Head First


Daniel jumps into the water head first in the summer of 2011. Since then nothing stayed the same. A swirl of pictures from before and after his accident tells a story of falling down and getting up. A cinematic essay about the power of friendship, the fascination of memories and the never-ending feeling of hope.

Genre documentary, crossover, essayistic documentary incl. animation
Length 11min08sec
World Premiere November 1st 2016, DOK Leipzig (Competition Short Film, International Competition Animated Documentary)

Producer Kabinett Film – Lissi Muschol
Director Daniel Thomaser

Animation Anna Rosa Stohldreier
Editor David J. Rauschning
Sounddesign Linus Nickl
Music Phillip Feneberg

„Prädikat besonders wertvoll“ FBW Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (seal of approval: highly recommended by the film rating agency)
Best Director at Watersprite Film Festival
Special Mention at 12. Festival Ökofilmtour

2016 – DOK Leipzig, November
2017 – DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, January / 12. Festival Ökofilmtour, Potsdam/Brandenburg, February / 18. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival, March / Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge, March / 23. Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg, March / 29. Filmfest Dresden, April / 10. River Film Festival, Padua, Italy, June / 45th Huesca International Film Festival, Spain, June / 11th Fünf Seen Filmfestival, Germany, July/ Two Riversides Film and Art Festival, Poland, July / Monterrey International Film Festival, Mexico, August / Klappe Auf! Kurzfilmfestival, Hamburg, Germany, November

Daniel Thomaser started working as production manager and producer in 2009. „Nun sehen Sie Folgendes“ won numerous awards, including the German Short Film Award (LOLA). In 2011 an accident changed his life. A spinal core injury resulted in a complete paralysis of most parts of his body. After that he turned his focus towards developing his own ideas. Daniel is currently studying screenwriting at the renowned Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). „Head First“ is his debut as director and screenwriter.