Short film 5 min.

Target group: 6 - 10

The squirrel makes friends with the swallow. When the swallow is in danger he tries everything to save her.


When fall begins, the strong wind urges the swallow to go south, just like other birds. Alone in his smalll house, safe from the cold wind, the squirrel reads books and writes a letter to his friend the swallow. When he finds an image of the swallow in one of his books, he sees that a griffon is coming towards his friend with his beak pointed in her direction. In his desperate attempts to save his friend, the squirrel ends up inside the book, where he struggles with the word ‘griffon’. As a result of this, the griffon flees from the image, leaving the unsuspecting swallow unharmed. The squirrel sits at his table looking at the image in the book. He is happy, he saved his friend. He gets up, wraps his tail around his neck and goes outside where it is quiet and white. Winter has come.


Script: Elena van Eeden (based on a story by Toon Tellegen)


Director: Arjan Boeve


See the Squirrel and the Swallow on YouTube. The Squirrel and the Swallow film

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:
– Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 22 Sept - 1 Okt 2010, premiere 25 Sept 14:00.
– Krok International Animated Film Festival, Russia and Ukraine, Sept 2010.
– Fantoche, Baden, Switzerland, September 2010, Competition Children’s Programme.
– AnifestROZAFA International Animation Festival for and by Children, Tirana, Albania, 4 - 9 Okt 2010, Competition.
– Yasujiro Ozu International Short Film Festival, Sassuolo, Italy, 29 - 31 Okt 2010.
– London Children’s Film Festival, London, UK, 30 Oct - 7 Nov 2010.
– Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands, 3 - 7 Nov 2010, Competition Dutch animation.
– Cinanima Festival Internacional de Cinema de Animação de Espinho, Espinho, Portugal, 8 - 14 Nov 2010.
– Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford, United Kingdom, 9 - 13 Nov 2010 Competition.
– Festival International du Film d’Amiens, Amiens, France, 12 - 21 Nov 2010.
– Festival International du Film d’Environnement, Paris, France, 24 - 30 Nov 2010.
– Festival du film de Vendôme, Vendôme, France, 3 - 10 Dec 2010.
– Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Pyrgos, Greece, 11 - 18 Dec 2010.
– Nieuwe Oogst! Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn, Netherlands, 28 - 30 December 2011.
– International Children & teenagers Film Festival Ciné Junior, Paris, France, 26 Jan - 8 Feb 2011, Competition 3-6 year olds.
– Children’s Film Festival Seattle, USA, 28 Jan- 6 Feb 2011.
– REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA, 26 March - 2 April 2011.
– Cinemaplaneta, Cuernavaca, Mexico, 11 - 19 March 2011.
– Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne, Festival International de Cinéma, Saint-Quentin, France, 8 - 15 April 2011.
– Filmfest Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 12 - 17 April 2011, Competition.
– Plein la Bobine 9th Sancy Film Festival for Young People, La Bourboule - Le Mont-Doré, France, 14 - 19 June 2011.
– Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, 19 - 26 June 2011.
– Neum Animated Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 25 June - 1 July 2011.
– ANDkids World Film Festival, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 21 - 23 July 2011.
– Cinefil Festival, La roche de Glun, Valence, Andance, Roches de Condrieu, Sainte colombe, Lyon, Trévoux, France, 23 July - 8 August 2011.
– Festival Silhouette, Parjs, France, 27 August - 4 September 2011.
– Aye Aye Film Festival, Nancy, France, 1 - 10 September 2011.
– Livre sur la Place, Nancy, France, 16 - 18 September 2011.
– Animatou, Festival International du Film d’Animation, Genève, Switzerland, 1 - 9 October 2011.
– Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Chicago, USA, 21 - 30 October 2011.
– Asheville International Children’s Film Festival, Asheville, North Carolina, USA, 4 - 13 November 2011.