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Portugal, 2018, 6:23, digital animation in 3D


Synopsis |  Hidro was hit by luck. Water is all around him and seems to have no end. But his joy is interrupted by warning signs. After all, water is limited and scarce. Is it too late? Will the H2O family be able to change their behaviours and manage this resource efficiently by applying the 5 R’s of water (Reduce water Consumption, Reduce Wastage, Reuse Water, Recycle Water, and Resort to Alternative Sources)?

Executive Production | Lisboa E-Nova

Written and directed by | Marina Lobo

Production | aToca Digital animation

Promoter |  Lisboa E-Nova

Partnership | EGEAC

Co-financing | Fundo Ambiental

Support | Lisbon City Council

Coordenação e concepção científica e pedagógica | Lisboa E-Nova

Concept art / Drawing of characters / Story board / Animatic / Texturing / Lighting / Render / Edition: Marina Lobo | Marina Lobo

Object design / modeling / shading | Marina Lobo and Ricardo Pais

Rigging / Skinning / Fluid Simulation | Nuno Felix

Animation | Sérgio Dias and Manel Bello

Composition / Post Production | Marina Lobo and Filipa Lobo

Audio Production | Buggin Media

Original Mix | André Neto

Mixture | Hugo Santos

Sonoplasty | Filipe Chagas and José Caeiro

“Aquastory” is a short animation film about the efficient use of water promoted by Lisboa E-Nova. It aimed at raising awareness to a change of behaviour in water consumption habits and management, thus contributing to water sustainability.

To achieve this goal, it combined culture with sustainability, approaching these topics in an artistic and playful way, while transmitting relevant and educational information to the general public. The film intended to cover several sub-themes related to water such as efficient use, recycled water, virtual water and the water-energy nexus, emphasizing the 5 R’s of water (Reduce water Consumption, Reduce Wastage, Reuse Water, Recycle Water, and Resort to Alternative Sources).

With about 6 minutes, it is available for viewing and free download, is an educational resource available to all.

In July 2019, Aquastory won the PROTECT OUR PLANET category in the ODS in Action international competition, the United Nations Film Festival about Sustainable Development Goals. sobre os Objetivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável das Nações Unidas. This Festival was launched in 2018 and aims to evaluate and reward, in six distinct categories, short films about projects or people that promote the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Official Selection

  • Alter do Chão Film Festival Competitive Show – FestAlter (Brasil) International Film Festival of Cinema & Sea (Morocco)
  • Sinevisyon (Cyprus)
  • SUNCINE – FICMA Environmental Film Festival (Barcelona / Spain)
  • IV MIFF Mequinensa International Film Festival 2019 – Spain
  • CINANIMA 2019 – International Animated Film Festival of Espinho – National competition (Portugal)
  • National Animation Prize 2019 – “Professional films” category, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
  • Bang Awads – International Animated Film Festival, Best online film Award, Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Green Vision – XXIV International Environmental Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • The short film was released at Cinema S. Jorge in Lisbon on the November 26th 2018, and included a presentation on objective 6 of the ODS “Water and Sanitation”.

Other Awards::

  • Bronze Award in Short Film Unit in the 2019 Handle Climate Change Film Festival, China”
  • CineEco Seia 2019 – Water Value Award – Epal
  • New Earth International Film Festival, Best Animation Short Film, Poland, 2019
  • Animated Eco Film Award in the 11º GOLDEN KUKER Festival – SOFIA, International Animation Film Festival (Bulgaria)