A collective work by Simone Giampaolo and over 20 Swiss animators.

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 – Best animation (2nd place); Nominated for the Swiss Film Award

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

International Trickfilm Festival, Stuttgart 2021 – Audience Award; 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 – Best Youth Film

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; Jury Special Award

Spark Animation Festival 2021 – Best In Show

Florida Animation Festival 2021 – Best In Show; Best mixed media; Audience Favourite

Florida Animation Festival 2021 – Honourable Mention

Ottawa International Animation Festival 2021- Special Mention

3D Wire Fest 2021 – Best Short Film Audience Award

Overcome Film Festival 2021 – Best Animated Film

5th Indian World Film Festival 2021 – Best Director

Supertoon International Animation Festival 2021 – Best 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

Anima Cordoba International Animation 2021 – Best Animation for Youth Award

Summer Short of the Year  – Best animation

Cartoons on the Bay  2021 – Unicef Award

Dublin Animation Film Festival 2021 – Best International Short Award

Festival International du film d’Animation de Cannes  2021 – Short film Award Meet ze artist

VIEW Conference 2021  – Special Achievement Award

Hsin-Yi Children’s Animation Awards  2021 – Special Mention

48. Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg  2022 –  Audience Award

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.


Andrea Schneider, Barbara Brunner (Brunner & Meyer), Cesar Linga, Cyril Gfeller, Eisprung Studio, Emilien Davaud, Imgart Walthert + Oswald Iten, Marjolaine Perreten, Michaela Müller, Nino Christen, Patrick Graf, Philip Hofmänner, Roman Kaelin, Stéphan Nappez, Team Tumult, Tiny Giant, Walkingframes
Simone Giampaolo, Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Gabriella de Gara Bucciarelli for Amka Films Productions

Walter Bortolotti and Silvana Bezzola for RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera; SRG SSR

With the support of:
Federal Office of Culture (BAK), Republic and Canton Ticino, Filmplus Fund of Southern Switzerland, Ticino Film Commission, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Cinéforom & Loterie Romande, Göhner Stiftung, Swiss Films
international sales:
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