MO’ Films is a young production company founded in 2013 by Johanna Bergel and Donald Houwer, collaborators for over 10 years.

MO’ Films stands for the different areas of moving image productions and covers everything from image and commercial films to feature film and documentary production.

In cooperation with our partners, we are looking forward to producing even more good films. Our special focus is our offer to produce your film in the most eco-friendly way possible.

No matter what your budget, we make the most of it. Our staff gets paid fair wages and our favorable prices are the result of a modern and lean production process.

For every production, we have access to a high-profile network of Berlin’s creative industry.

Overlooking the Swindemünder Bridge, also called the Million Bridge, our company MO’ Films is located at Gesundbrunnen in Berlin Mitte.
Johanna Bergel was born in 1983 in Berlin. While studying art history she was already working as a production manager in film and theater productions. During her time studying film production at the DFFB (Berlin), she completed her most recent film, “The Strange Little Cat”, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2013. Since then, “The Strange Little Cat” has been screened at over 80 national and international festivals and won numerous awards. In early 2014 the film reached the German theaters.

Donald Houwer was born in Munich in 1978. After studying philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin, he went on to get a degree in film direction at the DFFB (Berlin). His films have traveled to festivals all around the world and on several occasions received the seal of approval “highly recommended” by the German Film Review Board. In 2007, Houwer initiated the Green Me Film Festival during the Berlinale and managed the yearly event until 2012. Developing and realizing image and commercial films as well as feature films, Donald Houwer is benefitting from his long-standing experience as CEO of Green Me film production (2008 – 2012).
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Being a family company, we aim for sustainability on all levels and the preser­vation the beauty and diversity of nature. We believe that different areas of society need to get active to attain this goal.

In many industries, Germany is already a role model when it comes to sustainability in the energy turnaround. The film industry can make an equally important contribution – it can even be an agent of change and encourage others industries to follow their lead.

Several elements can help make a film production more eco-friendly, and some of them even help you save some money. We are happy to draw up an offer for you or to answer any kinds of questions you might have concerning the topic.

Here are some hands-on ideas to make your production more eco-friendly.
Why make eco-friendly films?

Because only eco-friendly media productions can authentically advocate sustainability and climate protection.

Because an increasing number of film makers are conscious of the role model status in society.

Because the film and TV industry has an incredible potential to save carbon emission by implementing an eco-friendly mode of production.

Because new technologies and simple tools can help the film industry save or reduce their expenses.
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Image film
Industrial films, recruiting film,
fair films, product film, event documentaries, webisodes, portray and interview films
Commercial
Commercial & Cinema
& TV & Viral
MO’ Films conceptualizes and realizes commercial and image films. We are a reliable service provider for any type of film production and also function as a strategic adviser for visual and emotional sales messages.

MO’ Films has access to a great network from Berlin’s creative and film industry. We collaborate with excellent, accomplished directors and cinematographers who are well versed in feature films as well as commercials.
Our range of services covers all production steps: development of idea and concept, pre-production, story board, screenplay, production, direction, visual concept, post production, visual effects, 3D animation, logo animation, music composition, sound design, voice over recordings, color correction and sound mixing. For the technical production we offer all aspects in a total package or as individual services.

MO’ Films works closely with partners in the fields of webdesign and logo design so that, if necessary, the complete media design will be incorporated and taken care of. Company logo, website, image film, Youtube channel, Facebook appearance, etc … Your whole corporate identity under one roof.

Since every product has its own unique history, we do not operate with package prices. But we are happy to give you a cost estimate after a short briefing.
There are no rules for good Commercials. What bores will be kicked out. Through originality and charm we create attention.

We highly value individual film designs, creativity and passion. In collaboration with our customers, we develop ideas and suitable concepts to create films with an impact.

Our entire planning and production process is marked by a high standard for aesthetics and a comprehensive corporate design for all channels of communication as well as excellent art direction.
IN DEVELOPMENT
Wegoism
Documentary | 60 – 90 mins. | Director Donald Houwer | Production Johanna Bergel
„Wenn du schnell gehen willst, geh alleine. Wenn du weit gehen willst, musst du gemeinsam gehen!“ Afrikanisches Sprichwort

„Wegoism“ ist ein Roadmovie über die Suche nach einem gesunden Maß an ICH in einer zukunftsfähigen Gesellschaft. Ein persönlicher Selbstversuch mit Kind und Kegel, die „Comfort-Zone“ zu verlassen und einen Blick auf die neu entstehenden Gemeinschaftsmodelle von Großstadt, Ökodorf, Griechenland Krise und Google zu blicken.
Wegoism
Country of production Germany | Documentary | 60 – 90 mins. | HD | Color | Language German | Director Donald Houwer | Production Johanna Bergel
Synopsis Als Familienvater zweier Kinder habe ich oft das Gefühl, mein Alltag frisst mich auf. Jeden Morgen klingelt der Wecker – gefühlt viel zu früh!

Darauf folgt ein Tag ohne Pausen: Die Kinder werden in der Schule und in der Kita geparkt. Ich renne zwischen „relativ“ schlecht bezahlten Jobs, dem Haushalt und sozialen Verpflichtungen hin und her, immer darauf bedacht alles zu optimieren und das Beste für mich und für meine Familie heraus zu holen.

Nach so einem Tag betrachte ich mich im Spiegel und frage mich, ob unsere Kinder uns mal hassen werden, weil unsere egoistische Lebensweise auf Kosten ihrer Zukunft gehen könnte.

Ich möchte sehen was noch möglich ist, bin bereit meine „Comfort-Zone“ zu verlassen und aus dem Hamsterrad auszusteigen. Mir ist es wichtig die Welt mit zu gestalten – ich will sie nicht mehr nur ohnmächtig bewohnen! Ich möchte an Utopien glauben und wieder ein politischer Mensch werden.

Ob das so einfach werden wird und was meine Familie wohl dazu sagen wird, wenn ich ausziehe in die Welt, um unser Ego neu zu frisieren, bleibt spannend.

Weil es bereits schlaue Köpfe gibt, die neue Denkansätzen für eine moderne Gesellschaft entworfen haben, werde ich mir, zwischen den verschiedenen Etappen einen Schlagabtausch geben mit Vordenkern wie meiner Schulfreundin Ariadne von Schirach, Philosophin und Autorin des Buches „Du sollst nicht funktionieren“, meinem Freund Raffael Fellmer, Gründer von „Foodsharing“ und Autor des Buches „Leben ohne Geld“ und dem Wachstumskritiker Nico Paech.

Ich werde eine Anleitung zum Selber-Denken bekommen, mich „entstressen“ lassen und Teil der poetischen Revolution werden. Wie wird es sein, mal ganz ohne Geld zu leben? Ich besuche ein Seminar zum „Wir-Prozess“ und probiere anstatt Demokratie die Soziokratie aus. Nur von dem leben, was ich mit meinen Händen erschaffen kann? Ich kann eine Primel nicht von einem Stiefmütterchen unterscheiden. Mein Ego wird an seine Grenzen stoßen.

Mich der Frage stellen, warum der Kapitalismus eigentlich so gut mit dem Egoismus harmonisiert und wo die Grenze zum Narzissmus beginnt? Um herausfinden, was Neues entstehen kann, werde ich auch dahin gehen, wo unser bisheriges System schon gescheitert ist oder dahin wo vermeintlich gerade dieses System dazu führt eine bessere Zukunft zu entwickeln. Die Welt ist im Umbruch und ich will sehen was in diesem „Dazwischen“ möglich ist.

Am Ende dieses Films werde ich vielleicht einen Überblick darüber haben, wie viel ICH und wie viel WIR der Mensch braucht ohne das dabei unser Planet vor die Hunde geht. Es wird auch klar werden ob ich nur mal kurz „Gutmenschen-Luft“ geschnuppert habe oder ob sich das Leben meiner Familie und mir grundlegend verändern wird.
Movies
IN DEVELOPMENT
Dickicht (Thicket)
Feature film | Direction
Status: Screenplay, 1st draft
“Thicket” tells the story of Mary (15), her lostness in urban Berlin und the conflict with her mother. Mary longs for her father, but he spends his life fighting for a better future in a forest community.
FINISHED FILMS
Das merkwürdige Kätzchen
(The Strange Little Cat)

Feature film | 2013 | 72 mins.
Producer
On a Saturday in fall, Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and youngest sister Clara. The family reunion calls for a big dinner and in the course of the day, several other family members make an appearance.
Babuschka
Short fiction | 2012 | 14 mins.
Producer
A family comes together in the apartment of the recently deceased grandmother to look for money.
Call of Beauty
Short fiction | 2011 | 6 mins.
Director
The ensemble film “Call of Beauty” is about the real-life ego-shooters in our society and the power of evaluation …
Aus der Haut
(Out of the skin)

Short fiction | 2008 | 19 mins
Director & Producer
“Out of the Skin” is about the flight of a pregnant woman to escape her threatening urban home and to overcome her lifeless relationship.
Homeland Security
Short fiction | 2005 | 15 mins.
Director & Producer
“Homeland Security” recounts the Kafkaesque nightmare of a young mother who, returning to the USA, falls into the clutches of the new immigration laws.
Dickicht (Thicket)
Feature film | Direction
Status: Screenplay, 1st draft
Synopsis “Thicket” tells the story of Mary (15), her lostness in Berlin and her coming alive in an anarchical forest commune – all sandwiched between the conflicting life concepts of her two parents.

Mary has been missing her father, ever since her mother separated from him. She wants to visit him in the forest commune in which he – as Mary believes – is fighting for a better world. In her mind, he is a fairy tale hero from a different time. And she has started to despise her mother’s capitalist lifestyle and her surrounding urban, morbid Berlin world.
So, Mary runs away …

But when she finally meets her father in the commune, her romantic bubble suddenly bursts. There is complete anarchy, her father looks like an old man and has lost a thumb cutting wood. But Mary slowly starts to enter the magical world of the forest. And feels more alive than ever before.

The feature film is going to be shot in an existing forest camp as documented fiction.
Cast tba.
Crew Director : Donald Houwer
Screenplay : Friederike Gralle & Donald Houwer
Produzent : Johanna Bergel
Movies
Das merkwürdige Kätzchen
(The Strange Little Cat)

Country of production Germany | Year of production 2013 | Feature film | Drama | 72 mins. | Original-Material HD (ARRI Alexa) | Language German
Producer
Synopsis The siblings Karin and Simon are visiting their parents and their little sister Clara. Later in the evening, other relatives will join them for dinner. The sequence of family scenes in a Berlin apartment create a wondrous world of the everyday: coming and going, conversations, mannerisms, each movement leading to the next, one word following another.

It is a carefully staged chain reaction of actions and sentences. And in between: silent gazes and anecdotes about personal experiences. Putting the absurdities of daily life on display, the film assembles seemingly unspectacular details and snippets into an exciting choreography of everyday life.
Cast Mother = Jenny Schily
Karin = Anjorka Strechel
Clara = Mia Kasalo
Simon = Luk Pfaff
Father = Matthias Dittmer
Brother-in-law = Armin Marewski
Jonas Leon = Alan Beiersdorf
Aunt = Sabine Werner
Hanna = Kathleen Morgeneyer
Grandmother = Monika Hetterle
Neighbor boy = Gustav Körner
Woman on balcony = Lea Draeger
Crew Screenplay & Director: Ramon Zürcher
Cinematography : Alexander Haßkerl
Producer : Silvan Zürcher, Johanna Bergel
Production company : dffb
Festivals
Awards
  • Berlinale 2013, Int. Forum des Jungen Films (World Premiere)
  • CPH PIX 2013, Competition
    (Winner: NEW TALENT GRAND PIX AWARD)
  • OFF Plus Camera: Krakow Int’l Film Festival of Independent Cinema 2013, Competition
  • San Francisco Int’l Film Festival 2013, Competition
  • Jeonju Int’l Film Festival 2013, World Cinema: Cinemascape
  • Cannes Film Festival 2013, ACID Programmation
  • New Zealand Int’l Film Festival 2013, Fresh
  • Fünf Seen Film Festival 2013, Competition
  • Freiburger Filmfest 2013
  • Int’l Film Festival Monterrey 2013, Int’l Feature Film: Fiction
  • Santiago Int’l Film Festival SANFIC 2013, Visions of the World
  • Fresh Film Fest 2013, Competition Fresh Generation
  • Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2013, Wavelengths
  • Cinematik: Int’l Film Festival Piestany 2013,
    Competition Meeting Point Europe
  • Leipziger Filmkunstmesse 2013
  • Athens Int’l Film Festival 2013, On the Edge
  • Helsinki Int’l Film Festival 2013, Indie Vibes
  • Cambridge Film Festival 2013, New German Cinema
  • Kaunas Int’l Film Festival 2013, Wide Angle
  • Vancouver Int’l Film Festival 2013, Cinema of Our Time
  • Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival 2013, Expectations
  • Int’l Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival 2013, Int. Competition (Winner: SIYAD FILM CRITICS FILM AWARD and YOUNG AUDIENCE FILM AWARD)
  • Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife 2013, Competition
    (Winner: SPECIAL MENTION)
  • Mumbai Film Festival 2013, Competition
  • Zagreb Film Festival 2013, The Great 5
  • Dharamshala Int’l Film Festival 2013
  • Viennale: Vienna Int’l Film Festival 2013
    (Winner: STANDARD READERS’ JURY AWARD)
  • Minsk Int’l Film Festival Listapad 2013, Competition Youth on the March (Winner: SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR BEST DEBUT)
  • Ljubljana Int’l Film Festival 2013, Competition Perspectives
  • Leeds Int’l Film Festival 2013
  • Lisbon &Estoril Film Festival 2013, Competition
    (Winner: CINEUROPA AWARD)
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2013, Another View
  • Cine Futuro Festival Salvador/Brasilien 2013
  • Mar del Plata Int’l Film Festival 2013, int. Competition
  • L’Alternativa – Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona 2013, int. Competition (Winner: FESTIVAL FEATURE FILM AWARD)
  • European Film Festival Göttingen 2013,
    Young German Cinema
  • FILMZ – Festival of German Cinema Mainz 2013, Feature Film Competition
  • Lume Int’l Film Festival 2013, Sao Luis/Brasilien,
    German Films Exhibition
  • Entrevues Belfort – Festival International du Film 2013,
    int. Competition
  • Recontres Henri Langlois – Festival International des Écoles de Cinéma Poitiers 2013, int. Competition
  • Festival International du Film de Pau 2013, int. competition
    (Winner: PRIX DU JURY LYCÉEN)
  • Festival du Film de Vendôme 2013
  • AFI European Union Film Showcase 2013, Washington
  • Festival of German Films 2013 in Moskau & Novosibirsk (German Films)
  • Festival of German Films 2013 in St. Petersburg
    (Goethe Institut)
Movies
Babuschka
Country of production Germany | Year of production 2012 | Short fiction | Drama | 14 mins. | 16 mm | Language German
Synopsis A family comes together in the apartment of the recently deceased grandmother to look for money. Narrated from grand-daughter Sophie’s perspective, the story weaves together everyone’s different ways of mourning.
Cast Henriette Confurius, Magdalene Artelt, Marijam Agischewa, Pero Radicic, Gerd Welkisch, Franziska Neiding, Natalia Bobylewa
Crew Screenplay & Director : Simona Feldman
Cinematography : Julian Landweer
Producer : Johanna Bergel
Production company : dffb
Festivals
Awards
  • 2013 AG Shortfilm Catalogue “German Short Films 2013”
  • 2012 International Filmfestival Cannes,
    German Films, next generation
  • Seal of approval “highly recommended” by the German Film Review Board
  • KINO prspktve Leipzig 2013
  • Uppsala Int. Short Film Festival 2012 I Competition
  • Filmfest Dresden 2012 I Competition
  • Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival Bristol 2012
  • Int. Short Film Festival Leuven 2012
  • Ozu Int. Film Festival 2012
  • Festival de Cine de Bogotá 2012
  • Goethe Institut Kairo 2012
Movies
Call of Beauty
Country of production Deutschland | Year of production 2011 | Short fiction | Comedy | 6 mins. | Arri Alexa | Language German
Synopsis “Call of Beauty” is about the real-life ego-shooters in our society. It’s about the power of evaluation, the obsession with beauty, it’s about friendship and the microcosm of a girl’s toilet – the hotspot of our pubescent protagonists. This is where they put on their faces and take off their masks, where they destroy each other and forgive. It’s the never-ending fight between the real and the fake. Jenny and Lana (both 14) used to be best friends, since kindergarden. But their friendship is at a crossroads. Amanda changed her look and her circle of friends, trying to reinvent herself and get closer to her big love, Ivan. Lana feels left out. At the point of escalation, the girl-friends stick together, not knowing that the big payback is yet to come.
Cast Neomie Hein, Charlotte Sachs, Isy Luna Landuris
Crew Director : Donald Houwer
Screenplay : Friederike Gralle
Cinematography : Christoph Greiner
Editing : Steve Podewilst
Producer : France Orsenne
Production company : dffb
Festivals
Awards
  • Competition Hofer Filmtage 2012
  • Achtung Berlin 2013
  • Go East Fimfestival Competition
  • Clermont Ferrand 2011
Movies
Aus der Haut
(Out of the skin)

Country of production Deutschland | Year of production 2008 | Short fiction | Drama | 19 mins. | Super 16 mm | Language German
Synopsis The film “Out of the Skin” was produced as a reference for the feature-length project of the same title, both in co-production with the DFFB. The story is about the flight of a pregnant woman to escape her threatening urban home and to overcome her lifeless relationship.
Cast Henriette Müller, Mark Waschke
Crew Director : Donald Houwer
Screenplay : Erszebeth Racz & Donald Houwer
Kamera : Luciano Cervio
Editing : Kathrin Hembus & Donald Houwer
Producer : Sumy Vasquez
Production company : dffb & Donald Houwer
Festivals
Awards
  • Max Ophüls 2008 Sprintreihe
  • Achtung Berlin 2009 Competition
  • Seal of approval “highly recommended” by the German Film Review Board 2008
Movies
Homeland Security
Country of production Deutschland | Year of production 2005 | Short fiction | Drama | 15 mins. | Digi Beta | Language English
Synopsis Based on a true story, Donald Houwer’s film “Homeland Security” recounts the Kafkaesque nightmare of a young mother who, returning to the USA, falls into the clutches of the new immigration laws.
Cast Silvina Buchbauer, Derrick Williams, Emil de Avelar, Cornell Adams, Jeff Caster, Oliver Fleischer, Jenny Jones, Cosima Shaw, Ilhani Terzi, Ricky Watson
Crew Director : Donald Houwer
Screenplay : Valentin Umbach & Donald Houwer
Cinematography : Manuel Kinzer
Editing : Kathrin Hembus
Producer : Nils Bökamp
Production company : dffb & Donald Houwer
Distributor : W-Film
Festivals
Awards
  • Wettbewerb Max Ophüls Preis 2006
  • Achtung Berlin 2006
  • Prädikat der Filmbewertungsstelle „besonders wertvoll“
  • sehsuechte, Internationales Studentenfilmfestival Potsdam
  • Troia International Film Festival Setubal
  • Internationales Filmfest Emden-Aurich-Norderney
  • Huesca International Short Film Festival, Spain
  • Berliner Kurzfilmrolle; Freiluftkino Friedrichshain
Movies
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Contact
MO’ Films
Swinemünder Str. 64
D-13355 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 915 47 328
info@mofilms.de

Donald Houwer
Director | Producer
Mobil: +49 177 840 8409
donald@mofilms.de

Johanna Bergel
Producer
Mobil: +49 178 405 1016
johanna@mofilms.de
Owner: Donald Houwer
Swinemünder Str. 64
D-13355 Berlin
Tax number: 23/354/00619
Commercial register: Berlin Wedding
Tax ID number: DE241197700

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