Chasing Birds

Una Lorenzen
Canada, Iceland
No dialogue


When the world turns upside down, we have a choice to firmly hang on to old ideas or embrace the new view. In Chasing Birds we follow a little girl who playfully chases a bird throughout a chaotic and transformational period. Chasing Birds is a story about disconnection between people and how change can be a terrifying and invigorating experience, depending what angle you see it from. Inspired by the directors own anxiety and her daughter Sunneva.



Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, 2024

Best Icelandic Short Film
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland, 2022

Best Animated Short
Rendez-Vous Quebec Cinema, Canada, 2023

Best Animated Short
Shanghai International Film Festival, China, 2023


Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2022

Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland, 2022

Rendez-Vous Quebec Cinema, Canada, 2023

Kingston Canadian Film Festival, Canada, 2023

The Animated Film Summits, Canada, 2023

Courts d'un soir, Canada, 2023

Filmfest Dresden, Germany, 2023

Shanghai International Film Festival, China, 2023

Animest - Bucharest International Animation Film Festival, Romania, 2023

Magic Nights Festival, France, 2023

Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival, Canada, 2023

Cinanima Animation Film Festival, Portugal, 2023

FICFA, Canada, 2023

BogoShorts, Colombia, 2023

Pöff Shorts, Estonia, 2023

Cinema on the Bayou, USA, 2024

Animation First Film Festival, USA, 2024

Tricky Women / Tricky Realities Animation Festival, Austria, 2024

Monstra, Lisbon Animated Film Festival, Portugal, 2024

Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, 2024

Chasing Birds

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Director: Una Lorenzen

Script: Una LORENZEN

Imafes: Una LORENZEN

Sound: Darri LORENZEN

Editing: Una LORENZEN, Kristján LOÐMFJÖRD

Music: Gunnar TYNES





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Una Lorenzen
Una Lorenzen

Una Lorenzen is an Icelandic film director and designer. In recent years she has worked on and directed award winning documentaries, doing concept development, design and animation. Her latest short film Chasing Birds won the Best Icelandic Short at Reykjavik International Filmfestival in 2022. In 2021 she was nominated by Cinema Eye Honors for outstanding animation for the documentary Rebel Hearts, which also traveled to festivals such as Sundance and HotDocs. In 2016 she co-directed the documentary Yarn which won an Audience award at Nordisk Panorama and received excelent reviews in New York Times. Una received a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from Iceland Academy of the Arts (2004) and a Masters Degree in Experimental Animation from CalArts in California (2009). She lived in Montreal, Canada for ten years but now resides in Iceland. She collaborates regularly with a wonderful team of animators, directors and producers in North America and Iceland.

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