The Late Bird

. Der späte Vogel .

Sci-Fi, Comedy


The Late Bird tells the story of 71-year old Thea who realizes, after her best friend passes away, that she wants to expand her horizons before she dies.

Thea and her husband, Kurt, always planned on taking a big trip beyond the borders of their small village once he retired, but it has been years since and they still haven’t gone anywhere.

When Thea encounters an astronaut whose spacecraft has crashed, it opens up the possibility for her to start all over again.

19 min, 2013

Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, SWR


Best Film, Prince of Prestige Academy Awards (US)

Best Director, Vaughan Film Festival (CA)

Best Actress, Vaughan Film Festival (CA)

Best Cinematography, Vaughan Film Festival (CA)

Best Actress, Short Film Awards New York (US)

Best Comedy, 8th WAMM Int. Film Festival (US)

Best in Show, ALL 4 LOVE Film Festival (US)

Best Comedy, Beeston Film Festival (GB)

Best in Festival, Beeston Film Festival (GB)

Best Short, Studio 35 Cinema Comedy Film Festival (US)

Audience Award, 21. Open Eyes Marburg (DE)

Best Short, Independent Days 15 (DE)

Best Short - Special program, 7. Filmzeit Kaufbeuren (DE)

The Late Bird Poster

Thea - Heide Simon

Kurt - Manfred Böll

Toni - Christoph Pütthoff

Klingele - Ralph Hönicke


Writers - Elena Preine, Sascha, Vredenburg, Marc Vogel

Director - Sascha Vredenburg

Producers - Simon Riedl, Felix Ruple

DoP - Markus Gebhart

Production Design - Pauline Reinhardt

Editor - Dennis Lutz

Music - Balz Aliesch

Sound - Eric Gühring

VFX Supervisor - Philipp Mekus

VFX Producer - Alexandra Stautmeister

Other Festivals


Prince of Prestige Academy Awards (US)


Bamberger Kurzfilmtage (DE)

Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival (DE)

Filmkreis Shorts (DE)

Les Petits Claps (FR)

ON THE ROAD International Online Film Fest (HU)

MEDIAWAVE International Film & Music Gathering (HU)

23. Filmfest CONTRAVISIOn (DE)

HA! International Comedy Filmfestival (US)

IN THE PLACE International Short Film Fest (BG)

platform:[no budget] Mediafestival (DE)


Kaohsiung Film Festival (TW)

comedyCLUJ International Filmfestival (RO)

Highway 61 Film Festival (US)

FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos (DE)

Flensburger Kurzfilmtage (DE)

Shorts at Moonlight Filmfestival (DE)

Filmschau Baden-Württemberg (DE)

Kurzfilmtage Gütersloh (DE)

Quellinale (DE)



Nominated for Producers Award at

Sehsüchte - 44.International Student Film Festival (DE)

Premiere at

35. Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival (DE)


Vertreten durch:

hoestermann Agentur für Schauspieler

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