Kathi Kæppel (b. 1977, Heidelberg, Germany) is a artist working across drawing, animation, installation and digital media.

Kathi Kæppel completed her studies at the Kunsthochschule Berlin–Weißensee with Prof. Nanne Meyer and at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) with Prof. Suzanne Buchan in 2004. She was co-founder of the artistic group monogatari (1999–2005) and head of the animation department of the production company filmlounge Berlin (2000-2007) before she founded her ‘Studio for Animated Spaces’ in Berlin in 2007. Since 2009 Kathi Kæppel is a jury member and curator for the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film.

She received a DAAD grant, a Fulbright grant and grant from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Her work was honoured with the Houston International Film Fest gold award, the sehsuechte animation award, the German Design award, the ads bronce award amongst others.

Selected international solo and group exhibitions, projects and screenings include: Biennial of Animation Bratislava, SK; Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK; interfilm Berlin, DE; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, DE; Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris; sehsüchte, Berlin, DE; Houston International Film Fest, USA; Backup Festival, DE; International Festival of Animated Film, DE; Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, DE; Pictoplasma Berlin, DE; Galerie Berliner Kunstprojekt, DE; Galerie Neurotitan Berlin, DE; Galerie Parterre Berlin, DE; Luminale-Biennale für Lichtkunst, Frankfurt am Main, DE. Her works have been included in the BFI National Archive, London, UK.

Kathi Kæppel has lectured at Universität der Künste Berlin, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the HAW Hamburg, the Filmuniversitaet Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne. From 2014-2018 Kæppel has been visiting Professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin–Weißensee.

She is the mother of two sons and lives since 2018 in Frankfurt a/M.


1977 Born in Heidelberg

 Lives and works in Frankfurt a/M



since 2018 PhD Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

1997 - 2004 Diploma, Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, Prof. Nanne Meyer

2001 -2002 B.A. (Fine Arts), University for the Creative Arts, UK



2019–2020 Artistic Researcher, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne, CH

2014–2018 Visiting Professor, Kunsthochschule Berlin–Weißensee

since 2009 Jury Member and Curator, Internationales Trickfilm–Festival Stuttgart

since 2007 Studio Kathi Kæppel, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main

since 2007 Lecturer for animation

2000–2007 filmlounge GmbH, Berlin, Head of Animation–Department

1999–2005 monogatari, Berlin, Co-Founder


2019 Recipient, grant Stiftung Freiheit

2017 Bronze - Kommunikation im Raum, Art Directors Club

 German Design Award, Rat für Formgebung

2014 Recipient, grant Berliner Senat

2011 Award, Communication Arts

2009 Award, 1. price, Team Bank, Nürnberg

2004 Recipient, grant fulbright, one year

 Award, Echo, video national

 Award, 200 best illustrators worldwide, luerzers archive

2003 Gold award, Experimental film & video Remi awards, The Houston International Film Fest

 Silber award, The Society of Korea Illusart (Soki)

 Animation award, sehsuechte, international student film festival

 Award, annual multimedia

 Jury award, shorts-welcome

2002 Award, 1. price, backup, weimar

2001 Recipient, grant DAAD, one year

 Award, best animated series, berlin beta film festival

 Nomination, Max & Moritz award, international comic Salon Erlangen