Michaela Müller / Switzerland/Croatia / 2017 / 10:35


In a modern day airport, the flow of passengers is broken by sudden irregularities. Tragedy and panic are always just one step away.

Fluid and smooth, one can view the film over and over again like a painting and find something new each time.
Minikino Film Week 4
Jury's note
We are very honoured and that Airport is part of your programm and very happy about the award. Hopefully the film was inspiring to the audience. After many years of work it is simply amazing to get such beautiful feedback from around the world. Thanks to the programmers and organisers of Minikino for your endurance and enthusiasm to help short films find its way to the audience. Greetings to everybody!
Michaela Müller

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Director Biography – Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland. She graduated with an MA in Animation and New Media from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia and holds a diploma as drawing and crafts teacher from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Michaela Müller explores the connections between paint and film, encompassing short animated films, installations and collaborations in a theatrical context such as opera and performance projects. Müller’s multiple awarded animated film, Miramare (2009), made its international premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and has been screened at more than 100 international film festivals, winning 18 awards.

Director Statement
Airports have become the paradigm of a modern mobile life. Terminals are the most surveilled public areas nowadays. And in spite of the airports internationality, there is only little contact between people from different cultures. Human interactions are normalized and anonymized.

The right to freedom of movement is always in question there. Airports are critical points of entry where the limits of laws, security, tolerance are constantly tested.

The film Airport juxtaposes realistic scenes based on personal experiences with abstract situations. In the course of the film, the atmosphere intensifies and becomes increasingly distressing. The paranoid quest to get away becomes more urgent. Escape routes disappear, are deflected and cut down altogether. Space becomes sparse, things get confusing.

The films changing angles and points of view should leave us in a limbo: are we among the hapless travelers trying to get through check-in, or on a journey to escape?

Additional Details

Director, Writer, Animation: Michaela Müller

Writer: Aleksandar Battista Ilić

Producer: Ruedi Schick, Schick Productions

Producer: Ankica Jurić Tilić, Kinorama

Sound Design: Fa Ventilato, Hrvoje Štefotić

Singer: Gordana Kovačić

Compositing: Brigae Haelg

Color Grading: Ueli Nüesch

Film Type: Animation, Short

Runtime: 10 minutes 35 seconds

Completion Date: March 31, 2017

Country of Origin: Switzerland

Country of Filming: Croatia

Shooting Format: Digital

Aspect Ratio: 1:1.85

Film Color: Color

Screenings & Awards
  • Animafest Zagreb

    Croatia, June 6, 2017

    World Premiere

    Special Mention for Best Minority Stake Croatian Film

  • Annecy Animation Festival Annecy

    France, June 12, 2017

    French Premiere

  • River Film Festival Padova

    Italy, June 26, 2017

    Italian Premiere

  • Fest Anca Zilina

    Slovakia, June 27, 2017

    Sovak Premiere

  • Dokufest Prizren

    Kosovo, August 5, 2017

    Kosovo Premiere

  • Anibar

    Peja, Kosovo

    July 14, 2017

  • Motovun Film Festival

    Motovun, Croatia

    July 25, 2017

  • Supertoon Animation Festival Sibenik

    Croatia, July 15, 2017

  • Insomnia Moscow

    Russian Federation, July 13, 2017

  • Imaginaria Conversano

    Italy, August 22, 2017

  • Toronto International Film Festival Toronto

    Canada, September 10, 2017

    North American Premiere

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival

    Ottawa, Canada

    September 25, 2017

    Best Sound

  • Fantoche Int’l Animation Festival Baden

    Switzerland, September 7, 2017

    Best Swiss Animation

  • Locarno Film Festival

    Locarno, Switzerland

    August 7, 2017

    Swiss Premiere

  • Zinebi Bilbao

    Spain, November 12, 2017

  • New Chitose Airport Int’l Animation Festival

    New Chitose, Japan

    November 3, 2017

    Japan Premiere

    Jury Distinction

  • Bucheon International Animation Festival

    Bucheon, Korea, Republic of, October 24, 2017

    Korean Premiere

    Jury Special Prize

  • Animateka Ljubljana

    Slovenia, December 10, 2017

    Slovenian Premiere

  • DOK Leipzig Leipzig

    Germany, October 31, 2017

    German Premiere

  • Slamdance Int’l Film Festival Park City

    United States, January 23, 2018

  • Chicago Film Festival Chicago

    United States, September 26, 2017

    USA Premiere

    Best Animation

  • Göteborg Film Festival

    Göteborg, Sweden

    January 28, 2018

    Sweden Premiere

  • Solothurner Filmtage Solothurn

    Switzerland, January 27, 2018

    Audience Award 2nd Prize

  • Ismailia Documentary and Short Film Festival

    Ismailia, Egypt, April 11, 2018

    Egypt Premiere

  • Portland International Film Festival

    Portland (Oregon), United States

    February 16, 2018

  • Roanne Int’l Animation Festival

    Roanne, France, March 22, 2018

    Special Mention

  • CutOut Film Festival

    Mexico, September 21, 2017

    Special Mention

  • Minikino Film Week 4, Bali International Short Film Festival

    Bali, Indonesia, October 6 – 13, 2018