In Exile

A Film by Alexander Kurilov


In Exile is the story of a boy who lives with his grandmother in an Eastern European village. His parents are both working abroad, so the boy is left to his own devices. He fills his time by playing in an abandoned shed on the river bank. Inside the shed he toils away at a mysterious project – a powerful ‘flying machine’ that would take him to his parents. This project keeps him going, until one day he makes an unexpected friend who needs his care and protection. So the boy has to choose between his all consuming dream of re-uniting with his parents or taking care of another living soul.


  • Picture of Alexander Kurilov © Alexander Kurilov

    Alexander Kurilov

    Born in 1985, in the Soviet Union, Alexander’s first encounter with film was through an improvised cable service set up by the neighbors. Growing up in a country with no cinemas and no film industry, every film he experienced had a huge impact. Over time, a heightened interest towards storytelling had developed and Alexander started practicing his screenwriting
    skills by reading the scripts to the famous films of the time. Through learning programming he became interested by the technical side of the visual experience. This would be the inception of his interest towards computer animation. After spending an exchange year at the St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he finally had a chance to make his first films and have a hands-on experience of the production process, Alexander founded his own production company. The company makes advertising films for clients from all over the world. The highlight of the company’s experience is a Grand Prize Trophy at a MOFILM festival, awarded to Alexander personally by non other than Terry Gilliam himself. In the mean time Alexander is developing several film projects. ‘In Exile’ is the very first one to get made and hopefully it will be a firm first step into the world of international film production.

Awards + Festivals

  • RHODE ISLAND INT`L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Providence, Rhose Island, USA) August 9, 2016
  • TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Wichita, Kansas, Official Selection)August 9, 2016
  • CINANIMA, Portugal (Espinho, Portugal, Grand Panorama, Out Of Competition Screening)November 7, 2016
  • SNOB (New Hampshire, Official Selection)November 10, 2016
    5th MUMBAI SHORTS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • 33rd INT'L FESTIVAL SARAJEVO "SARAJEVO WINTER" (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 14, 2017
  • 17th FILUMS - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Pakistan)February 17, 2017
  • RED DIRT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Edmond, OK, USA)March 2, 2017
  • 21st ANIMAC - INT'L ANIMATION FILM FETSIVAL OF CATALONIA (Official Selection, Spain)March 2, 2017
  • 2nd TRANSILVANIA SHORTS (INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL) (Official Selection, Romania)March 15, 2017
  • 12th ATHENS ANIMFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Greece)March 16, 2017
    CINECHILDREN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mantua, Italy)March 27, 2017
  • 1st PICKURFLICK INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Category, Bangalore, India)March 31, 2017
  • 2nd LOS ANGELES INT’L CULTURE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)April 16, 2017
  • 1st FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DEL CONO SUR (Official Selection, Valparaíso, Chile)April 20, 2017
  • 47th USA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Dallas, Texas, USA)April 26, 2017
  • 12th SEEFEST 2017 (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)April 27, 2017
  • 12th HARLEM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Harlem, New York City, USA)May 4, 2017
  • 6th CARMARTHEN BAY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wales)May 8, 2017
  • 13th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection “ADAF kids”, Greece)May 18, 2017
  • 9th FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (International Competition, Schull, Ireland)May 24, 2017
  • 1st INT'L INDEPENDENT PERMANENT MEMORIES FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)June 8, 2017
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
  • 1st OLBIA FILM MARKET (Figari Film Fest, Sardinia, Italy)June 20, 2017
  • 23rd PALM SPRINGS INT'L SHORTFEST AND FILM MARKET (Film Market, Palm Springs, CA, USA)June 20, 2017
  • 12th SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Alghero, Italy)June 26, 2017
  • "CAYFILM" CAYMAN ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cayman Islands, UK)June 30, 2017
  • 7th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE INFANTIL OJO AL PIOJO (Official Selection, Rosario, Argentina)July 10, 2017
  • 11th MOSCA - CAMBUQUIRA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Kids & Teens Showcase, Cambuquira, Brazil) July 19, 2017
    5th INT'L ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL "CONSTANTINE'S GOLD COIN" (Official Selection, Niš, Serbia)July 25, 2017
  • 21st SEOUL INT'L CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (SICAF2017) (SICAF Kid, South Korea)July 26, 2017
  • 5th ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)July 29, 2017
  • 8th CERDANYA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cerdanya, Spain)July 29, 2017
  • 20th CERVINO CINEMOUNTAIN (Official Selection, Valtournenche & Breuil-Cervinia, Italy)August 5, 2017
  • FESTIVAL INTERACTIF DE CINÉMA DE LÉVIS (Official Selection, Lévis, Québec, Canada)August 26, 2017
  • 2nd MINSK INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL KINOSMENA (Official Selection, Minsk, Belarus)September 10, 2017
  • 23rd INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IN DRAMA (Official Selection, Drama, Greece)September 18, 2017
  • 10th CYBORG FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competitive Section, Umbria, Tuscany and Liguria, Italy)September 22, 2017
  • 3rd ANOTHER INDEPENDENT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 1st GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)September 23, 2017
  • 24th ADANA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Turkey)September 25, 2017
  • 7th CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)September 27, 2017
  • 11th BUFFALO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buffalo, NY, USA)October 6, 2017
  • 26th FILM FESTIVAL OF MADRID (Official Selection, Spain)October 12, 2017
  • 10th KLIK! AMSTERDAM ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Emerging Animation Country program, Netherlands)October 17, 2017
  • 12th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, Florida, USA)October 19, 2017
  • GIG HARBOR FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, WA, USA)October 26, 2017
  • 19th SEOUL INT'L YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, South Korea)October 29, 2017
  • 17th KANSAS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kansas, USA)November 3, 2017
  • 15th TIRANA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tirana, Albania)November 3, 2017
  • 17th KANSAS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kansas, USA)November 3, 2017
  • 1st PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, CA, USA)November 9, 2017
  • IL CINEMATOGRAFO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)November 23, 2017
  • 8th KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amman, Jordan)December 5, 2017
  • 2nd SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 9, 2017
  • 5th BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Borrego Springs, United States)January 11, 2018
  • 10th MALTA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Malta)August 1, 2018
  • 2nd MALTA FILM EXPO 2018 (Official Selection, San Gwann, Malta)September 1, 2018


Alexander Kurilov
Alexander Kurilov
Alexander Kurilov, Kurilov Group Creative Studio
Vitalie Stavila
Mauro Colangelo
Alexander Kurilov
Sound Design
Mauro Colangelo
Mauro Colangelo


Running Time
11 mins
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
5.1 Dolby Surround or Stereo



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299


Alexander Kurilov
Kurilov Group Creative Studio
Zamfir Arbore 15, apt. 30.
MD 2005 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.