Volunteer artists join forces to create “MILA”


Ten years of preparation and produced with the help of 350 volunteers in 35 countries, “MILA” is a powerful short film in computer graphics on the testimony of a young girl on the bombings of the Second World War.

“MILA” is a war story told from a child’s perspective. While the film is inspired by real events in Trento, Italy in 1943, Mila represents all children, in any war, at any time. In the film, the character of Mila represents the best of humanity. Although she has lost everything – her family, her home and her peace – she still clings to hope. Rarely does animation tackle serious and complex subjects like war; However, director and screenwriter Cinzia Angelini thinks animation is the perfect way to tell this story, because while civilians are affected first, their children are remembered last.


The “MILA” team included four main groups – USA, Italy, Canada and UK Professional artists in Italy, Australia, Mexico, India, France, Belgium, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, Argentina , Nigeria, Egypt, Brazil, Spain and many others have voluntarily contributed in various ways.


Cinzia said, “I am deeply honored and immensely grateful to lead such an incredible group of volunteers who believed in me, Mila and all that she stands for. It has always been a team effort, supported by countless people who have encouraged, contributed and been part of our international and multicultural team. I thank them from the bottom of my heart. »


Over the years, “Mila” has garnered sponsors and partners including Pixel Cartoon, IbiscusMedia, Autodesk, Toon Boom Animation, SideFX, Aniventure, UNICEF Italia, Dog Head Animation, and Skywalker Sound. In 2019, Cinesite announced its partnership with the project to complete production on “Mila”.


The CG short not only rallied a global collective to exemplify the hearts, minds, and undying hope of children in war zones, but also shone a light on women in the animation industry. 30% of the film’s crew were women, and many held senior positions, including writer/director, producer, executive producers, script supervisor, lighting chief, rigging supervisor, character effects managers, and managers. of co-production. “I’m so happy to work at a studio that really cares about supporting women in the industry,” notes Angelini. “And I’m also happy that I was able to give back… with advice or recommendations or with networking to help people who have been on the film for many years to get something out of it. A lot of people who started as students with us are now professionals and were able to have portfolios thanks to Mila.We didn’t just want to take from the community, so we gave as much as we could.


Originally from Italy, Cinzia moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and has worked as a 2D/3D animator and screenwriter for studios including Dreamworks, Disney Animation Studios, Warner Brothers, Sony Imageworks, Illumination Entertainment and most recently Cinesite. His work includes “Balto”, “Prince of Egypt”, “Eldorado”, “Spirit”, “Sinbad”, “Spider-man 2” (Oscar for Best Visual Effects, 2005), “Open Season”, “Meet the Robinsons “, “Bolt”, “The Minions Movie”, “Despicable Me 3”, “The Grinch” and “Abominable”. She presented her lecture “Bridging cultural diversity through the magic of animation” to a global audience for TEDx, in the US and again in Italy.Cinzia is currently co-directing the animated feature HITPIG with David Feiss, set in a futuristic cyberpunk world, the story follows a grizzled pig bounty hunter Hitpig (Peter Dinklage ) who accepts his next hit: Pickles (Lilly Singh), a naive and exuberant elephant who escaped the clutches of an evil billionaire. The film is produced by Aniventure and is currently in production at Cinesite. It is scheduled for release in 2022.



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