The Lonely Orbit

Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard

2D animation

year: 2019

format: DCP
duration: 9'20"

production: Team Tumult
distribution: Bonobostudio

Country of production: Switzerland


More About the Film

Leaving for his dream job, a satellite technician keeps solitude at bay by constantly texting with his old friends. After neglecting his duties, a satellite leaves its orbit which causes the world's network to collapse.

Directors: Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard
Script: Frederic Siegel
Design: Frederic Siegel
Animation: Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard, Justine Klaiber, Nina Christen, Estelle Gattlen
Editing: Benjamin Morard
Layout and backgrounds: Nico Kast, Frederic Siegel
Compositing: Marwan Abdalla Eissa, Frederic Siegel, Benjamin Morard
Music: Luc Gut
Sound design: Kilian Vilim, Thomas Gassmann
Foley: Dieter Hebben
Producer: Marwan Abdalla Eissa

Frederic Siegel is a Swiss animation director, visual artist and member of the Zurich-based collective Team Tumult. While expressing his own artistic views in personal short films, illustrations and music, he is also teaching animation basics and producing commercial work and music videos. He graduated in 2015 from the Lucerne School of Art and Design with the film Ruben Leaves which won several awards, including the Swiss Film Award for the best graduation film.

Filmography: The Lonely Orbit (2019), Honour (2018), Ruben Leaves (2015, graduation film)

Benjamin Morard is a Zurich-based director, animator and storyboard artist. After graduating from the Lucerne School of Art and Design he co-founded the creative collective Team Tumult where he creates commissioned animations and directs short films. His biggest passion is storyboarding for entertaining visual projects.

Filmography: The Lonely Orbit (2019), Star Track (2014, graduation film)


  • Fantastic Swiss Award, Fantoche 2019
  • Swiss Youth Award, Fantoche 2019
  • Best Animated Short Film Award, SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival 2019
  • Special Mention, Animatou International Animation Film Festival 2019
  • The Favourite Film of the Student Jury, Primanima World Festival of First Animations 2019
  • 2nd Place in International Short Film Competition, Chilemonos International Animation Festival 2020
  • Highly Commended Short, Cardiff Animation Festival 2020

Festivals +

Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (5/7-13/7/2019)
Anibar International Animation Festival (15/7-21/7/2019)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (17/7-21/7/2019, 24/7-28/7/2019)
Guanajuato International Film Festival (19/7-28/7/2019)
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, Baden (3/9-8/9/2019)
Animanima International Animation Festival (4/9-7/9/2019)
Calgary International Film Festival (18/9-29/9/2019)
KROK International Animated Film Festival (22/9-29/9/2019)
Encounters Film Festival (24/9-29/9/2019)
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (1/10-6/10/2019)
SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (3/10-13/10/2019)
Milano Film Festival (3/10-13/10/2019)
Animatou International Animation Film Festival (4/10-12/10/2019)
Anim'est International Animation Film Festival (4/10-13/10/2019)
Thessaloniki Animation Festival (10/10-13/10/2019)
KuanDu International Animation Festival (27/10-3/11/2019)
Primanima World Festival of First Animations (30/10-2/11/2019)
Aesthetica Short Film Festival (6/11-10/11/2019)
Leeds International Film Festival (6/11-21/11/2019)
ALCINE - Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares (8/11-15/11/2019)
Reggio Film Festival (8/11-18/11/2019)
Manchester Animation Festival (12/11-14/11/2019)
FANCINE - Fantastic Film Festival of Malaga (13/11-21/11/2019)
Castellinaria Film Festival (16/11-23/11/2019)
Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival (19/11-24/11/2019)
Animasivo Contemporary Animation Festival (27/11-1/12/2019)
London International Animation Festival (29/11-8/12/2019)
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (2/12-8/12/2019)
Piccolo Festival dell'Animazione (9/12-19/12/2019)
Solothurn Film Festival (22/1-29/1/2020)
Animac International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia (27/2-1/3/2020)
Cairo International Forum for Animated Films (27/2-5/3/2020)
Roanne Animation Short Film Festival - Ciné court animé (16/3-22/3/2020)
Omaha Film Festival (3/3-8/3/2020)
Fargo Film Festival (17/3-21/3/2020)
Schweizer Jugendfilmtage, Zurich (25/3-29/3/2020)
Flipbook Film Festival, Skopje (7/8-13/8/2020) 
Still Voices Short Film Festival (13/8-16/8/2020) 
Fargo Film Festival (26/8-30/8/2020)
One Country One Film International Festival (31/8-6/9/2020) 
LINOLEUM International Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-art (2/9-6/9/2020)
Shorts Mexico - International Short Film Festival (2/9-9/9/2020)
Varna World Festival of Animated Film (9/9-13/9/2020)
Festival du film d'animation de Savigny (12/9/2020) 
Pictoplasma Festival & Conference (18/9-19/9/2020) 
Upcoming Filmmakers Schweizer Jungfilmfestival Luzern (19/9/2020)​
Weird International Animation Market and Festival (28/9-4/10/2020)
Chilemonos International Animation Festival (30/9-24/10/2020)
Animation Volda Festival (1/10-4/10/2020)
Festival of Animation Berlin (9/10-11/10/2020) 
Animafilm International Animation Festival, Baku (14/10-18/10/2020)
Sapporo International Short Film Festival (14/10-18/10/2020)
Animatricks International Animation Festival (15/10-18/10/2020) 
Cardiff Animation Festival (24/10-1/112020) 
Panama Animation Festival (24/10-28/10/2020)
Galician Freaky Film Festival (28/10-31/10/2020)
Trieste Science+Fiction Festival (29/10-3/11/2020)
Global Science Festival, Zürich (6/11-7/11/2020)
Shorts That Are Not Pants, Toronto (13/11-22/11/2020)
SIGGRAPH Asia Computer Animation Festival (17/11-20/11/2020) 
Cortos en Grande Short Film Festival, Chile (18/11-25/11/2020)
Canberra Short Film Festival (20/11-6/12/2020) 
Phenomena Festival, Sao Paulo (21/11-29/11/2020)
Lublin Film Festival (23/11-28/11/2020) 
Leuven International Short Film Festival (5/12-12/12/2020) 
Animafest Gdansk International Animation Festival (18/12-30/12/2020)
Petit Plan: Europa II, Athens (1/2-5/2/2021) 
Bamberger Short Film Festival (8/3-28/3/2021) 
Tokyo Anime Award Festival (12/3-15/3/2021) 
ClujShorts International Short Film Festival (16/4-25/4/2021) 
International Filmmaker Festival of New York (21/5-24/5/2021)
Psarokokalo Athens International Short Film Festival (2/6-8/6/2021)
Flensburger Kurzfilmtage (4/6-5/6/2021) 
Stockholm Independent Film Festival (17/6-24/6/2021)
Lago Film Festival (23/7-1/8/2021)
La Guarimba Film Festival (7/8-12/8/2021)
Animadeba International Animated Film Festival (8/9-22/9/2021)
ZOOM Zblizenia International Film Festival (4/10-12/10/2021)
Canlandıranlar Film Festival (18/10-24/10/2021)
Florence Short Film Festival (3/11-4/11/2021)
CulturaFest Contemporary Culture Festival, Helsinki (711/2021-6/2/2022) 
Tatsuno International Film Festival (20/11-29/11/2021)
Tehran International Animation Festival (5/3-9/3/2022)
Annual Aarhus Film Festival (11/3-13/3/2022) 
Palestine Cinema Days (1/11-7/11/2022)