A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

A short film by Felix Dierich
Germany 2018, 16 min, colour, no dialogue

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A year through the distant eyes of meteorological satellite Himawari-8 — a hypnotic stream of Earth's beauty, fragility and disasters.

35786 km above Earth, travelling at more than 11000 km/h, Himawari-8, Japan's most advanced meteorological satellite, observes the Eastern Hemisphere day and night.

For one year we look through the eyes of the distant observer. From solstice to solstice, from pole to pole, from storm to storm we watch Earth's beauty and fragility, weather's wonders, forces and disasters - from space, it all looks miraculous.

Imagery created and animated based on scientific observation data: Irradiation scans by the meteorological satellite Himawari-8. Numerical measurement data courtesy of JMA / BoM / NCI.
Sound composed by mixing samples algorithmically based on video image content.

coding, graphics, animation, sound, production: Felix Dierich

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Torino, Italy
June 2018
Naturalia Programme
Hamburg International Short Film Festival
Hamburg, Germany
June 2018
German Competition
"Lieblinge" - jury's favourites
Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt
Weiterstadt, Germany
August 2018
Short Film Programme
Innsbruck Nature Film Festival
Innsbruck, Austria
October 2018
Short Documentary Competition
Kiel, Germany
October 2018
Short Film Competition
Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
Lübeck, Germany
November 2018
Flensburger Kurzfilmtage
Flensburg, Germany
November 2018
Short Film Competition
Honorable Mention
Antarctis Film Festival
Finnish Antarctic research station Aboa, Antarctica
January 2019
Short Film Competition
Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg
Regensburg, Germany
March 2019
German Competition
Washington DC, USA
March 2019
Shorts Program: Earth in Frame
Skepto International Film Festival
Cagliari, Italy
April 2019
Avant-garde & Experimental
Filmfest Dresden
Dresden, Germany
April 2019
Expanded - Hybride Transzendenzen
cellu l'art
Jena, Germany
April 2019
Experimental Programme
Cinema Planeta
Mexico, Mexico
May 2019
Focus Programme
Reel Earth
Palmerston , New Zealand
May 2019
Film screening
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Annecy, France
June 2019
Animation Off-Limits
Prix Vimeo Staff Pick
Diversions International Short Film Festival
Sveti Ivan Zelina, Croatia
June 2019
Short Film Competition
Bogota, Columbia
June 2019
Experimental Programme
SEFF – Smaragdni eco film festival
Kroatien etc, Croatia
June 2019
Short Film Competition
Kaluga Oblast, Russia
July 2019
Film screening
OpenEyes Filmfest
Marburg, Germany
July 2019
Experimental Competition
Green Montenegro International Film Fest - GMIFF
Podgorica, Montenegro
August 2019
Short Film Competition
Honorable Mention
Horn Festival Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel
September 2019
Short Film Competition
Festiver - Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara
Barichara, Columbia
September 2019
International Short Film Competition
Filmfestival Münster
Münster, Germany
September 2019
European Short Film Competition
Filmfest Bremen
Bremen, Germany
September 2019
Bremen Price Competition
Viborg Animation Festival
Viborg, Denmark
September 2019
Human Impact Competition
Point in the endless Universe
Lake Ladoga, Russia
September 2019
Save the World Program
Madrid, Spain
September 2019
Environmental Narratives
Minikino Film Week
Bali, Indonesia
October 2019
Between the Space programme
Film Fest Zell
Zell am See, Austria
October 2019
Don't mind the gap - Lange Nacht der Museen
Cine Eco
Seia, Portugal
October 2019
International Short Film Competition
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival
Sapporo, Japan
November 2019
Music Animation Competition
SFO Museum
San Francisco, USA
December 2019 - January 2020
Video Arts gallery exhibition
German short films - Catalogue 2019 Film page in online catalogue
"A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit" is one of 100 selected short films in the 2019 edition of the German short films catalogue.


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