An animated documentary by Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch with Mats Johansson

The sound is an interview with Giancarlo, a 12-year-old boy, and the images are animated. Giancarlo has no permit to stay in Sweden and he describes how it is to be chased by the police and live in hiding. The film travels to Peru and to the school in Sweden but it mostly stays in the room where the actual interview took place. There are also Giancarlo’s father, mother with a newborn baby and his little brother. Giancarlo sits still with his arms pressed tightly against his little body. He gives straightforward answers to the questions. The animated characters are designed by Mats Johansson. Hidden is the first film in a series of animated documentaries by Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch together with the designer Mats Johansson. As an early and groundbreaking animated documentary Hidden has influenced many films all over the world.

Welcome to a new site dedicated to the animated documentaries Sharaf, Slaves and Hidden: sharafslaveshidden.com

Awards etc.
Best Int. Short Documentary, Hot Docs Int. Doc. Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2003 
Honorary Mention Nordic Panorama, Oulu, Finland 2002
Nominated to Guldbagge, for best documentary-film, 2002
Honorary Mention, Europa Cinema, Viareggio, Italy 2002
"Fabrizio Belloccio Prize 2002" for social content, Castelli Animati, Rom, Italy 2002
Best Short, Fajr International Film Festival, Teheran, Iran 2003
Honorary Mention, Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Norway 2003
Best documentary, FIKE – Évora International Short Film Festival, Portugal, 2003
Grant Lena Hellman Memorial Foundation at Tempo Doc. Festival 2002
The Arts Grants Committee's Mai Zetterling Grant 2011 for Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch for their work with Hidden and Slaves
Sydsvenskan’s and BUFF's Honourary Award 20011 for Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch for their work with Hidden and Slaves

International Film Festivals 2002
Int. Animated Film Festival, Annecy, France, 3-8/6
Int. Short Film Festival, Vila do Conde, Portugal , 2-7/7
Palm Springs Int. Festival of Short Films, USA , 6-12/8
International Animation Festival Hiroshima, Japan, 22-26/8
EuropaCinema 2002, Rome, Italy, 14-21/9
Nordisk Panorama Oulu, Finland, 24-29/9
BUSTER Copenhagen Int. Children's Film Festival, Denmark, 30/9-6/10
Chicago Int. Film Festival, USA , 4-18/10
Cork Film Festival, Ireland, 6-13/10
Int. Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, Germany, 15-20/10
Sheffield Int. Documentary Festival, U.K. 21-27/10
Castelli Animati, Int. Animated Film Festival, Italy, 23-27/10
Valladolid Int. Film Festival, Spain, 25/10-2/11
Nordic Filmdays Lübeck, Germany, 31/10-3/11
Int. Short Film Festival Siena, Italy, 22-30/11
Rio de Janeiro Int. Short Film Festival, 28/11-8/12
Animadrid 2002, Spain, 9-15/12

International Film Festivals 2003
Premiers Plans, Paris, France, 17-26/1
Scandinavian Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 31/1-2/2
Fajr Int. Film Festival, Iran,1-11/2
Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 5-9/3
Kort- och dokumentärfilmfestivalen VERA
Mariehamn, Åland Islands (Finland), 12-16/3
Int. Short Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12-16/3
Cartoons on the Bay - Pulcinella Awards, 9-13/4 Rome, Italy
ViewFinders: Int. Film Festival for Youth, Halifax, Canada, 22-26/4
Sprockets Toronto Int. Film Festival for Children, Canada, 25/4-4/5
Hot Docs Canadian Int. Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada, 25/4-4/5
Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 1-6/5
Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Norway, 6-11/5
Int. Festival of Films Young Audience "Ale Kino!", 2-7/6, Poznan, Poland
Norwegian Short Film Festival Grimstad, Norway, 12-17/6
Encounters South African Int. Doc. Festival, Cape Town /Johannesburg, 20/7-7/8
Motovun Film Festival, Croatia, 28/7-1/8
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, 6-16/8
Bergen Animasjonsmønstring (BAM), Norway, 10. – 12./9
Tindirindis Animation Film Festival, Lithuania, 18-21/9
Bergen Film Festival, Norway, 16-22/10
Duisburger Filmwoche, Germany, 3-9/11
Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, USA, 6-9/11
Brief Encounters, UK, 12-16/11
FIKE – Évora Int. Short Film Festival, Portugal , 21-29/11

International Film Festivals 2004

Salaam DK, Copenhagen, Denmark , 20/2-7/3
True/False Film Festival, USA, 13-15/2
Animac, Spain, 26-29/3
Internationales Trickfilm-Festival, Stuttgart, Germany, 1-6/4
DOXA Documentary Film and Video Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 25-30/5
New England Animation Bash"/ Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston, USA, June 2-4
The 7. AARHUS FILMFESTIVAL, Aarhus, Denmark, October 27TH–31ST
Dallas Video Festival, USA, July 7-11

International Film Festivals
ZIFF Zanzibar International Film Festival, June
Pictoplasma, Berlin, screening 2005, November 25-26

International Film Festivals 2006

Clermont-Ferrand short film festival, France, 27 January-4 February
Scandinavian Short Film Festival, Copenhagen-San Francisco, October 27
FilmPlatform & Artists' Television Access, San Francisco,
22nd International Short Film Festival Berlin, Nov. 07-12
Copenhagen Dox Discovery/CPH:DOX Sunday, TV screening Discovery November 11
"Séquence" Festival (the 15th edition), Toulouse, France, November

International Film Festivals 2007
The 17th edition of our Children Film Festival Ciné Junior/ Association Cinéma Public Paris, France

International Film Festivals 2010
Göteborg International Film Festival

International Film Festivals 2011
Göteborg International Film Festival 2011

Swedish Film Festivals
Göteborg Filmfestival, 2002
Dokumentärfilmfestivalen, Tempo, 2002
Uppsala Kortfilmfestival, 2002
Sundsvalls Filmfestival, 2002
Umeå Film Festival, 2002
Transit Zero, Öland, 2002
Båstad Filmfestival, 2002
Uppsala Kortfilmfestival, 2003
Eksjö Animationsdagar 2203
Antirasistiska Filmdagarna, Göteborg, 2003
Antirasistiska Filmdagarna, Malmö, 2003
Mölnbo Filmfestival 21 Aug. 2004
Antirasistiska Filmdagarna, Malmö, 2006
Uppsala Kortfilmfestival, 2006
Swedish Documentary Now, Tokyo, 2007

INPUT, 2003, Århus
Mini INPUT, 2003, Colombia
African Mini INPUT, 2003, Cape Town, Sydafrika
mini-INPUT Filmen Hus i Oslo mandag 15 sept.
Best of INPUT, 2004, San Fransisco
POST-INPUT, 2004, Ottawa, Canada April 2-3

Art Venue Screenings etc.
Screened with the film Kandahar February-April 2002, Folkets Bio, 5 Cinemas, Sweden
NIFCA -Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art project: Criss-Cross 2004-2006
Finnish Premiere at Andorra Cinema, Helsinki, Finland, 31/8- 2004
Criss-Cross at Kino, in Lund, organized by Lunds Konsthall, 4 - 22/8-2004
Barcelona Contemporary Culture Center (CCCB) Flm Series Xcèntric , January 2005
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway 25/6-4/9 Exihibition ANDRE/OTHERS
New Faces of Swedish Cinema, Lincoln Centre, New York, 2005
The Open Society Institute/ selections from the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival screenings in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Casa da Animação/ the city of Porto/ “My Selection” by Portuguese animation director, José Miguel Ribeiro, 22 July, 2006
Marathon Dok. Copenhagen, 25/2-2006
FilmPlatform, LiteraturHaus, Copenhagen, June 2006
Animated documentary programs at Los Angeles Filmforum, April 2009
Bongout Gallery, Outside the box (Outdoor Art Film Fesival), Berlin, July 2010
Konsthuset, exhibition with Hidden and Slaves and artwork from new film, Uppsala, Sweden, October 2010
Video festival FOKUS 2011, May 5-22, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen.

DVD, Multimedia etc.
Underbart är kort - Folkets Bio 30 år - Dvd, 2003
Goethe-Institut International DVD 2007
Wholphin No 8 DVD magazine 2009
Flyp Media 2009 Issue 24, 2009

Production facts

Duration: 8 min
Format: 35 mm
Year: 2002
Directors:Hanna Heilborn, David Aronowitsch & Mats Johansson
Design: Acne, Mats Johansson
3D-production, modelling and animation: Jonas Moberg, Mantra Animation
Animation: Flemming Borgen
Effects and rendering: Oskar Wahlberg, Mantra Animation
Music: Jonas Bohlin

Produced by Story AB
In co-production with:
Ulla Simonen, Kinotar Oy, Finland
Antonio Russo Merenda
Asterisk Film, Danmark/ Hysteria Film AB
With the support of:
Swedish Film Institute, Film Commissioner Göran Olsson
Foundation for Culture of the Future
Danish Film Institute, Film Commissioner Jakob Högel
Nordic Film- & TV fund, Film Commissioner Kristin Ulseth
The Finnish Film Foundation, Film Commissioner Pia Andell
SVT Documentary, Björn Arvas
YLE 1, Sari Volanen

Contact for International Festivals:
Sara Yamashita Rüster/The Swedish Film Institute
email: sara.ruster@sfi.se
phone: +46-(0)8 - 665 11 41

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Girls Talk/Tjejsnack


Three short documentaries by Hanna Heilborn & David Aronowitsch

Girls Talk/Tjejsnack is a part of the campaign "There are a lot of reasons not to do drugs" screened in MTV 2006. The films are based on interviews with two girls of nineteen. They are talking about their addiction and describe both the appeal of drugs and the backsides. The films explore visually the story without exposing the subjects and use a variation of techniques like animation and infrared cameras. The work of finding new visual solutions and to tell stories in non-traditional ways that started in Hidden continues.

The films were awarded a "Silver Egg" in the The Golden Egg award. And Nominated for The Kolla award.

Production facts

Client:The Swedish National Drug Policy Coordinator
Advertising Agency: Futurniture AB
Year: 2006
Agency Producer: Peter Füle
Agency Art Director: Fredrik Nilsson
Agency Copy Writer: Jenny Gromark
Agency coordinator: Johan Kinnman
Directors: Hanna Heilborn & David Aronowitsch
Camera, graphics & animation: Jonas Nilsson & Carolina Zell
Music: Anthony Mills
Research & assistent: Jonas Fagerlund
Economy: Jenny Örnborn
Sound & mix: Anders Nyström
Online & color-grading: sto.pp
Production: Story AB

Thanks to:
FLIR Systems
GE-Healthcare, Uppsala Imanet AB
Toll & 2
Johan Heilborn
F 12 Terassen
Per Sundström,
And foremost many thanks to the participants

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Female inventors


A video installation

Three-screen projection with three female Swedish inventors, in different state of their life and work for the exhibition ”Female Inventors” at the The National Museum of Science and Technology. A mixture of animation, documentary situations and talking heads cut together as one piece within and between the screens.

Production facts

Client: Tekniska Museet/ The National Museum of Science and Technology
Curator: Åsa Lindgren
Production Company: Story AB
Director: Hanna Heilborn
Camera & Editing: Jonas Nilsson
Animation & Editing: Carolina Zell
Sound: Joel Torstensson
Producer: Hanna Heilborn




12 short educational films and docs

How does a cellular phone works? What is RGB? And how come a computer is built on the same counting system as an old optical Telegraph? In twelve short educational animations and dcoumentaries, mainly produced for a younger audience, we really get to know how stuff works. These films are a part of the exhibition Kom.nu.då/Now.then.comm at The National Museum of Science and Technology.

Production facts

Client: Tekniska Museet/ The National Museum of Science and Technology
Curator: Susanne Rolf
Production Company: Story AB
Director: Hanna Heilborn
Camera & Editing: Jonas Nilsson
Animation & Editing: Carolina Zell
Music: Petrus Bergstrand
Sound: Anders Nyström
Additional Sound: Joel Torstensson
Producer: Hanna Heilborn


Ken-Allen and the freedom


This films tells the true story about the young orangoutang monkey, Ken-Allen, who made more than thirty escape attempts from the San Diego Zoo. Created to address to young children, 3-6 years, about the dilemma of the urge for freedom and the uselessness of imprisonment. We see Ken-Allen break free several times, only to be capture to find his cage improved to prevent him from even attempting again. In the final scene Ken-Allen´s desire for freedom in neutralized with a more comfortable cage, soft-drinks and a television set! Sad but true!
The voice over is brilliantly read by the grand lady of Danish drama, Ghite Nørby.

Production facts

Voice by
Ghita Nørby

Story and concept
Göran Olsson

Göran Olsson
in collaboration with
Adam Marko-Nord
Rickard Engquist

Acne Characters
Mats Johansson
Martin Sjöström

Rickard Engquist

Kalle Sandzén
Rickard Engquist
Bettina Ostersen
Adam Marko-Nord
Anne-Karina Gregersen Dal
Andreas Paleologos

Dino Jonsäter

Anders Nyström

Voice recording
Svenn Skipper/HolteWoodStudio

John Olsson

Nordisk Film Post Production AB (i logo stil)

Ken-Allen musical theme
Klas Åhlund

Additional music
Sami Rekik

Göran Olsson

Jenny Örnborn

Produced by
Story AB
In co-production with
Antonio Russo Merenda/Asterisk Film ApS
With the support of
Svenska Filminstitutet, filmkonsulent Gila Bergqvist-Ulfung
Det Danske Filminstitut, filmkonsulent Bodil Cold-Ravnkilde
Nordisk Film- & TV Fond, Eva Færevaag

In collaboration with
Sveriges Televison AB
Danmarks Radio


An animated documentary by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn

- We were abducted my mother, father, sister and me. Then they killed my parents and separated me from my sister. 
I was five, Abuk tells us in a low voice. I stayed with one of
 the men who kidnapped us and took care of his goats. Slaves 
is about Abuk, nine, and Machiek, fifteen. Like thousands of other children they were taken from South Sudan by government sponsored militia in Sudan and used as slaves. They were later liberated by the organisation CEAWC (Committee for the Eradication of Abduction of Women and Children) now in South Sudan headed by James Aguer. Slaves is based on an interview made in 2003 and is the second film in a series of animated documentaries with and about children in difficult situations by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn, and with design by Mats Johansson/Acne Jr.

Welcome to a new site dedicated to the animated documentaries Sharaf, Slaves and Hidden: sharafslaveshidden.com

Best short documentary, the Silver Cub Award, IDFA, Amsterdam, 2008.
Special Mention, the Generation 14plus Section, Berlinale 2009.
Best Short doc. the STHLM.DOC Award, Tempo Doc. Festival,Stockholm 2009.
Best Short Animation Film Award, Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California, 2009.
Special Mention, IT’S ALL TRUE–International Documentary Film Festival, Brasil, 2009.
Best Short Documentary Award, DOXA Doc. Film Festival, Vancouver, Canada, 2009.
The Annecy Cristal for Best Short Animation and the Unicef Award at The Annecy International Animation Film Festival, June 2009.
Best Animated Short, World Wide Short Film Fest, Toronto, Canada, June 2009
Best Documentary Short Film, Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2009.
Best Short for Youth, Golden Kite Award, Int.Film Festival for Children&Youth, Buenos Aires, Sept. 2009.
Best Film and Best Photography, Capalbio Int. Short Film Festival, Italy, Oct. 2009.
First Doc. Prize, Curtocircuito Santiago de Compostela Short Film Festival, Spain Oct. 2009.
Best film animation-program Panorama, FiFF Femina Int. Film Festival, Norway 2009.
Best International Animation Short at Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 2009.
Best Animation at River Film Festival in Padova, Italy, 2009.
Honorable Mention Short Documentary, Nashville Film Festival, USA, 2009
Best Short Film Award, Birds Eye View Film Festival, London UK, 2010.
Best film and the Public Award, Curt.doc Doc. Festival, Girona region/Catalonia, 2010.
Award UNAFF/Stanford Video for Editing, United Nations Association Film Festival 2010.
The Arts Grants Committee's Mai Zetterling Grant 2011 to Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch for their work with Hidden and Slaves
Sydsvenskan’s and BUFF's Honourary Award 20011 to Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch for their work with Hidden and Slaves
Best Short film, Kolla! 2011, Swedish design award, Moving Image section

Film Festivals 2008
Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, Malmö,  26/9-1/10
IDFA, Int. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 20-30/11

Film Festivals 2009
Berlinale, Generation 5-15/2
ZagrebDox 23/2-1/3
Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose 25/2-8/3
True/False Film Fest, Missouri 26/2-1/3
Tempo 4-8/3
Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim 6-10/3
One World Int. Human Rights Docu Film Festival, Prague 11-19/3
Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards 13-23/3
Thessaloniki Docu Festival 13-22/3
Movies that Matter Festival, the Netherlands 15/3-10/4
It’s All True, Sao Paolo & Rio de Janeiro 25/3-5/4
Nashville Film Festival 16-23/4
ViewFinders Intl. Film Festival for Youth, Halifax 21-25/4
Visions du Réel, Nyon 23-29/4
San Francisco Int. Film Festival 23/4 - 7/5
IndieLisboa – Int. Independent Film Festival 23/4-3/5
Stuttgart Int. Festival of Animated Film 5-10/5
Planete Doc Film Festival, Warszaw 8-17/5
Doxa Int. Docu Film Festival, Vancouver 22-31/5
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival 29/5-4/6
Annecy International Animation Film Festival 10-12/6
Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway 10-15/6
Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto 16-21/6
Edinburgh Int. Film Festival 17-28/6
Encounters Docu Film Festival, Cape Town 2-19/7
Seoul Int. Youth Film Festival  9-15/7
ERA New Horizons, Wroclaw, Poland 23/7-2/8
Melbourne Film Festival 24/7-9/8
Brisbane Film Festival 30/7-9/8
Int. Film Festival for Youth and Children Nueva Mirada, Buenos Aires 3-9/9
Fantoche Int. Animation Film Festival Baden/Schwitzerland 8-13/9
Animania, Cacak,  Serbia 9-12/9
Int. Best of Short Films Festival, Marseille 11-13/9
Milano Film Festival 11-20/9
Tri Continental Film Festival, South Africa 11-30/9
KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival 17-20/9
Buster, Copenhagen 17/9-2/10
Bangkok Int. Animation Film Festival 26-30/9
Carrousel Int. Youth Film Festival of Rimouski, Quebec 27/9-4/10
Perspektive - Human Rights Film Festival, Nürnberg 30/9-11/10
Jersey Branchage Film Festival 1-4/10
Capalbio, Italy 8-11/10
Hamptons Int. Film Festival, USA 8-12/10
Cinessone European Film Festival, Paris 9-24/10
Wiesbaden Int. Weekend of Animation 15-18/10
DOK Leipzig 26/10-1/11
Artfutura, Barcelona 29/10-1/11
Femmina Int. Film Festival, Norge 29/10-1/11
Animatic, Pamplona, Spain, Nov.
One World Slovakia, Bratislava 3-8/11
Interfilm, Berlin 3-8/11
Sheffield Doc/Fest 4-8/11
Leeds Int. Film Festival, UK 4-22/11
Alcine, Spain 6-14/11
Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark, 12-15/11
Cinemania Fest, Sofia, Bulgaria 13/11-3/12
Worldwide Short Film Festival Tour; Montreal 17/11, Calgary 26/11, Vancouver 30/11
Animated Dreams, Tallinn, Estonia 18-22/11
Int. Environmental Film Festival, Paris 18-24/11
Sottodiciotto Film Festival, Torino, Italy 26/11-5/12
Festival on Wheels, Turkey 4-20/12
Animateka Int. Animation Film Festival, Ljubljana, Slovakia 7–13/12

Film Festivals 2010
Birds Eye View Film Festival, London UK
Curt.doc Doc. Festival, Girona region/Catalonia/Spain
BBC Big Screen with Doc/Fest around the UK
ISAFF OPEN CINEMA Int. Short & Animation Film Festival, St.Petersburg, Russia
Australian Refugee Film Festival
Aarhus Filmfestival on tour 2010, Denmark.
Doxita III: New York Premiere, July 19, IFC Center, New York
HIROSHIMA 2010 International Animation Festival in Japan
UNAFF 2010, 13th United Nations Association Film Festival, San Francisco, US, October
ETIUDA&ANIMA 2010, Krakow, Poland, November

Film Festivals 2011
Göteborg International Film Festival 2011
Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival 2011 in Oslo Norway, February
AMBULANTE 2011, Travelling documentary film festival in México

Film Festivals 2012

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 2012

Film Festivals 2014

Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, January 2013

Film Festivals 2014 

ANIMASIVO, 23rd to 27th July 2014 Mexico City

DVD, Multimedia, Exhibitions etc.
Flyp Media 2009 Issue 24, 2009
Svensk Kortfilm 1 DVD, Folkets Bio 2008
50th Annecy Int. Animation Festival Anniversary's DVD boxset
EUROPE IN SHORTS, a project of RUHR.2010.

Exhibition with Slaves and Hidden at Konsthuset, Uppsala, Sweden, October


Production facts

Production year: 2008
Format: 35 mm
Duration: 15 minutes

By David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn Art Directon/Character
Design: Mats Johansson, Acne Junior
Production Design/Animation Design: Magnus Östergren, Degauss
Lead Animation: Nicolas Hu Animators: Hubert Seynave, Gilles Brinkhuizen, Mathilde Le Moal, Nicolas Maurice, Benoît Galland.
Animation/Post Production: Degauss/Daniel Annefelt, Mats Karsvall, Marcus Dalhamn, Francis Paulsson
Background Animation: Isak Gjertsen
Photos: Kim Naylor 3D Models: Maria Avramova, Christer Hägglund
Rendering/Ass Compositing: Calle Herdenberg, Pär Linusson
Sound Design: Peter Albrechtsen, Anders Nyström
Advisor/Translation: Martin Majak.
Digital Grading: The Chimney Pot

Produced with supprt by: The Swedish Film Institute/Hjalmar Palmgren, Anne-Marie Söhrman Fermelin. SVT Documentary/Ulla Nilsson. The Norwegian Film Institute /Peter Bøe. The Danish Film Institute/Miriam Nørgaard. YLE Co-productions/Sari Volanen. The Nordic Film and TV Fond/Eva Færevaag. The Foundation for the Culture of the Future, Konstnärsnämnden/The Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Danida.
Co-producers: Anna-Maria Kantarius and Louise Køster/Pausefilm Aps, Øyvind Rostad/Medieoperatørene AS.
Produced by: Story AB.

Contact for International Festivals:
Sara Yamashita Rüster/The Swedish Film Institute
email: sara.ruster@sfi.se
phone: +46-(0)8 - 665 11 41


An animated documentary by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn

- The boat was like a little fly in the sea, in two-meter high waves. We just drifted without any food or water. Sharaf, 17, is one of thousands of youths that have been fleeing in unseaworthy boats across the ocean and arriving in Gran Canaria the last years. Sharaf was lucky, he survived. Thousands have died in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean trying to get into the EU. "Sharaf" is completed during the spring of 2012. It is the third and final part in a trilogy of animated documentaries about children and young people in vulnerable situations, by David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn 

Welcome to a new site dedicated to the animated documentaries Sharaf, Slaves and Hidden: sharafslaveshidden.com


Strasbourg Human rights International Film Festival, 30 Oct.-8 Nov., 2014

ANIMASIVO, 23rd to 27th July 2014 Mexico City

The 14th Seoul International NewMedia Festival 7-15 Aug, 2014, Seoul, Korea

Tricky Women Festival Animation Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2014

Mecal 2014, 16th International Short Film and Animation Festival of Barcelona, Spain 

MONSTRA – Lisbon Animated Film Festival, Portugal, March 2014

WATCH DOCS IFF, Warsaw, Poland, 2013

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Animated Dreams, Tallin, Estonia , 2013

Minimalen Short Film Festival, Trondheim, Norway, 2013

15 IFF Bratislava, Slovakia, (6th-12th November 2013)

DOK-Leipzig - 56th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany, 2013

Facets Children’s Programs and the 30th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2013, Two prizes: YOUTH JURY PRIZE - ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY FILM 1st Prize, Animated Documentary Film  and CHILDREN’S JURY PRIZE – ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY FILM 2nd Prize, Animated Documentary Film 

21º Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal, 2013

Animac 18th Int. Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, Spain, 2013

Rooftop Films New York 2013

Dokufest Kosovo both in 2014 and 2015

Capalbio Cinema Int. Short Film Festival 2013 , Italy, Special Mention in World Of Map Award for Sharaf

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany, 2-7 May 2013

Göteborg International Film Festival, Sweden, January 2013

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 2012

Production facts

Year of production : 2012
Format: HDCam
Duration: 13 minutes
Directors: Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch
Art Direction and Character Design: Mats Johansson/Acne Jr
Production and Post-production Design: Magnus Östergren/Potemkin
Line producer: Thomas Oger
Lead animation: Nicolas Maurice
3D models: Jonas Kärn, Nicolas Maurice
Animation: Astrid Krejberg, Bert Zierfuß, Thomas Oger
Background animation: Malin Erkkonen, Charlotte Cambon, Lucie La Chimia
Rendering and compositing​: Adam Wittsell
Sound design: Anders Nyström
Conform and grading: Tom Brennan/ theFlock, Kersti Grunditz
Advisor and interpreter: Claudia Herrera Strömberg
Assistants: Tim Dahlberg, Jeroen Pool
Thanks to Gabriel Orihuela, Ulla Simonen, Ingvil Giske​
Charlotte Røhder Tvedt​, Sylvie Brenet, Odile Perrin, Benoît Evrard, Annalisa Aguilar
Produced with the support of Swedish Film Institute/Andra Lasmanis, SVT, Documentary Department/
Caisa Westling, Helena Ingelsten, Danish Film Institute/ Dorte Høeg Brask, Nordisk Film & TV Fond/Karolina Lidin, Yle, Kulturbryggan
Company producer: Tobias Janson/Story
Co-producer Denmark: Camilla Andersen/ Microcosmos
Produced by: Hanna Heilborn and David Aronowitsch
Production company: Story AB

Beloved Telephone/Älskade telefon

A video installation

A three-screen projection is displayed in the exhibition Beloved Telephone at the National Museum of Science and Technology/ Tekniska Museet. The pictures are a mix of manipulated old footage of Swedish inventions in telecommunication in the 20-century and newly filmed and animated images. The exhibition exposes Swedish telephones that have developed a worldwide reputation and displays the first models to the latest mobile phones.

Production facts

Client: Tekniska Museet/ The National Museum of Science and Technology
Curator: Susanne Rolf
Production Company: Story AB
Director: Hanna Heilborn, Jonas Nilsson & David Aronowitsch
Camera & Editing: Jonas Nilsson
Archive footage: Tekniska Museet/ The National Museum of Science and Technology
Sound: Anders Nyström
Music: Daniel ”Dana” Bergqvist
Producers: Hanna Heilborn & David Aronowitsch


00-Baby Boom Child (00-tal barn)


An animated short by Maja Lindström

On their way home by bike through a deserted industrial area, a mother and her son starts to talk about what happened when our dream of eternal economic growth collided with the peak in global oil production. In a dystopian but plausible picture of the near future, our children make us accountable for today's irresponsible way of living.


00-Baby Boom Child has won the short film award at the Baltic Herring Film festival in Finland!

In September it will be screened in competition at the Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol, in the sections "Animated Highlights" and "Pleasure and Pain".

Vote for it in their Online Audience Award! It is up on vimeo for a limited time: https://vimeo.com/channels/encounters2014

Production facts

Year of production: 2014
Format: DCP, Blu-ray

Duration: 24,30 min

Director: Maja Lindström

Producer: Maja Lindström
Executive Producers: Story/Tobias Janson & Göran Olsson
Script: Maja Lindström & Lars Nordén.
3D-Modeling, Animation; Lars Nordén.
Music Composer and Sound design: Per-Henrik Mäenpää.
Voices: Ingela Olsson, Anastasios Soulis.
Design, Facial animation, Lip Synk; Maja Lindström & Lars Nordén.
Sound mix: Per-Henrik Mäenpää.
Camera and editing: Maja Lindström & Lars Nordén.
Graphic Art: Maja Lindström.
Post production, Mastering: Lars Nordén.
Facts reviewer: Oscar Kjellberg
Research: Lars Nordén & Maja Lindström
Made with support from:
Swedish Film Institute (Andra Lasmanis),
Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden),
Film i Dalarna (Daniel Wallentin).


Maja Lindström's film 00-tal barn to premiere in Gothenburg


The animated short will have its international premiere in Gothenburg International Film Festival

It will be shown in the short film section Svenska Bilder 3 at GIFF.

Short synopsis:

On their way home by bike through a deserted industrial area, a mother and her son starts to talk about what happened when our dream of eternal economic growth collided with the peak in global oil production. In a dystopian but plausible picture of the near future, our children make us accountable for today's irresponsible way of living.

Link to the film at GIFF:s webpage here

Link to Maja Lindströms webpage here


15 January 2014