Synopsis: MILA is a war story that takes on a child’s perspective. Inspired by World War II stories from the director’s mother, the character of Mila represents the best of humanity. Although she has lost everything – her family, her house, her peace – she still clings to hope, with a little more than imagination and humanity.
Today, children continue to suffer the ravages of conflict in many places around the world. Their current plight is what moved me to take action. While it’s civilians who are the first to be hit, it’s their children that are the last to be remembered. My wish is that “Mila” could be seen by as many people as possible, to help promote a societal shift in our understanding of what the real, long-term, generational cost of war is. If “Mila” could change even one decision-maker’s mind about going to war, then all our efforts will have been worth it.
What I wanted to show with this film is the strength and resilience that kids have, even when they are alone, abandoned and lost. I’m convinced that animation can be exploited as a vehicle for more meaningful messages.
Cinzia Angelini, director and creator of animated films, has worked for major international studios in the animation industry for more than twenty-five years. While she started out as both a 2D and 3D animator, she later became a story artist for Warner Brothers, Sony Imageworks, Duncan Studio, Disney Animation Studios, Dreamworks and Illumination Entertainment. Her body of work includes Balto, Prince of Egypt, Spirit, Spider-man 2, Bolt, The Minions Movie and Despicable Me 3. Cinzia is currently directing HITPIG, an upcoming animated feature for Cinesite Studios.
Cinzia has also written and directed “Mila,” a high-quality CG short film about a little girl from Trento, whose life takes an unexpected turn in WWII.
Her idea of bridging cultural diversity through the magic of animation, led to an invitation to speak at TEDx Trento, and at TEDx Vail-Colorado.
Cinzia moved to Los Angeles in 1997, where she currently lives with her family.