In a future where the sea doesn’t exist anymore and where adults imitate things from the past, dozens of children are building sand pies on an artificial beach. Only 12-year-old Estelle looks at a wall on which the sea is painted. Thibaud, her peer, approaches the girl and pretends he can see the things that no longer exist…


  • Shnit Festival 2012, Bern
  • Kurz und schön 2012, Köln, Germany
  • 48. Solothurner Filmtage 2013, Soleure
  • Swiss Panorama 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Amalty Film Festival 2013, Kazakhstan
  • Jugendfilmtage 2013, Zürich
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013, York, UK
  • Ascona Film Festival, 2014
  • Festival du film étudiant Québec, 2014
  • Ciné Globe, Meyrin, 2014
  • Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, 2014
  • Innsbruck Nature Film Festival 2014, Austria
  • The 4th International Water and Film Event, 2015, Daegu, South Korea

TV broadcasts

  • 17.11.2012, at 23:45 on WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk | Köln
  • 23.12 2012, at 22:25 on WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk | Programm Eins Festival | Köln.




Parachutes takes place in a future where the sea doesn’t exist anymore and where adults imitate things from the past. The shortfilm features two children for whom the reality is not enough anymore. They try to escape the world in which they live. With the film I wanted to question the complexity of reality and to play with different levels of illusion.

Technical informations

Genre: Drama
Year of production: 2012
Length: 5 min 50
Shooting format: ARRI Alexa / 35 mm
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (16:9 Letterbox)
Sound: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
Screening Format: DCP / HDCam SR / HDCam / Blu Ray
Language: French
Subtitles: English, German, Italian


Thibaud Luandès Brandt
Estelle Éléonore Jenny

Ramona Burgener, Lisa Burger, Jay Flammer, Laura Flammer, Luisa Freiermuth, Pauline Knappe, Fabio Leisinger, Liv Lenzin, Nicolas Mennel, Leah Müller, Fanny Ries, Jim Ries, Filippa Ries, Noelia Romera, Ainhoa Romera, Marie Schreiner, Niklas Schreiner, Lena Seger, Adrian Siegmann, Alexander Siegmann, Lucretia Siegmann



Screenplay and Direction Wendy Pillonel
Cinematographer Tom Keller
Set Design Stefanie Frey, Sophie Stalder
Editor Pascal Griesshammer
Assistant Director Cosima Frei
Second Assistants Director Scherwin Amini, Luca Zuberbühler
Location Manager Cécile Schüpbach
Script/Continuity Annie Gisler
First assistant camera Valentino Vigniti
Second assistant camera Lukas Graf
Chef electrician Tomasz Kadlubowski
Electricians Marius Mahler, Fabian Lütscher, Ninian Green, Sarah Jüstrich, Aurelio Buchwalder, Simon Pfister, Michael Iseli
Sound Benoit Barraud
Make up & Garderobe Gabriella Farkas
Set- Photography Olivier Christe
Runners Nicole Boner, Pierre Tschopp, Lisa Gerig, Guy Pillonel
Catering Perrine Necker, Bigna Tomschin
Coach Kids Martyna Daniel
Sound Mixer Gregg Skermann
Producer Filippo Bonacci

© ZHdK Bachelor of Arts in Film 2012