The jury of the Linz International Short Film Festival was captivated by the animated film by the directing duo Sophie Colfer and Ala Nunu. The film returned from Austria with awards for the best animated film and best sound design.

Linz International Short Film Festival is one of the youngest major events on the festival map of Europe. Established in 2018, it immediately caught the attention of creators of short films from around the world.

Set on the vast salty plain, Telsche is a 2D short film that explores the notions of memory, loss, and love. It tells the story of a journey a girl makes to remember someone she has forgotten.

At home, on land, Telsche has to face the image of her missing mother in the form of a stone with her face on it. She runs outside and sees her in the salt field, a timeless place of memory. However, before she can reach her, her mother is swallowed up by a large hole forged in the ground. Telsche must find a way to follow her into the darkness to come to terms with what she has lost. So, she floods the land and awakens glowing insects that have long been buried in ancient white salt. The water fills the deep tunnel into which her mother has disappeared, and Telsche follows, diving into the depths of memory. As she sinks into the quiet depths and breaks through the tunnels below, she ultimately discovers a place where she can experience her grief, where she is reunited with her mother.

The list of all winners can be found here.