“The Present,” based on a comic strip by Brazilian artist Fabio Coala, is a 2014 graduation short from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. After a very successful festival circuit, running in over 180 film festivals and winning more than 50 awards, the creators of the film have decided to share “The Present” with the rest of the world. Take a look to see why the film has won so many accolades.


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  • patti

    Things we take for granted, like love & relationships!

  • Kathleen

    When you are the only one with a handicap, sometimes you tend to think only of your issues. But when you realize others have the same handicap, you don't feel all alone or the odd man out.

  • Dawn

    The bigger meaning of this film is of the importance of not making assumptions about others behavior until you have the full story. Before you knew the boys circumstances the viewer may have had quite a few judgements about the boy and his lack of compassion for the dog, but once we see the boys situation, we have empathy and understanding for him. This can be applied to emotional wounds that are less obvious. Hopefully this film inspires one to stop before judging and inquiring and ask why? and whats wrong?

  • Cliffie

    Humans can learn so very much by observing and developing relationships with animals-- such as unconditional love, companionship and loyalty.

  • immanuel

    very relevant for the young pones

  • Bareia jha

    Very inspiring and addressing the teenager addiction problem. Will be showing to the young children in my Sunday class.

  • Asanarose

    My son is a video game junkie, like the boy in the video. Like the boy, he found a bond with other living creatures, allowing him to return to the real "present". Loved the video and the boy/dog bond, despite "handicaps".

  • Laurie

    The boy initially hated the dog because he represented the physical disability that he had. Eventually the dog taught the boy how to find peace with his disability and seek joy in his life. Everyone has things they don't like about themselves. We can find joy when we accept who we are and love ourselves and our "imperfections."

  • elza

    the mother has wisdom beyond words. thank you for sharing this. love to all

  • Dawn

    The persistence of a young pup to have his master play, despite his disability. Very cute video!

  • Karen Mord

    The unfaltering hopeful persistence of the puppy that was determined to make his new boy play ball with him proved the value a faithful pet to lift the spirits of the little boy

  • Brian

    I really liked the way the boy's attitude changed to one of considering involvement when he saw how enthusiastic the puppy was with the red ball and how the dog had invited the boy to play. I think we all have to help others get beyond their preconceptions about disability by inviting them to 'play'.

  • Gigi

    What inspired you about this video? Relationship require Identification with the other. Without Relationships human beings do not grow.

  • Nancy Lemish

    The persistence of the pup. Incredible. The realization of what the boy was dealing with. Cold heart turns to warm love.

  • regiever

    That puppy will forever change the course of that boys life!!! Smart momma!!

  • Suellen

    What an awesome way to lift the boy's spirits. It showed him the puppy didn't give up and neither should he. Very inspiring and heartwarming!

  • Lori Krauss

    That puppy will forever change the course of that boys life!!! Smart momma!!

  • Margaret

    Great visual example of the human spirit.

  • Jonathan

    That maybe "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." (Leonard Cohen)... and that it's okay.

  • Raymond Shindell

    Great sense of unconditional love

  • Michael

    Love and compassion is what connects us... Beautiful to watch compassion in action!!

  • Jo

    How precious... taking us beyond expectation!

  • Urja

    How beautiful it is that animals can take us beyond!

  • jan hurwitch

    How compassion is evolved and one simple way we can make this happen!



  • Nancy

    Everyone has pain and we can all bring happiness to each other.

  • Brian

    Thanks Team...here's to light that lifts the world up...may we have compassion, respect, and understanding...good work...peace

  • sus

    It's so amazing to see the relationship forming from the moment the puppy arrived and to see his enthusiasm and get go not get in the way of his disability. He's alive and he brought joy and love and that takes a lot of courage. A reminder to those who still have all their limbs and to take it for granted. Life is too short

  • Margaret Haerter

    Everything! So inspiring for us all. As a parent of a Special Needs child and a huge lover of dogs it warmed all of our hearts.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    Beautifully done. May we all remember hearts feel and need, desire and deserve <3.

  • Patty

    Great video, quite inspiring for the handicapped. Just touches your heart!!!

  • Anant

    positivity is contagious, and if you are ready, anything or act can inspire. Nice video.

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