Toronto Women Film Festival selects Burmer animated video for two top awards

Nana korobi, Ya oki , an animated short video with original music by Glenna Burmer, just won two awards today (April 7) from the Toronto International Women Film Festival:  Best Animation and Best Female Composer.

These awards are added to the Outstanding Achievement Award for Animated Short that Burmer won in March from IndieX Film Festival.

Toronto Women Film Festival is a prestigious competition that focuses on female-driven stories, independent female directors, composers, producers, writers and other artists. The festival selects films created by all genders from around the world that contribute to the language of cinema as women in film. Award winners are chosen each month; those who win the monthly competition, such as Burmer, are considered for the annual festival event.

Nana korobi, Ya oki, or Seven Falls, tells the story of a young girl in Hokkaido 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.”

This short video 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 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. The animated video will be released later this year.

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.

Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, her 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!).