Bear Story

Bear Story is an original Punkrobot short film, directed by Gabriel Osorio. It premiered in Annecy Animation festival, june 2014, and since then it has received over 50 international awards in the festival circuit, including Palm Springs Shortfest, Nashville, Animamundi, and Zagreb.  Here you can take a look at the teaser trailer and a brief making of.

Director’s Statement:

My grandfather, Leopoldo Osorio, was detained on 1973, during Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. He was incarcerated for two years, after which he fled to England, forced to live in exile and be apart from his family.

During my childhood I felt the invisible presence of an absent grandfather, who was not dead, but was not present in my life. My short film Bear Story is not about the life of my grandfather, but it is inspired by his absence and the mark it left on me.

Bear Story leaves some questions unanswered. What happened to the bear’s family? Where are they? These are the same questions that thousands of families ask themselves, who up to this day still don’t know where their loved ones ended up. I hope these questions never need to be asked again.

This short film is the result of over two years of hard work. Some of the best Chilean animators and artists came together to make it happen. I sincerely hope that Bear Story reminds the audience of their loved ones and their significance in their lives.

Gabriel Osorio, Director

Making of


“With poetic atmosphere and sensitive acting, this original story reveals depth in multi-levels of psychological and political themes.”
Kuandu International Animation Festival, Taiwan. 
“Thematically, Osorio has taken a very simple and familiar genre and subverted it to create a film that works as both an emotional tale of a Bear’s journey, as well as a political allegory that reflects upon Chile’s recent political struggles.”
  The Wrap, Film Festival, USA.
“Stunning use of CGI to create a world within a world, Bear Story is gorgeous and compelling and beautifully executed.”
Spark Animation, Canada