23-year-old animator Zachary John Conlu’s short film “Tella” recently won back-to-back awards at the
Toronto Indie Shorts and the Reale Film Festival.
The 12-minute animated film recently received the Toronto Indie Shorts Festival’s Best Songwriter Award and won the Reale Film Festival’s Monthly Best Soundtrack Award.
Conlu, a graduate of AB Animation from De La Salle-College de Saint Benilde, has been working on his passion project for two years starting in 2018. He finished his film last year with two incredible partners. While Conlu took on the role of creator and animator, Pauline Jan Villanueva created the musical score and Anthony Tobias directed the sound design for the short film.
“Tella was a passionate project. I worked there intermittently for two years, since I was also a freelance animator. The budget was really small and came from my own pocket. No other outside source, ”he said in an interview.
Conlu said he originally wanted to work on a bigger story, but chose to reduce the focus of the project due to labor and budget limitations.
“Tella” is the story of a lost girl and a star falling from the sky. The two discover the power of kindness and friendship as the girl helps the star return to the night sky.
To watch the movie, check out this post from Zachary John Conlu.
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