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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.

“Nana korobi, Ya oki” receives gold award and honorable mention at LA’s Independent Shorts Awards

Glenna Burmer’s production of Nana korobi, Ya oki was recently honored with two awards at the Independent Shorts Awards, an international film festival based in Hollywood, Calif.

Burmer’s animated film, part of the March 2021 ISA festival, received a gold award for Best Animation Short and an honorable mention for Best Original Score. The Burmer film was selected from a pool of submissions from 29 countries. According to ISA officials, fewer than 30 percent of entries were selected as award winners.

Read more about Nana korobi, Ya oki on the festival website.

Nana korobi, Ya oki  is the story of a young girl in Japan 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.

Each season, films submitted to ISA are judged against a high standard by a team of invited experts from academia and the film industry. The monthly winners are automatically qualified to compete and be screened at the ISA annual event.

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.

 

Award winner at LA Independent Women Film Awards

Glenna Burmer’s Nana korobi, Ya oki, was recently honored for Best Animation by the LA Independent Women Film Awards. 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.

The LA festival was created to recognize international and U.S. female filmmakers, screenwriters, actresses and artists working in film. The festival focuses on arthouse cinema and premiers films in L.A. for its annual event in October. Selections are made by a jury of award-winning artists working in film from around the world.

“It is truly an honor to be awarded for my animated short Nana korobi at this great festival,” Burmer said. “It is wonderful to be represented alongside this group of such talented filmmakers.”

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.

Burmer animated short film selected for London International Short Film Festival

Nana korobi, Ya oki , an animated short film with original music and story by Glenna Burmer, was selected for inclusion in the London International Short Film Festival. Films for the London festival will be screened internationally for 10 days in May (May 6-16).

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.

Selection by the London International Short Film Festival is the latest professional recognition for Burmer, whose film was an award winner earlier this spring by several U.S. and international film festivals:

  • Best Animation Award — Santa Monica Short Film Festival
  • Best Animation — Toronto International Women Film Festival
  • Best Female Composer — — Toronto International Women Film Festival
  • Outstanding Achievement Award — IndieX Film Festival (Los Angeles)

Founded in 2003, the London Short Film Festival is a BAFTA-qualifying, internationally regarded independent short film festival. Each year, LSFF hosts ten days of short film and discussions; this year’s event can be screened through Eventive.

The London Short Film Festival prides itself on giving screen space and visibility to unconventional and thoroughly independent film making, and provides a platform where new filmmakers can get their feet wet and launch careers.

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 video wins award at Santa Monica Short Film Festival

Glenna Burmer’s Nana korobi, Ya oki, a story about a young girl in Hokkaido who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm, has once again been selected an award winner – this time by the Santa Monica Short Film Festival.  Burmer’s entry won this month’s Best Animation Award.

The film’s title is from a well-known 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.

This is the third film festival in which Nana korobi, Ya oki has taken top honors. The short film won Best Animation and Best Female Composer awards on April 7 from the Toronto International Women Film Festival. Earlier this year, Burmer won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Animated Short from IndieX Film Festival.

Santa Monica has been an artistic center of Southern California for generations. Its Short Film Festival is dedicated to finding new voices and perspectives to celebrate the power of cinema, independent filmmaking and art, acting as a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience. Each year, festival officials screen the best of the monthly editions in the annual screening and competition.

Nana korobi, Ya oki uses a dreamy animation style that reflects sumi-e art, a Japanese artistic style that 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, a composer and artist, has been producing live concerts, music and dance programs in the Pacific Northwest for a decade. 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.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, her music productions have won several awards, including the 2014 Independent Music Vox Populi Award for both the best contemporary classical album and best instrumental (Celebrate World Music!).