SEMÁFORO (Stoplight)

“Under the three lights of a Colombian stoplight a beautiful circus act becomes a terrifying freak show”
“Bajo las tres luces de un semáforo colombiano, un acto circense se convierte en un terrible show de fenómenos”

Idea & Animation by: Simón Wilches-Castro // Music composed by: Anna Drubich
See the recording session here ( )

Grand Prize Winner Adobe Achievement Awards 2013
Best Animation Adobe Achievement Awards 2013
Melbourne International Animation Festival South American Showcase Award 2014
Honorable Mention Blackrock animation film festival 2013
Annie Award Nomination for Best Student Film 2014
Regional Finalist Student Academy Awards 2013
Jury Selection 17th Japan media Arts Festival 2013
Official Selection Ottawa International Animation Festival 2013
Official Selection Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Hiroshima International Animation Festival Stars of Students 2014
Official Selection Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films 2014
Official Selection Animation Block Party 2013
Official Selection AnimaMundi Panorama 2013
Official Selection TAAFI – Toronto Animation Arts Festival International 2014
Official Selection Animpact Best of Best 2014
Official Selection Anibar International Animation Festival 2013
Official Selection File +Anima 2013
Official Selection Cutout Fest 2013
Official Selection Tacoma Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Kuandu International Film Festival 2013
Official Selection Cyprus Animafest: Views of the World.
Official Selection RabbitFest 2013
Official Selection Chilemonos 2013
Official Selection Walthamstow International Film Festival Full Programme 2013
Official Selection Adobe First Frame 2013
Flux Screening series at the Hammer 2013
Official selection 12th International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy (ISFVF)
22nd Annual Berkeley Video and Film Festival 2013.
Official Selection Primanima 2013
Official Selection Cinetoro 2013


Due to the ongoing war in the Colombian jungles, many people is forced to flee their rural territories and find refugee in capital cities. Their only mean of acquiring money is to put on shows under the city stoplights. Some dress like clowns or do acrobatics, others spit fire or juggle; and some show the only thing they have left: deformities and amputations in exchange for some sympathy and change.

This is the life of the people who live under a stoplight and the people who watch them.
Debido a la continua guerra en las selvas colombianas, mucha gente ha sido forzada a abandonar sus territorios rurales y hallar refugio en las capitales. Su único medio para obtener dinero es montar shows bajo los semáforos de la ciudad. Algunos se visten de payasos o hacen acrobacias, otros escupen fuego o hacen malabares; y otros muestran lo único que les queda: sus deformidades y amputaciones a cambio de simpatía y alguna monedas.

Esta es la vida de la gente que vive bajo el semáforo y la gente que los mira.

Painted frame by frame in Photoshop.

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