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Daniel Gray
2020 | 11 min
2D Animation

Selections and Awards

  • Jury’s Special Mention – Canadian CompetitionSommets du cinéma d'animation, Montreal, Canada (2020)

  • Special Mention – Short Film Category of the International Official Competition Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), Buenos Aires, Argentina (2021)

  • Official Competition Ottawa International Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada (2020)

  • Lab CompetitionClermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2021)

  • Official CompetitionTokyo Anime Award Festival, Tokyo, Japan (2021)

  • Special Mention – Grand Competition Short FilmWorld Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, Croatie (2021)

  • Official Competition GLAS Animation Festival, California, U.S.A. (2021)

  • European Film Academy Short Film Candidate Krakow Film Festival, Poland (2021)

  • The International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) Don Quixote Award Krakow Film Festival, Poland (2021)

  • Special Mention – International CompetitionFriss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival, Hungary (2021)

  • Official SelectionLos Angeles Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts), California (2021)

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Style and Sound Approach


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Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray

Daniel Gray studied Fine Art at the University of Wales Cardiff. After a stint as a represented painter, Daniel started experimenting with animation. While studying animation at the University of Wales, Newport, he met Tom Brown. The duo started a creative partnership that began with their graduation short film, t.o.m. (2006). This short tale about a young boy’s rather peculiar and revealing journey to school was an instant success at international film festivals, collecting awards from Ottawa, Annecy, and Sundance, as well as at the British Animation Awards. Their next film, teeth (2015), which tells the life story of a man (voiced by Richard E. Grant) through the history of teeth, screened at more than 40 festivals and won numerous awards.

In addition to the imaginative music video Constant Growth Fails (2017), Gray has directed many commissioned works. He has also served on a film festival jury and as a visiting lecturer at universities, and has led a number of creative animation workshops.

Daniel currently lives in Hungary with his wife and daughters. His most recent film, Hide, is a co-production between La Cellule Productions, CUB Animation Studio, and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). This is Daniel’s first collaboration with the NFB.

Marion Barré
Producer (La Cellule Productions)
Photo : Clara Souchet

Marion Barré

After graduating from Grenoble Ecole de Management, Marion received another specialized master’s in cultural administration, during which she organized an experimental film festival. Then she worked at the BNP Paribas Foundation, managing partnerships with contemporary dance and circus companies and festivals. In 2017, she joined La Cellule Productions as an associate producer, alongside Soyo Giaoui, and together they’ve cultivated a diverse network of auteurs from different countries and backgrounds, producing 10 shorts. Hide is the most recent short developed by La Cellule Productions and their most ambitious animated film, with an international team located in Hungary, France, Wales and Canada.


Soyo Giaoui
Producer (La Cellule Productions)
Photo : Shani Giaoui

Soyo Giaoui

Soyo graduated from Sciences Po Paris and obtained her law degree in 2014. After taking part in the shooting of a French TV show she decided to change course, and in 2015 she co-founded La Cellule Productions, which produces fiction and animated shorts. Since then, she and Marion Barré have cultivated a diverse network of auteurs from different countries and backgrounds, producing 10 shorts. HIDE is the most recent short developed by La Cellule Productions and their most ambitious animated film, with an international team located in Hungary, France, Wales and Canada.


Bella Szederkényi
Producer (CUB Animation Studio)
Photo : Somnium Studio Budapest

Bella Szederkényi

Bella Szederkényi graduated as an animation filmmaker from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in Budapest in 2009, after directing her multi-award-winning diploma film Orsolya. She then completed three years of her DLA studies, and in 2015 she and Bálint Farkas Gelley founded CUB Animation Studio, where she’s slowly shifted her role from directing to producing, helping young talents find opportunities to create their own films. She is also a lecturer at the ASF animation workshops and the MOME Animation department.

Bálint Farkas Gelley
Producer (CUB Animation Studio)
Photo : Somnium Studio Budapest

Bálint Farkas Gelley

Bálint Farkas Gelley graduated from the animation department of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in 2012. He founded CUB Animation Studio with Bella Szederkényi in 2015 and is a founding and board member of the Hungarian Animation Producers Association. Bálint is working on his first animated series as a director and on various animated projects as a producer. He is also a lecturer at the ASF animation workshop and the MOME Animation department.

Maral Mohammadian
Producer (NFB)

Maral Mohammadian

Maral Mohammadian is a producer at the renowned National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio in Montreal. Her award-winning auteur films include Shannon Amen by Chris Dainty, Freaks of Nurture by Alexandra Lemay, The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer by Randall Okita and Deyzangeroo by Ehsan Gharib. Maral has helped to develop some of Canada’s top rising talents through the NFB’s internationally recognized Hothouse apprenticeship program, which has spawned a series of one-minute hits. In addition to films, she produces interactive projects with a distinct artistic edge, such as Paloma Dawkins’ stunning multi-award-winning VR joyride Museum of Symmetry. Prior to joining the NFB, she worked at the Ottawa International Animation Festival and various artist-run and non-profit film organizations, where she made and supported alternative cinema.

Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)
Photo : David Fine

Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima is executive producer of the NFB’s world-renowned English Animation Studio. After briefly freelancing following college, Fukushima joined the NFB Animation Studio in 1990 as a filmmaker, then became a producer, and is now studio head, with over 200 films (and some nice awards) under his belt. Fukushima produces one or two films per year, recently by Oscar® winners Alison Snowden, David Fine, and Torill Kove, and in 2014 he became a member of the AMPAS® Academy. When not overseeing the studio, he skis all winter and cycles all year; rain, sun, sub-zero, and snow.


A film by
Daniel Gray

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Daniel Gray
Margot Barbé
Benoit Michelet
Islena Neira
Théo Sigot

Colour Studio
Borderline Films

Juliette Cousin
Mathieu Monluc

Intern Colourist
Antoine Jové

Production Manager
Shanti Bourse

Production Assistant
Eric Manevy

Audrey Schnell

Edwige Gordiet


Kid Brothers
Ryan Hill
Mihály Áron Zima

Grown Brothers
Amir Sám Nakhjavani
Marcell Miklós

Chris Cottrell
László Kövesdi

Chimwemwe Miller

Voice Director
Kathleen Fee
Bálint Farkas Gelley

Voice Recording
Luc Léger
Péter Benjámin Lukács

Voice Casting
Judit Lakrovits

Nicolas Gagnon

Foley Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Isabelle Lussier

Technical Team
Eloi Champagne
Luc Binette
Randall Finnerty

Dave Thomas
Mélanie Bouchard

Online Editing
Serge Verreault

Rosalina Di Sario

Production Coordination
Dominique Forget
Faisal Moula

Production Assistant
Mariann Bogár

Geneviève Bérard

Legal Counsel
Soyo Giaoui
Christian Pitchen
Dr. Gergely Kalocsay

Rubini & Associés

Lebrun Audiovisuel

Olivier Catherin, Pascal Simonpietri, Louis Jacobée, Tiffany Fontaine, Alice Delalande, Alexandra Cola, Géraldine Baché, Charline Thenot, Elsa Tournier, Anne Le Normand, Hervé Regignano, Eric Réginaud, Simon Legueré, Mathieu Carré, Lionel Dos Santos, Sophie Hahne, Marion Martinot, Elodie Jacob-Juin, Audrey Granet, Dany Chabot, Agnès Paratte, Alain Rousset, Louise Lebecq, Céline Hautier, Stéphanie Arnold-Simonpietri, Olivier Baussaron, Emmanuel-Alain Reynal, Philippine Gelberger, Judith Abitbol, Igor Auzepy, Benoit Martin, Antoine Plouzen-Morvan, Clara Achache, Stéphane Demoustier, Michel and Claude Demoustier, Arnaud Reguillet

A Special Thanks To

Marion Barré, Soyo Giaoui (La Cellule Productions)
Bella Szederkényi, Bálint Farkas Gelley (Cub Animation)
György Czutor (Official Films)
Maral Mohammadian (NFB)

Executive Producer
Michael Fukushima (NFB)

With the support of Le Centre national du cinema et de l’image animée – Fonds d’aide à l’innovation

With the support of Ciclic – Centre-Val de Loire Region in partnership with the CNC

With the support of Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in partnership with the CNC

As part of Pôle Image Magelis with the support of the department of Charente in partnership with the CNC

Official selection MIFA pitches 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival

This project benefited from the NEF animation writing residency in Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, odyssée program – ACCR, with the support of the French Ministry of Culture, the French National Center for Cinema and the Moving Image (CNC) and the French Region Pays de la Loire.

With support from the Patronage Program of The Hungarian Media Board

Produced by
La Cellule Productions
CUB Animation
The National Film Board of Canada

© 2020 La Cellule Productions, CUB Animation, The National Film Board of Canada

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745

  • About La Cellule Productions

    La Cellule Productions is a Paris-based production company that develops fiction and animation projects. Soyo Giaoui and Marion Barré, the company’s associate producers, maintain an eclectic and daring editorial line. Both are self-taught producers who like the idea of ​​working and “growing up” together by supporting diverse artists who share similar creative ambitions. They’ve recently embarked on international co-productions and are also experimenting with other formats such as web series.

  • About Cub Animation Studio

    CUB Animation Studio was founded by Bálint Farkas Gelley and Bella Szederkényi in 2015, guided by a shared obsession with telling stories using the unique tools of animation and the power of young talent. CUB Animation Studio’s favourite things are creating kids’ content with distinctive Central European flair and producing outstanding animated shorts. CUB often takes part in various projects at international pitch events like CEE, Cartoon Springboard and Annecy MIFA. CUB also collaborates on diploma films from MOME university in Budapest; their latest pride and joy is Flóra Anna Buda’s Entropia, which won the Teddy Award at the Berlinale in 2019.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a leader in exploring animation as an artform, a storytelling medium and innovative content for emerging platforms. It produces trailblazing animated works both in its Montreal studios and across  the country, and it works with many of the world’s leading creators on international co-productions. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including seven Oscars for NFB animation and seven grand prizes at the Annecy festival. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.