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Awards and Nominations

Festival Result
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Nominated
London International Animation Festival 2011 (Audience Award for Best British Film) Won
London International Animation Festival 2011 (Jury Special Mention for Best of Festival) Won
Austin Film Festival 2011 (Jury Grand Prize for Documentary) Won
Heartland Film Festival 2011 (Crystal Heart Award) Won
Chicago International Film Festival 2011 (Jury Special Mention) Won
United Nations Association Film Festival 2011 (Special Video Award Won
Leeds International Film Festival 2011 (Augstin Award for British Shorts) Won
Bristol Encounters International Film Festival 2011 (Creative Filmmaker Award - NAHEMI) Won
Bristol Encounters International Film Festival 2011 (Jury Honourable Mention for Documentary) Won
Bilbao International Festival of Docuementary and Short Films 2011 (Golden Mikeldi for Animation) Won
Munich International Festival of Film Schools 2011 (Arte Short Film Award) Won
Krakow International Film Festival - Etiuda & Anima 2011 (Golden Jabberwocky for Best Student Animation) Won
One World Media Awards 2012 (Student Award Catagory) Nominated
British Universities Film & Video Council 2012 - Learning On Screen (Postgraduate Student Production) Won
British Universities Film & Video Council 2012 - Learning On Screen (Premier Award) Won
59th Belgrade Documentary & Short Film Festival (Best Docuementary Film) Won
It's All True Documentary Film Festival 2012 (Best Documentary Short Film) Won
Royal Television Society Student Television Awards 2012 (Postgraduate Animation) Nominated
Busan International Short Film Festival 2012 (Best Experimental Film) Won
NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award) Won
Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival 2012 (Best Documentary) Won
Anilogue International Animation Festival 2011 (Vienna Audience Award) Won
Sheffield DocFest 2011 (Student Docuemtnary Award) Nominated
Recontres Henri Langlois International Film Schools Festoval 2011 (Amnesty International France Prize Won
International Student Film Festival London 2012 (Best Documentary Short) Won
International Student Film Festival London 2012 (Audience Choice Award) Won
Thin Line Film Festival 2012 (Best Student Film) Won
Sedona International Film Festival 2012 (Audience Choice Award for Best Animated Film) Won
Peace on Earth Film Festival 2012 (Best Animation) Won
Bermuda International Short Film Festival 2012 (Special Jury Mention) Won
Roanne International Festival of Animated Short Films 2012 (International Jury Special Distinction Won
Aspen ShortsFest 2012 (Best Animation) Won
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2012 (President's Award) Won
Dallas International Film Festival 2012 (Jury Special Mention) Won
Athens International Film & Video Festival 2012 (First Prize Animation) Won
Leiden International Short Film Experience 2012 (Jury Special Mention) Won
Wimbledon Short Film Festival 2012 (Best Film) Won
Wimbledon Short Film Festival 2012 (Audience Award) Won
Guanajuato International Film Festival (Special Jury Mention) Won
Docutah Southern-Utah International Documentary Film Festival 2012 (Best Student Short Film) Won
Mill Valley Film Festival (BAFTA LA Certificate of Excellence) Won
Philadelphia Film & Animation Festival 2012 (Best Student Short) Won
Cinema Eye Honors 2013 (Outstanding Achievement in Non-Fiction Short Filmmaking Finalist


2011 9mins14 secs Colour Dolby Digital Pixilation with mixed-media animation

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother.

However, horrific circumstances mean that she will be forced to wait for over 30 years. Using real-life testimonials this animated documentary raises issues of memory, repression and loss.


  • Geraldine McEwan Abuelas (Voice)
  • Joy McBrinn Abuela
  • Jenney Surelia & Lukasz Platkowski Tango Dancers
  • Alexia James Little Girl
  • Sofia Margaritis Baby
Filmmakers Role Department
Afarin Eghbal Director & Co-Writer Directing Animation
Kasia Malipan Producer Producing
Claire Buxton Cinematographer Cinematography
Francesca Gardiner Co-Writer Screenwriting
Inês Afonso Production Designer Production Design
Harry Dodd-Noble Production Manager Production Management for Film
Katherine Lee Editor Editing
Nikola Zivojinovic Sound Designer & Re-recording Mixer Sound Designing for Film & Television
Lennert Busch Composer Composing for Film & Television
Nicholas Thompson SFX Supervisor Digital Effects
Belgin Kaplan Colourist and Online Editor Digital Effects
Ernesto Herrmann Motion Control Consultant Digital Effects
Xan Márquez Caneda Sound Recordist Sound Recording for Film and Television