Alma Short Film
In the animated short film Alma, a young girl is attracted to a doll that looks like her in a deserted shop window. Alma (which means ‘soul’ in Spanish) skips through the snow-covered streets playfully. However, all is not as it seems in this short film set in Barcelona as Alma discovers only late that the shop has ill intent and wants to add her to its permanent collection.
This is a film that is packed with on the one level a childlike and playful atmosphere, but on another it builds up with suspense and terror as you watch. At the heart of the short film Alma is the notion of ‘soul’ and the possibility that a doll can possess one. It is a computer-animated fantasy horror film that was directed and produced by ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blass. The animation is incredibly well done with fantastic designs of male and female dolls in various expressions and with different styles and clothes. The music and sound add to the animation to create a dark and disturbing atmosphere that can be enjoyed by both adults and children.
Alma short film – Written and Directed by: Rodrigo Blaas
Run time: 5 mins 24
Awards: Won Best Animation at L.A. Shorts Fest 2009 and nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Miami Film Festival 2010