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Au revoir Balthazar

A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.

Author and Director: Rafael Sommerhalder
Production Design: Zita Bernet, Rafael Sommerhalder
Music: Hansueli Tischhauser, Tobias Preisig
Sounddesign and mixing: Zhe Wu
Production: Claudia Frei, Stella Händler





Swiss Film Award – Best Animated Short Film
Cardiff Independent Film Festival (UK) – Best Animation
Shorts Mexico – Best International Animated Short Film
Animayo (Spain) – Best Stop Motion
Arlington International Film Festival (USA) – Best Animation Short
Fastnet Film Festival (Ireland) – Shortlisted for Best Animation
Festival Brasil Stop Motion (Brazil) – Best Art Direction
Semaine sans télévision de Delémont (Switzerland) – Audience Award
Transilvania Shorts (Romania) – Best Animation
Solothurner Filmtage (Switzerland) – Audience Award, 2nd place
Etiuda&Anima (Poland) – Honorary Diploma
Animated Dreams (Estonia) – Shut Up! Competition, Silver Price
New Chitose Airport Animation Festival (Japan) – North Pacific Bank Award
AJAYU Animated Short Film Festival (Peru) – Special Mention
Animatou (Switzerland) – Audience Award, Swiss Competition
Canterbury Anifest (UK) – Winner, Best International Film
Canterbury Anifest (UK) – Runner Up, Best Sound
Fantoche (Switzerland) – Special Mention, Swiss Competition
In the Palace (Bulgaria) – Nominated for Best Narrative Animation
Farcume (Portugal) – Third prize, animation category
Gässli Film Festival (Switzerland) – Special Mention
Great Message Int. Film Festival (India) – Best Direction of an Animated Shortfilm


Participation at over 200 festivals: