Playing house

A little girl is playing house by herself. She makes food out of toys and sets the table. Then a little boy comes in, and she greets him with joy. But things are getting darker while they pretending...

  • Cenk Köksal
    Director
    Talented Mr. Köksal
  • Özgül Gürbüz
    Director
    Flawless Life
  • Cenk Köksal
    Writer
  • Cenk Köksal
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Evcilik
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy, Social
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Turkey
  • Language:
    Turkish
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Children’s Right Film Festival
    Bursa
    Turkey
    May 13, 2017
    NA
    NA
  • Seoul Guro International Kids Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    May 30, 2017
    Asia Premiere
    Best Award
  • Neum International Animated Film Festival
    Neum
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    June 28, 2017
    Bosnia Premiere
    OSCE Human Rights Award
  • 8th Lions Shot Film Festival
    istanbul
    Turkey
    April 11, 2017
    NA
    Special Jury Award
  • International Festival of Local Television
    Košice
    Slovakia
    June 8, 2017
    NA
    Prize Of The Mayor Of Spišská Nová Ves
  • Short Of The Year
    Madrid
    Spain
    July 1, 2017
    NA
    Special Jury Mention
  • Athens AnimFest
    Athens
    Greece
    March 16, 2017
    World Premiere
    NA
  • XpoNorth
    Inverness
    United Kingdom
    June 7, 2017
    United Kingdom
    NA
Director Biography - Cenk Köksal, Özgül Gürbüz

Cenk Köksal
Born in Istanbul. Graduated from Anadolu University Fine Art Faculty Animation Department in 2004.
First short film was "Talented Mr. Koksal" as graduation project in 2004.
Worked as storyboard artist, cel animator and clean-up artist in cartoon projects.
Later became 3d animator and animation director for Tv commercials.
Living and working in London.

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Director Statement

When I first pitched the idea of Playing House to co-director Özgül Gürbüz, she immediately got the idea and shared the needs to spread this message all around the world with me. We live in Turkey where domestic violence is one of the major problems among the society. But we are also sure that it's one of the biggest issues for other so called modern societies too, even if it's hidden behind the curtains.
So, we rolled up our sleeves and got back to work to make it as visible and effective as we can.
Navigating the story through the eyes of children felt like a delicate but necessary choice for us. In that way, we think maybe we can penetrate the hypocrisy of people experience domestic violence or harm others, especially children who are the most innocent victims of our unbalanced, unpredictable nature.
We chose animation as a medium, firstly because it's our main profession and a tool we're good at, second, it's the best choice for selling it as a cute, happy and cartoon-looking story in the beginning, and then creating a deep contrast by shifting the atmosphere with the same tool.
We're hoping that it will reach as many minds as it can, and help spark a light in those minds to consider it differently. We are trying to break the habit of violence, by showing them the circle of violence.

-Cenk Köksal, Co-Director of Playing House-