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Only a Child can be described as a visual poem which gives shape and colour to the words spoken by 12 year-old Severn Suzuki at the United Nations' Rio Summit in 1992, using meaningful images and powerful animated allegories.Severn’s speech is a child’s desperate call to action aimed to those adults who can make a difference to the future of our planet. That is, all of us. Starting from the original speech from 1992, I edited a version which doesn’t refer to that particular UN Summit nor any specific group of people, in order to make this message universal and true for every viewer. As the speech unfolds we see animated kids from around the world - of different gender, age, features and characteristics - speaking Severn's words. The aim is to show that these sentences could be pronounced by any child of yesterday, today and, in particular, tomorrow.

Production :
Amka Films Productions SA
Contact :
Screenplay :
Simone Giampaolo

In competition for :

Quebec critic award AQCC

Best youth film

Jury award

Best animation short

Public award

  • Simone Giampaolo

    Simone Giampaolo is an award-winning director based in London. In 2013, he graduated with distinction in Computer Animation Arts from the National Centre for Computer Animation in Bournemouth, UK. He has directed, from storyboard to animation, more than ten animated shorts, some of which have been shown at international film festivals. This has enabled him to gain notoriety and win awards. From January 2014 to January 2018, he worked as an animation director and CG (special effects) generalist in the commercial department of Blue-Zoo Animation (based in London), working on numerous projects for clients such as Cartoon Network, Disney, LEGO, Nickelodeon, Marvel, Lucasfilm and the BBC.

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