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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

Los Angeles Animation Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Award: 1st Prize Award in the Humanitarian category
Los Angeles, CA, USA, December 6, 2020

AnimaSyros
Official Selection - International Competition
Award:Honorable Mention by the Greek Film Centre for Centre for “the sensitive, emotional and poetic approach"
Greece, September 23, 2020

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Festival
Canada, September 24, 2020

Interfilm - International Short Film Festival Berlin
Official Selection - Competition Section
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Germany, November 11, 2020

Raindance
Official Selection - Competition Section
OSCARS, BAFTA & Canadian Screen Award Qualifying Festival
United Kingdom, October 28, 2020

International Short FIlm Festival of Drama
Official Selection - International Competition
European Film Academy Award Qualifying Festival
Greece, September 22, 2020

International Short Film Festival of Cyprus
Official Selection - National Competition
European Film Academy Award Qualifying Festival
Cyprus, October 15, 2020

IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Bulgaria, September 15, 2020

Animest
Official Selection - Competition Section
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Romania, November 9, 2020

Izmir International Short Film Festival
OSCARS Award Qualifying Festival
Official Selection - International Panorama
Turkey, November 2, 2020

Cinanima
Official Selection - Grand Panorama
Portugal, November 9, 2020

Shorts Mexico
Official Selection - Competition Section
Mexico, September 2, 2020

Rome Indipendent Film Festival (RIFF Awards)
Official Selection - Competition Section
Italy, November 27, 2020

TAF - Thessaloniki Animation Festival
Official Selection - Competition Section
Greece, October 22, 2020

BANJA LUKA International Animation Film Festival
Official Selection - International Panorama
Bosnia and Herzegovina,
October 24, 2020

TiSFF - Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival
Official Selection
Greece, October 15, 2020

Animattikon
Official Selection - Competition Section
Cyprus, October 30, 2021

International Micro μ Festival
Official Selection (The festival does not have a competition section)
Greece, Nov 26, 2020

Animate Australia
Official Selection - (The festival does not have a competition section)
January 30, 2021

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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