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Blind Vaysha

Theodore Ushev
2016 | 8 min 13 s



  • Cartoon Network Award for the Best Narrative Short AnimationOttawa International Animation Film Festival

  • Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian AnimationOttawa International Animation Film Festival

  • Junior Jury Award for a Short Film & Jury AwardAnnecy 2016

  • Official SelectionToronto International Film Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionHiroshima International Animation Festival 2016

  • Official SelectionBerlin Film Festival 2016

  • Animation (Gold Plaque)Chicago International Film Festival 2016

  • Gryphon Award Generator +18 (Animation)Giffoni Film Festival

  • Silver PegasusPoznan Animator International Animation Festival

  • Honorary Award of BadenBaden Fantoche International Animation Film Festival

  • Audience AwardGenève Hôpital-de Belle-Idée

  • Professional Jury Special MentionAngoulême Festival Courant 3D

  • Student Jury Relief AwardAngoulême Festival Courant 3D

  • Relief Audience AwardAngoulême Festival Courant 3D

  • Jury Prize - Bucheon University President's Prize - Short FilmBucheon International Animation Festival 2016 (BIAF)

  • Audience Award for Best Short Film & Creative Revelation Award Anima Brussels 2017

  • Best Animated Short Subject SelectionAnnie Awards 2017

  • Best Animated ShortCanadian Screen Awards 2017

  • Best Short AnimationVictoria Film Festival 2017

  • Best ScriptAnima Mundi 2016

  • Trophy ABC "O Kaiser" to the Best AnimatorInternational Short Film Festival

  • Special Mention for the Best Short Animation of International CompetitionFestival du nouveau cinéma 2016

  • Audience Award for the Animation CompetitionFestival Séquence Court-Métrage

  • Best Animated Short for Ages 12 and UpSeattle Children's Film Festival 2017

  • Official SelectionRegard- Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay 2017

Short Synopsis

Long Synopsis

Interview with Theodore Ushev

Animation Technique



Promotional Materials


Theodore Ushev


Marc Bertrand
Producer (NFB)

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Julie Roy
Executive Producer (NFB)

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A film by
Theodore Ushev

Based on the short story “Blind Vaysha” by Georgi Gospodinov
© Georgi Gospodinov, 2001

Caroline Dhavernas

Voice Direction
Julie Burroughs

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Lise Wedlock

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Serge Boivin


Composed by Nikola Gruev
Performed by Kottarashky
From the album Opa Hey!
Published by Asphalt Tango Records 2009

Music for the funeral of Queen Mary, Z. 860
Burial Service March
By Henry Purcell
Performed by Oxford Camerata
Courtesy of Naxos of America

Technical Director
Pierre Plouffe

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Lord

Production Coordinator
Michèle Labelle

Online Editor
Serge Verreault

Marketing Manager
Geneviève Bérard

Diane Régimbald

Administrative Team
Diane Ayotte
Karine Desmeules

Thanks to
Mélanie Gleize
Olivier Catherin   

This project was developed with the support of the Odyssée Artist-in-Residency program of the Abbey of Fontevraud – ACCR, with additional support from the  Ministry of culture and communication and the Pays de la Loire Region.

With the participation of ARTE France
Cinema Department
Short Film Program Manager:  Hélène Vayssières

Executive Producer
Julie Roy

Marc Bertrand

French Program
French Animation studio

© 2016 National Film Board of Canada

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