Roberts’ and Rainio’s To Teach a Bird to Fly (2020) will be screened at Alcine Festival in Spain. The film is competing for the European Short Film Audience Award (ESFAA). Alcine Festival is one of the 10 festivals around Europe participating in the competition. In each country, the audience votes for their favourite short film, and the final winner will be announced in Belgium in April 2021.
The ESFAA programme will be screened on Friday, November 6 at 21:30. Alcine Festival is held from November 6–13 in Alcalá de Henares.
In To Teach a Bird to Fly, a woman spends her youth raising the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis – eventually flying with the birds on their migration journey across the alps. As her story unfolds, a parallel narrative connects her actions with the effects of the climate crisis, offering us a lifeline of hope for a very different future.
Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts create short films and moving image installations that combine aspects of documentary and fiction filmmaking. Rainio’s and Roberts’ films have been widely exhibited in Finland, Europe, the United States and South America, and have been shown in the official selections of numerous international film festivals.
Alcine – Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, 6–13 November 2020, Spain
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