Oscar nominated Brown Bag Films animate with love for Children’s Charity

Irish charity ‘To Russia With Love’ has teamed up with Oscar nominated studio Brown Bag Films to create a short animated film helping to raise awareness of the charity’s work with abandoned and orphaned children in Russia. Written and directed by twice IFTA nominated Damien O’Connor, ‘ANYA’ is a four minute film that illustrates 20 years in the life of an abandoned child as she grows up in a Russian orphanage.

“To Russia With Love initially approached me to do a short online advert, but after reading about the children in their care, we decided a short film would work much better. Travelling to Russia to meet the children was a profound experience and hearing their stories was heart breaking. ‘To Russia With Love’ break the cycle of abandonment and give hope to the children in their care. The message of hope is something we tried strongly to convey through the film.” said Damien O’Connor, Writer and Director of ‘ANYA’.

“This is very exciting for ‘To Russia With Love’. Brown Bag Films are fantastic to work with and this will be an enormous help to our fundraising efforts. We are so grateful that Brown Bag donated their time and expertise to our charity.” said Debbie Deegan, Founder of ‘To Russia With Love’.

Debbie Deegan founded ‘To Russia With Love’ in 1998 which has transformed the lives of thousands of abandoned and orphaned Russian children. The charity now offer their programmes of care in many orphanages across Russia teaching life skills for a brighter future and providing children with improved living conditions, healthcare and education.

Dublin based Brown Bag Films are the producers of international hit TV series including ‘The Octonauts’, ‘Peter Rabbit’ and Disney’s ‘Doc McStuffins’ and ‘Henry Hugglemonster’. Brown Bag Films are collaborating with Singapore’s Infinite Frameworks Studios on the animation of the short film, which will be available online from early September. To follow the development of “Anya” or to see advance footage go to www.brownbagfilms.com/blog/