When Darwin the penguin gets separated from his colony during a storm, he seeks refuge in the beachside shack of an old man called Volando. Darwin is a rare Galapagos penguin who longs to fly, and Volando comes up with a unique idea to help him achieve that dream. As Judy Garland said, “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why can’t I?” Directed by Brian Luff. Written by Georgina Sowerby & Brian Luff. A Studio Senseless Production 2022.
Best Animated Short, Europe Film Festival 2021. Best Music Video, Stockholm City Film Festival 2021. Finalist, Best Music Video, Sweden Film Awards 2021. E.L. James once wrote, “You may have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding your prince.” But just exactly how many frogs might that be? Researchers say the average person kisses 22 frogs before finding their perfect match. This short film tells the story of just one of those frogs.
Award nominee, Best Animated Short, Paris Film Festival, 2021. When a knight in shining armour refuses to rescue a princess from a tall tower, he unleashes an unusual sequence of events and ends up going on the strangest quest of his life. Meanwhile the castle’s servants set off on a quest of their own to help restore the knight to his former greatness. There are also evil flying giraffes dressed as monkeys. Written and directed by Brian Luff.
Official Selection BCN Sports Film Festival Barcelona 2022. Three Honorable Mentions at film festivals in 2021. Semi-finalist, International Moving Film Festival 2020, Screen Power Film Festival & Lift-Off Sessions 2020. In the form of an animated short film, “Hobby” is a quirky little love poem, dedicated to the globally popular table top soccer game of Subbuteo. But the film goes beyond the hobby itself, and enters an odd fantasy world where Subbuteo teams feature the most unexpected players and celebrity participants.
Mark Adolph, son of Subbuteo inventor Peter Adolph, wrote to us recently to say “I just watched your film and really enjoyed it. I had a few laughs as well. The graphics are amazing. Thank you for producing such a lovely, heartfelt piece of film. It means a lot to me. I believe my father would have loved your film, as he loved anything like this, and also that it had been nominated in film festivals. He would have been very proud I am sure. Thank you once again for a fantastic film, I will of course be sharing it with my family! Kind Regards, Mark.”
Brian Luff says: When I was a kid I spent hours playing Subbuteo with my dad and my school friends. Not that long afterwards, I found myself working as an editorial assistant for ITV Sport. While in that job I played in a fiercely competitive lunchtime Subbuteo league, along with various seasoned sports journalists, TV producers and former professional sportsmen. In more recent years I played Subbuteo with my own sons. When I heard that the game was being relaunched in 2020, I felt moved to write this little love poem to the “subbutiful” game, but the ensuing short film ended up by transporting me to some very weird and unexpected places.
Award Winner at the Absurd Film Festival in Milan 2022, and Official Selection for the Absurd Art House Film Festival 2022. The film’s hapless eponymous hero has been dumped by his girlfriend. But this is the least of his problems, because his head is a big teapot. After downloading a dating app and going on several disastrous dates, he meets the girl of his dreams, entirely by chance. “Happily Ever After” beckons. But life still has a few surprises in store. Note: Studio Senseless have also produced a mesmerising silent version of this film, in black and white.