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Animation program

was compiled by Pavel Loparev in collaboration with #animatorsagainstwar 





More than 100 Russian artists and animators along with musicians and sound-designers have made and keep making animated shorts in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 


Более 100 российских художников и аниматоров, при участии музыкантов и саунд-дизайнеров, работают над созданием коротких анимационных роликов, выступая против агрессии России в Украине. 




by Keshav Abrol, Lucas Londoño-Clayton, Pavel Loparev & Alicia Velasco Puppet animation, 03min 47s




Every morning, a bearded man must complete a strange and difficult ritual to prepare himself for the day ahead. This is a story about social adaptation, the need to hide your nature in order to be accepted by society.


This film is the graduation project of a Master's Degree in stop-motion at BAU Design College of Barcelona of an international team of students from Russia, UK, Venezuela, and India.


Screened at over 40 festivals around the world. Recipient of:

- Gold Award in Audiovisual Design - ADG Laus Awards (Spain)

- Best Student Film - Open World Animation Festival (USA)

- Honorable Mention Stop Motion Short - Florida Animation Festival (USA)

- Special Jury Mention - Short of the Year (Spain)



Boy who shouted 


by Masha Serebryakova 



Boy plays with a flashlight and with his own shadow, tricking everyone around and scaring them. He wants to communicate, but nobody is willing to participate in this game.



I studied at Moscow animation studio “tzeh”, there I have finished muppet making and animation directing courses, animated and directed my diploma short film “Boy who shouted”. I teached animation workshops at BFM studio and at the “Insomnia” festival. I have also worked as a teacher of animation for children and teens with autism at “Autism Challenge Center”.



I have written, animated and directed short film “Boy who shouted”, worked as an animator on "10 episodes in black" 2018; “Аквариум - Бабушки (Official Video) 2020”; “Аукцыон. Сердце. Альбом "Мечты" (2020)”.





by Leonid Shmelkov  



Born in 1982, Moscow.

2005 - graduated from Moscow State University of Printing, Graphic Arts department

Since 2005, participating in exhibitions, drawing pictures in children's magazines, illustrating books.

Since 2007 - a member of the Commonwealth of illustrators' "Magic Saw"

In 2009 graduated from School-studio "SHAR" on a specialty director of animation films.

Currently working as a director, designer and animator, as well as drawing illustrations for children's

books and making workshops with children.



Animated film "Busstop", 2007 (director, screenwriter, animator, artist)

Diploma animated film "Dog-walking ground", 2009 (director, screenwriter, animator, artist)

Series for the animated series "VEZUHA!" studio "MetronomeFilms"

Social Advertising "Hedgehog," advertising agency «MOV!E», 2009 (co-director, designer, animator)

Animated film "Pryg-skok" ("Hopfrog"), 2012 (director, screenwriter, animator, artist)



Программа LGBTQ анимации



Shall We Talk?


by Katya Mikheeva

Animated documentary, 05min 00s



Polina is a bisexual Russian girl. This documents her coming out to her family.


The world premiere of this animadoc took place at the biggest animation festival in Annecy, France. 



Katya Mikheeva was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia. She studied animation at HSE Design University. In 2020 she moved to France to continue her studies at La Poudrière school.

Filmography: CYBER-EVE (2020), Shall we talk? (2020), Tamed (2018), Dacha, Aliens, Cucumbers (2018)




Lada, Ivan’s sister


by Olesya Shchukina 

Animated documentary, 7min 29s



A documentary animation based on the real story of Lada, a transgender woman from Russia. She tells her and her brother Ivan’s secret.



Olesya Shchukina is an animation filmmaker and illustrator born in St Petersburg, Russia. 2012, she graduated from La Poudrière. Olesya lives and works in France. Her practice turns a lot around paper cut-out animation. Her selected works include The Red Heels (2011, La Poudrière), The Elephant and The Bicycle (2014, Folimage), and The Sled (2016, Soyuzmultfilm).



By showing this film, which became the first Russian melodrama dedicated to the theme of same-sex love, we want to emphasize that in Russia there are voices of tolerance and acceptance of other cultures and not all Russians support the war. 


Показывая этот фильм, ставший первой российской мелодрамой, посвященной теме однополой любви, мы хотим подчеркнуть, что в России есть голоса толерантности и принятия других культур и не все русские поддерживают войну. 


You I love

Улюмжи. Я люблю тебя


Olga Stolpovskaja

Dmitriy Troitskiy



Vera and Tim are successful young professionals. Everything changes one night when Tim hits a young Kalmyk immigrant to Moscow, Uloomji, with his car. The two men begin a affair while Vera struggles to comprehend their bond and her boyfriend’s erratic behavior. She is dragged reluctantly into a love triangle.


The film is a participant of the Berlin International Film Festival 2004, the competition program of the Kinotavr 2004 festival, the Best Foreign Film Award at the festival in New York, the Audience Award in Grenoble.


The film was released in cinemas in the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Australia, and Russia.


Фильм том, как трудно решится на любовь, и о том, сколько недоразумений и курьезов подстерегают современных москвичей, в квартире у которых поселяется приезжий калмык.


Участник Берлинского МКФ 2004 года, конкурсной программы фестиваля Кинотавр 2004, Приз «Лучший иностранный фильм» на фестивале в Нью-Йорке, Приз зрительских симпатий в Гренобле.

Фильм вышел в кинопрокат в США, Франции, Германии, Испании, Мексике, Австралии, России.

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