Caterpillar Emerges at Giffoni

The CG short The Lost Little Caterpillar, from Reykjavik, Iceland-based design and new media agency CAOZ, has been nominated for Silver Gryphon Award in the First Screen section at the 33rd Giffoni Film Festival that will take place in Giffoni in Campania, Italy from July 19-26. The films competing in the First Screen section will be judged by approximately 300 children age 9-12 years.

CAOZ in development on a 26×5 series based Caterpillar, a 26-min. animated special that premiered late August of 2002, setting a local box office record for a short film during its five-week run.

Gunnar Karlsson, founder and director of animation for Skripo, brought the project to CAOZ when he joined the operation at its formation. He had been developing it with his wife, ‘l’f Nordal as producer.

Written by children’s author Fri’rik Erlingsson, The Lost Little Caterpillar follows the journey of a fragile insect who opens his eyes for the first time to find a strange and beautiful world filled with interesting characters.

In addition to bringing producers, authors and distributors together, the Giffoni Film Festival has been a testing ground for productions aimed at children, adolescents and young adults for more than thirty years.

The criteria for the pre-selection this year deemed that selected films be ‘capable of conquering our jury, of testing their ability to the limit. We are looking for breathtaking adventures, splendid scenarios and digital illusions, untraditional fables and charming gnomes who look as if they might have just stepped out of an ancient story book.’

For more information on the Giffoni Film Festival, visit http://www.giffoniff.it/2003/firsteng.htm