Kathi Kæppel (*1977 in Heidelberg, Germany) lives and works between Berlin and Frankfurt a. M., Germany. The experimental animation artist studied Visual Communication at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin and Animation at the University for the Creative Arts, UK.

Kathi Kæppel was a scholarship holder of the DAAD, the Fulbright Commission and the Foundation of Freedom. She received several awards, film and project fundings. Selected exhibitions and film festivals include: Biennial of Animation Bratislava, SK; Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK; interfirm Berlin, DE; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, DE; Les Rencontres Internationales, F; sehsüchte, Berlin, DE; WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, USA; Backup-Festival, DE; Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, DE; Künstlerhaus Dortmund, DE; Gallery Berliner Kunstprojekt, DE; Gallery Parterre Berlin, DE; Her animated films have been included in the National Archive of the British Film Institute. From 2009-2022 she has been a jury member of the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film. Kathi Kæppel is member of the Society for Animation Studies, the AG Animation as part of the Society for Media Studies, and the NECS – European Network for Cinema and Media Studies.

The design and experimental use of animation form the center of her artistic practice. Since 2019, her artistic work has been embedded in a scientific-artistic doctorate at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, as well as in the research project »Moving in Every Direction – Artistic research as a contribution to the development of current spatial configurations for the moving image« at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).

In 2007 Kathi Kæppel started teaching at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin followed by teaching assignments at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. From 2014 to 2018 Kathi Kæppel was Visiting Professor at the weißensee kunsthochschule berlin. In 2022 she held a professorship at the Trier University of Applied Sciences. Since October 2022 she’s a Visiting Professor for Moving Image at the Universität der Künste Berlin.


1977 born in Heidelberg, Germany

 lives and works between Berlin and Frankfurt a. M., Germany


2002 Bachelor of Arts, University for the Creative Arts, UK with Suzanne Buchan

2004 Diploma, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin with Nanne Meyer

Since 2018 PhD Candidate Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf


Since 10/2023 Visiting Professor, Universität der Künste Berlin

Summer 2022 Professorship, Trier University of Applied Sciences

Since 01/2019 Artistic Researcher, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne, CH

2014–2018 Visiting Professor, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

Summer 2017 Lecturer, Universität der Künste Berlin

2009–2021 Jury member, curator, Internationales Trickfilm–Festival Stuttgart

2008-2010 Lecturer, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle

2007-2014 Lecturer, weißensee kunsthochschule berlin

1999–2005 Co-Founder, monogatari, Berlin


2021 Neustart Stipendium, Stiftung Kulturwerk

 Brückenstipendium, Hessische Kulturstiftung, project Le Devenir

2020 Project funding Kulturamt Frankfurt aM, project Virgin soil

 Project funding Kulturamt Frankfurt aM, project Vestige

 Project funding Schweizerischer Nationalfonds, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, research project Moving in Every Direction

 Project funding Hessenfilm, project Amber

 1. price, Kunst am Bau, Münsterplatz, Mainz

 Artist Grant »Hessen kulturell neu eröffnen«, Hessische Kulturstiftung, project Vestige

 Project funding Kulturamt Frankfurt aM, project The Lonesome Tree

2019 Fellowship Stiftung Freiheit

2017 Bronze Award, Kommunikation im Raum, adc Deutschland

 German Design Award, Rat für Formgebung

2014-2018 BCP Fellowship Berliner Senat

2011 Award, Communication Arts

2009 Award, 1st prize, Team Bank, Nürnberg

2004 Fellowship Fulbright

 Echo Award, 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

 Animation Award, sehsuechte, international student film festival

 Award, annual multimedia

 Jury Award, shorts-welcome

2002 Award, 1st prize, backup, weimar

2001 Fellowship DAAD

 Award, Best animated series, berlin beta film festival

 Nomination, Max & Moritz Award, International Comic Salon