From now on you will not only find apple pies, but also an apple witch at McDonald’s! Because our favorite witch PETRONELLA APPLEWITCH is now also part of the Happy Meal® gift series in Germany and Austria. What is hidden inside for our little customers? A magical story for young and old. Have fun and bon appétit!
What a great way to start the new year! With the new TRAILER for RABBIT ACADEMY – MISSION EGGPOSSIBLE we get a taste of all the fun and excitement of when the film hits German cinemas starting March 17, 2022! This time around, city rabbit Max is chosen by the Golden Egg to become a Master Rabbit! But before his first training session begins, the Golden Egg – the source of all Easter magic – turns black! Leo, the leader of a city rabbit gang and former student of Rabbit Academy, wants to destroy Easter once and for all, and he tricks a family of foxes into stealing all Easter eggs. Max and his best friend Emmy‘s only chance to save Easter lies in teaming up with fox boy Ferdinand. But can a rabbit truly trust a fox?
THE ELFKINS arrived in France! LES ELFKINS – OPERATION PATISSERIE came in as #8 of the French box office charts in its 1st week, setting a festive mood with delicious baking on 500 screens. Allez, les elfkins!
This Sunday, RAVEN THE LITTLE RASCAL – HUNT FOR THE LOST TREASURE will celebrate its TV premiere on KiKA. Two years after the movie premiere and numerous festival screenings, this third instalment of the cheeky, charming hero is now premiering on German television. Raven The Little Rascal sets off once again on a great adventure and, with the support of his animal friends, tries to follow the tracks of a treasure map and solves the riddle of a lost treasure….
After numerous airings on German broadcasters “ZDF” and “KiKA”, our favorite apple witch PETRONELLA is represented with a magical episode at the Italian festival “Cartoons on the Bay” taking place from Dec 3rd to Dec 8th! This year, the international crossmedia and children’s television festival hosted by “RAI” will take place both online and on-site. An opportunity for PETRONELLA to enchant even more viewers and an international professional audience!
Just in time for Akkord Film’s 20th anniversary, our top management will be strengthened by the addition of producers Imke Fehrmann and Valentin Greulich, alongside company founder Dirk Beinhold. With the new Co-CEOs, the company is aiming to produce universally relevant stories in an innovative way and in top quality with a stronger focus on international exploitation. A more detailed press release can be found below. Looking forward to the next 20 years!
We are proud to finally release the first images of RABBIT ACADEMY in a teaser trailer (watch HERE, German version HERE). The movie will hop onto the big screen on March 17, 2022 in Germany, and in many other countries prior to Easter! In this adventure, city rabbit Max is chosen by the Golden Egg to become a Master Rabbit! But before his first training session begins, the Golden Egg – the source of all Easter magic – turns black! Leo, the leader of a city rabbit gang and former student of Rabbit Academy, wants to destroy Easter once and for all and tricks a family of foxes into stealing all Easter eggs. Max‘ and his best friend Emmie‘s only chance to save Easter lies in teaming up with fox boy Ferdinand. But can a rabbit truly trust a fox?
For the second time in a row, Senta Berger and Friedrich von Thun lend their voices to our favorite rabbits, this time in RABBIT ACADEMY – MISSION EGGPOSSIBLE. Senta Berger, who just received the Honorary LOLA for Outstanding Services to the German film at the German Film Awards ceremony last Friday, voices Madame Hermione. And Friedrich von Thun again takes on the role of teacher Mr. Fitz. Both characters accompany city rabbit Max, spoken by Noah Levi, in another adventure in the magical world of the rabbit school.
The German-Austrian co-production will be released in over 400 German cinemas by LEONINE Distribution on March 17, 2022.
THE ELFKINS go America! Under the title A PIECE OF CAKE, the movie will be available exclusively on directV starting October 7th and on various other digital and on demand outlets starting November 9th. Starring in the main role is none other than TikTok star Madi Monroe, beloved by her 17 mio fans for her cool TikTok dance moves and cheeky clips. In A PIECE OF CAKE, Madi not only makes her feature film debut but also performs the title song alongside her co-star Stuart Reimers. Here’s a first glimpse of the US version of the movie.
Our favourite apple witch PETRONELLA will finally cast her spells again! Starting August 8th, all 39 magical episodes will re-run on German KiKA, Monday to Friday at 08:10 am.
Petronella will once again sprinkle all her fans with magic and conjure her way – zip zap – into the hearts of new viewers.
How wonderful that after the successful first run, Petronella’s adventures are going into a second round!
For the second time in a row, Akkord’s founder and CEO, Dirk Beinhold, was elected as Vice-Chairman to the board of Animation in Europe, the federation of European animation producers‘ associations. Representing the interests of the animation industry in Europe, Animation in Europe specifically advocates for independent animation production companies and is in constant dialogue with the relevant regulating authorities of the European Union.
The election coincides with Dirk‘s election as head of the newly founded Animation branch of the German Film Academy (along with Emely Christians, Ulysses Filmproduktion).
Additionally he was elected onto the board of the German Film Academy. Congratulations!
Looks like Dirk has an animated future lying ahead of him!
Noone can stop these rabbits! Our animated children’s movie THE RABBIT SCHOOL – GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN EGG was awarded the ARD Program Bonus worth 25,000 EUR at a virtual award ceremony on Tuesday evening. National public broadcaster ARD annually awards its Program Bonus to producers who have made a particularly successful production on behalf of or in cooperation with ARD, combined with the opportunity to develop a new project for ARD.
We are very proud of our bunnies, say thank you to the Rabbit School commissing editors of SWR and NDR and are looking forward to working and developing the next project together with ARD and its regional public broadcasters. Hopping on!
After a successful funding kick-off by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg in January 2021, we are pleased to receive two more positive funding commitments.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg awarded our new tv-series RABBIT ACADEMY – THE SERIES with 125.000 EUR, nordmedia with 350.000 EUR. A great kickstarter for the production! Special thanks to our co-producers and partners SWR and NDR. Together with them, KiKA, SERU Animation and 2 Minutes (FR), we are looking forward to the next steps for this exciting new project!
We are thrilled to announce that THE ELFKINS – BAKING A DIFFERENCE took home the Bavarian Film Award as Best Animated Feature at last night’s award ceremony. The Bavarian Film Award (“Bayerischer Filmpreis”) is one of the most prestigious and highly endowed film awards in Germany, and we‘re happy to receive this national honor after already having won Chicago and Giffoni.
Since animated films are not awarded annually but only for special achievements, this award is a special honor and an important acknowledgement for the animation industry in Germany and the fantastic talent behind it. Such as our great screenwriter Jan Strathmann, exceptional director Ute von Münchow-Pohl, brilliant art director Heiko Hentschel and the incomparable Jella Haase as the German voice of elfkin girl Elfie, to name just a few.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone!
Fantastic applewitch PETRONELLA will air with new episodes at the end of April. Starting on April 29th, the last 13 episodes of the series will broadcast daily at 6.35 pm on German tv station KiKA. Afterwards, the first 26 episodes will be rebroadcast. In addition, the new episodes will be shown every Sunday from May 23rd on ZDF at 6.40 am.
All wands out for a magical summer! Zip zap!
After the successful release of our tv-series PETRONELLA APFELWITCH on prominent German tv stations KiKa and ZDF, lovely applewitch Petronella is turning to the magic of music. The original soundtrack to the series is now available on Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. To sing along anytime and anywhere!
And for even more Easter fun, our feature film RABBIT SCHOOL – GUARDIANS OF THE GOLDEN EGG will air for the first time on German broadcaster ARD. Right on time for the Easter bunny at 07:10 a.m.!
With one of the highest international box office results, THE ELFKINS ranked number 4 of all German productions sold abroad in 2020. This is not only another milestone for us, but also a success for German animated films which are gaining popularity worldwide.
We’ve also had a solid year on a rather difficult domestic market. Akkord Film’s THE ELFKINS and RAVEN THE LITTLE RASCAL – HUNT FOR THE LOST TREASURE both ranked among the top 15 German movies in 2020. With a market share of 6.4%, Akkord Film’s productions contributed to the success of German films at the German box office in 2020. THE ELFKINS also held up against Hollywood movies, ranking No. 23 among all films released in German cinemas in 2020.
The MFG film fund Baden-Württemberg awarded a sum of EUR 400,000 to our new series project RABBIT ACADEMY – THE SERIES at their first meeting in 2021. Packed with action and comedy, the new TV series (2D, 52×11 min) is based on our feature films THE RABBIT SCHOOL – GUARDIANS THE GOLDEN EGG (2017) and THE RABBIT SCHOOL – THE EGG FORCE (currently in production).
In collaboration with our co-producers SWR, NDR and KiKA as well as SERU Animation and 2 Minutes (France) we are excited to send the cheeky bunny Max and his big city buddies on adventurous missions in the magical forest boarding school. Production start is scheduled for 2022.
Starting tomorrow (February 10), THE ELFKINS will be shown in more than 280 South Korean cinemas! The Korean trailer can be found here– and if you’ve always wanted to hear Elfie and her friends sing in Korean, you can do so here. Special thanks to the Korean distributor Boxoo Entertainment. 감사합니다 (Thank you!)
The Elfkins, Los Elfkins, Гномы в деле!, É Doce!, Tí Hon Hậu Đậu – Elfie and her friends are delighting audiences around the globe! Some of their “would tour” highlights so far: They opened among the top 5 of the British box office charts, filled over 1139 movie screens in Russia, and mesmerized visitors in Vietnam (748 cinemas) and Brazil. In 2021, THE ELFKINS have, besides Spain (200 screens), finally even reached Australia (92 cinemas) and New Zealand (46 cinemas) – in all three countries, the film started screening in mid-January!
“¡Conquistarán tu cocina!” (They will conquer your kitchen!) is the slogan for THE ELFKINS (Spanish title: LOS ELFKINS), as the film starts on 200 screens all across Spain. The premieres in Barcelona and Madrid were a huge success already. For nationwide exploitation, the film was, besides Spanish, translated into Catalan and Basque. Our great “thank you!” goes to Spanish distributor VERCINE DISTRIBUCIÓN for their elaborate campaign – we are thrilled that Elfie and her friends are now conquering the kitchens (and hearts) of the Spanish audience!
We’re starting the year with great news for Elfie and her friends! THE ELFKINS – BAKING A DIFFERENCE received the award for Best Film at the Giffoni International Film Festival (Italy) in the age section “Elements +6”.
It is a special honor for us to be awarded at the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most prestigious children’s film festivals.
Already in November, THE ELFKINS won the Children’s Jury’s Prize for “Best Animated Feature” at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Both Festivals – Chicago and Giffoni – are on the German national film fund’s list of the six most important festivals in children’s entertainment. Overall, THE ELFKINS were screened in competition at two more festivals on this list ( “Goldener Spatz” in Erfurt/Gera and “Schlingel” in Chemnitz).
We can’t stop cheering!
Such an honor for Helvi and her friends! THE ELFKINS – BAKING A DIFFERENCE won the Children´s Jury´s Prize for Best Animated Feature Film at this year‘s Chicago International Children´s Film Festival!
The CICFF is one of the largest and most renowned film festivals for children and one of only two Oscar-qualifying children’s film festivals in the world. We are very happy that after our successful box office start in the UK, our little Elfkins continue to inspire and bring joy to audiences all around the world!
The premiere of our animated series PETRONELLA APPLEWITCH on KiKA, one of Germany’s prominent tv stations for children, met with huge success. The first 26 episodes about charming Applewitch Petronella and her small and big friends aired daily during primetime at 6:35 pm, starting October 10th and reaching up to 68.9 % of 3-5-year-olds and 46.7 % of 6-9-year-olds.* Since November 8th the little witch has also been casting her imaginative spells on ZDF every Sunday. The series was extensively featured online with episodes and bonus material on the websites, HbbTV and apps of ZDF and KiKA. It achieved high VoD ratings (700.000 views via KiKA alone) and reached, among others, the online top 10 on KiKA (1st place on KiKA HbbTV).
*Data: AGF Videoforschung in collaboration with GfK; VIDEOSCOPE 1.4, 11/10/2020-06/12/2020
This October, our little helpers can be seen on a whopping 459 cinema screens throughout the UK & Ireland (via Signature Entertainment www.signature-entertainment.co.uk/film/the-elfkins/). The film opened among the Top 5 of the British Box Office charts, marking a giant success for a German film. We are very proud and congratulate all partners and collaborators involved.
The festival journey continues! Our Elfkins movie can be seen in competition at this year’s hybrid edition of the “Golden Sparrow –Children’s Film and Media Festival” and will hopefully win over the children jury members’ hearts. We are proud of competing with three other excellent films and keep our fingers crossed for our hard-working helpers. Their adventures will be screened on September 22nd at 9am and 3:30pm and on September 24th at 2pm in Gera and via online festival tickets.
Starting 11/10/2020, charismatic PETRONELLA APPLEWITCH will put a charm on small and big spectators alike every day at 6:35 pm on KiKA, one of Germany’s prime tv-channels for children. The 26×11′ episodes will also be aired on ZDF, with a further 13 episodes to follow in 2021 on KiKA and ZDF.
The charming stories about the chaotic apple witch and her friends were realized in co-production with SERU Animation and ZDF, in collaboration with 2Minutes, France, and produced by Akkord Film (Dirk Beinhold and Maite Woköck). They are based on a bestselling book series by Sabine Städing and SaBine Büchner. The series‘ concept was developed by Jan Strathmann and Heike Sperling, Emilie Rimetz directed the series. The score was composed by Cherilyn MacNeil.
Great news for all friends of the Easter rabbits: RABBIT SCHOOL – HUNT FOR THE GOLDEN EGG will be broadcasted on German TV on Good Friday, April 10th at 7.30 pm prime time on KiKA and alternatively in numerous other programs over the holidays. Akkord Film wishes everyone a happy and healthy Easter with your loved ones.
Since January 30th 2020, Elfie, Kipp, Buck and their friends are rockin’ it Elfkin-style on 575 cinemas in German speaking Europe! After only two weekends, more than 180,000 small and big ELFKIN-fans have already experienced the adventures of our little heroes. For those who like to do it the Elfkin-style at home and need some musical support: The brilliant soundtrack incl. the song WIR HEINZELN DAS aka IT’S ELFKIN STYLE is available here.