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.

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

Carlotta's Face - Trailer

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animated short documentary (5 min)

Directors: Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld

Producer: Fabian Driehorst

Funding: BKM

Production: Fabian&Fred, FILMSTAHL



since April 2018 (*screenings in Germany)

Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland

St. Louis International Film Festival, USA

Lublin Film Festival, Poland

Ajyal Youth Film Festival, UAE

Foyle Film Festival, UK

Breaking Down Barriers IFF, Moscow, Russia  

* Interfilm Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin - 20-25.11.  

* Flensburger Kurzfilmtage, Germany - 16.11.  

* Kasseler Dokfest, Germany - 14.11

Manchester Animation Festival, UK - 13-15.11.

NYC DOC, USA- 11.11.  

Tehran International Short Film Festival, Iran - 9.-13.11.  

* Duisburger Filmwoche doxs, Germany - 8.11.  

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival - 1.-9.11.  

Mumbai Film Festival, India    

* DOK Leipzig, Germany - 30.10.-3.11.  

Szczecin European Film Festival, Poland - 27.10.  

Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival, Bosnia Herzegowina - 24.-26.10.  

Miami GEMS Festival, USA  

Milwaukee Film Festival, USA - 19.-28.10.  

Tallgrass Film Festival, USA - 18.10.  

Animage - International Animation Festival Pernambuco, Brazil - 16./17.10.  

Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival, UAE - 15.10.  

KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, Netherlands - 14.10.  

Warsaw Film Festival, Poland - 12-21.10.  

Show me shorts, New Zealand - 11.-19.10.  

Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada - 10.10  

Festival du cinema Allemand, France short tiger  

Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada

Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada

International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece

FanChile Children’s Film Festival, Chile

* Festival of Animation, Berlin, Germany

Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Austria

Anibar Animation Festival, Kosovo

In the palace International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria

Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia

Olhar de Cinema, Curitiba International Film Festival, Brazil

Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad, Norway

* Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Hamburg, Germany

Cannes shortfilm corner, France

* Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany  

RiverRun International Film Festival, USA

hotDOCS Toronto, Canada

Cleveland International Film Festival, USA

San Francisco International Film Festival, USA


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


Shooting finished - Postproduction


Production Funding FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern)

€ 40.000.-

Production Funding Film und Medienstiftung NRW

€ 110.000.-

Production Funding Bundesministerin Kultur und Medien (BKM)

€ 111.000.-

CORSO Film Production agrees to produce LOST IN FACE

Producer: Erik Winker

Young Talent Award Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Rheinland-Pfalz

By recommendation of Wim Wenders

Pitch Pilot Workshop by European Documentary Network (EDN)

Tutor: Jesper Osmund

Development grant Wim Wenders Foundation

€ 15.000.-

Development lab CINEMATCH Berlin (tutor: Sirkka Möller)

Tutor: Sirkka Möller