Benilde graduate’s ‘Tella’ awarded in film festivals

  • By YOU.PH
  • September 4, 2021
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Short film lauded in Toronto and Reale

A young Filipino animator’s short film Tella has won awards in two competitions, the Toronto Indie Shorts Festival and the Reale Film Festival.

Tella by Zachary John Conlu narrates the story of a lost little girl and a twinkling star which fell from the sky. As the two embark on a mission to reach the night sky, they discover the power of genuine friendship.

A Bachelor of Arts in Animation alum from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Conlu has been working on the film since 2018. In this passion project, he worked with Pauline Jan Villanueva for the musical score and Anthony Tobias for sound design.

Villanueva was recognized as Best Composer in the Toronto Indie Shorts Festival, a Canada-based celebration of all genres worldwide.

The film was awarded Best Soundtrack in the Reale Film Festival, an organization which aims to give space to independent short films each month.

The 12-minute short may be watched through:, with the password tella.

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