Mouni Derra

Barnabé Koala

Zalissa Zoungrana

Barnabé Koala, Anthony Dagnas,
Francisco Billaud, Nicolas Pierre

Guillaume, Nicolas, Alice, Barnabé, Anthony, Francisco
The Film
The film uses the technique of charcoal animation to show in a sensitive way how the lives of two couples are affected by borders.


French, Moré (Burkina Faso)

2nd Place, Professional Jury, Adolescent Section (10-13 years),
Festival Récréacourt, Paris, France, 15-21 March 2010


2nd Prize at the ICCL (Irish Council for Civil Liberties)
Human Rights Film Competition

Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland, 11 June 2009
We are delighted that “Pirogues” was awarded second place in the film competition and are grateful to the selection committee, the jury and the staff of the ICCL for arranging this showcase of Irish films.

“The ICCL Human Rights Film School competition is a project of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in which the best of Irish filmmakers, directors, producers, scriptwriters (amateur and professional) have turned their hands to a making a short film on a human rights issue, helping us to raise awareness about human rights. Through the project and by looking at the inequalities which exist in Ireland - and around the world - we hope to inspire people to want to make a difference in the world around them.”

The Director
Alice Bohl was born in France. After studying at the Fine Art School of Marseille, she specialised in animation at EMCA-EMCI in Angoulême. There she directed "Printemps (Spring)," "Qu’à un fil... (By a thread...)" and co-directed "Kuri" with Mélanie Prunier. After graduating she directed the short animated film "Pirogues" for Barley Films and Les Fleurs Sauvages.

Director Filmography:

Student Films:
Printemps (Spring)
Qu’à un fil... (By a thread...)
(1’34), 2005
(5’46), 2006
(5’00), 2007
Co-directed with Mélanie Prunier
Professional Films:
Pirogues (6’51), 2008


Writer/Director/Animator - Alice Bohl

Alice Bohl, Mouni Derra, Guillaume Fournier-Bidoz
Barnabé Koala, Zalissa Zoungrana

Original Music Composed and Performed by
Francisco Billaud, Anthony Dagnas, Paul McElhatton
Barnabé Koala, Nicolas Pierre, Zalissa Zoungrana

Recorded and Mixed by - Guillaume Fournier-Bidoz

Recorded at
Lycée de l’Image et du Son d’Angoulême
Thanks to Frédéric Breuil

Producer - Barry O’Donoghue

Alice Bohl would like to thank
Bruce Krebbs, Orla McHardy, Marie-Pierre Micas
Louise Bagnall, Padraig Fagan, Eimhin McNamara
Celine & Keith Brennan, Audrey Spiry, Geneviève Dumortier
Aurore Sanguinetti, Guillaume Fournier-Bidoz
Karine et Barnabé Koala
My family and friends

Special Thanks to
Matt & Ruth O'Donoghue
Florence Brument & Barbara Henkes (Filmbase)

Festivals & Screenings

Kino Union Film Festival
Kotka, Finland, 12-13 November 2010

Fête de l’Animation

Angouleme, France, 2 November 2010

International Animation Day - “African Programme”

Evry, France, 30 October 2010

17th edition of the KROK International Animated Film Festival
KROK is an international showcase for animation films of the highest quality and diversity, organized as a river cruise along the Volga, enabling its attendants to visit many wonderful Russian cities between 18-27 September 2010.

40th Giffoni Film Festival
Giffoni, Italy, 18-31 July 2010
Shorts of Love Section

Mermaid Arts Centre
Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, 24th May 2010
Pirogues” will be screening on Monday 24th May at 8pm prior to the feature film “Mugabe & The White African”.

Festival Récréacourt
Paris, France, 15-21 March 2010

40th Tampere Film Festival
Tampere, Finland, 10-14 March 2010

Tricky Women 2010
Vienna, Austria, 4-8 March 2010

CinéGlobe 2010 - Festival Interational du Court- Métrage et du Documentaire Scientifique

CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, 16-20 February 2010
The CERN film making club, Open Your Eyes Films, presents a festival of the best short films in three competitions: general fiction, science or scientific fiction, and science documentary. The festival will take place between February 16-20, 2010 in the Globe of Science and Innovation and other locations near Geneva, Switzerland.

KADE (Kerry Action for Development Education) Human Rights Day Screening
Kerry, Ireland, 10th December 2009

10th Sichuan TV Festival 2009
China, 6-8 November 2009
International “Gold Panda” Awards for Animation

Cork Film Festival
Cork, Ireland, 1-8 November 2009
ICCL Film School screening 1pm. Saturday 7th November at the Gate Cinema in Cork, as part of the Corona Cork Film Festival.

Festival Les Toiles Animées, 3ème édition
Festival de Cinéma d'animation Africain de Ouagadougou
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 28 October - 3 November 2009

Link to review of the film at the festival:

7th Mumia Underground World Animation Festival
18-25 October, Betim, Brasil, Gloria Cine Theatre, local schools and suburb open air sessions
26th October to 1st November, Belo Horizonte, Brasil, Humberto Mauro Cinema, Art Palace and local schools.
The film is screening in competition at the 7th Mumia Underground World Animation Festival where 61 films from 27 countries will compete for the Best International Animation Award.

ERA New Horizons International Film Festival
Warsaw, Poland, 23 July – 2 August 2009

Anima Mundi - 17th International Animation Festival
Rio de Janeiro July 10-19, São Paulo July 22-26, Brazil 2009
Screening in competition

Galway Film Fleadh
Galway, Ireland, July 2009

Euganea Film Festival 2009
Este/Monselice/Colli Euganei (Padua), Italy, 3-19 July 2009

ICCL (Irish Council for Civil Liberties) Human Rights Film Competition
Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin, Ireland, 11 June 2009

Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Annecy, France, 8-13 June 2009
Screening out of competition

Film Festival Zlin – 49th International Festival for Children & Youth
Zlin, Czech Republic, May 31 – June 7, 2009
Screening in Competition

16th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film
Stuttgart, Germany, 5-10 May 2009
Screening in the Panorama Section

13th Edition Cartoons on the Bay
International Television and Multimedia Animation Festival

Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino, Italy, 2–4 April 2009
Nominee for the “Pulcinella Awards 2009” EDUCATIONAL AND ISSUES FILM

9th Belfast Film Festival
Northern Ireland, 26 March – 4 April 2009
Jameson Short Film Competition

17th CineRail Film Festival
Paris, France, 25-31 March 2009
Official Selection

Festival Premiers Plan d’Angers
Angers, France, 16-25 January 2009 (Screening in competition)

26th International Young Audience Film Festival ALE KINO!
Poznan, Poland, 12-20 December 2008 (Screening in competition)

17th Edition Séquence International Short-film Festival
Toulouse, France, 14-30 November 2008

l'Alternativa 2008 -Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona
Centre for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Spain,
14-22 November 2008

CINANIMA – 32nd International Animated Film Festival
Espinho, Portugal, 10-16 November 2008

53rd Corona Cork Film Festival
Cork, Ireland, 12-19 October 2008


A co-production between Les Fleurs Sauvages (France)
and Barley Films (Ireland)

All artwork copyright Barley Films 2004-2010