Director’s Statement

I believe that a strong theme like the one portrayed in Mila, inspired by true stories and told through the powerful magic of animation, can move people and influence our future generations like nothing else can. With this film, I want to show the strength and resilience that kids have, even when they are alone, abandoned and possibly lost. Especially now, as we all struggle with the challenges we face in this pandemic, we need to seize the potential of this magical medium and rethink the way we approach each other, deal with personal struggles, and societal challenges overall.

Dedicated to the children who continue to suffer the consequences of war.

Cinzia Angelini

The horror and pain of war has always befallen the most vulnerable, especially the children. It is up to us to secure peace, the only key to freedom, and allow children to grow up in a fairer world. It’s a right for every child.


A Worldwide Effort

“Mila” was produced thanks to the heroic efforts of an international team of 350 volunteers from over 35 countries. Through a unique, world wide online collaboration that included scores of volunteers and sponsors, PepperMax Films, Pixelcartoon, IbiscusMedia and then culminated in substantial support from Cinesite and Aniventure we were able to complete the production.
This innovative, wildly successful, cooperative effort in making this short, proves that we’re onto something.

Film Tech Sheet

original title: Mila
year of production: 2021
countries of origin: USA/Canada/Italy/United Kingdom
running time: 19:58
language: No Dialogue
animation technique: CG animation
format: DCP, ProRes
speed: 24 fps
video ratio: 2:39:1
color/black & white: Color
sound: Dolby Digital 7.1