According to The Nation, Pakistan’s first hand-drawn film, The Glassworker, is one of eight feature films from around the world chosen for the Work In Progress category at France s Annecy International Animation Festival 2022.
The Glassworker, which is made by Usman Riaz’s Mano Animation Studios, is an original story of young Vincent and his father Tomas, who run the country’s best glass workshop and find their lives upended by the impending war.
The Glassworker stands alongside some of the recent top animated movies such as Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, Klaus, and How to Train Your Dragon 2.
It’s been described as a project full of surprises that encourage diversity in animation. Mano Animation has built a collaboration network that extends to Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Peru, Argentina, the USA, and the UK.
The feature film director, Usman Riaz, claimed, “It is an honor to represent Pakistan at Annecy 2022. Only 8 exceptional feature films are selected from all over the world for Annecy’s ‘Work in Progress.”
“To have our first feature film, The Glassworker, on the same stage like so many incredible and inspiring animated films that have come before us is genuinely humbling,” concluded Usman Riaz.