Cloud Rider

2016 | Children, Drama | 18 min | BA Film

Directed by Manuela Rüegg

Collection: Degree Films 2017

Maximilan loves daydreaming and escaping into his own imaginary world. Finally he has the chance to ride atop his cloud and embark on a long-awaited journey to the moon with his trusty co-pilot. However, his mother has no understanding of his far-fetched fantasies and her overambitious plans for Maximilian’s future endanger the voyage. These high expectations clash with her son’s vivid imagination. Not having found a way to cope with the realities of his daily life, the stress is threatening to destroy Maximilian’s beautiful imaginary world. The journey to the moon is in grave danger.


Runtime18 min
Year of Production2016
Country of ProductionSwitzerland
Distribution FormatDCP
Aspect Ratio2.39:1
Shooting FormatRAW
Spoken LanguageSwiss German
Available SubtitlesGerman, English
Director Manuela Rüegg
Cinematography Lukas Graf
Production Design Andrea Schmidlin, Katharina Meier
Music Yukio Lanz
Editor Norbert Kottmann
Screenplay Manuela Rüegg
Production Manager Basil Roth
Leading ActorsYorin Moll as Maximilian
Supporting ActorsRahel Hubacher as Mutter
Aaron Hitzas Pilot
Olga Dinnikova as Lehrerin
Casting Manuela Rüegg
Costume Design Jeanne Bourguignon
Makeup Artist Philipp Keusen
Location Sound Engineer Marco Arrigoni
Sound Design Jabob Eisenbach, Christoph Lüthi

Sound Mixing Gregg Skerman
Digital Colorist Lukas Graf
VFX Valentin Hubertech
Technical Support Equipment Gian Courtin
Technical Support Postproduction Robin Wenger, Norbert Kottmann
Project Mentoring Stefan Jäger, Bernhard Lehner
Executive Producer Filippo BonacciStud
Head of Programme BA Film Bernhard Lehner