While visiting a home for children, a little girl meets Joseph, a boy whose only dream is to have a yellow umbrella.

This unexpected encounter awakens his memories of the past.

Inspired by true events, Umbrella is an award-winning animated short film with homage to empathy, hope and kindness. The short film is the directorial debut of duo Helena Hilario and Mario Pece. Umbrella follows the story of Joseph, a boy who lives in an orphanage and dreams of having a yellow Umbrella, until he unexpectedly meets a little girl, who awakens his memories of the past. Umbrella premiered in North America at the prestigious TRIBECA Film Festival, and prior to that, the film screened in Northern Ireland’s Foyle Film Festival. Umbrella is currently in competition at 19 incredible Academy Award® Qualifying Film Festivals around the world.

“The story is inspired by heartbreaking true events,” says Directors Helena Hilario and Mario Pece. “The message of the film is empathy for others,” says Hilario. “That one can make a huge difference in the lives of others by just being kind. We never know what others are going through or what they may be struggling with. Every shot in UMBRELLA is very emotional for us; every color and texture and every character is inspired by someone or something in our lives. The Stratostorm team worked tirelessly and passionate to bring this project to life and they all loved the story, because our main character, a boy named Joseph, never turns negative on the world or his life. Through the story, we find out why a simple yellow umbrella holds a lifelong fascination for him.”



  • VFX RIO (Rio de Janeiro)
  • UNLOCK CCXP (São Paulo)


The Team

Written and Directed by
Helena Hilario and Mario Pece

Produced by
Helena Hilario

Animation Studio

  • Executive Producers: Helena Hilario, Mario Pece
  • 3D Supervisor: Alan Prado
  • Art Director: Dhiego Guimarães
  • Animation Supervisor: Hannry Pschera
  • Lead Character Artists: Victor Hugo, Felipe Pardini
  • Rigging Supervisor: Danilo Pinheiro
  • Technical Director: Mario Pece
  • Concept Artists: Laura Guedes, Giovanni Pedroni
  • Storyboard: Laura Guedes, Giovanni Pedroni
  • Color Script: Murilo Justiniano
  • Graphic Designer: Lucas Araújo
  • End Credits: Cynthia Liz
  • Publicist: Steve Fisher, Alberto Pereira
  • Making of: Igor Dias, Troy Chiu, David T.W. Yu
  • Website Design: Luis Mourão, Lídia Ganhito
  • 3D Artists: Alan Prado, Dhiego Guimarães, Felipe Pardini, Samuel Simões, André Nunes, Joyce Amaral, Gabriel Escame, Douglas Giarletti
  • Camera and Layout: Dhiego Guimarães
  • Pipeline: Alan Prado, Mario Pece
  • Character Artists: Alan Prado, Samuel Simões, Douglas Giarletti
  • Lighting: Alan Prado, Dhiego Guimarães, Felipe Pardini
  • Dynamics: Alan Prado, Mario Pece, Felipe Pardini, Samuel Simões, André Nunes, Joyce Amaral, Gabriel Escame
  • Rigging: Danilo Pinheiro, Apolo Osornio, Glauber Belo, Matheus A. Silva
  • Animators: Christian Weckl, Hannry Pschera, Odair Martins, Leonidas Maciel, Daniel Oliveira
  • Additional Animation: Carlos Braz
  • Special Thanks: Elem Mery Lechinoski, José de Augustinho Hilario, Juciely Hilario, José Luiz Hilario Camargo, Marly Hilario, Helena Lechinoski, Hilario Family, Lechinoski Family, Elvira & Vincenzo Pece, Alessio & Simone Pece, Carla & Daniela Pece, Maria & Douglas Hilario, Marily Raphul, Grant Miller, Pece Family, Izzo Family, Meola Family, Liz Moschen, Bruno D'Oro, João Kowalski, Leticia Gurjão, Matteo Moriconi, Jazmin Kuan, Shad & Paula Azimi
  • Color and Finish by: Company 3
  • Senior Finishing Artist: Charles Bunnag
  • Finishing Producer: Jessica Stone
  • Post Production Executive: Kingsley Fialho
  • Account Executive: Jackie Lee
  • Music Executive Producer: Louis Lee
  • Original Music by : Gabriel Dib
  • Score Produced by: Luiz Augusto Buff, Vivian Aguiar Buff
  • Orchestrator: Benjamin Shirley
  • Contractor and Conductor: Peter Rotter
  • Sound Designer: James Tose
  • Re-recording Mixer: Blue Infinity Media
  • Capitol Studios:
  • Recording Engineer: Steve Genewick
  • Contrabass: Thomas Harte, Geoffrey Osika, Stephen Dress
  • Oboe: Claire Brazeau
  • Viola: Andrew Duckes, Victor de Almeida, Aaron Oltman, Carolyn Riley, Nikki Shorts
  • Cello: Jacob Braun, Paula Hockhalter, Dennis Karmazyn, Michael Kaufman
  • Clarinet: Stuart Clark
  • Violin: Serena Mc Kinney, Eun-Mee Ahn, Marisa Kuney, Kevin Connoly, Ana Landauer, Wynton Grant, Natalie Leggett, Benjamin Jacobson, Rafael Rishik, Dennis Kim, Ashoka Thiagarajan, Irina Voloshina, Josefina Vergara

In loving memory

Alberto Lechinoski, Altamiro Miguel Lechinoski, Adelino Hilario, Pedro Hilario, Vivaldina Hilario, Nicacio Bueno, Vincenzo Pece, Anna Santangelo