City Paradise
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    City Paradise

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    United Kingdom


    6 min

    • English

    Animation, Short

    Tomoko arrives to London from Japan and comes accross a secret underground city. When she finds it, everything changes.


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    • Special Jury Award (Short Films) - Annecy International Animation FF
    • Audience Award (Lab Competition) - Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF
    • Animated Dreams Award for Best Design - Tallinn Black Nights FF
    • Grand Prize of European Fantasy Short Film in Silver - Sitges IFF
    • Jury Award for Best Animation - San Diego Asian FF
    • Best First Professional Work - Ottawa International Animation Festival
    • Most Innovative Short - Aspen Shortsfest


    Labels & Line Ups


    Hiroe Takei
    Robert Stevenson
    Rachel Phillips
    Katerina Athanasopoulou
    Gaëlle Denis
    Sarah Bartles Smith
    Tony Fish
    Jocelyn Mienniel and Joanna Newsom
    Gaëlle Denis

    Gaëlle Denis


    Gaëlle Denis is a French-born artist and filmmaker who relocated to London in 2000, to complete an MA in Animation Direction at the Royal College of Art. She has gained numerous accolades for her unique approach to story-telling, using varied media: animation, live action, theatre and advertising. She directed several award-winning shorts including FISH NEVER SLEEP (premiere in the Official Competition of the Cannes FF, Cinéfondation 2002 and BAFTA nomination 2003), CITY PARADISE (50 awards, BAFTA nominee 2005) and AFTER THE RAIN, a Film 4 & UK Film Council Cinema Extreme scheme (premiere in the official selection of the Clermont-Ferrand FF). In 2014, her short CROCODILE premiered at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes and won the Canal+ Award.

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