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Benedikt Rubey (editor):

The most challenging thing about editing the film was to retain the rough and authentic look of the pictures. Every story has it's own way to be told, it's own speed. In the process of making a movie the editing-room is the moment where all steps that have been done come together and the film gets formed. In a certain way the editing-room can be seen as the place of truth.

I think the finished film shows that the work of all departments lead to an authentic cinematic approach about a topic without stepping into the trap of a cliché. People on the run is unfortunately a topic which will never loose it's currency. That's why films like Snowdrops are important. To keep us awake and remind us that it concerns all of us.


Michael Dörfler (music composer & sound designer):

Vienna based producer and sound-artist Michael Dörfler (tripbox) composed the music for this film, but he was also responsible for sounddesign and mixdown. This gave him the possibility to merge musical elements with noises and atmospheres to create a very unique soundtrack where the lines between sounddesign and music are blurred. Rather than putting itsself in the spotlight, the music and the very detailed soundscapes are supporting the impact of the images and the cold and oppresive atmosphere of the film.








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Verena Schäffer (costume & production design):

When creating production design and costumes the challange was to find the right tone related to the story and not to fullfill common clichés. We wanted to show „normal people“, who are forced by external circumstances and find themselfs suddenly in an extraordenary situation and who are probably not aware of the risks they take – like Armine and Seda. We did research in refugee centers in Vienna and shot partly on location – atmosphere  and people we met in these places left their marks not only in our movie.

David Wurawa (actor):

When I first read Shneeglöckchen `Hope and Dreams` where the first thoughts that popped into my head. They connect us all irregardless of one´s social standing. To overcome any difficult situation one has to have `HOPE and DREAMS!

Jenny Gand (writer & directress):

The picture in my mind of the so called “SNOWDROPs” made such a big impact on me and was so memorable, that it became the starting point for the film. I came across it some years ago when I did research on the phenomenon of sliding borders like the ones happening in the context of the EU-Eastern expansion. Growing up in eastern Berlin with a border next to myself, I do understand the  need of people to leave their country and trying to start over. Nobody flees by choice and for most refugees it´s the only hope for a life worth living. UNHCR reports about 42,5 billion refugees worldwide in 2011. Many of them being on the run already for several years. An important aspect for me to show was that these people have to accept dependencies because it´s their only chance. Their situation forces them to trust the smugglers and the other refugees blindly on their “journey” into the unknown.


“Snowdrop” as a relatively small project still adresses a big social matter. The film wants to sensitize the viewers to the topic of fleeing and the traumas, experience of loss and fear that are caused by it. That´s why we want to oppose a story, faces and life to these numbers that are so hard to comprehend. Because nobody is a refugee voluntarily, and most of the time it´s the only chance to survive and start over.

Anne Wiederhold (actress):

I ́m glad and thankful for acting in SNOWDROP. For me as an actress it is important to adress political issues and - relating to the film - to give people a voice and to tell their story. Migration and asylum policy is one of the biggest challenges in the world today. Every single person must not look the other way and as austrian society we have to help.