Happy Smiles – Ulrich Gerhartz

Happy Smiles – Ulrich Gerhartz

Original title: Wir fahren in den Sonnenschein

Because staying at home is getting more and more boring, mother and daughter decide to take a trip to the beach.

This one’s for all quarantine and lockdown sufferers: Ulrich Gerhartz song “Happy Smiles” will take you from the couch to the beach in a scissors cut! The cut out sets in this video were entirely made of old packaging material received during lockdown period.

Animated music video

Idea & Direction: Monira Kamal
Music & Lyrics: Ulrich Gerhartz
Vocal: Elke Jochmann
Cast: Sophie Gerhartz, Anna Gast
Hand doubles: Rieka & Sibille
Production assistant: Sonia Seidel
Storyboard: Monira Kamal, Sandra Peise
Set Design, Cutout Animation: Monira Kamal
Character Design, 2D Animation: Sandra Peise
Post production: Monira Kamal
Sound Design & Mix: Arslan Akyüz


Festivals & Awards


Vesuvius International Film Fest, 25th edition:
Best Animated Short Movie


AniMate Australia: Finalist
Environmental Short Film Festival: Finalist


Festival Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil, FICAIJ 12
Cartoon Club Rimini, 38. Edition
Festival of Animation Berlin, FAB 2022
Kinosaray Positive Film Festival
Zero Plus International Festival
Ambitus Film Festival
Toronto Animation Film Festival, TAAFI
MONSTRA Lisbon Animation Festival
Animatiba Festival Int’l de Animação de Curitiba


Behind the Scenes

Canvas City

Canvas City is a mobile, geodata-based AR multiplayer game for the educational sector. The game makes digitization with its various aspects of algorithms, Smart City, and new working models of digitization tangible and makes the dilemmas of technology use understandable.

Mobile AR Game

Client: basa e.V
Visual Design & Artwork: Jennifer Hicks
Responsibilities: Ingame video animation, Introvideo production, Teaser production

Full Game Credits here


Ingame Video Animation



They are colorful, flexible and always keep a stiff upper lip: Say hi to Gnubbels! Those little everyday helpers by Mr. Flint easily let you attach many items of everyday usage temporary without leaving traces.

Gnubbel was presented 2020 in the German TV Show “Das Ding des Jahres” on channel Pro Sieben and is awarded second place of 1000 inventions shown at TV show “Einfach Genial” on German channel MDR.

Animated Spot

Script & Direction: Adrian Künzel
Production: kamal-film
Camera, Edit, Grading, Design, 3D, Compositing: Monira Kamal
2D Animation: Monira Kamal, Maxi Alker
Performer: Finn Bauermeister
Props: Sumon Kamal
Voices: Kai Höregott, Manuel Poschadel, Danny Bruder, Monira Kamal
Sound Recording: Manuel Poschadel
Music & Sound Design: Danny Bruder

Film stills



Character Design


3D Rig & Scene Setup

Cactus Bird – Ravi Srinivasan

Wandering through the heavy heat of the desert, the little cactus wren is singing his light-hearted song along the way. Visually animated live action footage with a dry pastel look.

Music video

Music: Ravi Srinivasan
DoP, Editing, VFX: Monira Kamal
Sound recording & mastering: Jörg Reinke



With her dance an Indian dancer creates a colorful, fatastic Bollywood world. A thrilling story about love, lies and the various facettes of reality.

Animated Short Film

Idea & Direction: Monira Kamal
Responsibilities: 3D Modeling/Rigging/Animation, 2D Design/Animation, Storyboard, Editing, Post Production


Festivals & Awards


Fiver Int’l Screendance Movement:
Creation Award


Los Angeles Cinefest:
Semi Finalist


Andorra Kid’s Film Festival, Animac, Animateka, Anim’est, Athens Animfest, Big Cartoon Festival, Cinanima, Cinekid, Euroshorts, Festival of Animation Berlin, Filmfest Pisek, Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Fiver Int’l Screendance Movement, Friedenale, Indian Film Festival Stuttgart, Indian Film Festival The Haque, Los Angeles Cinefest, Spark Animation Festival, Youngabout Int’l Film Festival

Film Stills

Character Design Studies

Edding Funtastics

A TV spot for the launch of a new pen series called “FunTastics” by the company edding. The spot is a combination from high quality liveaction footage with 2D animated illustrations suitable for children.

TV Spot

Production: Dyrdee Media
Responsibilities: Cleanup & Coloring