A collective work by Simone Giampaolo and over 20 Swiss animators:
Walkingframes, Marjolaine Perreten, Andrea Schneider, Emilien Davaud, Barbara Brunner (Brunner & Meyer), Nino Christen, Patrick Graf, Imgart Walthert + Oswald Iten, Philip Hofmänner, Tiny Giant, Michaela Müller, Team Tumult, Cyril Gfeller, Roman Kaelin, Cesar Linga, Eisprung Studio, Stéphan Nappez.

Switzerland 2020; 6′; o.v. English; sbt. German, French, Italian

Festivals & Prizes

Encounters, Bristol 2020 – World Premiere

Fantoche, Baden 2020 – making off

Los Angeles Animation Festival 2020 – Winner of Best Combination – Mixed Media

56. Solothurner Filmtage 2021 – Nominated for the Swiss Film Award

Ciné Court Animé – Festival international du court-métrage d’animation, Roanne 2021 – International Audience Award

International Trickfilm Festival, Stutgart 2021 – Special Mention (motivation: “‘Only a Child’ deserves the honour of receiving the Special Mention of the 28th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, because it is a collaborative project, celebrating the plethora of designs, styles, and techniques, that a century of animation has brought to the World. By adding animation to an important voice from the past, ‘Only a Child’ reminds us all, that only by believing in and acting as one responsible global community, there is a way forward for humanity on earth.
Some may comment that ‘Only a Child’ is part of a campaign, but this campaign, this movement, that unites young people across countries, cultures, and nationalities, is exactly what we need right now, to understand how humanity can succeed in the great game of evolution) and SWR OnlineFilm Audience Award

25e REGARD – Festival international du court métrage, Canada 2021 – Meilleur Film Jeunesse

16th Anim!Arte – International Student Animation Festival of Brazil 2021 – Second place Award in Enviromental Film-Professional section

One Country One Film International Festival, France 2021 – Best Animation Film Award

Euganea Film Festival, Padova (Italy) 2021 – Cinemambulante Award

Siggraph 2021 – Audience Choice Award

Spark Animation Festival 2021 – Best In Show

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films 2021 – Audience Award

Florida Animation Festival 2021 – Best In Show

Florida Animation Festival 2021 – Honourable Mention

Ottawa International Animation Festival 2021- Special Mention

3D Wire Fest 2021 – Best Short Film

Overcome Film Festival 2021 – Best Animated Film

5th Indian World Film Festival 2021 – Best Director

Supertoon International Animation Festival 2021 – Best Film

Festival REGARD – Festival International du Film Court au Saguenay 2021 – Best Youth Film

Siciliambiente Film Festival 2021 – Best Animation (2nd Place)

International Tour Film Festival 2021 – Best Animation

ReAnima Bergen International Animation Festival 2021 – Special Mention

Avanca Film Festival 2021 – Animation Award

14th Xiamen International Animation Festival 2021 – Silver Award – Best Animated Short

In the Oscar’s 2022 short list


Only a Child is a visual poem created by over 20 animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and colour to the original words spoken by Severn Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet. An omnibus film celebrating the environmental youth movement 30 years in the making.

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Simone Giampaolo
Simone Giampaolo, Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Gabriella de Gara Bucciarelli for Amka Films Productions, RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera, SRG SSR

Walter Bortolotti and Silvana Bezzola for RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera

With the support of:
Federal Office of Culture (BAK), Republic and Canton Ticino, Fondo Filmplus della Svizzera italiana, Ticino Film Commission, Cinéforom, Göhner Stiftung, Swiss Films