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KARUNA - Compassion

The animation film "KARUNA - Compassion" is an experimental "paint on glass" medium film. Frame by frame painted on a lightbox, a classical, analog medium is chosen to enhance the nostalgic tone of the film. The film is an attempt to recreate the simplicity of the humble refugee Bengali colony and its people in New Delhi in the 80s. The story revolves around a young girl's struggle to learn an important lesson from her father that privileges should not be taken for granted which triggers the realisation that lessons can trickle through generations.

  • Lolita Bhaduri
  • Lolita Bhaduri
  • Lolita Bhaduri
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 7 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
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Director Biography - Lolita Bhaduri

Lolita Bhaduri is a practicing communication designer; who graduated from College of Art, Delhi, in Applied Arts in 1998, and completed her Masters in Communication Design, specializing in Animation Film Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in 2002. She has successfully finished many animation films, initially as a student (her student project was
nominated at the Ottawa Film Festival 2001 – SAFO and her diploma project won at the Vatavaran Film Festival 2003).
She has 20 yrs of corporate experience. Her work at HT and NDTV has been critically appreciated and has also won many accolades including the Promax Gold Award in 2017 and the DigiPub Gold 2017. Her freelance project with NDTV won the Bronze World Medal at the New York Festivals - World’s Best
TV and Films in 2017 in the category ‘News Promotion’.
Her own self sponsored animated film "FEAR- Bhay" released last year was described as a poignant piece putting a spotlight on mental trauma.
“Fear- Bhay” has been selected in the lineup for Woodstock film festival 2020 and has been nominated as a finalist at the Independent short awards, LA.

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Director Statement

My vision and dream have been to be able to see oil paintings in moving images. This was only possible when I married analog and digital to create frame by frame drawings on the lightbox, which also opens a new scope for discussion on unique techniques in animation where design meets art... Since this was the first time I was animating in this medium, one of the biggest challenges was to control the paint on the glass. In addition, in absence of a DSLR Camera and hence shot on a tablet without any visual reference software, the animation was done live and only with memory reference. It was a very tedious project, but I really enjoyed every bit of working on it.
The film is based on a true story and is close to my heart  
Hoping to be part of the festival and community.