Mei Ling

2009. 15 minutes. Fantastic behind closed doors.

Script, design, direction, animation, editing: Stephanie Lansaque & Francois Leroy.
Sound and music: Denis Vautrin.
Singer: Amanda Sun.

Broadcasting: Arte (France and Germany). RTP2 (Portugal). Emirates Airlines. IVI, watch TV online.
Distribution: Future shorts. Catalogue RADI. Milano film festival redistribution project.
Support: CNC. Procirep. Angoa.

Mei Ling, an idle young Chinese woman, lives alone in her flat, waiting for her lover.
One day, she finds a little octopus in the kitchen sink. She decides to adopt it to avoid boredom. The octopus grows up…


Awards :

– Best original music: Clermont-Ferrand Short film festival, France.
– Best animation: Elche Independent film festival, Spain.
– RTP2/Onda Curta Prize: IMAGO, International Young Film Festival, Portugal.
– Bronze Peg Bar (3rd prize): Animanima, International animation festival, Serbia.
– National Grand Prize: Lille International short film festival, France.
– Best short: ANIM’EST, International animation festival, Bucharest, Romania.
– Best film (category from 5 to 30 minutes):: Balkanima, European Animation Film Festival, Serbia.
– Best short: Animacor, Cordoba International animation festival, Spain.
– Best animated short: “Ciudad de Soria” International short film festival, Spain.
– Best short 2009 for the French Film Critics Union.
– Jury special mention: Anima, Brussels animation festival, Belgium.
– Best animated short: Stoke you fires, Stoke on Trent, UK.
– Prize «synchro film and video material»: Tricky women, Vienna, Austria.
– Best animated short: Aubagne International short film festival, France.
– Best international short: Woodgreen International short film festival, London, UK.
– Jury special mention: Castres short film festival, France.
– Excellence prize: Busan International short film festival, Korea.
– Best animation: CyBorg film festival, Anghiari, Italia.
– Golden bear: Festival of Nations, Ebensee, Austria.
– Best Film, Laboratory section: Novara Film Festival, Italia.
– Grand prize: French national animation festival, Bruz, France.
– 2nd Best animation: AniMotion, St-Petersburg, Russia.
– Honorary mention: Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
– Best animation: European Spiritual Film Festival, Paris, France.

Official selection “Les César 2010”, short film category.

Selections and screenings:

– Clermont-Ferrand Short film festival, France. Competition.
– Animation Fest, Lille. France.
– Trickfilm, Stuttgart international animation festival, Germany. Competition.
– LisFE, Leiden International short Film Experience, Holland. Competition.
– Annecy, International Animaion festival, France. Competition.
– On&Off, International short film festival, Spain. Competition.
– Ciné-rencontres, Prades Film Festival, France. Competition.
– Partie(s) de Campagne, Short film festival, France. Competition.
– Elche Independent film festival. Spain. Competition.
– Monterrey, Festival international de cinema, Mexico. Competition.
– Message to men, Saint-Petersburg Shot film festival, Russia. Competition.
– 3DWIRE, International animation market, Segovia, Spain. Non competitive festival.
– Rencontres… à la Campagne, Aveyron, France. Non competitive festival.
– Krok, International Animation Festival, Ukraine. Competition.
– Forum des Images, Paris, France. Program “Menus courts”.
– Milano film festival, Italia. Animation Short Marathon.
– IMAGO, International Young Film Festival, Fundao, Portugal. Competition.
– Animanima, International Animation Festival, Serbia. Competition.
– ANIM’EST, Bucharest International Animation Festival, Romania. Competition.
– DOK Liepzig, International animation and documentary festival, Germany. Competition.
– China International Animation and Digital Arts Festival, Changzhou, China. Competition.
– Artfutura, Festival of arts, technology & new media, Barcelona, Spain. Non competitive festival.
– Futura motion program travelling in 10 cities (Gijón, Madrid…), Spain.
– BALKANIMA, European Animated Film Festival, Belgrade, Serbia. Competition.
– Sedicicorto, International Film Festival, Forli, Italia. Competition.
– Lille International short film festival, France. Competition.
– Festival du film à Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux, France. Competition.
– Court Métrange, Fantastic short film festival, Rennes, France. Competition.
– Global Cinema Festival, Indore, India. Competition.
– Reanimania, Yerevan International Animation Festival, Armenia. Competition.
– Kinofest, international digital film festival, Bucharest, Romania. Competition.
– Cafa des images, Harouville-Saint-Clair, France. Selection of international shorts.
– Brest European short film festival, France. Non competitive for animation.
– TOFUZI, International Animation Festival, Georgia. Panorama.
– Animacor, Cordoba International Animation Festival, Spain. Competition.
– Golden horse film festival, Taiwan. International film exhibition program.
– Interfilm, Berlin Short film festival, Germany. Competition.
– Unlimited european short film festival, Cologne, Germany. Competition.
– Imaginaria film festival, Conversano, Italia. Competition.
– Animated Dreams, Tallinn Animation film festival, Estonia. Competition.
– Short film review, festival travelling in 30 cities, Poland. Competition.
– Stockholm international film festival, Sweden. Competition.
– “Ciudad de Soria” International short film festival, Spain. Competition.
– “Cinema d’ici et d’ailleurs” Film festival, Sainte-Livrade-sur-Lot, France. Non competitive festival.
– Aguilar de Campoo Shirt film festival, Spain. Competition.
– Anilogue, International Animation festival, Vienna, Austria. Competition.
– zubrOFFka international film festival, Bialystok, Poland. Competition.
– Future film festival, Bologna, Italia. Competition.
– Coffee and cigarettes film club, Riga, Leetonia.

– Anima, Brussels animation film festival, Belgium. Competition.
– Sequence court metrage, Toulouse International short film festival, France. Competition.
– Image par image, Animation festival, France. Non competitive festival.
– Psarokokalo international short film festival, Athens, Greece. Competition.
– Animac, Catalunya Animation film festival, Lleida, Spain. Non competitive festival.
– Stoke your fires, Stoke on Trent, UK. Competition.
– Future shorts : Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Leeonia, Moldavia, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam. Non competitive festival.
– Cortoons, Roma short animated film festival, Italia. Competition.
– Tricky women, International animation festival, Vienna, Austria. Competition.
– Northern wave international film festival, Reykjavik, Island. Competition.
– Aubagne International film festival, France. Competition.
– Go Short, International Short Film Festival, Nijmegen, Holland. Competition.
– Roanne Animated short film festival, France. Competition.
– FEC Cambrils-Reus – European Short Film Festival, Reus, Spain. Competition.
– Cortisonici Short film festival, Varese, Italia. Competition.
– Woodgreen Short film festival, London, UK. Competition.
– Festival d’un jour et ses preludes, Valence, France. Non competitive festival.
– Monstra, Lisboa Animation Film festival, Portugal. Panorama « Best of world – France »
– Belgrade Short film and documentary festival, Serbia. Competition.
– MECAL, Barcelona short film festival, Spain. Competition.
– Castres Short film festival, France. Competition.
– Dresden International short film festival, Germany. Competition.
– Cartoons on the bay, international television and multimedia animation festival, Italia. Competition.
– Animabasauri, Basauri-Bizkaia International animation festival, Spain. Competition.
– The proper 21, worldwide film showcase, Palm Beach, Floride, USA. Non competitive festival.
– Kinofilm,Manchester International film festival, UK. Competition.
– China International Cartoon and Animation Festival, Hangzhou, China. Competition.
– Kino Knock Out Festival, Altkrich, France. Competition.
– Kurz & Knapp, Suisse. Short film program.
– Fluxus, Online international short film festival. Competition.
– Planete Doc Review Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland. Competition.
– Busan Short film festival, Korea. Competition.
– Courtivore, Rouen Short film festival. Competition.
– Biennale de Cinéma d’Animation de Pontarlier, France.
– Meknes International animation festival, Morocco. Competition.
– Anifest, International festival of animated films, Teplice, Czech Republic. «World panorama».
– 20 min/max short film festival, Ingolstadt, Germany. Competition.
– Festival de Ciné de Lanzarote, Spain. Competition.
– Calaveras International film festival, Murphys, California, USA. Competition.
– Detours en cinecourt, Saint-Genies-Bellevue. Non competitive festival.
– Brooklyn international film festival, New York, USA. Competition.
– Femina, international women’s film festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Program «Sharing the bill».
– CyBorg film festival, Anghiari, Italia. Competition.
– Cinema Jove, Valencia international film festival, Spain. Competition.
– Corti da Sogni – Antonio Ricci – International short film festival, Ravenna, Italia. Competition.
– Festival of Nations, Ebensee, Austria. Competition.
– Palm Springs International Short Fest, USA. Competition.
– NAFF, Neum International Animated Film Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Competition.
– Cafe Himiko. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Screening and meeting.
– Message to men, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Best of Message to Men 2009.
– Sopot film festival, Poland. Competition.
– Fest Anca, International animation festival, Zilina, Slovakia. Competition.
– Cartoon Club, International Festival of Animation Cinema and Comics, Rimini, Italia. Panorama.
– Salento Finibus Terrae international short film festival, SanVito, Italia. Competition.
– Malescorto international short film festival, Italia. Competition.
– Open Air film fest, Weiterstadt, Germany. Competition.
– Lucania film festival, Pisticci, Italia. Competition.
– Tumbletweed film festival, Seattle, USA. Non competitive festival.
– London international animation film festival, UK. Panorama.
– Animasyros international animation film festival, Athens, Greece. Competition.
– Best of Short Films Festival, La Ciotat, France. Competition.
– Croq’anime, Paris International animation festival, France. Competition.
– Naoussa international film festival, Greece. Competition.
– City Court Festival, Hagondange, France. Competition.
– International animation day, France. Program « Face à Face ».
– Tindirindis international animation film festival, Vilnius, Lithuania. Competition.
– Lucca Animation, Italia. Competition.
– San Diego Asian Film Festival, USA. Competition.
– Novara Film Festival, Italia. Competition.
– Forum for International Animation, Stockholm, Sweden. Competition.
– Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation, Germany. Competition.
– International Animation Film Festival “Golden Kuker”, Sofia, Bulgaria. Competition.
– « County wide animation », screening in villages around Cordoba, Spain.
– Braunschweig international film festival, Germany. Competition.
– Exground filmfest, Wiesbaden, Germany. Competition.
– Alter-Native Festival, Madisz, Romania. Competition.
– Istanbul International short film festival, Turkey. Panorama.
– Clair Obscur film festival, Basel, Switzerland. Non competitive festival.
– Etiuda&Anima, Krakow, Poland. Competition.
– Rencontres Internationales du Cinema d’Animation, Wissembourg, France. Competition.
– Festival Portraits de Femme, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France. Non competitive festival.
– French national animation festival, Bruz, France. Competition.
– Anchorage International Film Festival, USA. Competition.
– Multivision: The International Festival of Animation Arts, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Competition.

– Ecran Mobile, Geneva, Switzerland. Non competitive festival.
– Premiers Plans, Angers, France. Panorama : “Plans suivants”.
– Jaipur International film festival, India. Competition.
– Tehran International animation film festival. Iran. Competition.
– International Women´s Film Showcase. Goiânia cultural center and 15 schools in Brazil.
– The big screen project, public screening on the 6th Avenue, New York, USA.
– Cultural center El Camalote, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Screenings
– Video festival Imperia, Italia. Competition.
– SIGGRAPH, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver et Montréal, Canada. Showcase “French Animation “.
– CUBAneo de Animacion, Pinar del Rio, Cuba. “Best of Dresden 2010 /2011”.
– European spiritual film festival, Paris, France. Competition.
– BeFilm, The Underground Film Festival, New York, USA. Competition.
– Algiers cultural center, Algeria. Screenings.
– Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. Competition.
– French cultural centers in China : Beijing, Dalian, Jinan, Qingdao, Xian, Nanjing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Chongqing, Chengdu, Canton, Hong Kong, Macao. Screenings.

– Animage, Pernambuco Animation Festival, Brazil. Program “Best of Tricky Women”.
– “Made in London, Hosted in Berlin”, Germany. Screening for the benefit of the association N4YP.
– Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan. Program “Ars Electronica Computer animation”.
– Deep Space LIVE, Linz, Austria. Screening at Ars Electronica Center.
– Cycle “Cinema de poche”, La Cinematheque Française, Paris, France.

– International Animation Day. Special guests. Program “Animhommes”.

– Le Jour le Plus Court. Screenings. France.