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Ice Merchants

BLOCK B | Duets 

Thursday, March 23 | 7 - 9 PM 

Winthrop University | Dina's Place at the DiGiorgio Campus Center

Ice Merchants
Screenings & Awards

2023 Academy Awards OSCAR Nominee • Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes • Leitz Cine Discovery Prize for Short Film France • Guadalajara International Film Festival • Internacional Prize Rigo Mora - Best Animation Short Film Mexico • Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival • Motovun Film Festival • Melbourne International Film Festival • Imaginaria International Animation Film Festival • Toronto International Film Festival • Taichung International Animation Festival

Cast & Crew

ANIMATION | 2022 | 14 min. 00 sec. 


COUNTRY | Portugal 

LANGUAGE | No Dialogue 

PRODUCERS | Bruno Caetano, Michaël Proença 

DIRECTOR | João Gonzalez 

WRITER | João Gonzalez


Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachute from their vertiginous cold house, attached to a cliff, to go to the village on the ground, far away where they sell the ice they produce daily.

About the Director

João Gonzalez (1996) is a Portuguese film director, animator, illustrator and a musician with classical training in piano. Recipient of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, he did a Masters at the Royal College Art (UK), after finishing his BA at ESMAD (PT). In these institutions he made 2 multi-award winning films, “Nestor” and “The Voyager.” In 2022 he became the first Portuguese animation filmmaker to be awarded at Festival de Cannes, winning the Jury Prize for Best Short film in competition at the Critics Week, with “Ice Merchants”. He has a big interest in combining his musical background with his practice in authorial animation, always taking the role of composer and sometimes instrumentalist in the films he directs, occasionally setting them to a live performance.

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