29.6. - 3.7.2016

Plug & Play – From Film to Game

New Synagogue: H1

Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach (Switzerland)
Playables /

Plug & Play is an award-winning short film and game for your digital device. Michael Frei teamed up with Mario von Rickenbach to develop the interactive version of his animated short film Plug & Play. They will talk about their process of turning a linear film into an interactive playful experience. Mario and Michael co-founded the Swiss production company Playables, where they are now working on a new project.

Michael Frei studied animation at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallinn. His films Not About Us and Plug & Play received numerous awards all over the world. He was invited as Animation Artist in Residence Tokyo in 2014.

Mario von Rickenbach is a Swiss game designer and developer. He studied game design at the Zurich University of Arts, where he received a bachelors degree in 2010. His award-winning work include the games Mirage, Krautscape, Drei and Rakete.