A few weeks ago, on January 11, 2013, we noted that Pixar’s upcoming short (to be officially released alongside Monsters University) would be premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (held from February 7 – 17, 2013). Following that post, on January 22, 2013, we noted that there would be a “question and answer” session with the director, Saschka Unseld, and producer, Marc Greenberg on February 12, 2013, at the Festival. Since the “question and answer session” was on February 12, we guessed that the short would also premiere at that time.
On Twitter, Unseld posted the official premiere date and time and the additional dates and times that the short will run throughout the festival.
The world premiere of The Blue Umbrella will take place on February 12, 2013, at 11:00 AM Central European Time (CET).
Saschka also noted that the film will run on:
- February 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM CET
- February 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM CET
- February 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM CET
- February 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM CET
Finally, Saschka noted that on February 14, 2013, he’ll be speaking at a Pixar exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Hamburg. The official notice can be found on the Museum’s website (UPDATED: Link removed, the page is no longer active). Since the text is in German, we have provided a translation below.“
Pixar and the world of animated films – introduction to a genre”. Saschka Unseld:
Pixar up close – A Professional offers insight: The animator talks about his latest short film The Blue Umbrella. After an exclusive screening of the latest Pixar short film “The Blue Umbrella”, the German director Saschka Unseld allows a look behind the scenes from the first story idea to the realization of his vision on the big screen. He reveals how technology inspires the artistic implementation and also provides an insight into the development processes of short films within Pixar Animation Studios.
If any of our readers are going to be at any of the screenings or at Saschka’s speaking event, please let us know as we’d love to pass on your review to all of our readers.