Struggling to make it in a big city, a young artist finds herself retreating into the rose-tinted memories of the village she left behind.

Homebird is an NFTS graduation short animation created entirely in paint on cel technique.

Duration: 10 min
Production: NFTS / UK / 2021
Technique: paint on cel

Festivals & Awards

2021: Indy Shorts International Film Festival, Indianapolis, US — Grand Prize for Animated Short (Oscar® qualifying) & Animated Audience Choice Award / Galway Film Fleadh, Galway, Ireland — Best International Short Animation / Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, UK / IndieCork, Cork, Ireland / Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, Canada / Animest International Animation Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania / Bucheon International Animation Festival, Bucheon City, South Korea / Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina



initial character sketches

background design, colouring test

colouring example

photographing coloured cels


Directed and Animated by Ewa Smyk
Producer – Leah Bethany Jones
Writers – Ralph Mathers & Ewa Smyk
Cinematographer – Pep Bosch i Calvo
Editor – Amy Pettipher
Composer – Natalia Tsupryk
Sound Designer – Tatiana Borges Alvares Sanches

Production Designer – Iasonas Houssein
CG Artist – Valerie George
Colourist & Online Editor – Marco Valerio Caminiti
Production Manager – Beatriz Honorio
Voice Actors – Laura Greenwood & Brian Ward
Production Coordinator – Tian Boyce
Production Assistant – Catherine Lynn