TOUGH

by MOTH

Jennifer Zheng‘s of Moth Studios, directs this BAFTA-nominated animated short about childhood cultural misunderstandings between her and her Chinese mother.

Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

With an original score by K. Preston Merkley

AWARDS
BAFTA Nominated Animated Short Film 2017
Best Animated Documentary at KLIK Amsterdam 2016
Audience choice for Best Animated Doc. at LIAF 2016
Jury Award Best Short Film at 10th British Film, Berlin 2017
RTS London Awards, Best Undergraduate Animation 2017
RTS National Award for best Undergraduate Animation 2017
FANtastische Award at ITFS 2017
Best Director, Short Doc. at the LA Asian Pacific Fest. 2017

SCREENINGS
Tough premiere at
Encounters 22nd Short Film and Animation Festival Sept 2016
FAFF factual animation film festival London, Oct. 2016
Primanima, budapest, October 2016
KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival October 2016
Crystal Palace international FF Nov 2016
Manchester animation festival November 2016
Grafixx Nov 2016
Two Short Nights Film Festival 2016
LIAF December 2016
Animated Dreams Nov 2016
Animateka Dec 2016
With the Late Night Work Club + Friends Sceenings
LSFF Jan 2017
'British Shorts' FF Berlin Jan 2017
North American Premiere at SUNDANCE Jan 2017
Void international FF Copenhagen Feb 2017
Anima March 2017
GLAS Animation March 2017
SXSW March 2017
Tricky Women March 2017
Monstra 1March 2017
Holland Animation Film Festival March 2017
Ciné Court Anime, March 2017
DIFF, April 2017
LA Asian Pacific FF, May 2017
Anifilm, Czech Republic May 2017
ITFS, May 2017
Pictoplasma, May 2017
The Chicago critics FF, May 2017
Cardiff Animation Nights May 2017
Telluride Mountainfilm May 2017
Kortfilm Festivalen, Norway, June 2017
VIS, Vienna Shorts, June 2017
SUNDANCE London June 2017
Animafest Zagreb, June 2017
Sheffield Doc Fest, June 2017
Annecy, June 2017
Short Sighted Cinema: Shortest Nights screening June 2017
Edinburgh International Film Festival, July 2017
La Guarimba International FF August 2017

 

MOTH

Moth is a multi-award winning animation studio formed by Daniel Chester, Dave Prosser and Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits.

Since collectively graduating from the Royal College of Art, they have quickly become renowned for their perceptive, emotive storytelling. Whether it’s examining the looming threat of artificial intelligence, the effects of rainforest deforestation or the plight of refugees, their colorful, hand-drawn animation style and narrative cadence possess a maturity that belies their youth.

Their projects have been screened and awarded in festivals worldwide, including a BAFTA nomination for ‘Matter Fisher’ in 2011, a British Animation award for ‘HIAS: For the Refugee’ in 2016, a D&AD Graphite pencil and Annecy Crystal Award for their New York Times piece ‘Modern Love: A Kiss, Deferred’ in 2016, as well as an ADC Young Gun Award and a YCN Professional Award for their greater portfolio of work.