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Eskimal
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Directed by Homero Ramírez Tena
Produced by IMCINE - CONACULTA
Bajo Cero Films
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Written by Homero Ramírez Tena
Starring Mario Martínez
Claudia Acereto
Music by César Urbina González
Release date 15 November 2011 (Mexico)
Running time 8 minutes 48 seconds
Country Mexico

Eskimal is a 2011 Mexican short primarily stop motion animated film created by Homero Ramírez Tena. The film is about climate change, specifically melting ice at the poles.

Synopsis

The film is set in a fantastical version of the polar regions that is threatened by pollution. Eskimal and Morsa (the walrus) have to save the Great Glacier.

Production

The film was created as Ramírez's graduation project at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, produced in 2008 with the help of the university television station and the Mexican Film Institute.

It was filmed in 2009, and used several techniques to make the plush puppets appear life like, including using reference footage of the action and deep background green screens. There is also some CGI (computer-generated imagery) animation used, for example with liquids and to overlay snowdrifts on top of the image.

The film won a 2011 grant for postproduction of animated short films, from IMCINE.

Release

The film was released on Vimeo. It has also been screened at over 100 film festivals around the world, including the Toronto Kids International Film Festival (Canada), Havana International Film Festival (Cuba) and the Festival International du Film D'environnement (Paris), and the Giffoni Film Festival.

The film has won several international awards, including Best Animated Short at both Sydney Latin American Film Festival (Australia 2012) and at the Margarita Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival (Venezuela 2012). It has also won an environment award.


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