Push This Button if You Begin to Panic

A film by

United Kingdom / 13' / 08/2020 / animation

Bartholomew Whisper went to the doctor today. There he met administrators keen on experimental surgery, and lonely MRI machines. At least the growing hole in his head was becoming quite beautiful.

Square Eyes - LF_PDD_2020_BlackLetters
Square Eyes - LF_PDD_2020_BlackLetters

Gabriël Böhmer


Gabriel Böhmer is a UK based artist from Zurich, interested in memory and the absurd. His practice often focuses on passing ideas that arise in mundane moments, but also feel momentous in their own way. Gabriel left a career in management consulting in 2013, following the release of his novel Beetle Days. In 2015 Gabriel published the book of paintings Tomorrow I’ll Go Outside, and in 2017 he began animating his painted stories. His films have received recognition at Winterthur, Fantoche, and Clermont-Ferrand, among others.


  • Push This Button if You Begin to Panic – 2020 – short
  • The Flood Is Coming – 2018 – short
  • Beetle Trouble – 2017 – short
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Director: Gabriel Böhmer
Screenplay: Gabriel Böhmer
Producer: Rational Vagabund Films: Samantha Monk
Animator: Gabriel Böhmer
Sound Design: Gabriel Böhmer, Nacho Palacios
Composer: Gabriel Böhmer, Nacho Palacios
Narration: Michael Paoli
Additional voices: Gabriel Böhmer , Samantha Monk


  • Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (5 – 15 August, 2020)
    National Competition Pardi di Domani


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Downloadable trailer: Click here