Guardians of the Forest
Length: 90 min.
Director: Frederik Subei
Produced by Tag/Traum
Brazil, Germany

Currently in development is the first feature length
documentary by Frederik Subei for cinema release. It is
about a leader of an indigenous tribe who is willing to risk
everything to defend his home land from illegal loggers. A
personal and at the same time universal story about a fight
which is almost impossible to win.

The film is produced by Tag/Traum in Cologne. For more information you can visit the crowdfunding page .

Transit Zone
Length: 32 min.
Producer/Director: Frederik Subei
Scotland, UK Edinburgh College of Art, 2015

Transit Zone is an authentic insight into the life in the jungle of Calais from the perspective of 'Teefa', a refugee from Sudan. His dream is to make it one day onto one of the lorries leading to the UK - and hopefully a better life.

After all jungles are evicted to move the refugees to a new camp, Teefa starts to question the greatness of Britain and considers other options instead.

More info and background information about the film at

You can watch the full film online on the Social Impact Media Awards VOD player .

Highlights Film Festivals and Awards

Social Impact Media Awards (2015, US), Winner Best Sound Editing Short Documentary and Jury Special Mention Short Documentary
London Short Film Festival (2016, UK), World Premiere in competition
Glasgow Short Film Festival (2016, UK), Scotland Premiere in competition
Visions du Reel (2016, Switzerland), International Premiere, Jury Special Mention
Sheffield DocFest (2016, UK), in competition
Edinburgh International Film Festival (2016, UK)
Message to Man International Film Festival (2016, Russia)
STIFF (2016, Croatia), in competition
Social Justice Film Festival (2016, US), Winner Gold Jury Price Short Documentary
Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival (2016, Ukraine)
Festival des Libertes (2016, Belgium)
DokumentART European Film Festival for Documentaries (2016, Germany), in competition
Cinema Verite Iran International Documentary Film Festival (2016, Iran), in competition
International Documentary Association (IDA) (2016, US), Award Nominee David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award
Cinemaiubit International Student Film Festival (2016, Romania), Winner 'Paul Calinescu' Best Documentary Award
British Shorts Lichtspielklub Short Film Festival (2016, Germany), in competition
Tampere Film Festival (2017, Finland), in competition

For all festivals please visit the website

Windfall Island
Length: 32 min.
Producer/Director: Frederik Subei
Scotland, UK University of the West of Scotland, 2013

Windfall Island is about a controversial windfarm to be built on Shetland. While it is supposed to be the most productive windfarm in the world, the issue largely divided the local community and some local residents fight fiercely against the project.

Highlights Film Festivals and Awards

Royal Television Society (2013, UK), Award Nomination Students Awards Scotland
Screentest UK Student Film Festival (2013, UK), Award Nomination Best Score
Creative Scotland Student Media Awards (2014, UK) Winner Best Factual Film & TV

Trapped -
Joe's Story in Calais
Length: 5 min.
Producer/Director: Frederik Subei
Scotland, UK Edinburgh College of Art, 2016

Joe came a long way from Syria in the hope to start a new life in the UK. But the reality is harsh in the French border town of Calais.

Once in an attempt to cross the channel he gets trapped in a tanker truck and nearly meets his destiny. This powerful short film tells his story.

You can watch the full film online.