mobydok.

FILMOGRAPHY
  • 2002
    MUESLI

    3D Animation

  • 2005
    OUR MAN IN NIRVANA

    3D Animation

  • 2012
    SEEED - BEAUTIFUL

    Music Video, Mixed Media

  • 2014
    SEEED - CHERRY OH

    Music Video, Mixed Media

  • 2016
    EINE VILLA MIT PINIEN

    3D Animation, Mixed Media

  • 2016
    MUDI - DIE FRAU AUS DEM LIBANON

    Music Video, 2D Computer, Mixed Media

  • 2019
    BRAND (WITH ALEXANDER LAHL)

    Animated Documentary, 2D Computer, 3D Computer, Mixed Media

WORK SAMPLES

Time Context

Image Film 3D Computer 3:27 min 2016
Directed by Pauline Kortmann and Jan Koester
Image film for a data organizing software, Time Context.

Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten - Titles

Opening Titles Drawn 1:43 min © Lieblingsfilm 2014
Animation directed by Pauline Kortmann
Title sequence for the feature film "Rico, Oskar und der Tieferschatten"
  • Producer: Lieblingsfilm
  • Concept: Jakob Schuh, Neele Leana Vollmer
  • Animation Director, Producer: Pauline Kortmann
  • Compositing: Jan Koester
  • Animation Cleanup: Veronica Solomon
  • Backgrounds: Peter Schössow
  • Additional Backgrounds: Sebastian Koch

Muesli

short film 3D computer 1:17 min © Jan Koester 2002
Directed by Jan Koester
Pan and pot want to feed me hot stuff for breakfast, but I prefer cereals.

Mudi - Die Frau aus dem Libanon

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MUSIC VIDEO MIXED MEDIA 3:34 MIN © Virgin Records 2016
Directed by Jan Koester
The music video for Mudi - "Frau aus dem Libanon" tells the story how Mudi's parents met during lebanon civil war.  

Eine Villa mit Pinien

Short Film Mixed Media 12:58 min © Hauptfilm & Jan Koester 2016
Directed by Jan Koester
Stereoscopic short film made of 2000 watercolour painted pages.
Coward bird and courageous lion break into a villa at nighttime without having the slightest clue what's going on there.    
  • Director, Animation: Jan Koester 
  • Producer: Christine Haupt
  • Actors: Christoph Letkowski, Paolo Masini, Johanna von Gagern, Anna Luisa Schmidt
  • Voices: Christoph Letkowski, Anja Taschenberg, Jan Koester
FESTIVALS:
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • Internationales Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg
  • Exground Wiesbaden
  • Interfilm Festival Berlin
  • Flickerfest Sidney, Australia
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival
  • Short Film Slam Hamburg
AWARDS:
  • ARTE Award at IKFF Hamburg
  • Audience Award at IKFF Hamburg
  • SAE Award for best use of digital technology at Flickerfest
  • Special Award at Exground Wiesbaden
  • Audience Award at Short Film Slam, Hamburg
 

Unlike U

Short Film 2D Computer 0:10 min © Unlike U 2016
Directed by Jan Koester
Logo animation for film production company Unlike U

CHERRY OH

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Music Video Mixed Media 3:41 min © Warner Music 2014
Directed by Jan Koester
Music Video for Seeed - "Cherry Oh 2014".
The cruel nature disturbs a peaceful garden barbecue party.
   

Once i dreamt of Life - Animation Trailer

Animation Sequences 2D cutout 12:00 min © Mouka Filmi 2014
Animation Directed by Gregor Dashuber
"Once I Dreamt Of Life" is a feature length documentary film about suicide - a subject that people rarely want to talk about. It’s an account about one’s personal relation to suicide, but also studies suicide as social phenomena: What are the motives, warning signs and consequences? The film follows the journey of a young man, an animated character based on a real person, on his path towards suicide. The journey is described by people who’ve had encounters with suicide - parents who lost their child, young adults who considered or even tried committing suicide.
Official website of the film: onceidreamtoflife.com

OUR MAN IN NIRVANA

short film 3D computer 10:27 min © HFF Konrad Wolf 2005
Directed by Jan Koester
A famous rockstar dies accidently during a concert and awakes in nirvana. There he has to face his wishes and deeds.
  • Animation, Direction, Design: Jan Koester
  • Music: Benjamin Dickmann
  • Sound: Daniel Gilde & Andi Drost
  • Produktion: Ole Nicolaisen
 AWARDS:
  • Berlinale: Silver Bear
  • The British Academy for Film and Television Arts Los Angeles: BAFTA LA Short Film Award Cinequest Film Festival
  • Sapporo Short Fest: Best Student Director
  • International Student Film and Video Festival Beijing Film Academy: Silver Award

 
 AWARDS:
  • Filmfest Dresden: Golden Horseman
  • Brooklyn International Film Festival: Spirit Award
  • Aniwow Beijing: Best Film

TRACING ADDAI

SHORT FILMROTOSCOPY2D30:00 MIN© HFF KONRAD WOLF 2018
A true story about a war and the tragic impact it has on the lives of three people. A production of the Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in co-production with Rundfunk-Berlin Brandenburg (rbb), funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.  
  • Director: Esther Niemeier
  • Producer: Britta Strampe
  • Montage: Sarah-Christin Peter
  • Writers: Esther Niemeier, Sarah-Christin Peter, Britta Strampe
  • Camera: Omri Aloni
  • Storyboard: Gregor Dashuber
  • Commissioning Editor: Rolf Bergmann
 
  • Animation Director: Jan Koester
  • Animation: Ines Gomes Ferreira, Laurine Kotte, Sonja Rohleder, Deniz Zagli, Anne Isensee, Gregor Dashuber, Dennis Zagli, Jan Koester
  • Sound: Alexandra Praet
  • Music: Robert Pilgram
  • Mixing: Christoph de la Chevallerie
  • Line Producer: Andrea Wohlfeil
AWARDS:
  • Student Academy Award Finalist (Foreign Documentary)
  • Tampere Film Festival – International Competition * Winner Audience Award
  • International Student Film Festival Sehsüchte – Spotlight Production * Winner Best Production
  • Docaviv International Shorts Competition * Winner Best Short
  • Open Eyes Marburg * 1st Documentary Audience Award
  • Shortynale Klosterneuburg * Special Jury Award
  • FILMZ Mainz * Bester Dokumentarfilm
AWARDS:
  • First Steps Award * Nominations for Best Documentary, Best Production (NO FEAR Award)
  • Milano Film Festival * Audience Award
  • Animatou International Animation Film Festival * Special Mention
  • Konstanzer kurz.film.spiele * Audience Award
  • video/film tage Mainz * Sonderpreis der Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck * CineStar-Preis für den besten Kurzfilm

BEAUTIFUL

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Music Video Mixed Media 3:27 min © Warner Music 2012
Directed by Jan Koester 
Music Video for Seeed - "Beautiful".
In this steampunk adventure the band drives through an abandoned city on a kinetic machine.


 
  • Production Management: Moritz Mayer 
  • Camera: Sebastian Klatt 
  • Camera Assistent: Olaf von Voss 
  • Gaffer: Marc Lontzek 
  • Lighting Technician: Waldemar Bruch 
  • Stunt Coordinator: Ralf Haeger 
  • Data Wrangler, Camera, Making-Of: Beatriz Barragan 
  • Intern Compositing: Jana Kritchever 
  • Intern 2D Animation: Anaiis Poilpre
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