We instantly fell in love with this animation. Created by Je Regarde (opens in new tab), Melting Prod (opens in new tab) and InEfecto (opens in new tab) and directed by Carlos De Carvalho (opens in new tab) and Aude Danset (opens in new tab), its unique stylised approach to character design draws on a hand-made aesthetic that's haunting and evocative.
The story is based around two children: Abel, who lives in the winter and Apolline who lives in the summer. Isolated in their 'natures', they have never met each other - they're not even supposed to meet.
So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of them will have to learn compromise to protect the other. It's all beautifully done, and there's an excellent look behind the scenes of the 3D work in this 'making of' compilation:
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