Director BIO: Rahel Ilona Eisenring

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Director Biography


1978 born in Lucerne, Switzerland

lives and works in Lucerne

since 2005 self-employed and comissional work as illustrator and animator
among others for w.o.w animated television series at SWAMP Animation Studio Lucerne, die Gestalter St.Gallen, Helvetia Versicherungen, Heidiland, Women in Music Zürich, Lehrmittelverlag Kanton St.Gallen

part-time primary teacher, specialist subject teacher in Arts and Crafts, English, French

2001 – 2006 Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, faculty of Illustration, Diploma

2004 Universidad Católica de Valparaïso and Quinta Vergara, Escuela de Bellas Artes Viña del Mar, Chile

grant of the Canton of St.Gallen 2009
Chicago studio scolarship by the city of Lucerne 2007 – 2008
Eastern Switzerland‘s filmprize for shortfilm «im Gruene» 2006
honour of the city of Wattwil for the children‘s book «Sophie» (teaching diploma) 2000

Exhibitions and Filmscreenings:
various exhibitions with illustrations, installations and animated shortfilms in Switzerland, Germany and the UK
animated shortfilms in Switzerland and abroad

Director Statement

With 3 or 4 years, children nowadays discover the medium of film. They love animated movies and series and we find it important to create new films with well researched content and fresh and cheerful artistic realization.

Pepita, Max, and the toy giraffe Monsieur Raf take the youngest viewers on a journey to the swiss mountains where they experience the peculiar custom of the alpine blessing. Simultaneously, the three friends explore their world of pure imagination. They implement parts of the custom in their everyday life and eventually the initial problem can be solved.
This is not simply a traditional story, but an inspiration for children – and adults – and an invitation to look at traditions and customs with curiosity and wit.

For our film we were motivated by our own children but also by contacts with people who are passionate about their customs and who desire to pass on their knowledge, especially to young people.

Our film does not replace the real encounter with an alpine herdsman and his experience with the Alpsegen. We want kids to relish our short story and to increase awareness for people and their intrinsic habits which have outlived many modern inventions.


Get to know the short film: PEPITA & MAX, 6min, Family/Animation

Played at the September 2017 Film Festival

Pm poster englsPepita and Max have all sorts of adventures. Monsieur Raf, Max’ toy giraffe, is always with them. When Max loses Monsieur Raf while hiking, the little boy can’t find sleep. Not even the Alpsegen, the lullaby of the mountains, which is meant to protect animals and people on the alp, helps. The peculiar tradition gives Pepita an idea: what works for Swiss alp-cows could also save a giraffe through the night.

  • Rahel Ilona Eisenring
  • Stephanie Knoebl
  • Julia Rakotoniaina-Waldner
  • Stephanie Knoebl
  • Stefan Holaus
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pepita & Max – ein Alpsegen für Monsieur Raf
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 12 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    130,000 CHF
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Film Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital/Video HD
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