Institute of Media Studies

Film Projects

For scholars and students, the Center for Animation Research also offers hands-on experience with animation production. The aim is to closely collaborate with animation practitioners and to thus create a deeper understanding of the techniques and aesthetics of animation films.


"Winsor and Gertie"

March 26, 2019, 19:30
Pfleghofsaal, Schulberg 2, 72070 Tuebingen 

Production: Rada Bieberstein and Erwin Feyersinger 

The reenactment of the vaudeville version of the animation classic "Gertie" (Winsor McCay, 1914) celebrated its premiere in Germany as part of the Winter School "Doing Animation History". Eftychia Charalampidou portrayed Winsor, a cartoonist and ringmaster who tries to tame the animated dinosaur Gertie. Michael Dan accompanied the playlet on the piano (music: Gabriel Thibaudeau). Other performers: Tobias Kunz, Naima Alam, and Nils Stauch. Donald Crafton, animation historian and author of the playlet "Winsor and Gertie," opened the evening with a lecture.

Documentary Film Project

"Lotte Reiniger: Dance of the Shadows"

Documentary film, Germany 2012, 60 minutes
Directed by: Susanne Marschall, Rada Bieberstein, Kurt Schneider

The documentary "Lotte Reiniger: Dance of the Shadows" was produced as a teaching project at the Chair of Audiovisual Media, Film and Television. Under the guidance of a team of professionals and in cooperation with the Stadtmuseum Tübingen, teachers and master students worked together on this ambitious project to rediscover the prominent animation artist Lotte Reiniger.

Short Film Projects

On a regular basis, animated short films are produced in cooperation with the Center for Media Competence. The students have access to an editing and animation studio equipped with a stop-motion stand, iPads, and some of the latest audiovisual software. Regular courses are conducted by Naima Alam on digital animation and Franziska Bruckner on analog animation. Numerous creative short films have been produced in these courses. Students also develop animated films as part of bachelor and master theses. Furthermore, during the 2016 staging of the the Wallander opera "W – The Truth Beyond" by Fredrik Sixten and the 2017 staging of the Tübingen opera "Il cacciatore deluso" by Niccolò Jommelli at the University of Tübingen, students worked on creative projection and video installation projects.