New Short Animation by Brown Bag Films ‘Pins And Needles’ Now Online!

Written and directed by Brown Bag Films Dublin-based duo Kerrie Costello and Julien Celin, with music by Darren Hendley, ‘Pins and Needles’ tells the story of the new kid on the plot trying to fit in.

This is the story of an outcast – a spiky cactus trying to make a friend it wonʼt hurt in a world full of ‘normal’ flowers. The Cactus is the new plant in the garden, instantly shunned by the flowers because it is different. After enduring shame and ridicule at the hands of the Sunflower and Dandelion, the cactus longs for a friend. Enter the hedgehog! Under exciting circumstances, the hedgehog shows up, and seeing their similarities, the two become best buds, showing friendship comes in all shapes.

Pins and Needles was commissioned by the RTÉ Animated Shorts Scheme in 2018 and made its premiere on RTÉjr last December. It has since been screened in festivals around the world, garnering an Irish Animation Award nomination for Best Sound Design and Official Selection at the following festivals:

  • Leeds Young Film Festival
  • Vafi & Rafi
  • Anibar Animation Festival
  • Pochatok Film Festival
  • Giffoni Film Festival
  • ZINETXIKI – International Film Festival for Children and Youth
  • Lahore International Children’s Film Festival
  • TIAF – Tbilisi International Animation Festival
  • BAICFF – Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival

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