Family Bonds

Family Bonds - a story about an unconventional family to which

love is more important than heritage.

The little fox Hugo has a happy family, but it’s a bit unusual. His parents are geese. They live an harmonic life until one day Hugo discovers a grown fox attacking a goose. This results into the most challenging and difficult situation our little patchwork-family has to overcome before Hugo ultimately finds out who he really is and that family is a feeling and not a matter of heritage. 


Genre: Family Entertainment 


Language: None 


Length: 6:30 min


Release Date: 2019 


Team: Maria Schmidt (Director)

           Nina Schwarz (Producer)

           Lucia Rau, Manuel Dragan, Chiara Haurand-Schlagkamp (Voices)

           Klara Finck (Music)

           Chiara Haurand-Schlagkamp ( Sound-Design) 

           and many more...


Technique: 2D Animation

                        TV Paint, Adobe Photoshop & After Effects



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We are also having an instagram account: 


You want to find out more about the director Maria Schmidt? 

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Events 2019

We are so excited, that we are nominated in the category: "Best international Student" 


Nominated for: Wettbewerb um den Baden-Württembergischen Filmpreis

Animation Production Day

Maria Schmidt and I pitched at the Animation Production Day. We would love to turn "Family Bonds" into a kids series. 

We were part of the so called Talent Programme. 


"Animation Production Days (APD) is a business platform for the German and international animation industry. In effective one-on-one meetings, APD brings together financing, distribution and co-production partners for animation projects and offers focused debates and industry insights at the APD conference. APD is hosted by the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) and FMX, Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media, both major events in their respective fields that take place during the same week in spring. 


Mit dem Talent-Programm unterstützen die APDs europäische Nachwuchsproduzent*innen und Kreative aus dem Animationsbereich, die eine eigene Projektidee umsetzen möchten.

Ziel ist es, Newcomer mit etablierten Expert*innen der Branche in Kontakt zu bringen. In vorab geplanten One-on-One Meetings bekommen die Talente wertvolles Feedback zu ihren Projekten und haben die Chance, potenzielle Koproduktions- und Finanzierungspartner von ihren Ideen zu überzeugen." - APD Website


We were able to present our diploma project, as part of the "Education / Final Projects Animation & VFX Filmakademie" presentations

Have a look at the whole presentation: 

Frankfurter Buchmesse

Together with Maria Schmidt I visited this years Frankfurter Buchmesse. 

We would love to turn the IP of "Family Bonds" into a children's book. Together we pitched our idea to different publishers. 


"Frankfurter Buchmesse is the world’s most important fair for the print and digital content business, as well as an outstanding social and cultural event. It’s where publishing experts come together with the VIPs of the creative industry to meet authors, stars, journalists, and cultural enthusiasts from around the world. They come for negotiations and deals, networking and discussions, glamour and celebration. " Frankfurter Buchmesse Website



In July we presented our diploma project "Family Bonds" in front of TV broadcasters and production companies. 

We presented not only our finished movie, but also pitched the idea of turning "Family Bonds" into a kids series. 

SCREEN.TIME is an event organized and initiated by our school - Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, to get young talents the chance to get in touch with people from the industry.