Once upon a time, there was a little girl who fell in love with a beautiful horse named Aurora...
Expressively animated in a naive drawing-style that evokes children’s drawings and the texture of storybook illustrations, Aurora is a bittersweet story about love, friendship, and growing up.
Jo is an award-winning Dutch/Canadian/Chinese/West Indian filmmaker from Canada. She holds an MFA in Film, Television, and Digital Media from University of California, Los Angeles, and a BFA in Animation from Concordia University. An animator by trade, her work can be seen in well over a dozen National Film Board of Canada productions, where she worked for fifteen years as an animator, supervising animator, and lead compositor, and where she also directed two films of her own.
Jo is currently living and working in Las Vegas, building the new animation program at Nevada State College, where she teaches animation, editing, and drawing.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for Aurora is 9.7 with one judge noting, "Thank you, we are so blessed to be able to share Aurora with our audience. I was captivated from the first note. I felt happy, then sad, then happy, then even more happy. In director Jo Meuris's case It is truly a gift for her to so effortlessly pull someone's emotions too and fro with a simple animated story about a girl and her horse friends. I was crying in joy in 4 minutes flat, We are looking forward to sharing Aurora, what a treat everyone is going to get!
2021 Monthly Official Best Of Selections
Animalis Fabula Film Festival official monthly selections have the opportunity to compete for monthly attention as well as inclusion in the annual live / virtual film festival in Austin, Texas and end of year fundraising benefit for animal welfare.