Japan Media Arts Festival  

Animation Division

Jury Selections

The Spirits of Cairn

Animated short film

SOEJIMA Shinobu [Japan]

© 2018 Shinobu Soejima


The Spirits of Cairn imagines an afterworld where children who have died young may end up. The young protagonist mourns the numerous heads resting on the ground in the manner of a child building piles of stones (cairns) on a river bank. This world that people imagine as they mourn their dead differs depending on religion and ethnicity, but in its core, it shares common ancient archetypes.
[7 min. 6 sec.]

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