Hike: Short Film

  • 3D Animation
  • 3D Modelling

A Monkeystack Production, Hike is an animated short film focusing on the relationship between a mother and child, gently exploring the emotional turmoil of grief, memory and growth in the wake of a tragedy. It follows a young teenager honouring the memory of their mother while connecting with nature, ultimately discovering catharsis and resolution.

The story focuses on the interconnectedness of place and memory, and the bittersweetness of grief, recollection and healing through the passage of time in the wake of loss. Hike offers a unique moment to escape daily distractions and focus on what really matters – our relationships.

Hike – A Monkeystack Production
Financed with the assistance of:
South Australian Film Corporation and Epic Games
Monkeystack’s Hike was selected as one of the finalists across Australia and New Zealand for the second year of Epic Games’ South Australian Film Corporation-supported Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge.

Monkeystack partnered with emerging director, Alexander Rodeghiero-Smith (he/them), to produce Hike as a 4-minute animated short film within a tight timeframe of ~8 weeks as part of the Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge. As a studio, we strive to support and provide opportunities to a diverse range of emerging talent. The Unreal Engine Short Film Challenge presented the opportunity to work with Alexander, producing Hike as their directorial debut in line with their focus to create story-rich works that explore unique ideas.

Awards and Achievements
World Premiere – Adelaide Film Festival 2022
Best Animation Short Film (under 30 minutes) Finalist – New York Animation Film Awards (NYAFA)
Short Film Finalist – Australian Effects & Animation Festival (AEAF) Awards
Best Animated Short Winner – Hong Kong International Short Film Festival
Honourable Mention – Los Angeles Animation Festival
Official Selection – Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival
Official Selection – New York CineFest
Special Mention – UK Seasonal Short Film Festival (Spring)

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