Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions




Genre: Drama
Running Time: 14:59 mins
Year of production: 2016


Sparrow is the story of a small boy who is teased because he believes he can fly. When a family myth about his war veteran grandfather is exploded, he discovers the strength to stand up to the bullies in an unusual way.


Production Company: Robin Murphy Productions
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Jim: Merrick Rillstone
Gordon: Matthew Arbuckle
Stan: Paul Glover
Hemi: Tama Jarman
Commanding Officer: Geoff Houtman


Director: Welby Ings
Screenwriter: Welby Ings
Producer: Robin Murphy
Director of Photography: Grant McKinnon
Sound: Kaveh Sharifan
Editing: Kerri Roggio
Sound Editing: Ben Sinclair
Music Composer: Paul McLaney


Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: LGBTQI+
Language: English
Country of origin: New Zealand
Year of production: 2016
Total running time: 14:59
Shooting format: Digital
Color type: Colour
Aspect ratio: 1:185
Sound format: 5.1 Theatrical


Outshine: Best Short Film
Diversity in Cannes: Director’s Choice/ Best Cinematography/ Best actor – Merrick Rillstone
7th Kolkata Shorts International: Best Film - Jury
7th Delhi Shorts International: Best film
11th Amacourt Film Festival: Special Mention
Beyond Earth Film Festival: Best Cinematography

Open Window International Film Challenge: Best Director
Love Story Film Festival: Best Young Talent actor/Best LGBT shirt film
3rd Indian World Film festival: Best Film
Maracay International Film Festival: Best LGBT short film
51st Fotogramma d’ORO Film Festival: Best Direction
The Quarantine: Best Film
Winchester Film festival: Special Mention
2nd Film Frames International Film festival: Best Cinematography
21 Islands International Short Film Fest: Special Jury Prize

Vision Feast: Best Queer Film

Poppy Jasper: Best of Fest/Jury’s Choice


Cheries Cheris
Image+Nation LGBTQUEER Festival
Interfilm 33rd Short Film Festival
Out on Film – Atlanta LGBT Film Festival
Reeling Chicago LGBTQ+ International FilmFestival

DC Shorts Film Festival
Diversity in Cannes
7th Kolkata Shorts International
Durham Region International Film Festival
Kerry Film Festival
Cucif Film Festival
LGBT Coming Of Age Short Film Festival
Image Out – The Rochester LGBT Film Festival
6th Tofifest Film Festival
Great Message International Film Festival
Zebra Poetry Film Festival
Collateral 102
7th Delhi Shorts International
7th Sanita Patil International Festival
8th Festival Internacional De Cine Fine Arts
Face a Face International Film Festival
11th Amacourt Film Festival
Bahia Independent International Film Festival
Pride Chicago Film Festival
5th Tampa Bay Underground International Film Festival
Kaaryat International Film Festival
Beyond Earth Film Festival
Superfine Film Festival – Washington DC and Miami Beach
International Film Festival of Riganganagar
Mind the Indie Film Festival

New Renaissance Film Festival
5th International Motion Festival
RapidLion Film Festival
Tel Quels Film Festival
Open Window International Film Challenge
Moscow Shorts International Short Film Festival
Love Story Film Festival
3rd Indian World Film Festival
Roze Filmdagen Film Festival
Beeston Film Festival
Global India International Film Festival
Jaipur Film World
Indianapolis Indy Film Festival
Maracay International Film Festival
Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival
Unknown Film Festival
Shanghai Pride Film Festival
Mumbai International Queer Film Festival
51st Fotogramma d’ORO Film Festival
Cardiff Film Festival
The Quarantine
Mexico City Independent Film Fest
Hong Kong Film Art International Festival
Durham Region International Film Festivals
Wairoa Maori Film Festival
Stamped Film Festival
Twin Tiers International Film Festival
Funftes Filmfest Bremen
Athens Marathon Film Festival
Crown Heights Film Festival
West Nordic International Film Festival
Winchester Film Festival
Ficaij Audio Visual Film Festival
Hollywood Short Film Festival
2nd Film Frames International Film Festival
Borrego Springs Film festival
Festival De International Gay et Lesbian de Grenoble
21 Islands International Short Film Fest

Vision Feast
Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival

Poppy Jasper International Film Festival