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A father tries to stay connected with his unconscious daughter through music. He plays a windup music box and hopes she can hear it while fighting with his own emotions to stay strong. Meanwhile, his daughter follows the melody in her dreams and looks for a way back.

  • Yibing Jiang
  • Yibing Jiang
  • Aleksander Karshikoff
  • Silvia Rasheva
  • Junbo Zhang
    Executive Producer
  • Jason Keane
    Animation Director
  • Yining Cheng
  • Alexander Fleisig
  • Maria Beliaeva
  • Lisa Allen Keane
  • Yibing Jiang
    Art Director
  • Adam Habib
  • Colin Thomas
    Character Artists
  • Han Lin
    Character Artists
  • Victor Vinyals
  • Shiyao Jiang
    Environment Artists
  • Jesus Orillan
    Environment Artists
  • Yibing Jiang
    Shading Artists
  • Chris Kang
    Shading Artists
  • Laurent Harduin
    Lighting Artists
  • Vina Kao Mahoney
    Lighting Artists
  • Chris Kang
    FX Artist
  • Joaquin Garcia
    Music Composers
  • Eric Thorsell
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 14, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Siggraph Computer Animation Festival

    United States
    August 24, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Pixelatl International Animation Festival
    September 3, 2020
    Mexico Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Guanajuato International Film Festival
    September 19, 2020
    Official Selection
  • ENFOQUE International Film Festival

    Puerto Rico
    September 24, 2020
    Puerto Rico Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
    New York City
    United States
    September 26, 2020
    New York Premiere
    Best Animation Short Winner
  • Woodstock Film Festival

    United States
    September 30, 2020
    Official selection
  • LA Shorts Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    October 5, 2020
    Los Angeles Premiere
    Official selection
  • Sapporo International Short Film Festival
    October 13, 2020
    Japan Premiere
    Best Original Score Winner
  • San Diego International Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    October 15, 2020
    San Diego Premiere
    Official selection
  • Bucheon International Animation Festival
    Korea, Republic of
    October 23, 2020
    Korean Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series
    Brooklyn, NY
    United States
    October 24, 2020
    Best Animation Winner
  • Spark Animation Festival
    October 29, 2020
    Canada Premiere
    Official selection
  • St. Louis International Film Festival

    United States
    November 5, 2020
    St. Louis Premiere
    Official selection
  • Montreal International Animation Film Festival
    Montreal Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Yibing Jiang

Yibing Jiang is a first-time director of the animation short film Windup, occupying the roles of Writer, Director, Art Director, and Technical Artist.
Her previous work as an artist in various projects in the game and animation film industry for more than ten years. Her professional experience ranges from Naughty Dog, Pixar, and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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Director Statement

Windup is not a light-hearted story, but it is inspired by my own personal experience. Since I was often sick when I was a kid, my memories of those days were foggy. On the other hand, from my parents’ perspective, the event was more serious. They told me they spent countless nights taking care of me; fighting their own emotions and try to stay strong. I didn’t know why they were so worried, since as kids, we think we’re invincible. But when I got older, I started to empathize more with my parents. Especially since I’ve moved to the US. My family and I are far apart and it makes me the one who always worries about them.

Everyone knows the outbreak of the coronavirus. Wuhan is actually my hometown. Quickly after the news of the whole city shutting down, I got word that my uncle had to stop his cancer treatment because of the overwhelming number of COVID patients. Also, both of my cousins still needed to work in the hospital, where half of their coworkers were already infected, and more and more people got sick every day. I was terrified and not sure what I could do. I video chatted with my families as often as we could. But once the camera turns off, all the horrible thoughts would rush back in… And that was the time we were crunching for this film, I remember we were animating the hospital sequence when the father character feels hopeless and sits on the floor. At that moment, I could totally sympathize with his pain. “Life imitates Art” I guess?

Despite the bad year all of us got, I would like this film to give us some hope during this difficult time and believe we can go through it together.