The Orchestra

Developed and financed with the assistance of
Screen Australia.


INFORMATION

2D Animation   1:1.78    Colour    15 minutes
Sales & Distribution: Autour de Minuit 

CREW
Director | Mikey Hill
Producer | Melanie Brunt
Writers | Mikey Hill & Jennifer Smith
Key Animators | Andrew Bowler, Mikey Hill & Peter Lowey
Background Artist | Jason Pamment
Composer | Jamie Messenger
Sound Designer | Markus Kellow

AWARDS & SELECTED SCREENINGS
2015  Dendy Awards Finalist | Sydney Film Festival
(Aust)
2015  Winner – Runner Up Best Animation | Palm Springs International ShortFest (USA)
2015  Winner – Best Sound Design | Anima Mundi (Brazil)
2015  Official Selection | Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival (USA)
2015  Winner – Audience Award for Best Animation | MIAF (Aust)
2015  Jury Special Mention |Sitges Internacional Cinema de Fantastique (Spain)
2015  Official Selection | Austin Film Festival (USA)
2015  Winner – Best World Short | Savannah Film Festival (USA)
2015  Winner – Best Sound | Australian Sound Guild Awards
2015  Winner – Best Animation | ATOM Awards (Aust)
2015  Nominated for Best Short Animation | AACTA Awards (Aust)
2016  Winner – Yoram Gross Award for Best Australian Short Animation | Flickerfest International Short Film Festival (Aust)
2016  Winner – Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animated Short Film | Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA)
2016  Winner – Best Children’s Animation – GLAS Animation Film Festival (USA)
2016  Winner – Best Animation Short – Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (USA)
2016  Official Selection | Tribeca Film Festival
2016  Winner – SEIKO Award – Tokyo Anime Award Festival (Japan)
2016  Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Use of Music | Nashville Film Festival (USA)
2016  Honorable Mention | RiverRun Film Festival (USA)
2016  Honorable Mention – The Clover & Maggie Award: In Celebration of Life | Cleveland International Film Festival (USA)
2016  Official Selection | San Francisco International Film Festival (USA)
2016  Winner – Best international Short Film | Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (Canada)
2016  Winner – Colour Box Award | Flatpack Film Festival (UK)
2016  Winner – Best Animation & Winner Best Original Score | St Kilda Film Festival (Australia)
2016  Winner – Festival Award (International Offical Selection) | XI International Film Festival of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games Animayo (Gran Canaria, Spain)
2016  Winner – Special PRIX “Pr. Proykov” | Golden Kuker-Sofia International Animation Film Festival (Bulgaria)
2016  Jury Special Mention – Imaginaria Animation Film Festival (Italy)
2016  Winner – Best Animation | DC Shorts (USA)
2016  Winner – Excellence in Narrative Short Storytelling | Destiny City Film Festival (USA)
2016  Winner of Best Animated Short | Nevada City Film Festival (USA)
2016  Winner Best Animation Short | Best Short Fest (Canada)

SYNOPSIS
Imagine a world where a band of tiny musicians follow you and play a soundtrack for your life – communicating your emotions, fears and hopes. In this world lives elderly Vernon; a lonely man whose crippling shyness causes his orchestral musicians to perform terribly out of tune.When Vernon and his little band fall for their new next door neighbour and her classical ensemble, they find themselves presented with perhaps their last chance at happiness – a chance to strike a chord and play in harmony. But first they must confront their stage fright.

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