The Bolt's Story

A Bolt among all other bolts in an abandoned workshop, decides to get out of its container and discover its own life. While wandering around, it finds out the secret of its life and the purpose of its creation. It realizes "a well fit Nut” is needed to make it complete and useful. To reach that nut, a deadly jump is on the way and it needs to choose: remaining incomplete forever, or doing the jump.

  • MohammadReza Alimorad
  • MohammadReza Alimorad
  • MohammadReza Alimorad
  • Akbar Meshkaty
    Key Cast
  • Fernando Corona (Murcof)
  • Hannah Schlubeck
  • Nima Pourkarimi
  • Ramin Abousedgh
    Sound Designer and Mix
  • Farid Almasi
  • MohammadReza Alimorad
  • MohammadReza Alimorad
  • Mehdi Torkaman
  • AmirHossein Dezfouli
    Set Designer
  • MohammdReza Alimorad
  • Project Title (Original Language):
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
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  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tehran International Short Film Festival
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    October 20, 2023
    national competition
  • BARCIFF - Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival
    July 22, 2023
    international premiere
    Winner Best Animation short / Best Director nominee
  • Tirana International Film Festival - Albania
    September 29, 2023
  • New York Animation film festival
    New York
    United States
  • AniMate Australian Animation Festival
    New Town
  • Kraft Animation Film Festival
    October 27, 2023
    Short Competition
Director Biography - MohammadReza Alimorad

MohammadReza Alimorad
I was born on May 26 1987 in Tehran, Iran. Independent filmmaker and photographer. My first film “Wednesday” participated in international film festivals such as Split International Film Festival 2013 and Experiment in cinema, Albuquerque, USA.
I learned cinema’s basics from my father who has been making films for children since 1970 in Iran. Having This possibility filled the place of academic studies for me. After leaving university in 2012 I started to make films and advertising videos.
My latest finished project took 7 years to get complete and these years were a great growth for me in the field of cinema.
I also do street photography as a hobby which has great effects on my cinematic feelings.

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Director Statement

“Jump” to seize a goal is a necessity for achieving it. Jumping from a safe zone to a point where we consider it as our goal is the initial move. These jumps could be safe and also could be deadly and life threatening. This film narrates a jump that could be equivalent to losing life. I believe that all living creatures will experience this “Jump” in their lives. Whether big and fatal or small and intermittent.
“The Bolt Story” by using metaphors and mankind symbols, narrates someone’s story who feels the urge of becoming perfect and effective. Being effective with the sense that being beneficent as one part of the whole, whatever the subject is. A Bolt needs a Nut of exact size to get closure together and attach parts of a machine and eventually, when the machine is completed with all the details. It will work.
The story begins with the birth of the Bolt by throwing the bolt’s container. It comes to self-knowledge while wandering through the workshop. When it gets to the machine’s map, it discovers what it has made for and how it can be useful. Yes, It has to find the exact sized Nut which is not easy to find and will face the Bolt to a deadly jump. Now the biggest decision: accede to the deadly jump, or staying and remaining useless forever.