Production platform for the development and realisation of creative works in the fields of film, video, text and music.


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  • vier Menschen stehen vor rotem Hintergrund


    Khaled Abdulwahed
    D 2023, 64'
  • Film Poster mit abstraktem Motiv


    Mareike Bernien & Alex Gerbaulet
    D 2022, 39'
  • Filmposter 'Europe'


    Philip Scheffner
    DE/FR 2022, 105'
  •  Frau mit Mikrophon


    Merle Kröger & Mareike Bernien


  • The online archive project THE FIFTH WALL by Merle Kröger and Mareike Bernien about the filmmaker and editor Navina Sundaram is transferred into the exhibition space Betonhalle at silent green and can be seen there, accompanied by events and film series, from July 4-14, 2024.

    10. June 2024
  • We are very pleased that our film BACKGROUND by Khaled Abdulwahed will be shown as an installation in the exhibition Echoes of the Brother Countries at the House of World Cultures in Berlin from March 2 to May 20, 2024.

    29. February 2024
  • Our film SUN UNDER GROUND by Alex Gerbaulet and Mareike Bernien can be seen online on the European streaming platform THIS IS SHORT until February 19.

    05. February 2024


  • Our film BACKGROUND can be seen at this year's Alchemy Film & Arts festival in Hawick, UK. In the presence of the director Khaled Abdulwahed.

  • UK premiere of our film BACKGROUND by Khaled Abdulwahed at the Open City Documentary Festival in London. In the presence of the director.

  • BACKGROUND by Khaled Abdulwahed at Wolf cinema as part of the ALFILM festival in Berlin.


  •  Frau mit Mikrophon


    Merle Kröger & Mareike Bernien
  • Poster von "KC"


    Dorothee Wenner

About pong

pong stands for the production of creative film projects on the border to the arts – films in which the filmmakers’ aesthetic and / or political positions are formed and expressed. 

The production platform was founded by authors / filmmakers / producers Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner in 2001. Both had gathered film production experience through the video collective dogfilm (1992 - 2000). 

In 2014 pong was joined by authors / filmmakers / producers Caroline Kirberg and Alex Gerbaulet who became shareholders and CEOs in January 2022. Author / filmmaker Mareike Bernien is part the team since 2018. 

Apart from producing films by our own team members we focus on newcomer projects and international coproductions, aiming to expand pong as a platform for moving images as well as sound, music and text.

  • Alex Gerbaulet had already been working as a trained artist in film and teaching for several years when she joined pong in 2014, where she also learnt how to produce. Her artistic works oscillate between documentary style, essay, activist impulses and fictionalised reflection. Among other topics, they examine the representability of reality and memory. Her films, some of which have won several awards, include SHIFT (2015), THE SLEEPER (2018), as well as DEPTH OF FIELD (2017) and SUN UNDER GROUND (2022), both together with Mareike Bernien. 2020-21 she was a fellow in the Berlin funding programme Artistic Research/gkfd. Since 2006, she has repeatedly worked for film festivals such as the Kassel DOKfest, the European Media Art Festival Osnabrück, the Duisburger Filmwoche or the Diagonale in Graz and has many years of experience in practice-related and film-theoretical teaching in Germany and abroad, including at the Braunschweig University of Art and Design, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. Since 2023, she has been supervising newcomer film projects as a mentor of the Professional Media Master Class in Halle.

    In the pong team, she works as managing director and lead producer focussing on documentary films, project development and dramaturgy.

    Contact: gerbaulet(at)

  • Merle Kröger works and teaches as a dramaturge, screenwriter and novelist. She has published numerous award-winning novels with Argument Verlag. Her most recent multi-award-winning novel THE EXPERTS was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. In her novels, Kröger combines historical research, personal history and political analysis with elements of crime fiction. She is also the co-author of Philip Scheffner's films. Most recently, she designed and published the online archive THE FIFTH WALL together with Mareike Bernien.

    In the pong team, Kröger currently works primarily as a dramaturge and producer.

  • Philip Scheffner has been working as a visual artist since 1985. His feature-length artistic documentaries THE HALFMOON FILES (2007), THE DAY OF THE SPARROW (2010), REVISION (2012) and HAVARIE (2016) have been screened worldwide and honoured with numerous awards. Scheffner's first fiction feature EUROPE premiered at the Berlinale in 2022. Since 2021 he holds the professorship for Documentary Practices at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.

    In the pong team, Scheffner works with a special focus on editing and project development.

  • Mareike Bernien is an artist, filmmaker and teacher based in Berlin. In her work, she focuses on memory politics, media archaeology and critical archival practices. Her award-winning films include SUN UNDER GROUND (2022) and DEPTH OF FIELD (2017), both with Alex Gerbaulet. She has taught at the intersection of theory and practice at various art institutions and currently teaches at the Media Art Department of the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.

    In the pong team, she works with a focus on project development and dramaturgy.