The Forest


Conceived, written, directed and animated by:
David Scharf

Sound and Music:
Javi Otero
César Meler

Sound Studio:
48 Billion Atoms

Character Design:
André Ljosaj


Neath Champion-Weeks

TV Ads Speaker:
Stephen Taylor


Antonia is a 12 year old girl. She often has daydreams, in which she wonders of in to a magical far away forest, were she hides from the problems of the real world. One day, however, her father takes drastic measures and she has to face a decision.

Is your inner peace an utopian state until you have finally escaped the grip of the society and its rules? Or is affirmation a faster way to your personal luck? And what are you supposed to do, if you have to answer this question at the age of 12?

In the animated short The Forest, the protagonist has to cope with this question and her hostile environment and finds a simple but radical solution.


David Scharf is a young film-maker from Augsburg, Germany, who has specialised in animated film. With his award-winning first short The Big Brother State he reached a wide audience throughout the world and won the EmergenandSee Festival Berlin 2007 amongst others.

The Forest is his final work at the Faculty of Graphics Design of the University of Applied Sciences Augsburg. In this 5-minute short film he broaches the issue of the struggle of a 12 year old girl against her environment.

His training as multimedia-designer enables him to take part in many other creative projects as an animator and also code developer. Unfortunately he sometimes even has to create webpages to earn money. His works can be found at Hues for Alice and Bunch of Monkeys.