Animated short film inspired by a mission trip that I took to the islands of Vanuatu and the beautiful people that I met there. The film tells a story of an orphan named Elsie who, for her entire life, has known nothing outside of her village on the island. She decides to go on an adventure and visit a large, modern city in search of something new. Filled with hope, imagination and, perhaps, illusions of grandeur, she sets off. Quickly she discovers that the new world that she had imagined was not all that she dreamt it would be. Soon, she gains a newfound appreciation for her home, and the simple pleasures of life that it provides. "Elsie" confronts a central issue that modern society faces - the idealized world presented on social media that often leads us into jealous comparison and envy. As Elsie learns, true joy is found in gratefulness.

  • Estera Welchar
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Kids, Animation, Adventure
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 3 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
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    Computer Animation
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice
Director Biography - Estera Welchar

Animator, Graphic Designer & Missionary from Poland.
I started my journey with animation in 2015 during my first year of studying New Media Art at the academy. Since then I have been developing my skills and falling in love more and more with this field of art.

- MA in Graphic Design from Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice (2021)
- BA in New Media Art from Polish-Japaneese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw (2018)

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