A talented Middlesex student is set to see his animated film about a nine-year-old girl and her imaginary friend shown at the London International Film Festival.
Antonio J Busto Algarin, better known as simply Busto, has created an animated story which tells of a young girl's first experience of her menstrual cycle. The film has been selected to appear at the London festival which will start at the Barbican on October 26. His work has also been selected to appear at other international animation festivals including in Canada and Bosnia.
Originally from the southern Spanish city of Seville, Busto (21) is on an exchange programme from Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain.
He said: "Using this girl I found a perfect space to create an interesting world of experimentation between animation and storytelling. The girl, called Regla, hates bath time – one day Regla and her indulgent imaginary friend are forced to confront the sudden arrival of her first menstruation and the problems that come with it.
"It is a real privilege to have been selected for these international film festivals. I enjoyed working on and experimenting with this assignment."
Busto also runs a project called RABANO where he works with other young creatives collaborating to make animations, sharing skills and experience.
Next up for Busto is Tokyo, where he is heading in order to get more experience of what it takes to set up as an independent animator, before finishing his university course in Vancouver.
The London International Film Festival will take place from Oct 26 – Nov 4 at the Barbican on its two new screens.
View a trailer of Busto's video 'The Day I Killed My Imaginary Friend'.