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Blind Vaysha

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Vaysha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze.

Her left eye sees only the past while her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities, unable to see the reality that exists in the present. “Blind Vaysha,” they called her.

In this short animated film adapted from the philosophical short story by Georgi Gospodinov, a leading multidisciplinary author from the younger generation of Bulgarian writers, renowned filmmaker and animator Theodore Ushev reaffirms his virtuosity in visual experimentation. Using an expressive and powerful style poised halfway between religious paintings and linocuts, Ushev creates a film that is both symbolic and accessible.

Featuring bucolic European landscapes and Benedictine architecture, and brilliantly narrated by actress Caroline Dhavernas, Blind Vaysha is a captivating metaphoric tale about the difficulty of being in the here and now. With timeless beauty and wisdom, it reminds us of the importance of living in the present moment.

2016, 08 min 14 s

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Prix du meilleur film de la catégorie « Art »
360 Film Festival
November 8 2017, Meudon - France

Special Mention for the Immersive Encounters Award
Encounters International Short Film Festival
September 19 to 24 2017, Bristol - England

Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2nd prize - cash prize $5,000 CAD and a mentorship opportunity
Canada's Top 10
September 9 2017, Toronto - Canada

Meilleur court métrage animation
Gala Québec Cinéma
June 4 2017, Montréal - Canada

Audience Award
Monstra
March 16 to 26 2017, Lisbon - Portugal

Best Youth Short Film Award with a 1 000 $ prize offered by the Re´gie du cinéma du Québec
Regard sur le court métrage au Saguenay
March 15 to 19 2017, Chicoutimi - Canada

Best Animated Short
Canadian Screen Awards
March 12 2017, Toronto - Canada

Telefilm Canada Prize ex aequo with "La Voce" by David Uloth
Gala Prends ça court
February 28 2017, Montréal - Canada

Prix Coup de coeur du jury
Gala Prends ça court
February 28 2017, Montréal - Canada

Prix de la Révélation Créative- assorti d'une bourse de 2500 €
Cartoon and Animated Film Festival
February 24 to March 5 2017, Brussels - Belgium

Prix du public du meilleur court métrage
Cartoon and Animated Film Festival
February 24 to March 5 2017, Brussels - Belgium

Meilleur court métrage d'animation ex aequo avec J'aime les filles de Diane Obomsawin
Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
February 23 to March 4 2017, Montréal - Canada

Best Short Animation
Film Festival
February 3 to 12 2017, Victoria - Canada

Best Animated Short for Ages 12 and up
Children's Film Festival
January 26 to February 11 2017, Seattle - USA

Prix du Public de la Compétition Animation
Festival Séquence Court-Métrage
November 23 2016 to November 27 2017, Toulouse - France

Prix du meilleur scénario
Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma d'Animation
November 14 to 22 2016, Wissembourg - France

Best Script
Anima Mundi
October 25 to November 6 2016, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Jury Prize- Bucheon University President's Prize- Short Film
International Animation Festival
October 21 to 25 2016, Bucheon - Korea

Audience Award
Courant 3D
October 14 to 15 2016, Angoulême - France

Student Prize
Courant 3D
October 14 to 15 2016, Angoulême - France

Mention spéciale du jury professionnel
Courant 3D
October 14 to 15 2016, Angoulême - France

Animation (Gold Plaque)
International Film Festival
October 12 to 27 2016, Chicago - USA

Prix du public Hôpital de Belle-Idée
Animatou
October 6 to 14 2016, Geneva - Switzerland

Special Mention for the Best Short Film in the International Competition
Festival du nouveau cinéma
October 5 to 16 2016, Montréal - Canada

Cartoon Network Award for Best Narrative Short Animation
International Animation Festival
September 21 to 25 2016, Ottawa - Canada

Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation
International Animation Festival
September 21 to 25 2016, Ottawa - Canada

Honorary Award of Baden
FANTOCHE International Animation Film Festival
September 6 to 11 2016, Baden - Switzerland

Trophy ABCA “O Kaiser” to the Best Animator
International Short Film Festival
August 24 to September 2 2016, Sao Paulo - Brazil

Gryphon Award Generator +18 (animation)
Film Festival
July 15 to 24 2016, Giffoni - Italy

Silver Pegasus
Animator International Animation Festival
July 8 to 14 2016, Poznan - Poland

Junior Jury Award for a Short Film
International Animated Film Festival
June 13 to 18 2016, Annecy - France

Jury Award
International Animated Film Festival
June 13 to 18 2016, Annecy - France

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