"THE SOLOISTS" wins the 2023 Annie Awards
A strong scenario
"THE SOLOISTS is a film about women around the world who are fighting for freedom in their daily lives. We pay tribute to them and look forward to a bright future."
Through a humorous fable set in a small village governed by ridiculous liberticidal laws, the multicultural team composed of Mehrnaz ABDOLLAHINIA (Iran), Feben Elias WOLDEHAWARIAT (Ethiopia), Razahk ISSAKA (Ghana), Celeste JAMNECK (South Africa), Yi LIU,(China) denounces the harsh condition of women that still exists in many countries around the world.
An anthem for freedom and the status of women around the world
"Winning the ANNIE AWARDS is an incredible honor, and it is truly humbling to be selected from among so many talented and deserving artists" says Mehrnaz ABDOLLAHINIA, who originated the film's script.
"I am very happy that our film is recognized and that it can deliver its important message! I would like to express my deep gratitude to the people of my country, Iran, who are fighting for their minimum rights. These people have inspired me and given me the courage to be their voice, the voice of WOMAN, LIFE and FREEDOM. Finally, thank you to the Dream Big and Go Fast Foundation for the scholarship."
Erik ANSPACH, Managing Director of GOBELINS, confirms, "We at GOBELINS Paris are very proud to be able to celebrate a new Annie Awards winner this year! "The Soloists", is a strong and inspiring short film dedicated to women's rights and civil liberties. Congratulations to our animation teams and alumni talents!"
Cécile BLONDEL, Director of the Master of Arts in Animation Film Design and Production, adds: "The Soloists is an incredible adventure thanks to a team of five passionate young directors from all over the world, driven by their art, their humanity, and their stories, all of which are so different and powerful.
It is also a reward for the animation team at Gobelins and our always invested and passionate contributors, the generosity of a godmother, Marjane Satrapi, and the sponsorship of Netflix, without whose support we would not have been able to find these talents."
In a small village ruled by ridiculous laws, three singing sisters and their dog rehearse for the Annual Autumn Festival. But an unexpected event will disrupt their plans.