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.