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Changyou's Journey

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2018

Perry S. Chen / Short Documentary / United States of America / 2017 / 6 min / Colour / DCP / In No Dialogue / Middle East Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


A bitter-sweet homage to the animator's eponymous late father. This well-crafted and endearing labour of love follows his father’s story from humble beginnings in rural China to academic and professional achievement, before emigrating to America and becoming a parent, and finally to tragically the cancer diagnosis that would ultimately claim his life. Perseverance is a consistent element throughout the short film, a theme that would play out both onscreen and behind the camera.

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About the Director

Perry Chen made 'Changyou's Journey' at 17, before senior year at his San Diego high school. The film qualified for a 2018 Best Animated Short Film Oscar, making Chen the youngest animation director to qualify for an Academy Award. At 11, Chen was the sole animator for the critically acclaimed six-minute animated short 'Ingrid Pitt: Beyond the Forest', which qualified for an Oscar and won awards at the Flyway Film Festival, International Family Film Festival, and the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.


Perry S. Chen
Perry S. Chen
Zhu Shen
Perry S. Chen
Executive Producer
Zhu Shen
David Arend
David Arend

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