Isabelle Favez

Switzerland, France, Belgium, 2019 / 26 min / French version / animation

Part of the short film collection Zibilla ou la vie zébrée

An underconfident young zebra discovers that she is stronger than she previously believed.

Zibilla, a young zebra adopted by a couple of horses, is the laughing stock of her new schoolmates and eventually ends up hating her stripes. When her stuffed toy is stolen, she works up all her courage takes off to look for it. Her adventures truly begin when she teams up with a horse unwillingly dressed up as a lion. Slowly, Zibilla regains self-confidence that leads her to accept her true nature.

“Even though my film should first and foremost entertain, I also hope that young viewers will be able to draw their own conclusions from some of the elements present and, even if unconsciously, learn to accept differences in others or to better deal with their own differences.” Director’s statement by Isabelle Favez


Thu 05/03 08:45 Cinémathèque FR OV Scolaire
Fri 06/03 09:30 Ciné Utopia FR OV Scolaire
Sun 08/03 15:00 Cinémathèque FR OV Public
  • Gryphon Award as Best Short Film – 6+ Category, Giffoni Experience, 2019 (Italy)
  • Grand Prize in the Short Animation Category, Kyoto International Children’s Film Festival, 2019 (Japan)
  • CP Audience Award, Festival International du Film de Nancy, 2019 (France)
Cast & Credits
Lily Demuynck-Deydier, Arthur Ponsot, Christian Léonard, Annick Lambert
Pierre-Luc Granjon, David Bredel
Philippe Fontaine, Jonathan Vanneste
Urs Häberli
Niels Verheest
Nadasdy Film, La Boîte,… Productions, Les Films du Nord
Dalton Distribution
Urs Häberli, Maëlle Chevallier, Stephane Holaus, Isabelle Favez

Isabelle Favez was born in 1974 in Bern, Switzerland. In 1994 she started studying film and video at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Her graduate film, Replay (1999) was shown at numerous festivals. She then went on to direct several short films for children, including Circuit marine in 2003 and Tarte aux pommes in 2006, which received prizes at several international film festivals. In 2018 she started working on a TV special, Zibilla, which premiered at the Berlinale in 2019.

  • 2019 – Zibilla (short)
  • 2015 – Messages dans l’air (short)
  • 2012 – Au cœur de l’hiver (short)
  • 2009 – Valise (short)
  • 2006 – Tarte aux pommes (short)
  • 2003 – Casa lunatica (short)
  • 2003 – Circuit marine (short)
  • 2002 – Les voltigeurs (short)
  • 1999 – Replay (short)
  • 1997 – Café-Bar (short)
  • 1995 – Kino (short)
  • 1993 – Lebenshunger (short)