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Within the crystal chambers of a glittering palace, a magnificent bird performs for its Emperor--its plumage a blaze of colour. A blackbird, watching enviously, strives to acquire what he so desperately covets, only to discover that a golden cage cannot vie with the open skies. Innovative mixed-media techniques--cutouts, colour pencil renderings on cels and paper, multiple exposures, and backlit perforated backgrounds--combine with human imagination to produce this visually stunning animation short. Film without words.

1984, 15 min 20 s

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Award of Merit for its visual poetry - Category: films from 15 to 30 minutes
International Animation Festival
September 29 to October 4 1986, Hamilton - Canada

Award for Best Short Film
International Film Festival for Children
July 14 to 18 1986, Adelaide - Australia

Blue Ribbon Award - Category: Animation
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 27 to June 1 1986, New York - USA

Second Place - Category: Film as Art
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 15 to 18 1986, Oakland - USA

General Award - Overseas
A.T.O.M. Awards for Short Educational Films & Videos
March 21 1986, Melbourne - Australia

Special Jury Award for Originality and Aesthetic Quality
Festival international du dessin animé, de l'animation et de marionnettes
October 4 to 9 1985, Antibes-Juan-les-Pins - France

First Prize - Category: 15 to 30 minutes Films
International Animation Celebration
September 25 to 29 1985, Los Angeles - USA

International Jury's Prize - Category: Films for Youth
Gijón International Film Festival
July 5 to 12 1985, Gijon - Spain

Special Award (animation) - with a cash prize of 750$
International Film Festival
June 20 to 30 1985, Melbourne - Australia

Special Jury Award (Tied with Enfer by Rein Raamat, USSR)
International Animated Film Festival
June 3 to 8 1985, Annecy - France

Silver Bear - Category: Best Short Film
International Film Festival
February 15 to 26 1985, Berlin - Germany

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