German Shepherd is an animated short by Nils Bergendal that had its international premiere in South Africa in June 2014. It has screened in over 50 festivals like Toronto International Film Festival, Raindance, DokLeipzig and has won several awards including Best Animated Short, an Oscar qualifying category, at the Cinequest Film Festival. Based on an interview with David Paul. "As a Jew growing up in Baltimore, David ́s vision of Germany (and Germans) was shaped by the stories of his Holocaust-survivor mother; later in life, he reflects on whether it is possible to overcome this history. Simple in aesthetics yet potent in philosophical introspection, this animated documentary poses difficult questions about the human capacity to forgive unimaginable evil acts." TIFF 2014
Screenings: Toronto International Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival (USA), Chicago International Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Encounters International Film Festival (South Africa), Göteborgs International Film Festival, Pixel Film Festival, Kiev International Film Festival, Flickerfest (Australia), Cinequest (USA), Aspen Shortfest, Minimalen (Norway), Athens International Film Festival (USA), DocumentaMadrid (Spain), Newport Beach Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, DokuFest (Kosovo), DokuMa (Croatia), San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Shortlist Film Festival, Best of Festival (France), Raindance Film Festival (UK), Reykjavík International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, NYC Independent Film Festival, NYC Shorts, Nordic International Film Festival (NYC), Kerry Film Festival (Ireland), Animateca (Slovenia), DOC NYC.
Awards; Cinequest (Best Animated Short ), NYC Shorts (Best Documentary), Pixel Film Festival (Best Film, Best Music), Heartland Film Festival (Award Winner), DOC NYC (Special Jury Prize)