Swipe, a Pakistani animated short film, has been selected for the world’s oldest and most prestigious animation festival, the Annecy International Festival. It has also been selected for the AnimaFest Zagreb 2021, the second oldest animation festival in the world. Swipe will be the first Pakistani film to be showcased at both festivals.
The film tells the story of Jugnu, a young boy who is addicted to swiping on iFatwa, an app that crowdsources religious death sentences. Swipe is based on the troubled history of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws.
The film has been made by Puffball, a Lahore-based animation and music studio. The team that worked on Swipe was made up largely of fresh graduates and a handful of university students from Lahore and Rawalpindi.