Roles: Director, Story/Character Artist, Rigger, Animator

ESPERO? (2013)

Graduation film created at the National Centre for Computer Animation in Bournemouth (UK) by Simone Giampaolo, Yifan Hu and Henrik Linnes.

ESPERO? (HOPE?) is a humorous, entertaining but also educational animated comedy which sarcastically shows how Gaia, our planet Earth, met humankind years and years ago, and all the problems which followed. A criticism of our modern society and of the way we've been "evolving" over the centuries. Apart from having a quite original visual style, ESPERO? (HOPE?) is also the very first 3D animated film fully dubbed in Esperanto, a beautiful universal language created over a hundred years ago to foster peace and international understanding between people.

HONOURS & AWARDS

  • Awards:
    • BLUE-ZOO Award for Best Major Project (Bournemouth, UK)
    • Children’s Prize at Dieciminuti Film Festival 2014 (Italy)
    • Best Animation at Ecozine Film Festival (Spain)
    • Silver Award at the 2nd Northeastern Asia International Ani-Com Competition
    • Best Animation at Kino-Teatro-Festivalo (USA)

  • Official Selections:

    • MIA Animation Festival 2013 (USA)
    • Canterbury Anifest 2013 (UK)
    • Offline Film Festival 2013 (Ireland)
    • Animation Festival Anima-São (Brazil) 
    • EcoCup Film Festival (Russia)
    • Chitrakatha’13 (India)
    • Golden Orchid International Animation Festival (USA)
    • Animae Caribe Animation Festival (Caribbean)
    • Animax Skopje Fest 2013 (Macedonia)
    • Libelula Festival (Spain)
    • Curtain Raiser The Malta Children´s Film Fest
    • NOFI World Festival of Student & Non-commercial Films
    • Dieciminuti Film Festival (Italy)
    • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (USA)
    • Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival (UK)
    • Animated Exeter 2014 (UK)
    • St Albans Film Festival (UK)
    • 2014 Chester International Film Festival (UK)
    • EcoFocus Film Festival (USA)
    • Skepto International Film Festival (Italy)
    • Bangkok International Student Film Festival
    • National Film Festival for Talented Youth 2014 (USA)
    • ISFFI 2014 (India)
    • The West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival (USA)
    • ANNECY 2014 (France)
    • Ecozine Film Festival 2014 (Spain)
    • 4th Kalat Nissa Film Festival (Italy)
    • International Animation Festival GOLDEN KUKER (Bulgaria)
    • International Children’s Film Festival (Poland)
    • Malta Animation Film Festival
    • Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
    • KIKI - international film festival for kids (Croatia)
    • ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL (Czech Republic)
    • SICAF 2014 (Korea)
    • Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (Brazil)
    • International Changing Perspectives Short Film Festival (Turkey)
    • FICAIJ - International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Venezuela)
    • The Frederick Film Festival (USA)
    • Festivali Filmit Ballkanik Dhe Artit Kulinar (Albania)
    • Supertoon International Animation Festival (Croatia)
    • Comicron Film Festival (Italy)
    • Anibar International Animation Festival (Kosovo)
    • 2nd Northeastern Asia International Ani-Com Competition
    • C.A.K.E. - Creative Animation Knowledge Exchange 2014
    • Golden Anteaters 2014 (Poland)
    • Esperanto Performing Arts and Film Festival (USA)
    • Athens Video Art Festival 2014 (Greece) 
    • 30th Interfilm Berlin (Germany)
    • CologneOFF X – Cologne International Videoart Festival (Germany)
    • 2014 Ethiopia International Film Festival
    • 10th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (USA)
    • Comedy Short Film Festival at Plaza Romania