A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal, floating world. He plays the piano every day in a gigantic concert hall, but there is nobody to listen. One day his animated world collapses and he must face reality. He only has one wish: to share his music with his daughter, but her mother doesn‘t allow it.

17 min

WRITTEN BY: Till Nowak
EDITOR: Philipp Hahn &  Till Nowak
SOUND DESIGNER: Andreas Radtzuweit
MAIN CAST: Roland Schupp, Nina Petri, Hannah Heine, Klaus Zehrfeld, Leslie Barany, Mirko Thiele

Trailer of the film:

 DISSONANCE – Trailer from Till Nowak on Vimeo.

About Till Nowak


Born in 1980, Till Nowak is a digital artist, designer and filmmaker and has been working since 1999 as a professional computer graphics artist on his own independent projects and for highprofile clients. Till graduated in 2005 in Media Design from the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. He recently moved from Hamburg to Los Angeles. Till’s work has been widely exhibited and awarded and he has given lectures at various events and universities.
. Till Nowak IMDB

Q&A with the director

Q: How long did it take to make your short? Was it difficult to get financing?

A: Radically colliding animation and live action was an ambitious idea that I started to develop in 2007. I designed and wrote bits and pieces of it for over five years between my many other projects. Then it took me three years (2012-2015) to shoot, animate and edit it. The deeper I got into it the less I wanted to make any compromise. The film cost about EUR 92,000, which I invested mostly on my own and with EUR 25,000 from regional German film funding. After all, I invested more in this film than I ever imagined to, but it feels good to have done so.

Q: Which thoughts come to mind concerning a “European cinema community”?

A: Europe is about diversity, also when it comes to films, but the people who make these films are a community, held together by film festivals and coproductions. It is important to remind ourselves how precious peace in Europe is and I think a European cinema community plays an essential role to maintain it.

Q: If you owned a theatre for one night, which filmswould you screen?

A: PLAYTIME by Jacques Tati, MODERN TIMES and THE GREAT DICTATOR by Charlie Chaplin, RONJA RÄUBERTOCHTER by Tage Danielsson and DAS EXPERIMENT by Oliver Hirschbiegel.

Q: What is your next project?

A: I just moved with my wife and my daughter to Los Angeles, which is another side of global cinema that I want to explore, while seeing myself very rooted in European cinema at the same time. So my next project is to set up some kind of normal life here. I am currently working as a designer and artist in the big film studios, while I am developing my own feature film ideas, which might then as well be a European production in a few years, but that’s still far away …


“Grand Prix” Anima Mundi
“Best Animation” Aspen Shortsfest
“Don Quixote Award” Krakow IFF
“Best Original Music” Annecy Int’l Animation FF

On the web

. Dissonance (2015)- IMDb
European Film Adwards .
Rethink What We Think is Normal: An Interview With Dissonance Director Till Nowak 

Film Contacts:

Stine Wangler Friedensallee 7
22765 Hamburg
tel: +49 40 39 10 6 30



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