The 16th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, film review by Courtney Small: "This meticulously painted animation reveals a unique traditional Mongolian burial practice." "It is a beautiful film that uses painted animation to that highlight the act of Wind Burials, the process of finding the right burial ground/ tomb for a corpse. Alisi Telengut’s film is not one that can easily be summed up in words. Tengri is a film that really needs to be experienced. It is a fascinating look at how mankind, life, death, and nature are all intertwined."

Basic information
Running Time: 05 minutes 34 seconds
Production Country: Canada
Production Year: 2012
Director: Alisi Telengut
Production Company: Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University
Film Contact: Alisi Telengut
Note: Tengri is my graduation film from Concordia University.

Film Synopsis
Logline Synopsis: Wind burial, influenced by Shamanism, is an old Mongolian tradition. When someone dies, the corpse is carried on a cart until a bump causes the body to fall. The place where the corpse lands becomes a simple tomb.
Short Synopsis: Tengri is about the Wind Burial, a traditional Mongolian ritual that is deeply rooted in the Shamanic belief. When a person dies, the wind spirit will guide the person’s soul to ascend, ultimately to the cradle of father heaven (Tengri). “Tengri” is a Turkic word, which refers not only the holy, blue sky, but also the primary deity of nature that has been worshipped by Mongolic and Turkic peoples. It compromises Shamanism, Animism and other spiritual practices that connect people, spirits and nature together.

Film Credits
Animated and Directed by: Alisi Telengut
Sound Design and Music: David Fiorentino
Cellists: Olivier Caron, Ian Gibbons
Khöömii (Mongolian throat singing): Yanuo
Music recording engineer and music mix: Hans Bernhard
Sound Mix: Tim Horlor, Andreas Mendritzki
End Credit Song: “Tuvan Prayer” by Huun-Huur-Tu & Carmen Rizzo
Supervisor: Shira Avni
Special Thanks: Shira Avni, Luigi Allemano, Jean Theberge, David Fiorentino, Hans Bernhard, Huun-Huur-Tu & Carmen Rizzo, Nathan Olivier, Han Han Li, Alexandre Pelletier
Produced at: Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University
Copyright: © Alisi Telengut, 2012

Sound Designer, David Fiorentino

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Film Technique

Tengri was painted frame by frame with the straight-ahead under-camera technique. It was painted on one piece of thick water color paper with oil pastel and some glue. Every new frame was achieved by adding and removing colors from previous frames, including the transitions and morphs between scenes. So the movement was achieved by the repetition of covering and removing oil pastel on the same piece of paper. It was shot on a Canon digital still camera which was connected to the software Dragonframe on a computer. It took me about four months shooting in a dark camera room.

AWARDS Tengri (2012)

2015 May Best Experimental Film for the month of May, 12 Months Film Festival
Online film festival and screening by voting
2014 Oct Jury Award for Animation, the 14th Kansas International Film Festival
Kansas, USA
2014 Mar Nomination for Jury Award, the 15th Landshut Short Film Festival
Landshut, Germany
2013 Dec Special Mention, Swedenborg Short Film Festival
The Swedenborg Society, London, UK
2013 Apr Rising Star Award in Animation Competition, Canada International Film Festival 2013
Vancouver, Canada
2013 Apr Best Video Animation, Concordia AAVA-Academy of Art Video Art 2013 screening,
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
2013 Feb Meilleur Film d’Animation, 11e Festival du Film Étudiant de Québec
Québec city
2012 Sep Honorable Mention in Best Canadian Student Animation, 36th Ottawa International
Animation Festival, Ottawa, Canada
2012 Aug Best Animation Film Award, 36th Montreal World Film Festival, 43rd Student Festival,
Montreal, Canada


2015/10/03 Atelier Céladon at Diaspora Conference / Conférence sur la diaspora
Film Art and Shorts Screening, Place Sun Yat-Sen (Rue de la Guachetière and Rue Clark)
Montreal. Canada
2015/07/17 Alta Langa Film Festival
Molinari square of Saliceto, Cuneo, Italy
2015/05 12 Months Film Festival, Online film festival and screening
Award: the best experimental film for the month of May
2015/04/05 Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Break Up: Final Screening and Awards
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
2015/02/22 Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (RVCQ), Programme au féminin
Cinémathèque québécoise, Montreal, Canada
2014/12/05 The Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival, at the 113th American Anthropological Association’s annual conference, Washington D.C., USA
2014/11/12 AVIFF Cannes Exchange Exhbition at OCAT Shanghai, Program 2
OCAT Shanghai, China
2014/11 XII International Festival of Animation Arts “Multivision”
Video Installation Competition, St. Petersburg, Russia
2014/10 The 14th Kansas International Film Festival
Kansas, Missouri, USA
2014/09/25 The 17th Corto Lovere, International Competition Final List
Cinema Crystal di Lovere, Lovere BG, Italy
2014/08/24 The 20th Film Festival della Lessinia, International Competition
Teatro Vittoria, Bosco Chiesanuova, Italy
2014/07/24 The 10th TAIS (Toronto Animated Image Society) Showcase
CineCycle, Toronto, Canada
2014/05/16-25 Le 4e Festival d’Oodaaq-Images Nomades et Poétiques
Rennes, France
2014/05/15 AVIFF Cannes-Art Film Festival
Hotel Eden Auditorium, Cannes, France
2014/05/13 NonStop Barcelona Animació, Cortos en competición Escuelas
Institut Français, Barcelona, Spain
2014/03/28&29 15th Landshut Short Film Festival, Short Film Competition 11-Animation Block 2
Kinopolis Cinema 7, Landshut, Germany. Nomination for Jury Award
2014/03 Watersprite-The Cambridge International Student Film Festival
Shortlisted in the Animation and Original Film Music categories
Cambridge University, UK
2014/02/15 “Best of the Fest” Screening of the Long Day Short Film Festival
New Parkway Theater, Oakland, California, USA
2013/12/05 Family Fiction Film Project
Porto, Portugal
2013/11/29 Swedenborg Short Film Festival, organized by the Swedenborg Society
Swedenborg Hall, London, UK. Award: Jury Special Mention
2013/11/30 17th International Video Festival Videomedeja, Cultural Center of Novi Sad
Novi Sad, Serbia
2013/11/28 13th International Archaeological Film Festival of the Bidasoa (FICAB)
Oiasso Roman Museum, Amaia Cultural Centre, Irun, Spain
2013/11/22 Duka Fest, experimental and animation section
Dom Omladine Youth Center, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013/11/08 Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF), organized by the Aesthetica Magazine
Animation Screening 3, York, UK
2013/11/08&09 10e Festival International Courts Métrages Images en Vues,
Galerie Bar Spectacle Les Pas Perdus, Cap-aux-Meules, Iles-de-la-Madeleine
Québec, Canada
2013/11/01&02 The Mosaic Film Experience, Best of Non-Student Selections
Wealthy Theatre, The City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
2013/11/09 3rd Animax Skopje Festival, Frosina Cinema, Youth Cultural Center (MKC)
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
2013/11/02&03 Golden Orchid International Animation Festival, Group 11 – Experimental Animations
The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA
2013/10/31 Hrizantema Horror & Fantasy Film Festival and Video Works, main program
Art Cinema Lifka, Subotica, Serbia
2013/10/24 24th The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, the LSPU Hall
St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
2013/10/26 4th Animation with Love Screening, Carbon Arc Cinema,
Museum of Natural History Auditorium, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2013/10/18 6th U.Frame International Academic Film Festival, organized by the University of Porto
Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett, Porto, Portugal
2013/10/18-20 5th Atlanta Philosophy Film Festival
Cinefest Film Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
2013/10/10 8th Anim’est International Animation Festival, competition program
Student Competition 3, Patria Cinema, Bucharest, Romania
2013/10/11 10th Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, Session C – Indigenous Cultures
Theatrikos Community Theatre, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
2013/10/17&20 13th Seoul International NewMedia Festival
Seoul, South Korea
2013/10/01 5th Cairo Video Festival, organized by Medrar
Cairo, Egypt
2013/09/29 10th Naoussa International Film Festival, International Competition category
Naoussa, Greece
2013/09/21 Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec (FCVQ)
Une projection des dix films lauréats de la 11e Festival du Film Étudiant de Québec
Québec, Québec
2013/09/21 2nd Phenom Film Fest, Animated Shorts Program section
Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana, USA
2013/09/06 22nd Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival
Cabbagetown, Toronto, Canada
2013/08/29 6th Cinema City International Film Festival, 31 titles chosen for up to (budget) 10,000
bucks selection, Novi Sad, Serbia
2013/08/18 37th The Open-Air Film Fest Weiterstadt
Weiterstadt, Darmstadt-Dieburg, Germany
2013/08/08 CinemadaMare Film Festival, Main Competition category
Rome, Italy
2013/07/16 Mondo Québec présente Funné! Une Soirée de courts métrages d’animation
Montréal, Canada
2013/07/18 10th Princeton Student Film and Video Festival
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
2013/06/24 KALIBER35 Munich International Short Film Festival,
International Competition category, Munich, Germany
2013/06/23 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Best of the Next: The International Graduate Animation Festival, International #1 section, Melbourne, Australia
2013/06/15 Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival
Palmerston North, New Zealand
2013/05/06 Australian International Animation Festival, International Program #3
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
2013/05/12 Fuse Film Festival Manchester, Student Shorts category, University of Manchester
Manchester, UK
2013/05/09 1st Cinema Turbulent Film Festival at the Canadian Anthropology Society Annual
Conference 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada
2013/04/24 Festival Golden Anteaters 2013, Masters of Animation Contest Category
Lublin, Poland
2013/04/06 Canada International Film Festival 2013, Vancouver, Canada
Award: Rising Star Award in Animation Competition
2013/03/22 2nd International Motion Festival Cyprus, Take It to The Limit program
Cyprus, Greece
2013/03/17 Le 10e Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec, Experimental Approaches to Ethnography program, Montreal, Canada
2013/02/06 Le 11e Festival du Film Étudiant de Québec, Québec city
Award : Meilleur Film d’Animation
2012/11-12 Les 11es Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation à Montréal et Québec
2012/12/01&02 Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal
2012/11/26 Musée de la Civilisation de Québec, Québec
2012/11/29 Animpact Animation Festival Max 2012, International Competition Category
Seoul, South Korea
2012/11/26 19th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima, Anima Competition Category
Krakow, Poland
2012/11/19 54th ZINEBI International Festival of Documentary and Short Film, International
Competition Category, Bilbao, Spain
2012/11/08 16th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, It’s Not What You Think Program,
Toronto, Canada
2012/10/12 Youngcuts Film Festival 2012, Animation and Music Screening
Montreal, Canada
2012/09/21&23 36th Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canadian Student Show Case, Ottawa,
Canada. Award: Honorable Mention in Best Canadian Student Animation
2012/09/10 19th KROK International Animated Film Festival, International Competition Category,
Kiev, Ukraine
2012/08/27 36th Montreal World Film Festival, 43rd Canadian Student Film Festival
Montreal, Canada. Award: Best Animated Film
2012/08/04 16th Fantasia International Film Festival, Montreal, Canada
A second Fantastic Weekend Short films screening at the Montréal en Lumière, Nuit
Blanche in 2013 February