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Winner of Best New Animation Style award at Spain’s CLIMAX film festival

Glenna Burmer’s Nana korobi, Ya oki, won the award for Best New Animation Style at CLIMAX, a virtual streaming film festival based in Spain that focuses on excellence in film from around the world.

Nana korobi, Ya oki follows the tale of a young Japanese girl who overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. The animated short film was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with assistance from artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Oregon. It also features an original score with woodwinds and strings, composed by Glenna Burmer.

Burmer’s film was selected by a CLIMAX jury from a field of 20 animated films submitted by talented filmmakers from 12 countries. The short film had also been nominated in the Best Creative Environment and Best Animated Film categories.

Released in 2021, Nana korobi, Ya oki  has won more than three dozen awards in festivals in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Mideast. View a 2-minute preview here.

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” wins Best Animated Film award at New York Movie Awards

The animated short film, Nana korobi, Ya oki , with original music and story by Glenna Burmer, received an award for Best Animation at the New York Movie Awards in May. Her film, selected by an international jury of producers, directors and actors, was judged against entries from around the world.

Watch a video trailer here.

Additional awards received in late summer and fall include two Best Animation awards from film festivals in Turkey (Golden Wheat Awards) and Malta (Your Way International Film Festival), and an award for Best Women Directors from the First Women Film Festival in Tabriz, Iran, which is dedicated to women’s rights.

Burmer was also tapped to participate on the jury for the Portland Film Festival, which ran October 11-23, 2022. This popular Northwest festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this year.

Nana korobi, Ya oki was created by Glenna Burmer and produced and animated by Deep Sky, led by art director Gaby Breiter. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer. Not only is it a female-led film in the areas of production, musical score and on-screen animation, it was also inspired by Burmer’s mother who was a sumi-e artist.

The film has won more than 50 awards at festivals worldwide since it was completed in spring 2021. Among top honors are awards won at several prominent Pacific Northwest festivals, including the Seattle Film Festival and the Oregon Short Film Festival.

The title, Nana korobi, Ya oki ,which means “seven falls,” tells the inspirational story of a young girl who undergoes seven challenges to save a dear friend from the cold. The film’s title is from a Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”  

Another Win: Outstanding Animated Film Award from Canada’s Pacific Rim Film Festival

Nana korobi, Ya oki , a short animated film with original music and story by Glenna Burmer, just received the award for Outstanding Animated Film at the 10th annual Short Circuit Pacific Rim Festival in Victoria, British Columbia. The film was judged against 10 other contenders in the “Brought to Life” category.

The Pacific Rim Film Festival runs through the month of May.  From May 1-7, the films could be seen in person at The Vic Theatre. Now through the end of May, 50 films in all eight screening categories can be viewed online.  Get tickets here.

Burmer’s animated film has won more than 50 festival awards worldwide since it was completed in spring 2021. Among top honors are awards won at several prominent Pacific Northwest festivals, such as the Seattle Film Festival and the Oregon Short Film Festival.

The film was created by music producer and filmmaker Glenna Burmer and produced and animated by Deep Sky, led by art director Gaby Breiter. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer. Not only is the film female-led in the areas of production, musical score and on-screen animation, but it was inspired by Burmer’s mother who was a sumi-e artist, a genre that influenced the film’s dreamy animation style.

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, tells the inspirational story of a young girl who undergoes seven challenges to save a dear friend from the cold. The film’s title is from a Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”  

Nana korobi, Ya oki screened at Victoria, B.C., film festival May 1-31

Nana korobi, Ya oki , an animated short film with original music and story by Glenna Burmer, is part of the line-up at the 2022 Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival in Victoria, British Columbia.

This year, the festival will be a hybrid model. Films can be seen in-person at The Vic Theatre from May 1-7. Starting May 8, 50 films in eight screening categories can be viewed online through May 31. Nana korobi, Ya oki will be screened with 10 other animated films in the “Brought to Life” category.

Get more information on the Victoria screening here.

Burmer’s animated short has won more than 50 film festival awards worldwide since it was completed in spring 2021, including top honors in several prominent Pacific Northwest festivals, such as the Seattle Film Festival and the Oregon Short Film Festival.

The film was created by music producer and filmmaker Glenna Burmer and produced and animated by Deep Sky, led by art director Gaby Breiter. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer. As a female-led film in three areas — production, musical score and on-screen — it’s a beautifully animated story inspired by Burmer’s mother who was a sumi-e artist.

Deep Sky has posted a series on Instagram with a behind-the-scenes look at the film that can be viewed here.

Nana korobi, Ya oki ,or Seven Falls, tells the inspirational story of a young girl who undergoes seven challenges to save a dear friend from the cold. It illustrates having the courage and determination to overcome obstacles in order to do the right thing.  

The film’s title is from a Japanese proverb which says:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”  

51 international awards and counting

From Los Angeles to Rome, Tokyo to Boston, Nana korobi, Ya oki, an animated short film with original music and story by Glenna Burmer, continues to win awards in film festivals around the globe. To date, the animated short has taken top honors in more than 50 film festivals.

Included among the most recent are:

  • Winner, Best Animated Short Film – Malta International Film Festival
  • Winner, Animated Film  – Hollywood Gold Awards, Los Angeles
  • Best Animated Short and Best Original Score –International Cosmopolitan Film Festival of Tokyo
  • Best Animation– Hamburg Film Awards, Germany

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, is an inspirational story about the courage and determination to overcome obstacles to do the right thing, which in this case is to save an orphaned friend during a snowstorm.  The film’s title is from a Japanese proverb that roughly translates to:  “Seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”  

View the 2-minute preview of Nana korobi, Ya oki on Vimeo.  A full release is scheduled for later this year.

The film was created and produced by Glenna Burmer with artistic director Gaby Breiter of Deep Sky Studios in Portland, Ore. The original music featuring woodwinds and strings was composed by Glenna Burmer and recorded by Dynamedion in Germany. Breiter was the principal animator on the film.

The dreamy animation style 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.

Glenna Burmer has produced live concerts, music and dance programs with original music, choreography and video. As president of Burmer Music LLC for the past decade, she 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.