Unexpected Discoveries

A young fellow finds himself stumbling upon an ordinary flashlight that allows

him to explore other places. Unexpected Discoveries reminds us to be present.

You never know what is around the

corner or what is directly in front of you.


Produced by: Fern
Illustration and Concept: Mark Conlan 
Animation and Story: James Mabery
Music & Sound: La Cigale, Casey Giessen ​     

Unexpected Discoveries has won 4 animation awards and screened in more than 40 film festivals in 16 different countries. The short story has unimaginably resonated with people in ways we never expected. It's humbling and eye-opening to the tremendous power of a simple story.  

Film Festival Official Selections

DC Independent Film Festival
Brussels Independent Film Festival
RiverRun International Film Festival
Paris Short Film Festival
Brooklyn Film Festival
Très Court International Film Festival
Amsterdam International Film Festival​
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival 
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival 
LA Shorts International Film Festival
HollyShorts Film Festival
Beverly Hills Film Festival
Edmonton International Film Festival
Anim!Arte International Animation Festival
Miami Short Film Festival
Sidewalk Film Festival
SCAD Film Festival
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Taichung International Animation Festival
ASIFA-SOUTH Animation Festival
SPARK Animation
TAF Thessaloniki Animation Festival
Clones Film Festival
Animation Marathon
Los Angeles Animation Festival
ANILOGUE International Animation Festival
Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Providence Children's Film Festival
Rochester International Film Festival
Play Lisbon's International Kids Film Festival
Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
Little Big Shots
Athens International Film and Video Festival
London Film Awards
VOID International Animation Film Festival
Anibar Animation Festival 
Mosaic World Film Festival
International Film Festival of Larissa    


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