We make films!
High-quality family entertainment, created with partners from all over Europe: Ulysses Films develops, finances and makes animated films and series for cinema and television, collaborating on international co-productions.
Most of the scripts come from original ideas: exciting new stories given the very best artistic attention and technical expertise, launched into the international market with unique flair. The company is based in Hamburg, but can fall back on an extensive network of creatives, animation artists and studios from all across Germany and the whole of Europe. Ulysses’ films are screened at national and international film festivals, they receive awards, are sold worldwide and are a hit with many millions of cinema-goers at the box office.
In 2016 Ulysses Films was named European Animation Producer of the Year for Ooops! Noah is Gone… an important award that has motivated us and opened all sorts of new doors. We’re already working on a sequel to this hugely successful film about young animals Finny and Leah. Bayala is Ulysses’ first venture into the world of elves, bringing the famous characters and the well-established Schleich brand into cinemas. Ulysses Film produces Luis and the Aliens after an idea by Hamburg based Oscar® winning Wolfgang Lauenstein and Christoph Lauenstein, who not only functioned as writers, but are also directors for the film. Other films in production include The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, based on the hit novel by British author Terry Pratchett. The script is being adapted by American screenwriter Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek).
Ulysses was established in Hamburg in 2004, the associated music label 'Ulysses Music' was founded in 2019. The Managing Director is Emely Christians.
Emely Christians is the Managing Director and Executive Producer for Ulysses Films.
Emely Christians, born 1970 in Wuppertal, graduated with a degree in Business Econimics with the focus on media law at the University of Hamburg. Beforehand she completed a training as a Media Business Manager and an editorial traineeship as picture documentator.
Before she became Ulysses' Managing director she was head of the artbuying department for a notable advertisement agency in Hamburg and also headed the Hamburg subsidiary of a nationwide picture agency.
Emely Christians completed her editorial traineeship in the internationally well-known and trend-setting photo agency Bilderberg, where she later headed the advertisement department.
In 2008 she participated in the renowned "Screenleaders EU" program, that aims at the managment positions of media businesses.
Sonja Matthes works as Producer and Postproduction Supervisor for Ulysses Films.
After graduation she began her studies in applied media economics at the ,die medienakademie’/HS Mittweida. During her studies in 2007 she began working for Studio DocLights GmbH. After finishing her studies with a Bachelor of Arts she stayed at the docu-soap-based department and realized several formats for all channelgroups.
In 2011 she started working for Studio Rakete as a production assistant. In 2012 she moved to Ulysses Films.
On maternity leave
Denise Tie works as Junior Producer and Postproduction Supervisor at Ulysses Films.
After graduation in 2009, she attended the Deutsche POP Academy in Hamburg, which she finished after two semesters with a certificate in project- and music management.
In July 2011 she began her apprenticeship at Ulysses Films and successfully finished it with a certificate in "Audio Visual Management" in January 2014 and was then taken on by Ulysses.
Wolfgang Christians is Ulysses Filmproduktion's CTO.
After an early career as a photographer and a job as a Dep. Studio Manager at the OTTO Group, Wolfgang studied economics at the University of Hamburg. After completing his business administration diploma, he worked as a consultant for the international KPMG Management Consultancy on numerous projects in various positions for thirteen years.
In 2016 Wolfgang changed his area of expertise and successfully completed his degree in audio engineering, then joined Ulysses as an audio engineer and head of 'Ulysses Music'.