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AVAILABLE TO VIEW NOW….. The Perfect Project, An Animated Short Film About Autism

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Charlie’s project isn’t going perfectly…and that’s okay.In fact, nobody is perfect, and that’s perfectly okay.

To celebrate World Autism Awareness Month please share The Perfect Project and it’s positive message of the acceptance of children with autism.Let’s change perceptions!


The Perfect Project short film (7 minutes) showcases four of the major challenges autistic children face with sensitivity and gentle humour:
  1. Social Interaction – Charlie has difficulty recognizing and responding appropriately to social and emotional cues.
  2. Language – Charlie’s literal understanding of language causes difficulty understanding colloquialisms, word lay and slang
  3. Expressing Emotions – Charlie repeats phrases he’s overheard and projects thoughts or ideas onto inanimate objects to communicate his feelings.
  4. Sensory Overload – Charlie has difficulty concentrating in noisy, crowded spaces.


The Perfect Project Synopsis  Ms. James puts her students in groups for the upcoming science fair. Charlie is too preoccupied playing with a toy train to join. Emma engages him by suggesting they do their project on trains. When Andrew boasts about his remote-controlled toy train Charlie contradicts him, “real trains aren’t remote controlled.” (1) When Emma asks everyone “lend a hand”, Charlie takes it literally and runs away. (2) He projects his feelings onto Terrance the train, a character from his book. (3) Ms. James calms Charlie by suggesting he write down all the facts he knows about trains for his group. The next day at the fair Charlie is overwhelmed by the noisy, crowded gym (4), Andrew gives him earmuffs which calms him enough to recite all of his train facts. The judges are so impressed that they award the group first prize for a PERFECT PROJECT.
Available only until April 30, 2023

For Inquiries contact:Anne Denomme, Marketing & Communication @ Switch VFX & Animation416-578-0017 OR anned@switchent.com

Switch Animation has The Perfect Project

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An Animated Short Film about Autism

Switch Animation's The Perfect Project Short Film

Toronto Ontario, February 7, 2020 – Switch Animation is pleased to announce today completion of The Perfect Project, an animated short film about autism adapted from the book of the same name by author, professor, TEDx speaker and award-winning psychologist Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway, PhD. “This film brings to life my book celebrating the superpowers of children with a learning disability with sensitivity and gentle humor, telling the heartwarming tale of how a young boy with autism and his classmates learn to collaborate on their science fair project.” says Dr. Alloway.


The Perfect Project is a passion production for Switch Animation whose focus is on work that inspires, educates and entertains. “It started in 2019 with the festival short ZOUA, a story of friendship, shared around the world, from the creative minds of a group of brave children fighting cancer” Pete Denomme, CEO/Executive Producer of Switch explains “This year it was important to me to express to children what autism is in a simple, direct and honest way with the critical underlying themes of understanding and acceptance”. The team on the film included voice actors and animators on the autism spectrum as well as a behavior therapist who deals daily with children like lead character Charlie, who face many situations that classmates untouched by autism take for granted”. Within the framework of the story key elements of Charlies autism are proven to be his strengths and superpowers as he is instrumental in helping his team.


Representatives of this inspiring project are meeting with worldwide SVOD and broadcast production leaders at this month’s Kidscreen to grow partnerships that will bring Charlie’s daily adventures to a wider audience and continue his positive influence on the perception and reception of autism.


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