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Personal stories fuse together as man and bird in a cinematic commentary on immigration. ---------- An animated documentary by Daphna Awadish. Music: Ady Cohen Sound design: Erez Eyni Graphic design: Danielle Peleg ---------- Awards and festivals: Mobile Motion Film Festival, Switzerland: Grand Jury Award Best animation Honorable Mention from the 2015 Anim!Arte - 12th International Student Animation Festival of Brazil "Best Short - Student" award, Traveling Shorts Film Festival, Italy. Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel Cinema Jove, Spain Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia dokumentART - European Film Festival for Documentaries, Germany Lisbon International Film Festival, Portugal Cartoons on the Bay, Italy FILMFEST DRESDEN, Germany KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, The Netherlands 13th IAWRT Asian Women's film festival, India Erarta MOTION PICTURES. International Festival of Shorts about Paintings, Russia International Tour Film Festival, Italy Premio Cinematografico Palena, Italy Madeira Film Festival, Portugal STIFF Student International Film Festival. Croatia LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Ukraine 14th IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival, Bulgaria Cut Out festival, Mexico ALTER-NATIVE 24 International Short Film Festival, Romania Olympia Int'l Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece San Diego Jewish Film Festival, USA Miami Jewish Film Festival, USA Locomoción, Mexico Malmös Exilfilmfestival, Sweden Black Movie International independent film Festival, Geneva MÓNFILMAT FESTIVAL, spain International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival, Turkey Jacksonville Documentary Film Festival, USA Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, Czech Republic Roma Cinema Doc, Italy The Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Israel DC independent film festival, USA Second Asia International (Wenzhou) Youth Short-Film Exhibition, China 9th CMS International Children’s Film Festival, India A-FestFilmROZAFA festival, Albania Moscow Jewish Film Festival, Russia Lanterna Mágica’s International, Brazil Monsoon Asia Film Festival, Taiwan Animaphix - International Festival of Animated Film, Italy UK jewish film festival, UK
► Editing: ♫ Music: Ben Laver ► Concept: I came up with this idea last year while traveling in Roma. I wanted to take a look at the popular Trevi Fountain but I never managed to get close to it. The place was assaulted by hundreds of tourists, some of them formed a huge line to get a spot in front of the Fountain. Needless to say that I was very pissed by this sight and left for the not less crowded Pantheon. I was shocked by the mass of people walking all around the city, yet I was one of them, not better or worst. Like all these tourists, I burned hundred of gallons of fuel to get there, rushed to visit the city in a few days and stayed in a hotel downtown. Then, I remembered a video I watched a few months earlier from the artist Hiérophante ( I decided to make this kind of sarcastic video but with the focus on travel and mass tourism. Hiérophante admitted that his video was "cliché" and that he got inspired by other videos. So I'm basically making fun of something I'm part of. The irony is strong. While the era of mass world tourism and global world travel opened up in the 60s and 70s with the development of Jumbo Jets and low cost airlines, there is a new trend that consists of taking pictures everywhere you go to share it on social networks. During my trip, I felt that many people didn't really enjoy the moment and were hooked to their smartphones. As if the ultimate goal of travel was to brag about it online and run after the likes and followers. In a recent article published by the Guardian, journalist Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett described this phenomena: "These Instagrammers are collectively sucking the joy and spontaneity out of travel photography, and for those unfortunate enough to bump into them abroad, possibly travel itself. We must pity the poor locals, who have to put up with them. [...] Social media encourages the memeification of human experience. Instead of diversity we see homogeneity. It’s extremely boring." In the extreme situation, this image rush can have negative impact on the environment However, I was able to find plenty of nice accounts over my research on Instagram. Some of them were inspiring and lead by talented persons. In the end, social networks are just a tool. For better or worse, (or both). Eventually, I couldn't secure a picture of the Trevi Fountain for my Instragram account but I still had a very nice time in Italy. ► Production: I used images available on public Instagram accounts. Finding and sorting the material took a lot of time but I produced the video over several months when I had time. The process of aligning each and every images manually in relation to the next was very tedious. In terms of copyright, I believe that this type of use fall under the fair use. This is not a commercial project and every image appears for less than 1/4 of a second. Image credit of the video Thumbnail: Eiffeil Tower: Pixabay Lady with Iphone: Stokpic Lady on the beach: Wendy Hero Selfie: Tookapic Japanese temple: Pixabay Map: Pixabay Taken from (Creative Commons Zero CC0 license)
In a fucked up world, two opposite characters meet. Directed by Sophie Markatatos © Royal College of Art, 2016 FB page: Happy to say that it has been selected to +30 festivals so far. Thank you so much! AWARDS 1st Honorary Mention, awarded by Asifa Hellas, the Greek Animation Association, 2018 (Year of competition: 2017) Best student film Award, Animated Dreams, Estonia, 2016 Special Mention from the Jury, Sommets du Cinéma d'Animation, Canada, 2016 Best animation award, Euroshorts, Poland, 2016 Elf Factory Award, 2015-2016 FESTIVAL SELECTIONS Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France, 2017 Seville European Film Festival, Sevilla, Espagne, 2017 Milano Film Festival, Milano, Italy, 2017 (out of competition screening) LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2017 13th World Festival of Animated Film in Varna, Bulgaria, 2017 Anibar Animation Festival, Peja, Kosovo, 2017 Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Fredrikstad , Norway, 2017 Animatou, Festival International du film d'Animation, Genève, Suisse, 2017 Insomnia International Animation Film Festival, Kaluga, Russia GIFF, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2017 MIAF Melbourne Australia 2017 EIFF, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017 World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb, Croatia, 2017 Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, 2017 RGU Film Festival, Aberdeen, Scotland, 2017 BeThere! Corfu Animation Festival, Corfu, Greece, 2017 ITFS, 24th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, Germany, 2017 GLAS Animation Festival, Berkeley, California, USA, 2017 ANIMA, International animation film festival, Brussels, Belgium, 2017 Anim!Arte festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2017 U.F.O Kurzfilmfestival, Leipzig, Germany, 2017 29th Angers Premiers Plans European film festival, France, 2017 ANNY Animation Nights in New York, USA, 2017 MOV - III Festival Internacional de Cinema Universitário de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil, 2017 L'Alternativa, 23nd Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain, 2016 Les Sommets du cinéma d'animation, Festival international de Montréal, Canada, 2016 Euroshorts, Short Film Festival, Gdańsk, Poland, 2016 ReAnimania International Animation Film Festival of Yerevan, Armenia, 2016 Animated Dreams International Animation Film Festival, Tallinn, Estonia, 2016 PRIMANIMA , Budaörs, Hungary, 2016
In memory of my father, my grandparents and the inner mountains of Portugal - Trás-os-Montes (2017). I think the best way to tell a story is to speak of something intrinsic to you. The more you know about the subject you are dealing with, the deeper people will connect with the film, by seeing their own reflections in it. This short film blurs the line between documentary and fiction, since it is based on a true story, from my own grandparents, but it could be anybody’s story - in this case, a woman in Macau. The universality of storytelling is what pushes me to insert this tiny narratives on a much broader subject that me and Vhils have been tackling. And that is, generally speaking, the pace at which the world is moving today. It has sped up dramatically from 20 years back. And while that has brought us infinite positive things and progress, it also created new questions and paradigms. Is the world still a big place? We take 3 hours to drive 300kms, but we can send a photograph to the other side of the world in one second. Are distances getting smaller? Is the world shrinking? Are the gaps between us getting smaller? Or are we drifting apart? We’re constantly texting, talking, posting about everything and anything, but are we really communicating most of the times? And maybe more importantly - is anybody really listening?
 As a curiosity, the only super 8 shot that is used in this film portraying a woman and her baby (a big friend of mine) is actual footage from Macau in late 1970s. Domingos Silva, his father, was always documenting their life in Macau and he kindly sent me a pack of old videos and it was with absolute pleasure that I made a small homage to his family and any other family who has lived there in the past. Thank you so much to Sin Ting Yung for translating AND reading my story in cantonese for the third time. It's been 2 years since the first one and I am very grateful for having the opportunity to express myself in cantonese. Thanks to Tiago Silva, Li Chongyu and Locanda Films for being an indispensable help on local production while in Macau and helping me get whatever I needed when I needed. And finally, thank you to Vhils and all the Vhilstudio Team who joined us in Macau : Alex, André, Russo, Juca, Viktor, Zhao, Tiago and Li, for one more amazing job done in such a small timeframe. You guys are truly hard working beasts ;) Full credits : Artwork : Vhils Written & Directed by : José Pando Lucas Production : Solid Dogma, Vhilstudio Camera & Edit : José Pando Lucas Sound Mix : Chullage, José Pando Lucas Voice Over : Sin Ting Yung Translation : Sin Ting Yung, Miguel Moore Local Production : António Faria Aerial Footage : Crane Productions Super 8 : Domingos Silva Vhilstudio Manager, Asia : Tiago Silva Communication Manager, Asia : Li Chongyu Vhilstudio Manager, Portugal : Duarte Cavalinhos Artist Assistants : Alexander Silva, Alex Zhao, André Alves, Duarte Cavalinhos, Ionut Clipacs, Luís Alcatrão, Paulo Piedade, Viktor So Lost, Sin Ting Yung, Tiago Silva Editorial Content : Miguel Moore