Pedro Cabrera


Master thesis project in Film-Animation at Hochschule Luzern, Switzerland. 2023

Project overview

Tapir Memories is a fictional story based on real events about the impact of the armed conflict in Colombia in the early 2000s, which has been one of the most violent events in the last decade. Most of the victims have been farmer families who ended up in the city with their mothers as survivors. A short film that portrays a heartbreaking conflict that still has deep wounds in the minds and hearts of the people.


A tapir mother reveals her tragic story in an embroidery. She suffers a violent attack, the loss of her home, and the disappearance of her son. Will she find him? 


2D digital Animation HD,16:9, 24fps

9 Min. 20 Sec. 

+12 years old




 The animated short won the Förderpreis der zeugindesign-Stiftung for best student film at Hochschule Luzern (HSLU) 2023.


FLICKERFEST (Yoram Gross Award Best International Animated Short FilmOscar® qualifying Australia, Jan 2024

SPARK ANIMATION (Best Student Film) Canada, Nov 2023



Palm Springs Animation Festival (PSIAF), USA, Jun 2024 

 Festival International Animation Festival CHILEMONOS, Chile, May 2024

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Australia, Jan 2024

Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland, Jan 2024 

Bogotá Short Film Festival, Colombia, Dec 2023 

Festival Internacional del Cine Colombiano en Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov 2023

SPARK ANIMATION, Canada, Nov 2023

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, Sep 2023

Talking to SPARK ANIMATION, Canada (April, 2024)

 I am delighted and very grateful to the Spark CG Society of Vancouver for this incredible privilege of sharing this pleasant conversation with Marina Atunes about particular aspects of the making of Tapir Memories. 

Impressions from BOGOSHORTS (dec, 2023)

In addition to the official selection of Tapir Memories, I was invited to the conversation (No olvidar la representación, la desaparición en el cine colombiano), where I had the opportunity to listen to the opinions of other Colombian filmmakers and to reflect on the topic that is dealt with in Tapir Memories.

Interview at FANTOCHE, Baden: Min. 25-35