Ajyal Film Festival 2021


All Days

  • A Story for 2 Trumpets

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    An enchanting and beautifully crafted animated short, ‘A Story for 2 Trumpets’ tells the tale of a young girl’s evolution into a woman and an artist. Through a series of spellbinding pastel vignettes accompanied by dreamlike music, we are whisked into a surreal world where metaphors and personal experiences melt together. A captivating tale about metamorphosis, adolescence and how the creative process can draw inspiration from all of life’s experiences.

    Amandine Meyer / France / Short Animation

  • Canary

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Canary birds are highly sensitive to their environments. Because of this, they were often used in mining as an indicator to see if the air was safe to breathe. Young Sonny doesn’t like mining much, and he trains his pet canary to play dead so they can take the day off. A prank that leads to unintentional disaster in this well-crafted animated short about honesty, integrity, and friendship.  

    Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault / Canada / Short Animation

  • Ice Merchants

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their house attached to a cliff high in the cold mountains. They carry with them their precious cargo of ice that they produce by freezing water outside their sub-zero home. One day the temperature begins to creep above freezing leading to dire consequences for the family in this foreboding animation about climate change and its effects.

    João Gonzalez / Portugal, United Kingdom, France / Short Animation

  • It's Nice In Here

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    A fragmented portrait of a boy nicknamed Crimson, seen through the eyes of the police officer that took his life and his best friend who witnessed it all. The film explores how stories surrounding police brutality get told. With two opposing narratives being presented, we are reminded that we are constantly swimming in a carefully curated reality where we must continually question our own subjective biases, in the faint hope of discovering the objective truth.

    Robert-Jonathan Koeyers / Netherlands / Short Animation

  • The Most Boring Granny In The Whole World

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Young Greta thinks she might have the most boring grandma in the whole world. She never lets her play with her antiques or colour in old black and white photographs. One day while her granny naps on the couch, Greta hosts a mock funeral, inviting all her toys as guests. Her granny awakes, and they realise together how precious time can be in this charmingly contemplative short about mortality and living life to the fullest.

    Damaris Zielke / Germany / Short Animation

  • Suzie in the Garden

    Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2022

    Suzie is an inquisitive little girl who frequently visits an allotment outside the city with her parents. One day she meets a black dog and discovers a mysterious garden. Initially frightened by the person that lives there, Suzie soon picks up the courage to explore when she finds a lost key on the path. Beautifully textured with oil paints on layers of glass above a lightbox, ‘Suzie in the Garden’ is a charming animation about childhood innocence and discovery.

    Lucie Sunková / Czech Republic / Short Animation