Birds Dream

The animated short film Birds Dream is shot using stop-motion technique, and its ‘actors’ are bird models handcrafted by the artist. Its concept derives from the artist’s own series of painting Bird and live animation performance the sparrow and the raven (2012).


Birds Dream trailer from Chai Mi on Vimeo.

YEAR: 2014 March
DURATION: 10 mins
ANIMATION/SCRIPT/DIRECTOR   Chai Mi
SOUND   Zhang Xuan
MUSIC     thruoutin (Brad Seippel)

Synopsis

A new-born sparrow entered a world full of colourful objects and strange birds. When curiously idling in this world, the sparrow found a new-born raven with which it began to explore the place together. They encountered all sorts of strange birds and mysterious geometric shapes of different colours. Their encounters have made them bewilder and fantasise, soon their body start to change as well…

Selected Screening

  • 2016 Out To See Festival,Animation Night, South Street Seaport, New York city, USA
  • 2016 Animamix Biennale China short artistic Animation program, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • 2016 19th International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia (Animac), PETIT ANIMAC sessions, Lleida, Spain
  • 2015 HELSINKI FESTIVAL, FOCUS CHINA, 25X25-CLOSE ENCOUNTER program, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2015 Toronto Animated Image Society’s annual Showcase, screening at Cinecycle, Toronto, Canada
  • 2015 New Direction in Chinese Animation screening program and speech, ICA The institute of contemporary art, Boston, USA
  • 2015 Chinese Women artist video art festival, Mexico city, Mexico
  • 2015 ANIMASIVO Mexico City Animation Festival, Young animator from China program, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 2015 2nd China woman Film festival, Beijing, China, Best Film Award
  • 2015 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, official selection, Annecy, France
  • 2015 10th Athens Animfest International Animation Festival,Official Experimental Section, Athens, Greece.
  • 2015 22nd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film,“ANIMAGORIA” program, Stuttgart, German
  • 2015 18th Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF), Official competition, Utrecht, Holland
  • 2014 Underwire Women’s Short Film Festival 2014, DVDBANG (East Asian film program), London, UK 
  • 2014 Les Rencontres Internationales (New cinema and contemporary art), video library, Paris, Berlin  
  • 2014 23rd edition of the St. Louis international Film Festival (SLIFF), Official competition, St. Louis, USA
  • 2014 9th edition of Animatou international animation film festival, International competition, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2014 18th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Official Selection, Seoul, Korea
  • 2014 9th edition of ANIMEST international animation film festival, Creepy animation program, in Bucharest, Romania
  • 2014 2nd biennial DC Chinese Film Festival, Official competition, Washington DC, USA 
  • 2014 2nd China woman Film festival, Official competition, Beijing, China 
  • 2014 2nd Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, Official competition, Shenzhen, China
  • 2014 11st edition of China independent film festival (CIFF), Experimental film program, Xiamen, China
  • 2014 3rd edition of China independent animation film forum (CIAFF), Official competition, Beijing, China

Making of Birds Dream

 

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Untitled Animation
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