Mi Amore (my love)

This short film is a love tragedy and as typical as they are, it also ends on a sad note. But there is always a brighter side to every story. Set with in a world focused on differences while overrun by fear and individualistic separation there are still those who believe in the power of touch, spiritual connection and equality. They; continue seeking love, trust and warmth through the strength of their heart and not just how they are told to perceive or how they are told to judge by what they simply see.

  • Richie Valentino
  • Richie Valentino
  • Richie Valentino
  • Tom O'Sullivan
    Key Cast
    Alien: Covenant
  • Ivy Fox O'Sullivan
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
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    Hand drawn
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  • Loa Angeles Animation Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
  • Animation day in Cannes
    November 18, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Best Shorts Competion

    United States
    December 20, 2020
    Winner - Award of Recognition
Director Biography - Richie Valentino

Born in Uruguay and raised in Australia since the age of 3, I am a self-taught animator having enjoyed the art visually for many years. I was a late starter in the industry, not commencing my first animated short until I was 27 years old. Now having completed 4 short films with some supported screening success in festivals with-in Australia and around the world, I am happy to be settled into the Animation industry. A love that will continue for many years to come.
Graduated in the arts of interior design.
- First animation, stop motion short (Cardioidosaurus) was completed in 1998 and presented to a small audience in Brisbane, Australia

*Premiered in Australia on ABC’s Rage in 1998 and a private screening in Brisbane, Australia.
- In 2010 the script, character drawings, clay models and teasers for the feature animated film (Barkoo’s Amerie) was put together. The film is still awaiting production.
- Second animation hand-drawn short (The Lamb) was completed in 2014.

*Premiered in Australia at the 2014 Melbourne International Film Festival.
*Premiered in USA at the L.A. Animation Shorts Film Festival in November 2014.
- Third animation hand-drawn, water colour short (Birds of a Feather) was completed in March 2016 and the first film collaboration with water colourist Scott Robson (Launceston, Tasmania).

*Premiered in Australia at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival.
- Fourth animation hand-drawn short (Mi Amore) was completed in September 2019 and the first film collaboration with actors; Ivy Fox O’Sullivan and Tom O’Sullivan.

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Director Statement

"I try to add a moral story to all my films, like an education from within our day-to-day society. A small message about equality and looking out for others. Even if there is something different and obscure about them...we are still all the same inside."