MAREA (2022)

A new short animated film by Giulia, about the tide and the ups and downs of life.

Duration: 4'30''
Technique: 2D digital animation

A special family is living on a tiny island and dealing with the ups and downs of their everyday life and of the tide.

MAREA is distributed by Nadasdy Film and MIYU Distribution
Marea talks about balance. The short film aims at demonstrating the fragility of both environmental and social ecosystems. Furthermore, the graphic mechanism illustrates the interaction between the environment and the characters.

A special family of moon guardians is living on a tiny island and dealing with the ups and downs of their everyday life and of the tide. The film depicts the delicate balance between the characters and the environment in which they live.

After "MERLOT", her multi-award-winning graduation film, MAREA is her first professional film and her first Swiss production.

MAREA was developed with the support of Open Workshop, department of The Animation Workshop, Denmark.
MAREA has been produced by Nadasdy film with the support of SRF National Swiss Television, Cinéforom, and Loterie Romande.
Hopefully, it will be touring animation festivals in 2022!

Please contact Giulia at for any inquiries.
You can support MAREA and Giulia's work on Patreon at this link.

Follow the #mareashortfilm hashtag on social media

Watch the teaser
Watch the highlight stories about MAREA
Some behind-the-scenes on Behance
Q&A here

A special and sincere thank you to my patrons on Patreon, that supported me in this adventure and shared the journey with me.
MY active supporters on PATRONS who followed my process step by step: Salman Ansari, Lavinia Petrache, Giulia Barbero, Donato Sansone, Brett Jubinville, Jamie Red, Giorgio Azzalin, Philipp Dahinden, Nicola Destefanis, Rafael Sommerhalder, Heta Jäälinoja, Audrey Sysaykeo, Beli Löw, Harrison Brain, Iulia Voitova.
You truly are the best, and will find your names in the film final credits :)

19.05.22 Open Workshop, Viborg, DK
7-12.06.22 Cinemambiente Torino, IT
26-28-07.22 Cortocircuiti Bari, IT
24-28.08.22 Turku Animated Film Festival, FI
3-9.10.22 BAB (Bienale Animacie Bratislava), SK
5-8.10.22 PRIMANIMA, Budaörs HU
13-23.10.22 RIGA IFF, LV
16-24.10.22 PÖFF Tallinn, EE
28.11-4.12.22 ANIMATEKA Ljubliana, SL
18-25.01.23 Solothurner Filmtage, CH
27.01-4.02.23 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, FR
3-12.02.23 Children's Film Festival Seattle, USA
4-12.02.23 BAMkids Film Festival - Brooklyn Academy of Music NYC, USA
7-14.02.23 Traveling Film Festival, Junior Short Comp - Rennes, FR
22-24.02.23 MOVE Summit 2023 Pleasance, Edinburgh, UK

2-3.03.23 Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski - Official competition FR
15-26.03.23 Monstra Lisbon Animated Film Festival / Monstrihna - Lisbon, PT
24-29.03.23 Kaboom Animation Festival, Utrecht, NL
30.03-2.04.23 Kaboom Animation Festival, Amsterdam, NL
12-22.04.23 International Animated Film Festival Animocje, Bydgoszcz, PL
16-20.05.23 Formentera Film Festival, ES
18-20.05.23 Animatricks, Helsinki, FI
23-27.05.23 Festival Plein La Bobine, FR

25.05-04.06 VAFI & RAFI Internationa Children and Youth Animation Film Festival, HR
19-26.06.23 Festihna FEST New Directors, Espinho, PT
23-25.06.23 Tenerife Shorts – International Film Festival, ES
29.06-2.07.23 Fest Anca, International Animation Festival, SK
5-9.07.23 27th edition of Umbria Film Festival, Montone, IT
21-29.07.23 Lago Film Fest, Revine Lago, IT
21-26.08.23 Imaginaria Film Festival, Conversano IT

3-08.10.23 Animage - Festival de Cinema de Animação Brasileiro BRL
8-9.08.23 ANDKIDS World Film Festival, Notre Dame University, Indiana, USA
25.08.23 Nevada City Film Festival, Nevada City, California, USA
7-9.09.23 Animatex, Cairo, EGY
26.09 - 01.10.23 Animasyros Animation Festival, Island of Syros, EL
4-12.10.23 Animare Cartoon Festival, IT
13-22.10.23 25th Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (FestCurtasBH), Brazil​​​​​​​
14.10.23 Poulsbo Film Festival, Poulsbo, WA, USA
11-12.11.23 The Cary Theater, Cary, NC, USA
22-26.11.23 9e Festival Cinéma Jeune Public, Lausanne, CH
22-26.11.23 Flensburg Short Film Festival, Tricky competition - Flensburg, DE
26-28.12.23 The Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT, USA
22-28.01.24 Indie Junior International Children's and Youth Film Festival, Porto, PT
20-27.02.24 Traveling Festival, Rennes, FR
3-7.03.24 13th Tehran International Animation Festival, Tehran, IRN
20-24.03.24 17th Glasgow Short Film Festival, UK
20-21.04.24 Psaroloco International Children's & Young People’s Film Festival, GR

• Best Animated Short Film / Fantastic Foxes Youth Jury Award at Children's Film Festival Seattle

Written and directed by: Giulia Martinelli
Sound Design and Music by: Simply Sonic Studios, James Rogers
Produced by Nadasdy Film
Nicolas Burlet - Zoltan Horvath
In co-production with
RTS - Radio Television Switzerland
With the support of
Cinéforom and Loterie Romande
Supported by the Open Workshop
department of The Animation Workshop,
VIA University College
2D animators:
Giulia Martinelli
Camilla Pannone
Géraldine Cammisar
Giulia Martinelli
Shinta Juilland
Marea (2022)
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