Friday, June 17, 2011

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection: The Girl and the Fox

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Selection
The Girl and the Fox

The YoungCuts Film Festival is pleased to announce that it has selected Tyler Kupferer's animated film The Girl and the Fox as one of our Top 100 International Short Films for 2011. The film is also shortlisted for consideration as Best Animated Film.

The Girl and the Fox


The Official Final Deadline of the YoungCuts Film Festival was June 15th. While we will only announce our full selection of our Top 100 around July 15th and while there is still an opportunity for films that we haven't received yet to trickle in after the deadline, we thought that we would begin announcing some of the films that we know will be included in our Top 100.

These won't be announced in any kind of order and they should not be interpreted as any kind of ranking, just that we have all the material for this particular film and that we do consider it one of the Top 100 short films by filmmakers 25 and under that we have seen (and will see) out of more than a thousand films that we have screened from more than 30 countries.


Ilona finds her chickens murdered.

Tyler J. Kupferer
The Girl and the Fox 
Written & Directed by Tyler J. Kupferer

An early candidate for Best Animated Film, The Girl and the Fox is a hauntingly beautiful short film about a young girl (Ilona) who angrily stalks a chicken-killing fox into the woods at the edge of her farm.

The art is original while also tipping the hat to Hayao Miyazaki as you can probably tell from the film stills.

We will program the film during our screening for the Best Animated films. Look for more information about that screening in the months to come. 


Ilona in the woods

Runtime: 5 min : 30 sec
Completion: January 2011
Country of Origin: USA
Synopsis: Ilona, a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father, has fallen on hard times. Supplies are running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange creature in order to ensure the survival of her family.


Ilona's lantern lights up the dark woods

Director’s Statement: The Girl and the Fox is an exploration of the different perspectives of life, and how the lines between good and bad become more blurred the closer they are examined. The film is rooted in natural colors, textures and audio to make the imaginary world of our protagonist detailed and believable. My goal as a filmmaker is to pull the audience into this world as deeply as possible, and allow them to become immersed in the conflict between different yet equal forces. The film concludes on a bittersweet note, unwilling to settle on a resolution of morality, but rather appreciate the purity of understanding. This ambiguity is intentional to further encourage viewers to explore the themes of the film and draw their own conclusions.


The first snowflake

Filmmaker Bio: Tyler J. Kupferer is an American filmmaker and animator from Columbus, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 2008 with a bachelor of science in computer graphics technology and received a master of fine arts in animation from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2011. The Girl and the Fox is the fourth animated film Tyler has directed since he began studying filmmaking in 2007.

Filmmaker Age: 24


The Girl and the Fox

The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival will begin on Thursday, September 29th. Stay tuned for details on how to enjoy the amazing films that we will be presenting including The Girl and the Fox!

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