|Directed by||Stanislav Sokolov|
|Produced by||Akop Kirakosyan|
|Written by||E.T.A. Hoffmann
|Music by||Shandor Kallosh|
|Running time||78 minutes|
Hoffmaniada (Russian: Гофманиа́да) is a stop motion-animated feature film from Russian studio Soyuzmultfilm. The concept and all of the art design was done by Mikhail Shemyakin and it is being directed by Stanislav Sokolov.
It will be based on the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann. The film will use puppet animation exclusively and will avoid using computer animation for special effects. The first 20 minutes of the film were screened on November 20, 2006, in St. Petersburg and got positive reactions from various news outlets. A November 11, 2006 article said that the money to continue filming could not be found in Russia and that the filmmakers would probably try to find Western investors. A November 18, 2008 article said that the necessary money was finally given by the government. The finished film will run around 78 minutes and, according to the director in October 2008, be ready "not earlier than in one and a half years". A video report from September 1, 2010 shows that work is still ongoing.
The film will be based around three of Hoffmann's tales (Klein Zaches, The Golden Pot and The Sandman), with the main character being Hoffman himself. In particular, it will focus on the duality between the imaginative universe of his writings and his real-life profession as a government clerk (which will be based on his letters and journals).
History and technique 
The project was initiated by Soyuzmultfilm director Akop Kirakosyan (Акоп Киракосян), who invited Shemyakin to the project; the idea of doing a film about E.T.A. Hoffmann's stories was Shemyakin's. Work began in 2001. It is the biggest project that the Soyuzmultfilm studio has worked on since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The 22 puppets which were used in the first 20 minutes of the film were brought to the November screening. Each puppet took no less than a month to make. Actual filming for the pilot began in late 2005, and the first 13 minutes were screened in late November, 2005.
The full film will have over 150 puppets, some of which will appear on the screen for only a few seconds. The spring of 2008 will be devoted to creating these puppets, and the actual filming period for the rest of the film will begin in the summer.
In November 2008, Shemyakin mentioned that he will be coming to Moscow to again work on the film "in a few months". In a September 6, 2010 interview, Shemyakin said that if funding were given, the film would be finished in a year and a half. However, as of January 2011, the film crew were either not being paid at all (as during one 6-month period) or being paid very little, so progress was very slow.
On June 3, 2011, Soyuzmultdesign published an official booklet for the upcoming film, which says that preparation for shooting the second and final part of the film began on March 3, 2011, and that the final 90-minute film will be released in May 2014. Also, the official English name was revealed to be "Hoffmaniada".
- Soyuzmultdesign "Hoffmaniada" booklet, June 3, 2011. Accessed on: August 12, 2011.
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- Krylov, Valeriy (November 10, 2008). "Михаил Шемякин: «Надоело выпрашивать деньги!»". Smena (in Russian). Retrieved January 15, 2011.
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