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We Are Not Alone

S'ammuttadori es parte de nosu.* He knows us all. But how much do we know him? As much as we know ourselves. Anna and Las are both experiencing a busy night full of nightmares. Each of them fights with their ammuntadore, or rather, with their perception of it. The ammuntadore, in Sardinian culture, represents the demon of the night. He assaults us while we sleep and shows us the origin of our greatest fears. The deepest ones. Anna and Las are part of two similar stories of lost innocence, albeit in different ways... albeit distant. Yet they find each other. At the end of the journey, at the end of the dream. Las's destination, once awake, is reached through a quiet inner flight, accompanied, step by step, by the drive toward her true love. Because, even in the dark, it is essential to remember that we are not alone.

*In Sardinian, the ammuntadore is part of us.

  • Francesca Floris
    Director
  • Francesca Floris
    Writer
  • Davide Petrosino
    Co-writer
  • Francesca Floris
    Producer
  • Laura Leitermann
    Editor
  • Beatrice Mele
    Sound designer
  • Chiara Floris
    Composer
  • Lorenzo Consoli
    Animator
  • Cyril Glerum
    Animator
  • Cyril Glerum
    Storyboard artist
  • Oliviero Murru
    Storyboard artist
  • Francesca Floris
    Character designer
  • Chiara Moreni
    Character designer
  • Oliviero Murru
    Character designer
  • Araceli López Carmona
    Background artist
  • Oliviero Murru
    Background artist
  • Alessandra Valle
    Background artist
  • Fiamma Burgio
    Support clean-up artist
  • Alessandra Valle
    Support clean-up artist
  • Lorenzo Consoli
    Poster artist
  • Lorenzo Consoli
    Logo designer
  • Fabrizio Di Palma
    Logo animator
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    S'ammutadori
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 12, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    17,270 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p, 24 fps
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 7th Premio Fausto Rossano
    Naples
    Italy
    October 19, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 28th Sguardi Altrove International Women's Film Festival
    Milan
    Italy
    October 23, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 20th Animae Caribe International Animation & Digital Media Festival
    Port Spain
    Trinidad and Tobago
    October 27, 2021
    Official Selection
  • CortoDino Film Festival XI Edizione
    Torre Annunziata
    Italy
    November 23, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 37th Ljubljana LGBT Film Festival
    Ljubljana
    Slovenia
    December 11, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 26th Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival
    Capri
    Italy
    December 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 6th "GOLD APOLLO AWARD" Santa Marinella Short Film Festival
    Santa Marinella
    Italy
    July 1, 2022
    Best Animated Short Film
  • 8th LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival
    Sassari
    Italy
    September 20, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Northwestern University - Department of French and Italian
    Evanston
    United States
    September 26, 2022
    Screening and Guest Lecture
  • 10th Las Cruces International Film Festival
    Las Cruces
    United States
    April 3, 2024
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Francesca Floris

Francesca Floris (Oristano, 1992) is a photographer and the co-founder of the Flora's Room animation studio.

In 2010, Francesca was part of the Venice International Film Festival Youth Jury during the 67th edition of the event. The jury is composed of 20/24 people selected from over 6000 students. During high school, Francesca received writing and drawing education from Italian comic book writer Stefano Enna (The Walt Disney Company, Mattel Co., Play Press, Soleil). She moved to London in 2011 to attend Brunel University, where she met and started working with Kristijonas Dirse, with whom she made her first documentary film, "Islands" (2014). In 2012, in London, she started the "Flora's Room" project as a YouTube show for children.

In September 2014, Floris moved to the US to study Media Management at The New School in New York. She received the Dean's Merit Scholarship. In April 2015, she was accepted with a merit-based scholarship as an MFA candidate at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in LA, enrolled for three months, and stopped for personal reasons. In December 2018, she graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome while working on the sets of popular Italian productions. Two of the shorts she produced during her studies at CSC competed for the Venice International Film Critics' Week, two for Camerimage and one for Cortinametraggio.

From 2017 to 2020, Francesca studied and graduated in Visual Anthropology (master's degree) at the University of Siena while working in the field of 3D animation and VFX (in productions such as Paramount Pictures' "Mission: Impossible 7", Rainbow's "44 Cats" and HBO's series "My Brilliant Friend 2" and "The New Pope"). Always attracted by technical experimentation and the mix of reality and fantasy, Francesca trained as an experimental photographer at the CSC in Rome over the years. She gave life to projects such as "Olympus 50", "The White Stage," and "The World of Las," promoted by magazines such as "l'Espresso" and exhibited in Brera and other noteworthy Italian cultural centers.

Francesca's master's degree thesis at the University of Siena, based on the experiment "The World of Las," starts from a reflection on "Camera Lucida" by Roland Barthes and "Fotografia e Inconscio Tecnologico" by Franco Vaccari. An essay about the experiment, including the full story of "The World of Las" (2019), was published by Officina Libraria and presented at the Santa Teresa Media Library (Brera Academy) in Milan in February 2019. "We Are Not Alone" (Francesca's first animation project) is a short adaptation of a chapter of "The World of Las." In March 2021, Francesca started collaborating with 10D Film as executive producer for "The Athlete," directed by Nicola Sammarco.

In June 2021, Francesca Floris and Fabrizio Di Palma signed a contract to establish Flora's Room as a limited liability company. In September 2021, Francesca joined the Scanline VFX/Netflix team. In May 2022, Floris joined as a VFX producer the experimentation of the Near-Real-Time pipeline on the movie "Comandante" (SIGGRAPH 2022, Venice Film Festival opening movie of 2023). In April 2023, Floris joined Scanline/Netflix again as a department manager in London.

Floris is an active volunteer for the Italian NGO EMERGENCY and the LGBT+ community in Italy.

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Director Statement

The first thing that moved me toward this career (and that keeps moving me more than anything else) is passion. I am deeply in love with what I do; when I speak of love in this sense, I am talking about a feeling that makes me feel fulfilled in my work for what this can give to others and myself.

When I first started, "Flora's Room" was my attempt to create a TV show for kids. I worked on the project from 2012 until 2015.
The central concept of the first season was to turn the room where the protagonist had just moved into the place of her dreams (I started it when I had just moved from Sardinia to London). The project aimed to develop creativity and fantasy, to have fun, avoid boredom, and learn how to feel comfortable with a new place and a new situation (which many children today have to face for many reasons: parents' jobs, divorces, etc. – moving and changing has become quite usual). The first live episode of the project was filmed during a village fair in Sardinia (Italy). The event was run by the organization "Zampaverde" (Pro Loco Arbus).
The concept of the second season of "Flora's Room" (Flora's Room: The Window) was to build a superhero costume that reflected the child's personality. The charity organizations supported by the project were Children with Cancer UK, Love is Louder, EMERGENCY, WWF, Greenpeace, and NEVER GIVE UP.

After gaining professional experience and saving money, I invested in my first animation project. This short film is my first milestone. My team and I made this short film by exploring Sardinia. On this island I come from, highlighting the local cultural aspects and the natural wonders it has to offer (the sounds of a scene are recorded in the cave of Ispinigoli in Dorgali; the central theme of the film was mixed using a typical Sardinian tenor song; the chase scene was mixed using the sound of the tools they use to forge craft knives in my island). The figure of the "ammuntadore," the sleep demon that transports the two girls into their nightmares, comes from a Sardinian legend.
I am very attached to my land. My works revolve around celebrating it.

"We Are Not Alone" is about a critical moment in my life: the moment I met my first love, what it meant for me then, and how my mind processed the memory over time. This short film is also very much about how I felt when I was with her... and what I wanted to do for her so that she would never suffer again. To turn back time and be there when things go wrong. With the belief that you have as a teenager, that you can save the world... I wanted to save her world as she was saving mine. It is a film about two solitudes that meet. Two girls who, finding each other, are no longer alone.

The story of "We Are Not Alone" comes from a chapter of the book "The World of Las," which I finished writing in 2018, and that inspired my third photography exhibition.
The decision to make the characters less detailed than the environments was born to emphasize the contrast between the two worlds described in the story. All this is linked to the original settings on which the short film is based. It is part of an experiment that sees the protagonist's mind as a concrete place and, therefore, more colorful and detailed. At the same time, the people who inhabit it are imaginary, distant, and ghostly. In the photographic experiment, this objective was achieved with a giant periscope. The woman was projected live into the scenarios built inside the theatre (see press kit for references of the photographs). The book about the experiment was published in 2019 by Officina Libraria (Milan) and presented for the first time at the Santa Teresa Media Library (Brera) in Milan in February 2019. On the same occasion, the photos and the interactive installation involving the periscope were exhibited and available to the public for a month. For a month, the exhibition retook place in Rome in May 2019 at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro.