Imbued Life

Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson

stop motion, puppets

year: 2019

format: DCP
duration: 12'15"

production: Bonobostudio
distribution: Bonobostudio

Imbued Life is a film about a young woman's connection with the life force of nature. She uses her talent for taxidermy to “return” the animals to their natural habitat. However, the true search for the answers begins when she starts finding a roll of undeveloped film in each of the animals she treats. Her obsession drives her to seek the explanation of the connection she feels, haunting her dreams, as well as her waking moments.


More About the Film

Script, direction, design, animation, puppets: Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson
Director of photography: Ivan Slipčević
Editing: Iva Kraljević
Music and sound: Andrea Martignoni
Voice: Rakan Rushaidat
Sound mix: Michał Krajczok
Sets and props: Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson, Kata Gugić, Nenad Laktašić, Martina Meštrović
Abstract animation: Ana Hušman, Ivana Bošnjak, Thomas Johnson
Clean-up and compositing: Mario Kalogjera
Colour grading: Iva Kraljević
Poster design: Željko Serdarević
Producer: Vanja Andrijević

Making of

Ivana Bošnjak (1983) graduated from the Graphics Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and Animation at the University in Volda, Norway. Since 2010 has been working on a number of stop motion projects as a model maker, animator and film director.

Filmography: Remember How I Used to Ride a White Horse (2022), Imbued Life (2019), Simulacra (2014), Crossed Sild (2010, graduation film co-directed with Lea Vidakovic)

Thomas Johnson (1984) graduated Time Based Media from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and from New Media Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Aside from making animated films, Thomas creates stop motion performance art works which have featured at numerous festivals. 

FilmographyRemember How I Used to Ride a White Horse (2022), Imbued Life (2019), Simulacra (2014)


  • Special Mention in Grand Competition Short Film, Animafest Zagreb 2019
  • Special Mention in Croatian Film Competition, Animafest Zagreb 2019
  • Best Film in Domestic Competition, Tabor Film Festival 2019
  • Best Film in Balkan Competition, Anibar 2019
  • Special Distinction of the Jury, Animanima 2019
  • Special Jury Prize, Paris International Animation Film Festival 2019
  • Special Mention, Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2019
  • ASIFA Award for the Best Croatian Professional Film in 2019
  • Award for the best puppet animation technique, Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival 2019
  • Honorable Mention, KuanDu International Animation Festival 2019
  • Lodz Student Jury Award in International Competition, Stoptrik International Film Festival 2019
  • Best International Short Film, exgound filmfest 2019
  • Special Mention, Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Animation Film Festival 2020
  • Diversions Innovative Voice Award, Diversions International Short Film Festival 2020
  • Best Animation, Malatesta Short Film Festival 2020
  • Animation Award - Best Animated Short Film, Landshut Short Film Festival 2021

Festivals +

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival (1/5-6/5/2019)
Krakow Film Festival (28/5-2/6/2019)
Animafest Zagreb – World Festival of Animated Film (3/6-8/6/2019)
Annecy International Animation Festival (10/6-15/6/2019)
Mediterranean Film Festival Split (13/6-22/6/2019)
Croatian Film Days (14/6-18/6/2019)
Valletta Film Festival (14/6-23/6/2019)
Fest Anča International Animation Festival (27/6-30/6/2019)
Animator International Animated Film Festival (5/7-11/7/2019)
Tabor Film Festival (11/7-14/7/2019)
Anibar International Animation Festival (15/7-21/7/2019)
Guanajuato International Film Festival (19/7-28/7/2019)
Supertoon International Animation Festival (21/7-26/7/2019)
Countryside Animafest Cyprus (24/7-27/7/2019)
Pluk de Nacht Film Festival, Utrecht/Amsterdam (31/7-4/8/2019, 14/8-24/8/2019)
FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival (19/8-24/8/2019)
Turku Animation Film Festival (21/8-25/8/2019)
Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival (21/8/-1/9/2019)
LINOLEUM International Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media-art (4/9-8/9/2019)
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (3/9-8/9/2019)
Animanima International Animation Festival (4/9-7/9/2019)
Betina Film Festival (4/9-8/9/2019)
Paris International Animation Film Festival (17/9-23/9/2019)
Calgary International Film Festival (18/9-29/9/2019)
Austin Fantastic Fest (19/9-26/9/2019)
DC Shorts Film Festival, Washington (19/9-28/9/2019)
BEAST International Film Festival, Porto (28/9-6/10/2019)
Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (1/10-6/10/2019)
Stoptrik International Film Festival (3/10-6/10/2019)
SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (3/10-13/10/2019)
CinEast Central and Eastern European Film Festival, Luxembourg (3/10-20/10/2019)
Thessaloniki Animation Festival (10/10-13/10/2019)
ANIMAGE International Animation Festival of Pernambuco (11/10-20/10/2019)
Festival Court Métrange (16/10-20/10/2019)
Taichung International Animation Festival (11/10-20/10/2019)
dokumentART, Neubrandenburg (15/10-20/10/2019)
Bucheon International Animation Festival (18/10-22/10/2019)
Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival (24/10-28/10/2019)
San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (26/10-1/11/2019)
KuanDu International Animation Festival (27/10-3/11/2019)
interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin (5/11-10/11/2019)
Leeds International Film Festival (6/11-21/11/2019)
Seville European Film Festival (8/11-16/11/2019)
Reggio Film Festival (8/11-18/11/2019)
FANCINE - Fantastic Film Festival of Malaga (13/11-21/11/2019)
Feinaki Beijing Animation Week (11/2019)
Exground filmfest, Wiesbaden (15/11-24/11/2019)
Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival (19/11-24/11/2019)
PÖFF Shorts, Tallinn (19/11-27/11/2019)
London International Animation Festival (29/11-8/12/2019)
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (2/12-8/12/2019)
Phenomena Festival, Sao Paulo (3/12-8/12/2019)
Bogoshorts – Bogota Short Film Festival (3/12-10/12/2019)
Piccolo Festival dell'Animazione (9/12-19/12/2019)
London Short Film Festival (10/1-19/1/2020)
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (31/1-8/2/2020)
New York International Children's Film Festival (21/2-15/3/2020)
Animac International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, Lleida (27/2-1/3/2020)
Portland International Film Festival (6/3-15/3/2020)
Tricky Women/Tricky Realities International Animation Film Festival, Vienna (11/3-15/3/2020) 
International Short Film Week Regensburg (11/3-18/3/2020) 
Festival International de Films de Femmes, Créteil (13/3-22/3/2020)
Roanne Animation Short Film Festival - Ciné court animé (16/3-22/3/2020)
GLAS Animation Festival, Berkeley (19/3-22/3/2020) 
Vilnius International Film Festival (19/3-2/4/2020)
FICAM – Festival International de Cinéma d’Animation de Meknes (20/3-25/3/2020) 
Festival de cinema d'animation de Pontarlier (23/3-29/3/2020)
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (7/4-19/4/2020) 
Go Short – International Short Film Festival (15/4-13/5/2020) 
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (5/5-10/5/2020) 
Diversions International Short Film Festival (2/7-5/7/2020) 
Animakom Fest - Bilbao International Animation Community Festival (6/7-12/7/2020)
Flipbook Film Festival, Skopje (7/8-13/8/2020)
Malatesta Short Film Festival (22/8-30/8/2020) 
Odense Film Festival (24/8-30/8/2020) 
Euganea Film Festival (3/9-13/9/2020) 
Filmfest Dresden (8/9-13/9/2020) 
Leiden International Short Film Experience (10/9-13/9/2020)
Ficbueu – Bueu International Short Film Festival (11/9-19/9/2020) 
Festival du film d'animation de Savigny (12/9/2020) 
Festival Stop Motion Montreal (14/9-20/9/2020)
Weird International Animation Market and Festival (28/9-4/10/2020) 
Moscow International Film Festival (1/10-8/10/2020) 
Vladivostok International Film Festival Pacific Meridian (10/10-16/10/2020)
Cardiff Animation Festival (24/10-1/11/2020) 
Animocje International Animation Film Festival (28/10-31/10/2020) 
Festival de cinema d'animation de Pontarlier (30/10-1/11/2020) 
Hong Kong International Film Festival (29/10/2020)
Olhares do Mediterrâneo – Cinema no Feminino, Lisbon (25/11-29/11/2020)
​Landshut Short Film Festival (28/4-9/5/2021)
Animatricks International Animation Festival (20/5-30/5/2021)
ZUBROFFKA International Short Film Festival (9/6-13/6/2021) 
Zabut International Animated Short Film Festival (22/7-25/7/2021) 
Animist Tallinn International Animation Festival (18/8-21/8/2021)
ZOOM Zblizenia International Film Festival (4/10-12/10/2021)
Canlandıranlar Film Festival (18/10-24/10/2021)
The Calvert Journal Film Festival (18/10-31/10/2021) 
Lublin Film Festival (19/11-27/11/2021)
Tehran International Animation Festival (5/3-9/3/2022)