Grieving parents struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting. An elegy on grief.

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU punches you directly in the stomach. With a 2D hand-drawn animation, the animated short film brings up a tragic story, a little too relatable for some: the problem of guns and school shootings, but in fact it expresses even more, going deeper and further inside our feelings. What we see in this film is the grief of two parents stripped of their daughter, a tragedy, an endless pain. It is a short film about loosing a child, trying to cope with the loss, to keep on living with this grief that oppresses the chest. The storytelling is very effective, involving, moving, impressing. The use of colors, shadows, the contrast between the greyness of the parents and the colors of the daughter’s belongings, the American flag, is devastating for what it rappresents. Even if a bit predictable, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU still hits you. And hits you hard especially when you see the screen with the girl’s message, you hear the screams and then the police sirens. A small flaw of this film is the only song that we can hear: some may find it out of context and mood-breaking.

IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU won plenty of awards and was in selection all around the world. It won the Academy Award as Best Animated Short, the Special Jury Award at Arizona International Film Festival, the EBS Prize at Bucheon International Animation Film Festival, it also won in Florida, Phoenix, Sidewalk Film Festival, SoHo and many more.

Director: Will McCormack, Michael Govier
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Running time: 12