I am Akiko

Project by Damir Romanov

Discover the magic of school rebellion through the eyes of an unusual girl!

This project is non-commercial, which means that financial rewards are not guaranteed.
funded of €72,500.00
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Family, comedy


Family, children 6-11 years , 3D animation


6 Min, 5.1, Serbian


Winter 2024




In post-production


To Blink Animation (Serbia), Vojin Vasovic, Andrijana Sofranic Sucur


Director/Writer - Damir Romanov, Writer - Stefan Ticmi, Art director - Sonja Varga


Aeon Production, Bosnia & Herzegovina



Akiko is an unusual girl. Her imagination is bigger than this world and her different view on the world often gets her into trouble. The front door of Akiko’s school are a mold – when the kids pass through they lose their rounded shape and become „cubed“. However, when Akiko passes through it she uses a small trick to turn herself back into her original shape and that doesn’t make her her teacher’s favorite student. The conflict between them grows when Akiko responds to the theme of Winter magic in the most unusual way during the art class.

Akiko is an unusual girl who easily wins the hearts of the readers. She doesn’t like limitations and she has a different view on the world – those are her main characteristics that charmed the author of the film. These traits don’t help her adapt easily to the world she lives in and that is the main reason why a lot of people who kept their inner child in tact find the story relatable.

In this story Akiko is faced with something that is at complete odds with her spirit and that is rigid education that doesn’t allow anyone to think by themselves. Adapting to that system is represented by the school entrance – the mold that adjusts to the shape of the child and allows them to maintain their shape, but at the same time sharpen their edges, making them “cubed”.

So we have two different worlds in the film: „cubed“ and „rounded“. Cubed shapes go well together, easily adjust to one another like lego, so they easily adjust to the system. Rounded shapes are elusive and unadaptable, in constant movement. Being of free spirit, children keep their rounded shapes until they get into the school – their first contact and adaptation to a system. The teacher is the main gatekeeper of that imagination limiting system. Akiko needs to win her over.


Damir Romanov is a film director based in Serbia. He finished film and tv directing and then continued his PhD studies at Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. He is one of the founders of the NGO Edukativno-Naucna Filmska Mreza.

Damir directed several short live action films and documentaries. His film “Pulse” was in selection of numerous film festivals in Serbia and abroad and got the award for best story at Festival of Serbian Fantastic Film. He directed “Graveyard Stories” that was a part of omnibus “October”. “Graveyard Stories” was awarded for best film at Festival of Serbian Fantastic Film and for best Serbian film at Hrizantema Horror & Fantasy Film.

Currently, Damir is finishing the production of his first short animated film “I am Akiko”, based on the book of the same name by Stefan Ticmi. The film is produced by To Blink Animation studio and supported by Film Centre of Serbia.


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