Our goal was to identify contemporary universal themes and combine them with gripping individual destinies. That was why Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis, founders of OVALmedia, joined forces in 1998. They created interactive video installations, photo series, short experimental films and numerous television documentaries. Leaving behind the limitations of the past, they turned to a combination of technology, science, economy and art in order to collaborate on projects totally in keeping with our contemporary world.
One of their first projects in 2003 was the documentary “Half a Chance?” which received the German-French Journalism Prize’s “Newcomer Award”. The two-part documentary series “Disgustingly healthy” about medical treatment with leeches and maggots won the 2007 Ekotopfilm prize.
Their theatrical documentary “Pianomania” had a very successful cinema run in 25 countries. It was awarded, among other prizes, the “Semaine de la Critique” prize in Locarno, the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and the German Film Award in the category Best Sound Design. This humorous film about the search for the perfect sound demonstrates the nerve-racking collaboration between the piano technician Stefan Knüpfer and star pianists Lang Lang, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Alfred Brendel. “Pianomania” was awarded the rating “Exceptionally Worthwhile”.
Each film opened the door to a different world. The making of their projects brought them into contact with book authors, curators, musicians, and many other interesting and innovative media people. This allowed OVALmedia – strengthened by the success of “Pianomania” – to take the next steps. We began to focus on transmedia concepts. We owe the foundation of this to our early years, when OVALmedia implemented a large number of Internet projects for clients like German Films, AG Dok, Lübbe Media and The Federation of Expellees, among others.
In 2015, Michel Reilhac’s virtual reality short film “Viens!” gave the tone for future projects. Selected for both the Sundance Film Festival and the European Film Market in Berlin 2016, “Viens!” entices the viewer to participate in a total immersion experience and to abandon himself to this escalating new artistic adventure.
At this time, they are developing “Story Worlds”, an emotional experience, which will be conveyed simultaneously through various media. We are initiating advocacy campaigns. The basis of these projects are thrilling and surprising stories for listeners, users, viewers and players.
As media professionals, OVALmedia’s team feels responsible to give people a better understanding of our world. Only those who extrapolate context and content can champion for the common good. The latest examples are both the investigation in the global health with the docu feature “trustWHO“, as well as the coming of age of an electro-pop rapper with “F#ck Fame”… more information to be released soon!
Boundaries no longer exist between various media and other disciplines. Previously impossible collaborations are continuously being crossed. Science, business and art are integrating. On the basis of a large variety of projects, OVALmedia succeeds to build up coherent story-worlds able to impact our world more than all of its content produced could do without this given context. OVALmedia stands for ideas that grow beyond themselves, true to the passion for real and surprising stories.