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CB Fest

CB Fest Premiere: ‘Lights’ by Alessandro Novelli

Today, the second season of CB Fest passes its halfway mark with the world premiere of Lights (Spain, 2017), a metaphorical work that depicts how life’s many demands and pressures can mold us into a different person as we grow older.

Italian director Alessandro Novelli revolves the story around a silent adventurer who is floating through space until he stumbles across a house. At first the main character can barely fit in the room, but before you know, he’s completely adapted himself to the surrounding environment, and perhaps left behind a part of his true self in the process.

Novelli’s ethereal style resembles hieroglyphs drawn on a chalkboard, which lends itself perfectly to symbolism. Elements like the clothes the character puts on, to the ever-present buzzing of a mobile phone represent the forces that change us in the world we live.

To see more of Novelli’s works visit his studio’s website. If you enjoy independent animation from up-and-coming filmmakers and want to ensure that we can share more of it, please help spread these films far and wide, through Vimeo, Youtube, and Facebook.

"Lights" by Alessandro Novelli.
"Lights" by Alessandro Novelli.
"Lights" by Alessandro Novelli.
"Lights" by Alessandro Novelli. "Lights" by Alessandro Novelli. "Lights" by Alessandro Novelli. "Lights" by Alessandro Novelli.
  • Congrats, Alessandro! Great work. Coincidentally, we hired Alessandro for a project earlier this year, and this quote was exactly the reason we thought he would be right for the job, “Novelli’s ethereal style resembles hieroglyphs drawn on a chalkboard, which lends itself perfectly to symbolism.”

    Alessandro is a uniquely creative artist, who really thinks through all aspects of the work and makes fully integrated decisions where all parts combine to form a greater whole. He’s a smart, out-of-the-box thinker that’s not afraid to challenge ideas, fight for his vision, and make bold choices. All of that comes across in this short too.

    • Alessandro Novelli

      hey Mike, glad you liked the short, was a pleasure to work with you, thank you very much for this beautiful comment! Cheers, Alessandro.

  • Beautiful film. Seems like something got lost in translation in the third paragraph of the this post though?

    • AmidAmidi

      Sorry about that. Nothing was lost but we did add a few random letters at the end of that paragraph. It’s fixed now.