3D cinema animation film

The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

After centuries of banishment, the Heinzelmännchen dare to return to the surface of the earth. But their well-intentioned help first leads to chaos…


The Heinzelmännchen have already spent more than two centuries underground, but Helvi has had enough of the oppressive confinement. She sets off on an adventurous journey to the surface of the earth, where she wants to discover her true talent. After an initial exploratory tour with Kipp and Butz, she finally ends up with the grouchy Cologne pastry chef Theo. Helvi seems to have found her calling, even if Theo is not very enthusiastic at first. (from Kino.de)

Inspired by the famous saga and poem by August Kopisch.

World premiere



Family Entertainment, CG-animated feature film


ca. 78min, 2K / HD

Target audience

Families; girls and boys aged 6-11 (accompanied by their parents)

Written by

Jan Strathmann

Creative Team

Heiko Hentschel (Art Director), Gerlinde Godelmann (Character Design)

German Cast

Jella Haase (Helvi), Louis Hofmann (Kipp), Elke Heidenreich (Vendla) a.m.m.


Dirk Beinhold

Executive Producer

Sebastian Runschke, Valentin Greulich

Funded by

Filmstiftung NRW, HessenFilm, FFHSH, Medienboard, MFG, nordmedia, FFA, DFFF, MEDIA Creative Europe

German broadcaster


German distributor
World Sales
Festivals / Awards / Nominations:

Nomination for the German Animation Screenplay Award 2017, Best Animated Feature Film at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival , best film in the age group “Elements +6” at th Giffoni International Film Festival, …