In Another World: You Can Be Everything

15.02.2017 - Maike Mia Höhne, David OReilly

Famous for stripping down 3D graphics to the point of absurdity, the animated films of young Irish-born filmmaker and artist David OReilly have garnered over 80 awards, including the Golden Bear. Having recently stormed the world of video game and app development, OReilly’s œuvre awes in its defiance of traditional aesthetics and formats. Taking time away from the premiere of his newest "game-that-is-also-a-film," Everything, in competition at Berlinale Shorts, OReilly recounts his meteoric career and the choices and chances that landed him in the world of games.


Maike Mia Höhne

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Maike Mia Höhne has curated Berlinale Shorts since 2007 and is a freelance writer, curator, producer, photographer and director. She is a lecturer and moderator at film events and has produced editorials for ARTE. Her films are distributed by Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art and KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg. Her first feature, 3/4, premiered at Filmfest Hamburg in 2014. In 2017, she produced Jennifer Reeder’s short film ALL SMALL BODIES.

David OReilly

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An Irish filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles, David OReilly has created several 3D animated short films, most notably PLEASE SAY SOMETHING, which won the Golden Bear at the 2009 Berlinale, and THE EXTERNAL WORLD, which screened in Venice and Sundance and won over 40 festival awards. He has served as a writer on TV shows such as Adventure Time and South Park, and created fictional video games in Spike Jonze’s film HER.