Burmer animated short film in 5 more film festivals — from Seattle to Tokyo

Nana korobi, Ya oki , an animated short film with original music and story by Glenna Burmer, was selected for inclusion in five national and international film festivals:

  • Japan Film Festival Los Angeles (May 26)
  • Global Indie Film Fest (May 29)
  • New York Lift-Off (June 22)
  • Tokyo Lift-Off (June)
  • Seattle Film Festival (July 2-3)

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

Most festivals are screening films virtually because of the pandemic, although a few are following a hybrid model. The Seattle Film Festival, to be held July 2 and 3, is known for showcasing independent filmmakers.The festival was co-founded by George Williams and Jason Anderson in 2013 with a focus on short films and documentaries.

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, tells the story of a young Japanese girl who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The film’s title is from a Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”

The short film was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Oregon. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany.

The film has been winning awards this spring including best animation, best female composer and outstanding achievement awards. It will be released to the general public this fall.

Glenna Burmer is a composer and artist who produces live concerts, music and dance programs that feature original music, choreography and video. As president of Burmer Music LLC for the past decade, she has produced six contemporary classical music CDs or music compilations, including three concerts at Benaroya Hall in Seattle and a ballet at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash. Nana korobi, Ya oki is her first animated film.