8-year-old animator Jade Dandan Evangelista screens frontliner tribute film in EU fest

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Jade Dandan Evangelista sends a virtual hug to COVID-19 frontliners. Screengrab from “Get Well Soon”.

8-year-old animator and filmmaker Jade Dandan Evangelista screened her tribute film to frontliners during the European Union online festival for Pinoy youths.

The 3rd-grade Homeschool Global-Victory Christian International School student was invited by the EU Delegation to the Philippines to screen on its Facebook page her animated film “Get Well Soon” on June 5, 2020.

Introduced as “a virtual hug for COVID-19 warriors”, the 1-minute animated film is narrated by the young animator-filmmaker.

“Get Well Soon, our dear world. While we are still fighting this virus, sending you good wishes and get well cheers,” said Evangelista.

The short film then shows her message translated into 23 languages as the animation shows the countries’ national flags together with the EU flag.

“We will take care of each other from now on. Pagaling ka. Palakas ka,” adds the young artist.

The ending credits show that Jade Dandan Evangelista did the film’s illustration, animation, coding, theme music, and voice direction. Her mother Nina Dandan Evangelista was credited for direction, editing, and production management. Check out the video here.

The gifted filmmaker’s first short film, Kikki Racoon The Movie, is part of the official selection in BAM! Festival in the United States, the Mostra Internacional Cinema Educatiu (MICE) Festival in Valencia, and was a semi-finalist in the Zoom.14 in Slovenia.

Young Filipino artists have made their marks on the world’s stages in various art forms, such as 11-year-old champion Filipino cellist Damodar das Castillo and teen author Chloe Reynaldo whose book “Be A Girl Champion” was published by Texas Christian University Press.

SEND CONGRATULATIONS in the comments below to Jade Dandan Evangelista for being featured on the European Union cultural online festival.

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