Toronto based Switch Animation makes an Autism based short film ‘The Perfect Project’ 12 February 2020

Toronto-based Switch Animation has completed production of The Perfect Project, an animated short film about autism adapted from the book of the same name by author, professor, TEDx speaker and award-winning psychologist Dr Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD.

“This film brings to life my book celebrating the superpowers of children with a learning disability with sensitivity and gentle humour, telling the heartwarming tale of how a young boy with autism and his classmates learn to collaborate on their science fair project,” said Dr Alloway.

The Perfect Project is a passion production for Switch Animation, whose focus is on work that inspires, educates and entertains.

“It started in 2019 with the festival short Zoua, a story of friendship, shared around the world, from the creative minds of a group of brave children fighting cancer,” Pete Denomme, CEO/Executive Producer of Switch explained. “This year it was important to me to express to children what autism is in a simple, direct and honest way with the critical underlying themes of understanding and acceptance.”

The team on the film included voice actors and animators on the autism spectrum as well as a behaviour therapist who deals daily with children like lead character Charlie, who face many situations that classmates untouched by autism take for granted. Within the framework of the story, key elements of Charlie’s autism are proven to be his strengths and superpowers as he is instrumental in helping his team.

Switch is shopping this inspiring short to potential SVOD and broadcast partners during Kidscreen Summit this week to bring Charlie’s story to a wider audience, and grow his positive influence on the perception and reception of autism.

Switch VFX & Animation an award-winning, artist-owned, boutique Canadian studio that provides exceptional digital visual effects and animated content from initial concept development to final delivery for top clients including Netflix, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, Disney, Nickelodeon, Teletoon, DreamWorks and BBC kids.

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