Edmond Was a Donkey (Edmond était un âne) is a multi-awarded animated short written, designed, edited and directed by Franck Dion. The english adaptation is by Kathleen Fee and the original music score is by Pierre Caillet. The film was co-produced by Papy3D Productions, the National Film Board of Canada and Arte France with the support of Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée CNC (Nouvelles technologies en production), Procirep and Ville de Paris. For the full credits click here.
Edmond is not like everybody else. A small, quiet man, Edmond has a wife who loves him and a job that he does extraordinarily well. He is, however, very aware that he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. And though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens up between himself and others.
Note: the animation contains some adult scenes.
For the french version of the film click here.
Franck Dion was born in Versailles, France in 1970 and has worked as an actor, theatre set designer and illustrator. He is a self-taught artist in sculpture, drawing and painting. In 1999, he launched the first version of his website, Les voyages imaginaires de Franck Dion, which was awarded the Golden Net prize for best artistic website in 2001. In 2003, he made his first short animated film, L’inventaire fantôme, which won the Youth Jury Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and was nominated for the Cartoon d’Or. In 2006, together with a few friends, he founded Papy 3D, the company that produced his second film, Monsieur Cok (2008), selected for the Sundance Film Festival and the winner of several awards. His third short film, Edmond Was a Donkey (2012), is the first film that Papy 3D has co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada and among other awards, the film went on to win the special jury prize at the Annecy 2012 festival, the award for best international film at the Shortshorts festival in Tokyo, a Nomination at the Cartoon d’Or and the Césars 2013 in the category of Best Animated Film. His latest film, Un tête disparue, won the crystal of the short film at the International Animated Film Festival of Annecy 2016.
All images © Franck Dion / Edmond was a donkey