short film – 13’55 – 2023


From the tormented little mermaid to the fulfilled woman she is today, Gigi tells us about her gender transition with humor and sensitivity.


Cynthia Calvi


Cynthia Calvi & Gigi


Xbo films


digital 2D

Born in 1991, Cynthia Calvi studied at EMCA in Angoulême, where she directed her first animated documentary, “Tournée” (2015), before joining the “En sortant de l’école” collection in Lille, where she directed the short film “Le portrait modèle” (2018). She then joined the management team of the Train-train studio, which contributed to the making of “Gigi” (2023), produced by Xbo Films, in collaboration with Studio des Affranchis in Toulouse.

Audience Award at Festival national du film d’animation de Rennes 2024 (France)

Filem’On 2024 (Belgium) /La Guarimba 2024 (Italy) / Doc Cévennes 2024 (France) / Curtas vila do Conde 2024 (Portugal) / Fest Anča 2024 (Slovaquia) / Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival 2024 (Canada) / Lovers Film Festival 2024 (Italy) / Annecy Festival 2024 (France) / Festival International du Film Court d’Angoulême 2024 (France) / IFTS 2024 (Germany) / Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2024 (Greece) / Tricky Women 2024 (Austria) / Festival national du film d’animation de Rennes 2024 (France) / / Itinérances 2024 (France) / Festival Ciné Court Animé 2024 (France) / Kaboom 2024 (Netherlands) / Animela 2024 (India) / Fipadoc 2024 (France)

With the support of CNC - Pre-production assistance for short film production, FAIA writing and development assistance, Région Occitanie, Pictanovo - Région Haut-de-France, Toulouse Métropole, Procirep and Angoa. Selected for Pitchs at the Festival National du Film d'Animation de Rennes 2020. « From writing to image » residency in Saint-Quirin. Arte Award at Pitchs MIFA at Annecy Festival 2021. With the participation of Arte France