Award winner at India’s Golden Peacock International Film Festival

Glenna Burmer’s Nana korobi, Ya oki, won an award at the Golden Peacock International Film Festival in India. This short film tells the story of a young girl in Japan who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The animated short 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.

This year, Burmer’s film has been recognized at film festivals in the U.S., Canada and India, receiving awards for best animation, best female composer and outstanding achievement. The film was also selected to be screened internationally at the London International Short Film Festival for 10 days in May. It will be released to the public this fall but you can view a 2-minute preview of Nana korobi, Ya oki on Vimeo.

Nana korobi, Ya oki uses a dreamy animation style that reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style which employs black ink and distinctive brush strokes. The style was chosen as a tribute to Burmer’s mother, who was a sumi-e artist.

India film festival selects Nana karobi as best animated short film

In June, Glenna Burmer’s animated film Nana korobi, Ya oki, was selected as an award winner in the Best Animated Short Film category at the Newfort International Film Festival in Tamil Nadu, India.

This charming story about a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm 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.

Tamil Nadu, located in southern India, is known for its classical dance and music as well as its interest in film. Newfort is one of several international film festivals which have selected Nana korobi as an award winner. The other festivals were the London International Film Festival and the Toronto Women Film Festival.

Nana korobi, Ya oki uses a dreamy animation style that reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style which employs black ink and distinctive brush strokes. The style was chosen as a tribute to Burmer’s mother, who was a sumi-e artist.

Burmer selected for Seattle Filmmaker Award; Nana korobi wins Best Animated Short (Drama) at Seattle Film Festival

Glenna Burmer was selected for the Seattle Filmmaker Award by the Seattle Film Festival, an honor given to “the best local filmmaker for special contributions to film making.” She shares the award with artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, ore. The animated short, Nana korobi, Ya oki, also won top honors at the same festival in the category of Best Animated Short Film (Drama).

This film tells the story of a young Japanese girl who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. Its title is taken from a Japanese proverb that says: “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”

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

The Seattle Film Festival, founded in 2013 as an alternative to the Seattle International Film Festival, focuses on short films and documentaries, and is a popular festival for showcasing independent filmmakers. This year’s festival was held July 2 and 3.

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from Breiter and Deep Sky Studios. The original music was composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany.

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

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.

Glenna Burmer animated film nets more gold at Venice Shorts Film Festival

Glenna Burmer’s Nana korobi, Ya oki, took home another gold award for Best Animation at the Venice Shorts film festival in Venice, Calif.

This charming story about a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm 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.

Venice Shorts is composed of a monthly competition and an annual festival dedicated to short films of all genres from U.S. and international filmmakers. In the past, the festival has highlighted emerging talents who have gone on to compete with Oscar-winning directors and producers. Filmmakers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit their projects, and it is one of the most popular festivals on the circuit.

This spring, Burmer’s film has been recognized at film festivals in the U.S. and Canada, receiving awards for best animation, best female composer and outstanding achievement. The film was also selected to be screened internationally at the London International Short Film Festival for 10 days, beginning May 6.

Nana korobi, Ya oki uses a dreamy animation style that reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style which employs black ink and distinctive brush strokes. The style was chosen as a tribute to Burmer’s mother, who was a sumi-e artist.