The Overcome Film Festival, a festival dedicated to films efforts overcoming adversity, announced its 2021 winners.

Storytellers, filmmakers, developers, and artists from all over the world joined Overcome Film Festival and shared their stories of survival and triumph over adversity. As the festival statement says, " Overcoming is not a destination, it is a journey. It is about finding the will to continue regardless of adversity. That is what makes us human, our will to overcome".

In the animation category, the winner and Best Animated Film was Only a Child, Directed by Simone Giampaolo.

Only a Child can be described as a visual poem which gives shape and color to the words spoken by 12 year-old Severn Suzuki at the United Nations' Rio Summit in 1992, using meaningful images and powerful animated allegories. Severn's speech is a child's desperate call to action aimed to those adults who can make a difference to the future of our planet. That is, all of us.



Starting from the original speech from 1992, I edited a version which doesn't refer to that particular UN Summit nor any specific group of people, in order to make this message universal and true for every viewer. As the speech unfolds we see animated kids from around the world - of different gender, age, features and characteristics - speaking Severn's words. The aim was to show that these sentences could be pronounced by any child of yesterday, today and, in particular, tomorrow.

The rest of the films in the official selection

With Human Eyes, Directed by Angelo Mastrolonardo
A chef wanders through a desolate city, until he meets a starving homeless man. A short about the solidarity movement Cucine Solidali, born in Turin during the 2020 pandemic lockdown. Donating food means exchanging culture and bringing people together


THERE YOU ARE, Directed by Rui Huang
After the death of her mom several years ago, Su feels estranged from her father. In honoring their traditional family camping trip on his birthday, she hopes to reconnect with him. But when her father cancels it in deference to his new girlfriend, Su is forced to deal with her unresolved grief.


The Dalang's Tale, Directed by Irwan Junaidy, Maizura Abas, 'Atiqah Mohd Abu Bakar
The Dalang's Tale is an animated short film about domestic violence with visuals inspired by Malaysian traditional wayang kulit or shadow puppets. Two stories intertwine: one of a workaholic father and his growing impatience with his young son as they make their way to watch a shadow puppet master or dalang's show and the other of a man who dotes on his son but secretly inflicts acts of abuse on his wife before he disappears after a violent incident. .


Lah gah (Letting go), Directed by Cécile Brun
"Lah gah" lets us dive into sunny childhood memories, when a girl is singing and cooking with her father. An intimate moment, so simple. But they're swept along by the wafting mass of dough into the emotional depths of loss and disappearance; Helpless, the child is trying to grasp what is not tangible.


Stable, Directed by Samantha Turner
An anecdotal account of how the unconditional love and understanding of our pets supports us in an overwhelming and disconnected world.


Tierra finita (Finite Soil), Directed by Mariola Olcina Alvarado and Isidro Jiménez Gómez
From the earth we come and on the earth we become... and along the way, we forget the material base that dresses us, nourishes us and allows life on this planet. The hegemony of the white man is the epidemic that depletes the natural resource earth and, the over-consumption and the unreasonable use of technology, leads us to collective suicide that means being left without land on Earth.

In the end, there is nothing left to sustain us. From the earth we come and on the earth we become... and along the way, we forget the material base that dresses us, nourishes us and allows life on this planet. The hegemony of the white man is the epidemic that depletes the natural resource earth and, the over-consumption and the unreasonable use of technology, leads us to collective suicide that means being left without land on Earth. In the end, there is nothing left to sustain us.


Being A Dog, Directed by Felix Swahn
Tim is longing for love. He's a lonely human being who struggles with exclusion every day. Every time Tim feels different than others he transforms into a french bulldog. Ginger makes Tim feel human. Ginger is an old friend of Tim's whom he was in love with, unrequited love. Tim collides with Ginger in the street, they talk and become friends again. After meeting Ginger Tim becomes a dog again. This time he chooses to enjoy being a dog and sees all the possibilities of a dog's life. It's good to be a human being but it's good being a dog sometimes too.

Award Winning Audiovisual Narrative Poetry Films
WINNER - BEST AUDIOVISUAL NARRATIVE POETRY FILM


Yellowstone 88 - Song of Fire, Directed by Jerry van de Beek and Betsy De Fries
A remembrance of the Yellowstone fire that raged unabated for months engulfing the Park until a winter snow of intense severity extinguished the flames. That winter surviving Fauna exhausted from fire and weakened by hunger fall where standing. The cosmos turns and eventually life in the park begins anew.

Films available for viewing on the platform will screen between October 23rd to 29th, 2021 on a limited basis to include all audience members.

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