Private Project


Switcho is a story about two curious cats who stumble into a forbidden room where they find a mysterious potion which will change their lives forever.

  • Alison Vega
  • Alison Vega
  • Alison Vega
  • Ashley Silerio
    Musical Score
  • Alison Vega
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 14, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - College of DuPage
  • College of DuPage Animation Night 2021
    Glen Ellyn, IL
    United States
    May 19, 2021
  • Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival
    August 1, 2021
    International Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Anim8 Student Film Festival
    Wheaton, IL
    United States
    October 18, 2021
    Award of Distinction
  • Global Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 25, 2021
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Special Mention
  • Children Short Film Festival
    December 4, 2021
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Palm Springs Animation Festival
    Palm Springs, CA
    United States
    March 24, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Leeds Young Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    April 11, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Alison Vega

Alison Vega is a Chicago-based artist and animator. She received an AAS in Animation from the College of DuPage in May 2021, and she previously earned a BS in Biology and an MS in Computer Science at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Alison has worked on a variety of animation projects including 2D, 3D, stop motion, and experimental animation. Her signature style blends sweet and adorable characters with lighthearted and humorous stories, and many of her animations are set in a world that has a whimsical or magical theme.

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Director Statement

Switcho is a story about two cats, Kate and Daphne, who experience an adventure of a lifetime when they wander into a room in which they are not allowed.

Switcho was inspired by real-life events. As the pet parent of two young rescue cats, I often have to give them gentle reminders to stay out of the hazardous laundry room. And on occasion their personalities interchange leaving me to wonder if they have performed a “switcho” of their own.

This animation has a gray tone color scheme with pops of color on items which are associated with magic. All of the artwork for my project was made in Adobe Photoshop.