Watch: Heart-warming animation Anya

Anya is an animated short film by writer/director Damien O’Connor and Brown Bag Films.

The film follows twenty years in the life of a Russian orphan. A unique initiative between Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films and Irish charity To Russia With Love the film was made to help assist Russian orphans.

Anya was made publicly available with audiences asked to say thanks by donating to the charity directly, if they like the film. People get entertained, Russian orphans get much needed funds, everyone wins.

The short features music by Darren Hendley, with vocals by Lisa Hannigan. It is narrated by Chulpan Khamatova.

Donations can be made here.

[quote style=’1′ cite=” title=’Damien O’Connor – Writer/Director’]The idea was simple; we make an engaging piece of animation, one that ideally packs an emotional punch.

If people are charmed or moved by it, they show their appreciation by sending a donation directly to To Russia With Love.

Unlike an advert, people are more likely to share a film online with friends or family, which of course helps spread the word about the charity. It’s ‘visual busking’ in a way. We’re all used to charity singles and calendars, so we applied the same approach to a full five minute computer animated film instead.[/quote]

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