Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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The Little Bird and the Caterpillar (Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2017

Lena von Döhren / Short Narrative / Switzerland / 2017 / 4 min / Colour / DCP / In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


A little black bird tends to the leaves that grow at the end of its branch home, but one day a pesky caterpillar comes along and eats all the yummy buds! At first, the bird is upset and chases the caterpillar away, but sometimes a little understanding helps adversaries become friends who can look after one another. Elegant animation and a whimsical story teach us about the life cycle of a beautiful butterfly and the importance of friendship.

About the Director

Lena von Döhren was born in Berlin. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Audio-Visual Communication from the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam, and a Master of Design from HSLU in Lucerne. Her filmography includes ‘The Little Bird and the Squirrel’ (2014) and ‘The Little Bird and the Leaf’ (2012).


Lena von Döhren
Lena von Döhren
Gerd Gockell, Ted Sieger, Jochen Ehmann
Fee Liechti
Gabriela Bloch Steinmann
Lena von Döhren
Production Company
Schattenkabinett Gmbh
Christof Steinmann
Animation: Lena von Döhren, Nils Hedinger
Assistant Director
Raphael Beck

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