The boy and the owl


A young boy lives his life in a magical way, surrounded by the picturesque atmosphere of his village, in this fable about love and the act of letting go.

Bio-filmography of the director

Mário Gajo de Carvalho has 4 university diplomas in Arts and Cinema. His first short "The Millionaires" premiered and was awarded at IndieLisboa 2011. He directed "The Boy and the Owl" that premiered at the 29th CineMagic in UK. He co-directed "Circus Movements" in 2019 that premiered at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival and was selected for the 68th Melbourne Film Festival, 16th Vienna Shorts, 23rd PÖFF Shorts and more than 100 film festivals, winning 27 awards.

Director's note

I wrote a story, inspired by the drawings from my friend Pedro Ferreira, story that develops the graphic environments suggested by his drawings. Next, I invented characters that populate those graphic environments. It's a story that is told without recourse to dialogues or narration voice, sustained on the more cinematic visual and sound elements. Childhood, loneliness, freedom and regret are some of the topics addressed.


Director & Scriptwriter: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Graphic Author: Pedro Ferreira Producer: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Animation: Catarina Guerreiro; Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Diana Zakhariya; Gustavo Baía Textures Animation & Painting: Diana Zakhariya; Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Victor Collado; Pedro Ferreira Art Directors: Pedro Ferreira; Mário Gajo de Carvalho; Victor Collado Edition: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Sound & Sound Design: Mário Gajo de Carvalho Music: Mário Gajo de Carvalho


12 minutes   /   Image: 16x9  /  Sound: Stereo   /  Format: HD   /  Animation

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