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Ghostboy is an award winning stop-motion animated short film for kids funded through Kickstarter.

An exciting tale of mystery, mayhem and friendship, 'Ghostboy' teaches the very important lesson to not judge a book by it's cover...

Arriving at their new house, Alfie's ever-joyful Mum insists the new house is simply wonderful and perfect in every way but Alfie is not so sure. Meanwhile, Granny is still trying to climb out of the car!

With only his pet goldfish Sarah for company, Alfie must embark on the spooky, mysterious, and sometimes dangerous mission of exploring the empty house. Or so he thought...

  • Jonathan Brooks
    The Man that touched the sky, Noose
  • Jonathan Brooks
    The Man that touched the sky, Noose
  • Trevor Hardy
    Pushkin, Dead Bird, Threes a Crowd
  • Neil James
    The Missing Hand, Gangsters Vs Vampires, Drowning in Sunshine
  • Harry Kirby
    2024, Howl, Noose
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 17, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Student Project:
  • edelkrone International Short Film Contest 2016
    Czech Republic
    Best Animation | Edelkrone International Short Film Contest 2016
  • South Coast Shorts Festival 2016
    Worthing, West Sussex
    United Kingdom
    June 9, 2016
    Nominated for Most Innovative Film
  • Festival for Family
    September 8, 2016
  • International Southampton Film Festival
    United Kingdom
  • Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival
    November 25, 2016
    Best Animation
  • Winchester International Short Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 12, 2016
    Nominated Best Animation
  • Vision Feast

    New Zealand
    November 4, 2017
    Nominated Best Animation
  • London Monthly Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    November 25, 2016
    Best Animation
Director Biography - Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks is a multi-award winning film director based in Worthing, United Kingdom. His passion for filmmaking began when he was 21 and set up his own production company (United Magic Studios) to embark on making his own films. Since then he has directed multiple short films and produced corporate video content for both national and international brands. He is now in pre-production for his first feature length film.

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Director Statement

Nearly 10 years had passed since I first sketched the character of Ghostboy. I felt it was something that would never materialise into anything and become a wasted idea like so many other ideas. After wrapping on a previous short film, I was looking for my next challenge. That's when Ghostboy came about, though all I had was a few sketches and a short poem, I still had the basic structure of the story. It wasn't until much later that the character of Alfie was introduced as well as his family, but the essence of Ghostboy was still there.

This would be my first animated film to direct and aimed at an entirely different audience that I hadn't attempted to reach before. Being made for kids was in fact one of the main aspects which convinced me in to making Ghostboy. It opened up a new way of storytelling and filmmaking I hadn't been able to try in my previous films. I knew this was going to be a fun project to direct but at the same time my most challenging.