The Moon is Essentially Gray

A Film by Hannah Roman

Synopsis

“The Moon Is Essentially Gray” is a 3-minute CG animated short about a young child, her makeshift rocket, and her fantastic flight to the moon. The film explores the role escapism plays in the lives of children who suffer some form of neglect or abandonment by their caregivers, and is ultimately about the struggle to gain (or regain) personal power, joy, and freedom. “The Moon Is Essentially Gray” was produced by Hannah Roman as part of her thesis work in the MFA Computer Art program at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

Director

  • Picture of Hannah Roman © Hannah Roman

    Hannah Roman

    Hannah Roman is an American filmmaker and visual artist living and working in New York. She received her BA in English, Film/Media Studies and Studio Art at Bucknell University and earned her MFA in Computer Art with a concentration in 3D Animation at School of Visual Art. She works in a variety of media, including 3D animation, oil, print and video, and is currently a lighting artist at Blue Sky Studios.

Awards + Festivals

  • 31st CARTOON CLUB RIMINI (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)July 14, 2016
  • 24th ANIMA MUNDI (Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)July 18, 2016
  • 5th ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)July 29, 2017
  • 30th MULTIFEST/ MUESTRA INTERNATIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES (Official Selection, Guadalajara, Mexico)August 3, 2016
  • 43th STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS (Nominated, Not Screened, Beverly Hills, CA, USA)September 22, 2016
  • 16th CONSTANTINE’S GOLD COIN FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nish, Serbia)November 11, 2016
  • *GOLD PRIZE FOR DIGITAL ANIMATION AWARD*
    TAIWAN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION (Official Selection, Taipei, Taiwan)November 28, 2016
  • CA IT AWARDS (Official Selection, New York, NY, USA)January 12, 2017
  • 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
  • 3rd LONG AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF SANTIAGO (Official Selection, Santiago de Chile, Chile)March 9, 2017
  • *FILM OF THE FESTIVAL*
    1st ANIMATED ARIZONA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA)March 31, 2017
  • 1st PICKURFLICK INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Animation Category, Bangalore, India)March 31, 2017
  • 18th LEEDS YOUNG FILM FESTIVAL (Animated Short Film Audience Award competition, UK)April 10, 2017
  • MONSTRONALE - INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFESTIVAL HALLE (Children's Competition, Germany)April 20, 2017
  • 1st LUNCHBOX INT'L CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baltimore, USA)April 30, 2017
  • 8th GOLDEN KUKER SOFIA - INT'L ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL (Competition Program, Sofia, Bulgaria)May 1, 2017
  • 6th CARMARTHEN BAY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wales)May 8, 2017
  • 4th FLIMMERFEST 2017 (Special Program “Flimmerwand”, Hamburg, Germany)May 17, 2017
  • 13th ATHENS DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection “ADAF kids”, Greece)May 18, 2017
  • *BEST ANIMATED FILM*
    3rd NASSAU FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Princeton, New Jersey, USA)May 20, 2017
  • *WOMEN IN ANIMATION BEST STUDENT FILM* *2nd RUNNER UP STUDENT ANIMATED SHORT*
    ASIFA-EAST ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)May 21, 2017
  • BAFTA STUDENT FILM AWARDS 2017 (Shortlisted "Animation Section", New York & Los Angeles, USA)May 23, 2017
  • 2nd MIND THE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Plovdiv, Bulgaria)June 1, 2017
  • 1st PORTOVIEJO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ecuador)June 1, 2017
  • 1st BUDDHA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 10, 2017
  • *3D ANIMATION: HONORABLE MENTION* *AUDIENCE FAVORITE: THIRD PLACE*
    2nd FLORIDA ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)June 15, 2017
  • *NOMINATION FOR THE ANIMATED SHORT*
    20th SHANGHAI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (GOLDEN GOBLET AWARD SHORT, Shanghai, China)June 17, 2017
  • 13th FEST - NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Espinho, Portugal)June 19, 2017
  • 2nd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 22, 2017
  • QUARANTINE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Varna, Bulgaria)July 4, 2017
  • 1st VIDLINGS & TAPEHEADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Michigan, USA)July 7, 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
  • 24th OPENEYES FILMFEST (Official Selection, Marburg, Germany)July 20, 2017
  • 13th LAGO FILM FEST (Official Selection, Italy)July 21, 2017
  • 20th GUANAJUATO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Special Showcase Niños en Acción (out of competition),San Miguel de Allende Guanajuato, Mexico)July 21, 2017
  • 21st SEOUL INT'L CARTOON & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (SICAF2017) (Student Film, South Korea)July 26, 2017
  • SIGGRAPH 2017 COMPUTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL (VR Film Jam, Los Angeles, CA, USA)July 30, 2017
  • 2nd REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)August 10, 2017
  • 8th ANIBAR ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Peja, Kosovo)August 14, 2017
  • 2nd FARM FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Favara, Italy)August 17, 2017
  • 7th FARCUME - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CURTAS-METRAGENS DE FARO (Official Selection, Faro, Algarve, Portugal)August 21, 2017
  • 2nd TURKU ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL JUNIOR (Official Selection, Torku, Finland)August 23, 2017
  • 12th SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL / BOSA ANIMATION AWARD 2017 (Official Selection, Bosa, Italy)August 31, 2017
  • 10th BUEU INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bueu, Pontevedra, Spain)September 9, 2017
  • 6th VISIONI CORTE INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Minturno, Italy)September 11, 2017
  • 10th CYBORG FILM FESTIVAL (Not Competitive Section CyBorg OFF, Umbria, Tuscany and Liguria, Italy)September 22, 2017
  • 3rd ANOTHER INDEPENDENT INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA)September 22, 2017
  • 6th METRICAMENTE CORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Padova, Italy)September 23, 2017
  • 10th FILMFESTIVAL FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Int’l Section, Germany)October 2, 2017
  • 3rd MINIKINO FILM WEEK - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BALI (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali Indonesia)October 7, 2017
  • 14th FILMFEST EBERSWALDE (Special Program „Short films not only for kids“, Germany)October 7, 2017
  • 4th ARTCITY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buea, Cameroon)October 10, 2017
  • 2nd AWORD INDIE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)October 11, 2017
  • 16th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)November 3, 2017
  • 13th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (Nomination "The Best Short Animation Film"Yerevan, Armenia)November 7, 2017
  • BARCELONA CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Spain)November 11, 2017
  • 2nd AARETALER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Switzerland)November 17, 2017
  • 23rd ENCOUNTERS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bristol, UK)November 19, 2017
  • 14th MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)November 20, 2017
  • 10th TANGIER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Morocco)November 28, 2017
  • 1st GOLD MOVIE AWARDS GODDESS NIKE FILM FESTIVAL - ANNUAL EVENT (Official Selection, London, UK)January 11, 2018
  • PEQUEFILMES 2018 - INT'L CHILDREN FILM FESTIVAL OF GALICIA (Official Selection, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)January 20, 2018
  • 4th BANJARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)April 6, 2018
  • FORMENTERA FILM - INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS, DOCUMENTARIES AND ANIMATIONS (Official Competition, Formentera, Spain)May 16, 2019

Crew

Screenplay
Hannah Roman
Producer
Hannah Roman
Director
Hannah Roman
Director of Photography
Hannah Roman
Art Direction
Hannah Roman
Costume Design
Hannah Roman
Sound
Hannah Roman
Sound Design
Hannah Roman
Music
Chase Hawley

Details

Running Time
4:30 mins
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

DIRECTOR

Hannah Roman
New York, USA

hannahromanstudio@gmail.com
www.Hannahroman.com