Frida in the Sky

Frida, an 8-year-old engineering prodigy, builds an airplane behind her mother’s back to follow in her Abuela’s legacy.

  • Dani Sadun
  • Dani Sadun
  • Lauren Eden
    Involuntary Wingman
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 19, 2023
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Toronto Metropolitan University
Director Biography - Dani Sadun

Born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Dani Sadun is a student filmmaker best known for her works in animated films. Pandemia (2020) was the first short-film she directed followed by A Story of Amore (2021) a year later, both films in which she was responsible for designing and animating the entire work on her own. Dani’s films have earned several festival recognitions, including the official selection of Pandemia (2020) to the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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Director Statement

With Frida, we seek to challenge the lack of Latino representation in the film industry while subverting common stereotypes Latin Americans face. The film is, however, set in the city of Toronto, the city where Lauren grew up and welcomed Dani with open arms. We wanted to set Frida’s story in this multicultural and unique city that has shaped both of our lives and, without a doubt, deserves more celebration in film.

The depiction of women in this film has great importance to us. Our goal with Frida is to present a young female protagonist that is resilient, intelligent, and sweet. This film is meant for families and children; with this story, we want to inspire the little girls in the audience that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.