SHADOWS: Saving the Rain Forest

SHADOWS: Saving the Rain Forest is a contemporary tale of magical realism about preserving the world’s forests. The animated short is inspired by the fantasy of ancient legends and shadow puppets, particularly the wayang kulit Javanese and Balinese performances. The short also highlights the positive role that traditional legends and active communities can have in preserving the world’s natural resources. The story features no dialog, cutout villagers and a gang of invaders, and a computer-generated rain forest and fantastical creatures. Watch the trailer here:

SHADOWS Official Trailer from EOS on Vimeo.

The World Premiere of SHADOWS was at the 2014 Oaxaca FilmFest, in Oaxaca, Mexico. Spotlight calls it “Sundance South of The Border.” MovieMaker: “Top 25 Festivals in The World!” The Southeast Asian Premiere took place at the 2014 Balinale, the Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia. SHADOWS has won Best Animation at the Williamsburg International Film Festival, Best Animation at the Tenerife International Film Festival, Best Animation at the Albany FilmFest, and Best Animated Short Film at the Martinique International Film Festival. It was also awarded a Special Jury Award at Worldfest Houston, an Award of Merit at the Best Shorts Competition, and a Best Director Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Film Review Independent Film Awards

SHADOWS has won multiple awards from international film festivals.


Project Years: 



Albany Film Festival

Best Animated Short


Best Animated Short Film

Williamsburg IFF 2015

Best Animation

Tenerife International Film Festival 2015

Best Animation

Worldfest Houston International Film Festival 2015

Special Jury Award, Worldfest Houston International Film Festival 2015


Best Director Honourable Mention


Best Director Honourable Mention

EOS Team: 

Principal Investigator
Research Assistant
Research Assistant
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Screening Schedule

March 2017

Speechless Film Festival, Mankato, Minnesota

November 2016

Singapore Eco Film Festival, Singapore
Karelian International Film For Youth Festival, Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation


Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, Finalist BEST ANIMATION, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles, California


Borneo Rhythms of Rimba Wildlife Festival, Borneo, Indonesia
Hawaii International Short Film Festival
Montreal International Animation Film Festival ANIMAZE, Montreal, Canada
IndiEarth Animation Film Festival, Madras, India


To Save and Preserve International Ecological TV Festival, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia


Ecozine, Internacional Film Festival, Zaragoza, Spain


The Earth Day Film Festival, San Francisco, USA
Ukrainian International Short Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine
Earth Port Film Festival, Newburyport, MA, USA
Best Shorts Competition, AWARD OF MERIT, La Jolla, California


ANIM8FEST International Animation Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
Richmond International Film Festival, Virginia, USA
Albany FilmFest, BEST ANIMATION, Albany, California, USA
Montana International Children’s Film Festival, Missoula, MT, USA
Best Shorts Competition, Award of Merit, La Jolla, USA


Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, Mongolia
Malaysia International Film Festival, Malaysia

December 2015

Martinique International Film Festival, BEST ANIMATED SHORT, Martinique, France


International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA), Barcelona, Spain


SF Shorts: The San Francisco International Festival of Short Films
Planet in Focus, Environmental Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
SPARK Animation 2015, Vancouver, Canada
Phnom Phen International Film Festival, Cambodia
Cambodia International Film Festival, Cambodia


KROK International Animated Film Festival, Ukraine
Williamsburg International Film Festival, BEST ANIMATION, Brooklyn, USA


Rural Film Fest, Valle de Alcudia y Sierra Madrona, Spain


Madrid International Film Festival, Madrid, Spain
Tenerife International Film Festival, BEST ANIMATION, Tenerife, Spain
Sopot International Film Festival, Sopot, Poland
Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole, USA


Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minnesota, USA
WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, SPECIAL JURY AWARD,
Environment and Conservation, Houston, Texas, USA
Sunscreen Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
Madeira Film Festival, Madeira, Portugal
Los Angeles Film Review, BEST DIRECTOR Honorable Mention, Los Angeles, USA


Durango Film: An Independent Film Festival, Colorado, USA


Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Green Flicks Competition, Sydney, Australia

December 2014

Mica Film Festival, Mostra Internacional de Cinema da Amazonia, Brazil


Santa Cruz Film Festival, Santa Cruz, California, USA


Oaxaca FilmFest, Oaxaca, Mexico (World Premiere)
Bali International Film Festival, Indonesia (Southeast Asian Premiere)