Animated documentary film based on five true stories

The short animated documentary film Father (2012, 16’30”) features five parallel realities in which the impossible dialogue between a child and a father would take place. The film is based on the authentic experiences of several young people – interviewed by Diana Ivanova – and then put together in an animated documentary story by five unique animation directors.

Father is a great example of a successful international collaboration: It is a Bulgarian, Croatian, German co-production; the screenplay advisor was famous British filmmaker Phil Mulloy; in charge of the overall direction and supervision was Bulgarian director Ivan Bogdanov, who worked with five directors from across Europe to create five stories: Moritz Mayerhofer from Germany, Asparuh Petrov and Rositsa Raleva from Bulgaria, Dmitry Yagodin from Russia, and Veljko Popović from Croatia.

Father was produced by Compote Collective in co-production with Bonobostudio and Eyecatch Productions, and supported by Robert Bosch Foundation, Croatian Audiovisual Centre and Bulgarian National Film Centre.

Production Information

Running Time: 15:00 Minutes
Format: 35mm / HDCam / digiBeta / BetaSP Color, 16:9 5.1 Dolby Digital / 2.0 Stereo
Software: Lightwave 3d, Project Messiah Studio, TV Paint, Photoshop, After Effects
Release Date: May 2012


Nominated – Best Animated Short – German Short Film Award 2013

Golden Dove /Goldene Taube for Animated Film – DOK Leipzig 2012
1st Prize for Animated Documentary Film – Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2013
Special Jury Mention – Croatian Animated Film Festival 2012
Best Animated Film Award – Days of Croatian Film 2012
Grand Prix – Golden Kuker 2012
Best Animated Film in National Competition – In the Palace 2012
Special Mention Balkan Competition – Anibar 2012
Bulgarian Filmmakers’ Union Award – Varna World Festival of Animated Film 2012
Best Short Film Award – Anim’est 2012
Best Director Award – Goldfish Children’s Animation Festival 2012
2nd Prize – Expotoons International Animation Festival 2012
Audience Award – Banja Luka Animated Film Festival 2012
1st Prize – Animax Skopje Fest 2012
Best Animated Film – Golden Rhyton 2012
Best Animated Film – 0110 International Digital Film Festival 2013
CIFEJ Prize for the best film for children – Tehran International Animation Festival 2013
3rd Prize – Athens Animfest 2013
Best Animated Film – European Film Festival Lille 2013
Audience Award – Be There! Corfu Animation Festival 2013
Special Mention – Gulf Film Festival 2013
Best Animated Short Film – Anifilm 2013

70+ Screenings including ITFS Stuttgart, Annecy, Hiroshima, Flickerfest, …


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