According to a famous German legend, the Heinzelmännchen of Cologne (short: Heinzels) were gnomes who used to help humans with household chores. But after being ousted by a tailor’s malevolent wife, they left for good. This is the story of their return.



Genre Family Entertainment as CG-animated feature film


Length, Format approx. 78 min, 2K / HD


Target audience Families; girls and boys aged 6-11 (accompanied by their parents)


Production period July 2017 – March 2019; pre-production: March 2017


German distributor Tobis Film


World Sales Sola Media


Funded by Filmstiftung NRW, HessenFilm, FFHSH, Medienboard, MFG, Nordmedia, FFA Produktionsförderung, DFFF, MEDIA Creative Europe


German broadcaster ZDF



Written by Jan Strathmann


Director Ute von Münchow-Pohl


Art Director Heiko Hentschel


Character Design Gerlinde Godelmann


German Cast Jella Haase – Helvi / Louis Hofmann – Kipp / Elke Heidenreich – Vendla


Development Executives Katharina Wicke, Susanne Biesinger, Claudio Winter


Producer Dirk Beinhold


Executive Producer Valentin Greulich, Sebastian Runschke


Co-Production Companies ZDF, Tobis Film


Awards and Nominations Children’s Jury’s Best Animated Feature Film Award at Chicago International Children’s Film Festival , Best Feature   „Elements +6“ at Giffoni International Film Festival, and the Bavarian Film Award


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