Best Animated Film award winner at Oregon Short Film Festival

Engaging, visually pleasing with a beautifully composed score – these are some of the comments judges made when selecting Glenna Burmer’s Nana korobi, Ya oki an award winner at the Oregon Short Film Festival.

The judges cited the film’s overall creative style, calling Nana korobi an “inspirational story” and a “great animated tale.” The music received additional commendation, with judges noting that “the score is beautifully composed to guide the viewer on an emotional journey they are sure to remember and enjoy.”

Nana korobi, Ya oki, created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Ore., tells the story of a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The animated short features original music composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany.

The film will be screened at the Oregon Short Film Festival on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland. The awards ceremony starts at 3 p.m. followed by the festival film screenings. For tickets, go here.

“I am absolutely thrilled to win this award and our team and I look forward to attending the festival in Portland,” Burmer said. “The award is particularly meaningful because our film was a joint Seattle-Portland production.”

View the 2-minute preview of Nana korobi, Ya oki on Vimeo.

Films at the Oregon Short Film Festival are selected for engaging content, creativity, strong production value and great stories that entertain audiences. The Oregon festival is a three-season event on the film festival circuit that attracts filmmakers and screenwriters of all genres who enjoy showcasing their creative works in the Pacific Northwest. The event was founded by author and retired filmmaker Mikel Fair who worked in the film and television industry for nearly two decades.

This spring and summer, Burmer’s film has been recognized at more than a dozen film festivals in the U.S., Canada and India, receiving awards for best animation, best female composer, outstanding achievement and an award of excellence.