The boy and the elephant

short film – 6’44 – 2022


The arrival of a new elephant-headed student in class triggers mockery and sarcasm. One of the students seems captivated and disturbed by this strange child.


Sonia Gerbeaud


Sonia Gerbeaud


Xbo films


digital 2D, traditional 2D


Autour de Minuit
Les Films du Préau

After five intense years studying at the Beaux-Arts de Poitiers, Sonia Gerbeaud collaborated with Mathias de Panafieu for her first short animation film, Oripeaux. Afterwhich, she splits her time between travel, illustration and writing. Then, she collaborated with Mathias de Panafieu on his animated documentary It wasn’t Bourgogne. The boy and the elephant the first film she has written and directed alone.

Grand Prize, P’tits Loups section, at Festival Nouveau Cinéma 2022 (Canada)
Special Mention at Hsin Yi Children’s Animation Award (Taiwan)

Anima 2023 (Belgium) / Festival du court métrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2023 / Indie Junior 2023 (Portugal) / PIAFF 2023 (France) / Providence Children’s Film Festival 2023 (USA) / FICAM à Meknès 2022 (Marocco), Flatpack Festival à Birmingham 2022 (UK), Curtas Vila do Conde 2022 (Portugal), Festival de films pour enfants d’Athènes 2022 (Greece), Festival Fenêtres sur courts 2022 (France), Anibar 2022 (Kosovo), Buster Film Festival 2022 (Denmark), Chilemonos 2022 (Chile), Imaginaria 2022 (Italy), Supertoon 2022 (Croatia), Séquence Court 2022 (France), Partie(s) de Campagne 2022 (France), Festival de la Petite école du film court 2022 (France) / Turku Animated Film Festival 2022 (Finland) / Filmets Badalona Film Festival 2022 (Spain) / Dok Leipzig 2022 (Germany) / Kaohsiung Film Archive 2022 (Taiwan) / Off Courts 2022 (France) / Ale Kino 2022 (Poland) / Festival du film court de Brest 2022 (France) / El Meu Primer Festival 2022 (Espagne) / Tindirindis 2022 (Lithuania) / Animasyros 2022 (Greece) / Animatou 2022 (Switzerland) / KuanDu International Animation Festival (KDIAF) 2022 (Taiwan) / Cinanima 2022 (Portugal) / Cinemagic International Film Festival for Young People 2022 (Ireland) / Zinebi 2022 (Spain) / PÖFF Shorts (Estonia) / Animest 2022 (Romania) / Festival de cinéma d’animation de Pontarlier 2022 (France) / Carrefour du cinéma d’Animation 2022 (France) / CineÒ 2022 (Italy) / Piccolo Festival dell’Animazione 2022 (Italy) / Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2022 (Greece) / Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2022 (USA) / Primanima World Festival of First Animations 2022 (Hungary) / Festival Nouveau Cinéma 2022 (Canada) / Lobo Fest 2022 (Brazil) / Anilogue 2022 (Hungary) / Hsin Yi Children’s Animation Awards 2022 (Taiwan) / Animateka 2022 (Slovenia)

With the support of CNC, Région Occitanie, Toulouse Métropole, Procirep and Angoa. In collaboration with Les Films du Préau.