Private Project

there once was a boy

Hassan is an estranged boy with an aching heart that flickers his mid-twenties living alone in a world that holds him back from being himself until one day an elysian butterfly came to transcend him to a spiritual journey that unraveled his essence reminding him of who he truly is

  • Salma Waleed Enani
    First time director
  • Salma Waleed Enani
    first time writer
  • Salma Waleed Enani
  • Nada Mohamed Fahmi
    Lead Animator
  • Hady Ayman
    Lead Animator
  • Hagar Bassiouny
  • Nada Essam Darwish
  • Mariam Hany
    Art Direction (visual development)
    Concept Artist / Art Director
  • Rex Costello
    Art Direction (visual development)
    Storyboard // Visual Development
  • Salma Rashed
    Art Direction (visual development)
    Background Artsits
  • Karim Saeed Dalil
    Script Doctor
  • Ahmed Eldeeb
    Writer (Based On The Story Of)
    حكايات بعد النوم (A published book of tiny stories)
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    Animation, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Poetic, Abstract, Surreal, expressionistic
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 7, 2023
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - High Cinema Institute
  • High Cinema Institute Graduation Film Screening
    August 24, 2023
Director Biography - Salma Waleed Enani

Fresh Graduate of High Cinema Institute, member of the Egyptian Producer's Club, Salma is not exactly a typical filmmaker, her expressionistic, therapeutic and poetic take on art and life made her open to experiment with a lot of mediums and a lot of styles
She initiates with a sense of play and leads with connection

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Director Statement

Connecting with nature has always been a great source of faith, and wellness in my life ,it sustains the ecosystem within me, this movie carries the stories of many boys I’ve met who were all aching for the same thing it is intended to be message for all of us who yearns for
what’s already inside us a token of a light I had the privilege to find
That beauty is the strongest healing power of all time and that the child within us has more answers and esoteric treasures than we’ll ever think
That the little things all around seeks us too, it just needs our presence to transcend us to rather more profound realm