Nightingales in December

Theodore Ushev

painting on paper, 2D

year: 2011

format: HD
duration: 3'

production: Festival du nouveau cinéma de Montréal
distribution: Bonobostudio

country of production: Canada


More About the Film

written, directed and animated by Theodore Ushev
music: Spencer Krug
sound design: Olivier Calvert

This metaphorical surrealist tale is an allusion, a trip into the memories, and the fields of the current realities. 
What if the Nightingales were working, instead of singing and going south? Is the innocence the only saviour of birds songs? There are no Nightingales in December... What is left is only the history of our beginning, and our end.

Theodore Ushev (1968) is an animator, graphic designer, illustrator and multimedia artist. He graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia and moved to Montréal in 1999 to explore new media and digital animation. He is the director of award winning films such as Lipsett Diaries, Drux Flux, Tzaritza, Tower Bawher, The Man Who Waited and many others.


Sonámbulo (2015); Third Page from the Sun (2014); Gloria Victoria (2013); Apart/Joda (2012); Demoni (2012); Nightingales in December (2011); Yannick-Nezet Seguin - No Intermission (2010); Lipsett Diaries (2010); Drux Flux (2008); Sou (2007); Tzartitza (2006); Tower Bawher (2005); The Man Who Waited (2005); Vertical (2004)


  • Diploma of Merit, Tampere Film Festival 2012
  • RTP Onda Curta Award, Monstra Lisbon 2012
  • Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival 2012
  • Special Mention, Expotoons 2012
  • Special Jury Mention, Cinanima Espihno 2012



Festivals +

Festival du nouveau cinéma (12/10-23/10/2011)
Anilogue International Animation Film Festival (23/11-30/11/2011)
Tampere Film Festival (7/3-11/3/2012)
REGARD - International Short Film Festival Saguenay (14/3-18/3/2012)
Monstra Animation Film Festival, Lisbon (19/3-25/3/2012)
Holland Animation Film Festival (20/3-24/3/2012)
Roanne Animation Short Film Festival (20/3-25/3/2012)
AniFest, Teplice(26/4-1/5/2012)
Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (8/5-13/5/2012)
Animafest Zagreb - World Festival of Animated Film (29/5-3/6/2012)
Annecy International Animation Film Festival (4/6-9/6/2012)
Worldwide Short Film Festival, Toronto (5/6-10/6/2012)
Vienna Independent Shorts (6/6-10/6/2012)
Golden Kuker International Animation Festival (11/6-17/6/2012)
NXNE - North by Northeast Festival, Toronto (11/6-17/6/2012)
Palm Springs International ShortFest (19/6-25/6/2012)
Open Cinema International Short and Animation Film Festival, St. Petersburg (27/7-3/8/2012)
Rooftop Films, Animation Block (27/7/-28/7/2012)
International Animation Festival Hiroshima (23/8-27/8/2012)
Festival du Film Francophone, Angoulême (24/8-28/8/2012)
Off-courts Trouville (31/8-8/9/2012)
Animanima International Animation Festival (6/9-9/9/2012)
Varna World Festival of Animated Film (10/9-15/9/2012)
Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival (18/9-23/9/2012)
Ottawa International Animation Festival (19/9-23/9/2012)
Anim'est International Animation Film Festival (5/10-14/10/2012)
International Short Film Festival Lille (16/10-21/10/2012)
Expotoons International Animation Festival (23/10-25/10/2012)
Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival (23/10-28/10/2012)
London International Animation Festival (26/10-4/11/2012)
DOK Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (29/10-4/11/2012)
Multivision Festival, St. Petersburg (1/11-4/11/2012)
St. Louis International Film Festival (8/11-18/11/2012)
Cork Film Festival (11/11-18/11/2012)
Cinanima International Animated Film Festival, Espinho (12/11-18/11/2012)
Bradford Animation Festival (13/11-17/11/2012)
Animated Dreams Animation Film Festival (14/11-18/11/2012)
Istanbul Animation Festival (23/11-28/11/2012)
Animpact Max, Seoul (28/11-2/12/2012)
Animax Skopje Fest (28/11-30/11/2012)
Animateka International Animated Film Festival (3/12-12/12/2012)
Les Nuits Magiques (5/12-18/12/2012)
International Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand (1/2-9/2/2013)
Anima - International Animation Film Festival, Brussels (8/2-17/2/2013)
Animac International Animated Film Festival, Lleida (28/2-3/3/2013)
Tehran International Animation Festival (3/3-7/3/2013)
Athens Animfest (7/3-13/3/2013)
Be There! Corfu Animation Festival (4/4-7/4/2013)
Mecal International Short Film Festival, Barcelona (4/4-28/4/2013)
AniFilm International Festival of Animated Films, Trebon (3/5-8/5/2013)
Leiden International Short Film Experience (1/6-8/6/2013)
Animix Animation Festival, Tel Aviv (8/6-17/6/2013)
Tabor Film Festival (13/6-16/6/2013)
Melbourne International Animation Festival (17/6-24/6/2013)
Outbox International Short Film Festival, Beirut (27/6-30/6/2013)
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival (2/8-18/8/2013)
Sedicicorto International Film Festival (5/10-12/10/2013)
24fps International Short Film Festival (1/11-2/11/2013)
Filmets Badalona Film Festival (8/11-17/11/2013)
Etiuda&Anima International Film Festival (22/11-28/11/2013)
Videomedeja International Video Festival (29/11-1/12/2013)
Traverse Video, Toulouse (17/3-31/3/2014)