Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Bariq - ages 4+

Justin Melillo / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2013 / 4 min / Colour / DCP
In No Dialogue
Interests: Animation
MENA Premiere


Lush, gorgeously textured animation illustrates this touching story of a young lion cub who has strayed from his pride. He follows their footprints across the veldt, but as night falls and there is no sign of his mother and family, it seems he might never find his way back to them. ‘Kiburi’ illuminates the sometimes surprising value that a simple act of kindness can hold.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Justin Melillo is pursuing a career as a story artist with the intention to write, produce and direct feature animated films. ‘Kiburi’, his first short animated film, was presented in the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner, as well as in the official selections of the Animae Caribe Festival in Trinidad and Tobago and the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.


Justin Melillo
Justin Melillo
Jerome Leroy
Sales Company
The School of Visual Arts
Production Company
The School of Visual Arts

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