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The little hero Detailed information

General information

Romanian Short Films

Technical data

5' 5''


Elena Ciolacu
Elena Ciolacu
Simona Strungaru
Other crew:
Sound Design: Andrei Cotarta


On a beautiful spring day, just after the rain has stopped, a little boy tries to convince his ever-busy mother to go out and play together. Disappointed by her rejection, he goes out on his own, but the whimsical appearance of a butterfly sets him out on an imaginary adventure to rescue his mother from the tedious prison of work and worries.

Rationale - Comments

* BEST ANIMATION at SEECS Short Film Festival 2019
* "Zahir Raihan" award for Best Short at 10th International Inter University Short Film Festival Dhaka,2018
* Best Animation Award at RATMA Film Festival 2018 (United Kingdom)

Director CV Elena Ciolacu

Award winning illustrator, graphic novel artist and 2D animator, Elena Ciolacu was born and raised in Romania where she followed her passion for art and visual storytelling from a young age. She studied Graphic Design at West University of Timisoara in Romania, graduated from Coventry University in the UK with a first class degree in Illustration and Animation and eventually moved back to Romania where she undertook a master’s degree in Animation at the prestigious National University of Theater and Film “I.L. Caragiale”. She made her directorial debut in animation with her first student film, “Remember Me”, a short 2D animation drama about the Romanian army that fought on the Eastern Front of WWII. The film screened at the official competition of five international animation festival, but it was the enthusiasm generated around this film within small communities in Romania that inspired her to pursue animation further. “The Little Hero”, her second student film, came as a tribute to the director that fueled her love for animation, Hayao Miyazaki, and as an intense labor of learning to master all aspects of the craft. Apart from animation, Elena Ciolacu is also passionate about illustration, painting and creating graphic novels. Her first graphic novel has been awarded two international prizes in London and her second is published in both Romanian and English in Bucharest, Romania.

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