See Why This Short Film About a Three-Legged Dog Is Winning Awards

“The Present” started as a web-comic four years ago. Now it’s screening at film festivals, more than 180 so far, and taking home awards.

When a little boy receives a gift from his mother of a three-legged dog, he is less than interested and promptly ignores the pup in favor of video games. The story started out as a web-comic created by Fabio Coala. It was called “Three-Legged Dog.” Readers loved it, including Jacob Frey, who turned it into an animated film for his thesis project at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Take a look:

The Present from Jacob Frey on Vimeo.

Frey titled the animated short “The Present,” and it has since been screened at more than 180 film festivals worldwide and has gotten several awards. We can understand why.

Cari Jorgensen

Cari is a former dancer and current dance enthusiast who incorporates all forms of art into her daily life, which includes writing about dogs, cats, and other animals for I-5 Publishing as an assistant web editor. She has an MFA degree in creative writing and has written short stories, poetry, and two novels, which are patiently awaiting revision. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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