The Boy

At the dawn of the Viking era, a young boy yearns to protect his bedridden mother, unable to foresee an onslaught of Vikings, he is thrust into chaos when he loses everything.

  • Jonathan Gibney
    Director
  • Victor Garritano
    Producer
  • Heidi Husband
    Lead 3D Animator
    Miracle, Bidoof's Big Stand
  • Van Vu Dat Nguyen
    Lead Technical Animator
  • Hailey Skroch
    Lead VFX Artist
  • Gabriella Magun
    3D Animator
  • Joseph Enriquez
    3D Animator
  • Kevin Clausen
    3D Animator
  • Rachel Clinton
    3D Animator
  • Thinh Nguyen
    3D Animator
  • Brad Praria
    Character Designer
  • Sarah Gerrets
    Character Designer
  • Haley Morrissey
    Composer
  • Chris Felo
    Sound Designer
  • Minh Khoa Nguyen
    Concept Artist
  • Rico Ma
    Concept Artist
  • Ryotaro Sawada
    2D Animator
  • Marshall Degenhardt
    2D Animator
  • Joseph Enriquez
    2D Animator
  • Sam Reid
    Sound Mixer
  • Logan Brayfield
    Foley Artist
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Action
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 2, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
  • SCAD Spring Student Showcase
    Savannah
    United States
    June 2, 2022
    North American Premiere
    Jury Selected Spring Student Showcase
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
    Pinewood
    United Kingdom
    June 27, 2022
    Official Selection
  • ANIMART Festival
    Hydra
    Greece
    July 10, 2022
    Official Selection
  • FEEDBACK Animation Film & Screenplay Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    September 28, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Blackboard International Film Festival
    Kasargod
    India
    June 30, 2022
    Award Winner: Best Animated Film
  • Nicomedia International Bi-Monthly Awards
    Izmit
    Turkey
    July 3, 2022
    Nominee
  • Rome Prisma Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    July 5, 2022
    Best Animation Short
  • Berlin Short Film Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    July 18, 2022
    Award Winner: Animated Short Film
  • ATX Short Film Showcase
    Austin
    United States
    July 11, 2022
    Honorable Mention
  • Independant Short Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 17, 2022
    Award Winner: Best Original Score
  • Independant Short Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    July 17, 2022
    Best Animation Short
  • Prospector International Film Festival
    Ridgefield
    United States
    September 29, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival
    Providence
    United States
    August 8, 2022
    Semi Finalist
  • Level Up Film Fest
    Bangalore
    India
    July 30, 2022
    Best Animation
  • Megaflix Film Awards
    England
    United Kingdom
    September 4, 2022
    Best Student Film
  • Golden Harvest Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    August 31, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Jonathan Gibney

Jonathan Gibney was raised in Wilton, Connecticut. In 2017, Jonathan moved to Savannah Georgia to pursue a career in animation and film; he attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he fell in love with storytelling.

He has worked as a generalist on several other animated projects in his time at SCAD, including SCAD Animation Studios' The How Book and The Last Dungeon.

"Our interest lies in the potential of the moving image and our ambition is that the images we produce are able to inspire and evoke a strong emotion within the audience."

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Director Statement

The Boy is a meditative film about a subject that many have tried to encapsulate in some form or another. Rather than encapsulate we’ve attempted in a sense to free it, celebrating the ineffable moments of the human experience that are often overlooked.

As a depiction of life and loss this film is:

A child forced into adulthood,
A winter cut short by the fires of man,

Culminating in a visceral human moment in finding hope in the darkest times.

You are invited to experience the beauty that circumvents tragedy.

- Director Jonathan Gibney