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NOCTUIDAE | ©A.Mauritz, Anjali Esther Nair
©A.Mauritz, Anjali Esther Nair
Short Film | 2018-2021 | Drama, Fantasy | Germany

Brief synopsis

A lonely seamstress receives a strange request: she is to sew a cloak made only from the wings of moths. A work of delicate beauty is painstakingly crafted, and with it a fragile bond between two lost souls. But as soon as the work is finished, her client disappears. Searching for him, she discovers his secret: the cloak holds his final hope to escape a hostile world of lights. Is it possible to reach the freedom of moonlight? Or is her client a lunatic, crazy enough to jump to his death - for a mere fantasy? The seamstress finds no peace. She answers the call of his dream and sews a new cloak - for herself.

"Noctuidae" tell a poetic tale about moth and men, lost in the lights of the world and the longing to escape into freedom.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Elisabeth Frank [2]Amelia [L]
Hendrik Massute"Mottenmann" [L]


Vfx producerMarco Del Bianco
Vfx supervisorTimo Schnitt
Vfx supervisorNikilo Sonnet
Vfx supervisorMarwin Wanek
Digital compositor / compositing artistLukas Wieg
Vfx set supervisorNikilo Sonnet
ColoristJonathan Happ
Director of photographyMartin Bargiel
1st assistant cameraAlexandra Lea Portele
2nd assistant cameraPia Klein
Costume designer (creator)Vera Bracklo
DirectorAlexandra (Ali) Mauritz
1st AD (local system)Isabel Dubrownik
EditorAlexandra (Ali) Mauritz
Dramaturgical editing advisorSönke Saalfeld
GafferNiko Mölter
ComposerMax Filges
ProducerAlexandra (Ali) Mauritz
Production designerMerle Smalla
Production designerSamira Körner
Production designerJulia Kraushaar
Location scoutAndrea Giesel
Production managerAndrea Giesel
Location manager (local system)Martin Darr
ScreenwriterAlexandra (Ali) Mauritz
Co-writerChristoph Honegger
/ Script Advisor
/ Script Advisor
Script consultantPhil Parker
Sound re-recording mixerReemt Allerding
Sound mastering engineerReemt Allerding
Chaussee Soundvision
Chaussee Soundvision
Sound designerClara Hoffmann
Chaussee Soundvision
Chaussee Soundvision
Foley artistFreddy Fleïng
Chaussee Soundvision
Chaussee Soundvision

Production companies

Noctuidae Filmproduktion, Alexandra Mauritz [de]


Image (VFX)Day for Night GmbH
Image (VFX)Hochschule Hannover, Studiengang Mediendesign
Sound (Postproduction)Chaussee Soundvision GmbH


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz2022Biberach Film Festival [de]
Short Film Beaver - Best Short Feature Film
Short Film Beaver - Best Short Feature FilmNominated
Alexandra (Ali) Mauritz2022Filmz - Festival des deutschen Kinos [de]
Medium length film
Medium length filmNominated
Vera Bracklo2022Filmz - Festival des deutschen Kinos [de]
Best Costume Design
Best Costume DesignWinner


2023GermanyFilmfest Bremen
2022GermanyBraunschweig Int. Festival
2022SwedenLund International Fantastic Film Festival
2022USALA Shorts International Film Festival - online
2022IndiaBengaluru International Short Film Festival
International Competition
International Competition
2022MexicoShorts México – Int'l Short Film Festival México
2022BrazilFantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival
2022New ZealandNew Zealand's Vision Feast Film Festival
Nominée Best Science Fiction
Nominée Best Science Fiction
2022IndonesiaMinikino Film Week, Bali Int'l Short Film Festival
2022RomaniaThe Galactic Imaginarium (Sci-Fi and Fantasy) Film Festival
Finalist Best Fantasy Short
Finalist Best Fantasy Short