TYS2015 alumni, Hanna Jovin (animator for White Lines), is directing Erika, a short fiction film based on the true story of Sidika Delić Hadzihasanovic. It is set in the 1940’s, during the Nazi occupation of the city of Bihać, in Bosnia. The story follows two young girls, Sidika Delić and Erika Richter, as they develop a lasting friendship, despite being on opposite sides of war. Erika is written by two-time Toronto Youth Shorts award winner, Jessie Posthumus. If their past collaborations are any indication on the quality of their work, then Erika is definitely something we're excited to see in the near future. Support the film and get updates on the production through their Kickstarter campaign.
Why Do Flowers Die? is an animated short film about Rose, a 10-year-old-girl, who questions why people give flowers as gifts when her own start to die. Why Do Flowers Die? is directed and produced by Annie Amaya (Tanabata, 2015 and Grow, 2016). Based on her experiences during the period where her mother battled cancer (the basis of Grow), Why Do Flowers Die? examines this centuries-old universal gesture of expression, celebration, and mourning in face of the irony behind it. The Toronto Youth Shorts team loved her two previous pieces (I even personally programmed Tanabata into the festival) and we can't wait to see the film once it's complete. Take a look at Annie's behind-the-scenes process in making the film, including storyboards, at her Tumblr page.