Chinti
This stunning animation by Natalia Mirzoyan is staggeringly crafted entirely out of tea leaves. It’s about a tiny ant who is disillusioned with his mundane life in the ant hill until a chance breeze blows him a picture of the Taj Mahal and he is inspired to create something larger than himself. The tea adds a lovely subtlety to the colour and defines the texture in a way that matches the earthy tone of the film. The animation is fluid and lively, and the expressions on the characters faces is priceless. This short film has garnered over 50 awards, and no wonder; Mirzoyan truly created her own little world.