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AFA Animation Nights New York Animator Interview #25 featuring Independent Animator Mikkel Odehnalu


Evan Vernon interviews Mikkel Odehnalu, director of SO FAR, SO CLOSE. Mikkel is an animator and artist originally from Czech Republic residing in Reykjavík,  Iceland. His film SO FAR, SO CLOSE was recently selected as a Winner in the Animation Nights New York 5th ANNY Best of Fest in 2021.



Director of SO FAR, SO CLOSE

Far to the north, the first snowstorm is approaching. The heavy sky is being reflected in the water puddles and the wind scatters around the first snowflakes. A white wolf appears in the watery reflection. It seems that his lonesome journey through the northern wasteland cannot even have a good ending. He is plagued by hunger and fatigue. However, fate blows his way, something that is worth fighting for.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/250336331 





Animation Nights New York in partnership with Alamo on Demand presents the “5th ANNY Best of Fest” (Program #66 | Season 5 & 6 | Winners)

Saturday, Nov 13 - Saturday Nov 20

5th ANNY Best of Fest: https://www.animationnights.com/screening66-5th-anny-best-of-fest/  



Aardman Animation


Wallace & Gromit




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuri_Norstein (Yuri Norstein)



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Attenborough (David Attenborough)



Tomas Bata University


Social Media Links

https://mikkelodehnalu.wixsite.com/-mikkelodehnalu (Personal Website)

https://vimeo.com/mikkelodu (Vimeo)

https://www.instagram.com/mikkelodu/ (Instagram)


Interview by Evan Vernon.

Theme music by Joe Lazenby


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About ANNY: Animation Nights New York is a curated monthly screening event and annual festival first established in NYC in 2015. The event showcases animated short films and virtual reality animation experiences from all around the world and both project submission and admission to monthly screenings of in-competition films are free to the general public. If you would like to submit a VR/AR/Game or short film project, you can find Animation Nights New York on Film Freeway.

ANNY Exchange is our talent connect initiative. We connect animation talent to opportunity using our festival as a vehicle.

ANNY Best of Fest is our annual festival held in mid November.