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Efehan Elbi is an award-winning animator, writer, and interactive designer in Toronto.

With a constant desire to craft stories in animation, code, poetry and prose, and music, his current project IN COLD DARK aims to bring these together for an interactive tale of life choices, regret, and striking spacey futures.

2019

In Cold Dark

Game | 2017 - Present

as done\undone ~ Creator, Director

Three years scouting the distant reaches of the galaxy. You’ve been all on your own, but now it's time to head back, to SAGI 499: a divided colonial society on the edge of the Sagittarius spiral, and your home. Old friends calling, new faces to meet, political turmoil … and hints of something far stranger. What will you choose?

Team Efehan Elbi ~ Game Director, Story, Writer, and Illustrator
Miguel Garcia ~ Environment Design, Pixel Artist and Writer
Adam Capoferri ~ Programmer, Interaction Designer, and Gravity Engineer
Sebastian Szczachor ~ Audio and Ambiance

Mirror Mountain Film Festival, 2019 -- Ottawa, Ontario

Bloodsuckers: Mosquito Meal Quest

Game | 2019

with the Royal Ontario Museum ~ Designer, Coder

An interactive experience featured in the Bloodsuckers: From Legends To Leeches exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum, a 3D education interactive where the player looks for their next bloodmeal as a mosquito in the woods.

Exhibition launch at the Royal Ontario Museum, 2019

Shipper

Zine | 2019

published by done\undone

A visceral short story. Two girls take an unsanctioned journey out into the wilds beyond their vella, unbeknownst to their elders.

These Castles

Music | 4 singles, 2019

Composer & Synth

These Castles is an electronic sound, inspired and powered by the gorgeous video game soundtracks, both old and new, thoughtful pauses and the adventures you haven't found yet. Written and played entirely on Korg DS-10 or Korg DSN-12.

~ Dawn
~ Glass Hearts
~ At Grace Point
~ Eternity

Odd Squad Mobile Unit

Television | 2019 - Present

with Sinking Ship Ent ~ Compositor, Animator

Animation and compositing work on Sinking Ship Entertainment's follow up to their hit series, Odd Squad.

Endlings

Television | 2019 - Present

with Sinking Ship Ent ~ Compositor, Animator

Animation and compositing work on Sinking Ship Entertainment's follow up to their hit series, Odd Squad.

2018

In The Reaches

Book | 2018

published by done\undone ~ Author, Illustrator

“In The Reaches” is a collaboration between Efehan Elbi and Melinda Kamath, a sprawling journey through striking landscapes, a colourful cosmos, and beautiful scriptwork, art and the prose itself written by Efehan and the beautiful calligraphy by Melinda.

Canzine & Word On The Street, 2019
Launch event at Glad Day Bookshop, 2018

Zuul: Fossil Viewers

Interactive | 2018

with the Royal Ontario Museum ~ Designer, Coder

An interactive experience to view 3d scanned fossils of Zuul, a new species of dinosaur discovered by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Exhibition launch at the Royal Ontario Museum, 2018

These Castles

Music | 4 singles, 2018

Composer & Synth

These Castles is an electronic sound, inspired and powered by the gorgeous video game soundtracks, both old and new, thoughtful pauses and the adventures you haven't found yet. Written and played entirely on Korg DS-10 or Korg DSN-12.

~ City Life
~ Fountains
~ The Campfire Saga
~ Reunion

2017

House of Anansi: Holiday 2017

Ad | 2017

for House of Anansi ~ Animator

A collaboration with Patrick Gray to bring to life beautiful illustrations, showcasing House of Anansi's holiday packages and deals.

2016

Rainfall

Short Film | 2016

Writer, Director, Animator

Jessica experiences her first date, her first kiss, and her first heartache after an unforgettable evening in the storm.

Cast and Crew Starring:
Molly C. Quinn

Directed / Animated by:
Efehan Elbi

Produced by:
Aleksey Matviyenko

Original music:
Joel Harvey

Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2016 -- Hollywood, California
Rome International Film Festival. 2016 -- Rome, Georgia
Seattle Shorts Film Festival, 2016 -- Seattle, Washington
Mirror Mountain Film Festival, 2016 -- Ottawa, Ontario
Canadian Film Fest, 2017 -- Toronto, Ontario

Win
Best Animation, Beverly Hills Film Festival, 2016
Audience Award, Seattle Shorts Film Festival, 2016
Best Director, Mirror Mountain Film Festival, 2016
Best Director (shorts), Canadian Film Fest, 2017

Nomination
Best Animation, Seattle Shorts Film Festival, 2016

Space Breakers

Feature Film | 2016

with Family Contact ~ Actor, Camera

"The year is 1991, the universe is not our own, but rather a high-technology utopia wherein humanity stretches across multple star-systems, and manages an addiction to cream-based foodstuffs and perpetual body-modification.

Following an altogether alien holiday celebration, three bros (Zak Tatham, Aaron Mancyzk and Efehan Elbi) witness a commercial for an intergalactic mall known as "the biosphere", and, with the help of Zak’s sister Tima, hijack a spaceship in an effort to fulfill the libidinal desires promised by the advertisement.

Cast, crew, and more info The resulting adventure is an anarchic comedy that pays tribute to JOHN CARPENTER’S DARK STAR and Tarkovsky’s SOLARIS, but with a hyperactive energy akin to the work of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, and a transgressive edge reminiscent of John Waters."

Made by:
Zak Tatham, Aaron Manczyk, Jacob Wiebe, Efehan Elbi, Joe

What The Film Fest, 2016 -- Toronto, Ontario

Odd Squad Season 2.5

Television | 2016 - 2017

with Sinking Ship Ent ~ Digital Graphics, Animation

Digital graphics and interactive apps for the shooting and later post work on Sinking Ship Entertainment's third season of their hit series, Odd Squad.

Bookaboo

Television | 2015 - 2016

with Sinking Ship Ent ~ Lead Animator

Compositing and re-illustration work, followed by animation to bring storybooks to life as read by a celebrity each episode.

Lain & Jess

Zine | 2019

published by done\undone

Short stories centered around Lain and Jessica, best friends from Moonlines and other connected works.

2015

Moonlines

Novel | 2015

Author

Recently-dumped and searching for distraction, Lain comes across an ad seeking an investigative partner (objective to be made clear upon acceptance). She can't resist responding. Later, as the shadows gather around her, ashes in her hands, Lain wonders how far into the darkness she is willing to go.

Team by Efehan Elbi
Cover art by Jennie Ziemianin
Edited by Amanda Lucier

Word On The Street, 2019
Canzine, 2016-2019
Released as eBook on all major platforms

The Adventures of Napkin Man

Television | 2015

with Little Tugboat ~ Compositor

Compositing animated elements, including Napkin Man himself, into the real world backgrounds and moving camera shots.

Earlier

Genevieve: Chapter

Graphic Novel | 2013

Author, Artist

Word On The Street, 2019
Canzine, Many Years
TCAF, Many Years

Living With Friends

Web series | 2010 - 2013

with Family Contact ~ Actor, Director, VFX

Surreal webseries starring Aaron, Zak, and the soon lost Efehan, where friends try to live and thrive together in a world of romance, goths, and sci-fi diversions.

Multiple theatrical screenings, 2010 - 2013 -- Toronto, Ontario

Cold East (Written By A Kid, ep 5)

Web series | 2012

for Geek & Sundry ~ Director, Animator

"No imagination is greater than that of a kid! Today’s hottest online directors bring these videos to life, inspired by the inventive and fantastical tales told by real children."

Directed and animated a fun and dark tale of life in a surveilled refrigerator community, as told by Ryan.

Crew Episode directed & animated by Efehan Elbi
Music by Aaron Manczyk
Special features by Zak Tatham
Project Management by Katlyn Olo

150k+ views, YouTube

So Then Don't Wait

Short film | 2012

Director, Animator

Vimeo Staff Pick, 2008

San Francisco Indie Fest, 2009 -- San Francisco, California

Felicia Day's The Flog

Web series | 2012 - 2014

for Geek & Sundry ~ Animator

Join Felicia each week as she explores new experiences, curates the best links from around the web, and connects with her fans, friends, and family.

Design and animation for a fully animated intro sequence.

250-500k+ views, YouTube

Genevieve: Past

Graphic Novel | 2012

Author, Artist

Word On The Street, 2019
Canzine, Many Years
TCAF, Many Years

Ancestors

Music video | 2011

with Jed Whedon & The Willing ~ Director, Animator

Ancestors is a view of a broken and worn out Earth as a ship takes off.

Fantastic Planet Film Festival, 2016 -- Sydney, Australia

Best Music Video, Fantastic Planet Film Festival, 2016
Vimeo Staff Pick, 2011

The Gunslingers II

Short Animation | 2009

Family Contact ~ Director, Animator

The Gunslingers

Short Animation | 2008

Family Contact ~ Director, Animator

Beverly Hills Shorts Festival, 2009 -- Beverly Hills, California

Genevieve: Volume One

Graphic Novel | 2009

Author, Artist

Word On The Street, 2019
Canzine, Many Years
TCAF, Many Years

That Autumn Feeling

Short Animation | 2008

Director, Animator

Vimeo Staff Pick, 2008

Calamitous Orphan for the E.L.E.

Short film | 2008

Director, Animator

"My shining super-parents think I'm worth nothing. Consequently, I want to get into the League, but it might be hard because I burn down a lot of the bridges I walk over literally, on accident, and I'm sorry for those dizzy travellers, but I'll create dizzier."

Selected for extra featres on Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog DVD, 2008

Attackulus

Student Film | 2004

Director, Animator

A student wrestles with a calculus equation, literally.
Live action + animation hybrid.

Toronto Student Film Fest, 2004 -- Toronto, Ontario

3rd place in Overall Film Production, TSFF, 2004