Valentin Riedl ­­­­

Brain Scientist, Filmmaker on the side

What is it like to be faceblind?

Valentin Riedl joined with Frédéric Schuld, an animation artist, to create the animated short documentary CARLOTTA'S FACE. The film illustrates how face blindness, a deficit of the brain, affected the childhood of Carlotta and how she finally turned her deficit into exceptional art.
Carlotta's Face - Trailer

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CARLOTTA'S FACE

"haunting Carlotta's Face, neither manipulative nor expected" The Hollywood Reporter
"the fascinating German short Carlotta’s Face” The New York Times

Directors: Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Producer: Fabian Driehorst
Production: Fabian&Fred, FILMSTAHL

This short film is a prequel to the feature-length documentary LOST IN FACE currently in production (see below).

Distribution

CARLOTTA'S FACE

Awards

CARLOTTA'S FACE won awards at the following festivals:
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, RiverRun International Film Festival, DOK Leipzig (Audience Award), Edmonton Int. Film Festival, Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, Camgaroo Award, Flenzburger Kurzfilmtage, SPARK Animation, Fano Int. Film Festival Anibar Animation Festival, Int. Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg
as well as
  • Short Tiger Award 2018 by the German National Film Fund (FFA),
  • Prädikat „Besonders wertvoll“ (highly recommended) by the Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW)

Festival Tour

CARLOTTA'S FACE has been screened in >100 film festivals, e.g.:
San Francisco Int. Film Festival, hotDOCS Toronto, Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Int. Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg, Vancouver Int. Film Festival, Ottawa Int. Animation Festival, Anibar Animation Festival, DOK Leipzig, Kasseler Dokfest, NYC DOC, Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

LOST IN FACE

A poetic, feature-length documentary about the science and art of Carlotta's faceblindness (currently in production) .
2019

Film release

2018

Shooting finished - Postproduction

2017

Production Funding FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern)

2017

Production Funding Film und Medienstiftung NRW

2017

Production Funding Bundesministerin Kultur und Medien (BKM)

2016

CORSO Film Production agrees to produce LOST IN FACE

2016

Pitch Pilot Workshop by European Documentary Network (EDN)

2015

Development grant Wim Wenders Foundation

2015

Development lab CINEMATCH Berlin (tutor: Sirkka Möller)