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The Parrot Lady

Inspired by a true story, 'The Parrot Lady' is an artistic contemplation on a woman's life who chose to live on the streets with her parrots, afraid of dying alone in her home.


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


"Although the Parrot Lady was inspired by a fascinating, real life character that is always seen roaming the streets of my beach-town in the island of Cyprus, the film is not intended to be a documentary but rather a more abstract and artistic interpretation of her story. Intrigued by the portrait of this figure that chooses to live outdoors with her beloved parrots, her story aims to create empathy and raise awareness for the elder members of our society that live alone, who have no one to turn to and whose biggest fear is that of dying alone and unnoticed. For the creation of the film, we used a combination of traditional and digital 2D Animation techniques. We also paid special attention to the sound design in order to provide the appropriate emotional undertone for the film, while the soundtrack also features the music of an upcoming local artist." - Michalis Kalopaidis, Director & Producer

Duration: 6:45
Technique: 2D Animation
Language: Greek
Production Year: 2020
Produced by: Zedem Media in Co-Production with the
Cyprus Ministry of Culture, Education, Sport and Youth.

AWARDS

San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Official Selection-Competition Section
Award: Jury Prize for 'Best Animated Short Film 2021'
San Francisco, CA, USA

Los Angeles Animation Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Award: 1st Prize Award in the Humanitarian category
Los Angeles, CA, USA

AnimaSyros
Official Selection - International Competition
Award: Honorable Mention by the Greek Film Centre for Centre for “the sensitive, emotional and poetic approach"
Greece

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Vancouver International Film Festival
Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Canada

International Short Film Festival of Drama
European Film Academy Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - International Competition
Greece

International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
European Film Academy Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - National Competition
Cyprus

Raindance
OSCARS, BAFTA & Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
United Kingdom

Interfilm - International Short Film Festival Berlin
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Germany

Cleveland International Film Festival
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
USA

CineLebu - Festival Internacional de Cine de Lebu
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Chile

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Bulgaria

Anim'est
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Romania

Izmir International Short Film Festival
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - International Panorama
Turkey

Cinanima
Official Selection - Grand Panorama
Portugal

Shorts Mexico
Official Selection - Competition Section
Mexico

Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
USA

Sonoma International Film Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
USA

BANJA LUKA International Animation Film Festival
Official Selection - International Panorama
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rome Indipendent Film Festival (RIFF Awards)
Official Selection - Competition Section
Italy

Palm Springs International Animation Film Festival & Expo
Official Selection - Competition Section
USA

TAF - Thessaloniki Animation Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Greece

Chicago International REEL Shorts Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
USA

Athens Animfest
Official Selection - Competition Section
Greece

Paris International Animation Film Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
France

Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival
Official Selection-National Competition Section
Greece

TiSFF - Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival
Official Selection
Greece

Micro μ Film Festival
Official Selection-Competition Section
Greece

International Film Festival of Larissa
Official Selection
Greece

Animattikon
Official Selection - Competition Section
Cyprus

International Micro μ Festival
Official Selection
Greece

Animate Australia
Official Selection
Australia

FULL CREDITS LIST

Producer & Director: Michalis Kalopaidis

Script: Georgia Bloo Nicolaou

Narration: Marina Mandri

Art Director: Constantinos Hadjidemetri

Animation: Andria Pourouti, Eleni Catharine Demetriou, Demetra Ntakaki, Maria Savva, Lydia Huijbregts Jaen, Mara Ungureanu, Rafael Kallistratou, Michalis Kontonikola, Rafael Englezos, Kostis Kyriakou, Stavros Christoforou, Mari Kask, Alexandros Kimonides, Thanos Giouvanoudis

Compositing & VFX: Maria Savva

Storyboarding: Constantinos Hadjidemetri, Jeanne Bornet, Dimitra Ntakaki

Sound Design: Andreas Trachonitis

Translation: Effie Gavriel

Music: Eleni Era


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