Alex (short for Alejandra) loves soccer, the colour red, and playing the trumpet. The other kids think those are “boy” things and tease her mercilessly. After running home in tears, her mom reassures her that she is great just the way she is.

Tomboy is a 14 minute short animated film for children.

Tomboy from Barb Taylor on Vimeo.

 

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Featuring actors Athena Karkanis, Alex Castillo and Sandi Ross, Tomboy is a great vehicle for children to explore gender expression and bullying.  The colourful visuals are complimented by moving music composed by Alejandra Nunéz.

Awards

  • Best Web Animation, Savannah Animation Festival, Feb, 2010
  • KIDS FIRST! Best Award!, Coalition for Quality Children’s Media, Dec, 2009
  • Best Animation, Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Georgia, USA, Oct, 2009
  • Jury Award, Animation, Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, Sept, 2009
  • Jury Award, Short Animation &Audience Award, Short Animation, Reeling 2008
  • Chicago, USA, Nov, 2008
  • Best of Festival, Austin Women’s Film and Literary Festival, Austin, June 2008
  • Jury Award Up and Coming Toronto Film Maker, Inside Out Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 2008
  • CBC Canadian Reflection Award, Toronto, Ontario, 2006 (based on animatic)

 

Screenings

  • People’s Awards, Fundacion Octaedro, Ecuador, February, 2010
  • Savannah Animation Festival, Savannah, USA, February, 2010
  • Queersicht, Bern, Switzerland, November, 2009
  • 5th Annual CineMujer, Int’l Film Festival, San Antonio, USA, October, 2009
  • 8th Urban Mediamakers Film Festival, Atlanta Georgia, USA, October, 2009
  • Cineffable Film Festival, Paris, France, October, 2009
  • Austin Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Austin, USA, October, 2009
  • Orlando Hispanic Film Festival, Orlando, Florida, USA, September, 2009
  • Rhino in the Room Film Festival , Lethbridge, Alberta, September, 2009
  • Okanagan International Film Festival, April, 2009
  • Reel Festival for Women, Los Angeles, USA, March, 2009
  • London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, March, 2009, London, UK
  • CBC national broadcast, Canada, February, 2009
  • Peterborough Film Festival, February, 2009, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Miami Short Film Festival, Miami, Florida, November, 2008
  • Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, November, 2008
  • Reeling 2008: Chicago Lesbian &Gay Int’l Film Festival, USA, Nov., 2008
  • Baltimore Women’s Film Festival, Baltimore, U S A, October 2008
  • KIDS FIRST! Film Festival 2008, Sante Fe + others, U S A, October 2008
  • Reel Affirmations, Washington DC, U S A, October 2008
  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, Chicago, U S A, October 2008
  • Continental Drift Film Festival, St. Johns, Canada, September 2008
  • Los Angeles Int’t Children’s Film Festival, Los Angeles, U S A, Sept. 2008
  • Austin Women’s Film and Literary Festival, Austin, U S A, June 2008
  • Inside Out Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, June 2008

 

Credits

Director & Producer: BARB TAYLOR
Creator and Scriptwriter: KARLEEN PENDLETON JIMÉNEZ
Based on the book Are You a Boy or a Girl? by KARLEEN PENDLETON Jiménez
Published by Green Dragon Press
Co-Director Production & Animation Supervisor: WENDY PARKIN
Co-director Development: LUC BIHAN
Layout Supervisor: TONY TARANTINI
Colour Stylist: ALICE PRIESTLEY
Additional Colour Styling: PAULA TAYLOR
Casting Director: JESSIE THOMSON
Additional Casting: ALEJANDRA NUÑEZ
Storyboard Artist: RAE JAFAELICE
Character Design: MIKE VO
Additional Design: CAROL CAMPER, JANET ROMERO
Design Clean-up: ALICE PRIESTLEY
Music Composer & Producer: ALEJANDRA NUÑEZ
Music Engineer & Programmer: DIEGO LAS HERAS, LA HACIENDA CREATIVE
Voice Engineer: JESSE COOK
Music Mixing: JUAN CARLOS VALENCIA, INSPIRED SIGHT & SOUND INC.
Sound Editor: EDUARDO GONZALEZ
Editors: BARB TAYLOR & DENNIS DAY
Production Assistant: MICHAL TIMBO

Animation:
BARB TAYLOR
HARJIWAN BHAMRA
JODY TODOSCHUK
SEONGIK HONG

Layout:
PEISHAN CHAI
SUNKWAN LEE
SEUNG WOO
BARB TAYLOR

Background Painting:
BARB TAYLOR
ALICE PRIESTLEY
PEISHAN CHAI
SEUNG WOO

Cast:
Alex: ATHENA KARKANIS
Mom: ALEX CASTILLO
Postman: MICHAEL COHEN
Teacher: SANDI ROSS
Berto: JULIE LEMIEUX
Kareem: ORVILLE MACIEL
Kati: AARYN DOYLE
Dionne: REBECCA BRENNER

Musicians:
RACHEL MELAS
SHEMEEMA SONI
ALEJANDRA NUÑEZ
COLLEEN ALLEN
SARAH MACELCHERN
KATERINA COOK
MATTHEW ROBERT – NUÑEZ
NATALIA ROBERT – NUÑEZ

Advisors:
TOM MCGILLIS
JOANNE MERRILL
ESTI TIMBO
CAROL CAMPER
HILARY COOK
JANET ROMERO
TEENAH EDAN

Special Thanks:
Hilary Cook, Carter Cook, Pat Staton, Donna Frank, Deborah Fallows,
Valeska Gomez-Castillo, Steven Solomon, Tim McCaskell, Esther Fine, Celia Haig-Brown, Didi Khayatt, Patti Woods, Sheridan College Co-op Program, Wanda Vanderstoop, Min Sook Lee, Cara Ellingson, Gary Newhouse, Robert Chodos, Katja Rudolph, Paula Hamilton, Naomi Norquay, Kathleen Vaughan, Tanya Anderson, J. Johnson, S. Carlyle, Sandra Schecter, JD, Denise Benson, LJ Donnelly, Alice Pitt, Maria Cook, Eric DePoe, Deborah Singer, Daniela Harris, Ann Bjorseth, Rebecca Dalfen, Jacob Dalfen-Brown, Nurit Adler, Daniel Sos, Niki Sos, Sam Gottlieb, Amy Gottlieb, Maureen Fitzgerald, Madi Pillar & Toronto Animated Image Society, WIFT, Toronto District School Board – Equity Department, V-Tape.

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Shaw Rocket Fund

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