8 year old Lila takes on the daunting task of learning how to cycle,
as she faces an unfamiliar parental role-reversal at home.
'If You Fall' is based on Tisha's childhood experience of growing up in a home where her father was the primary caregiver and her mother was the primary breadwinner.
This arrangement was different from what she saw around her as a child back then, but she was always proud to belong to an unusually unorthodox home. Through the eyes of an innocent child, Tisha shows the challenges and advantages of such a role-reversal, and how the child gradually becomes aware of her family dynamics and complexities.
Just like the parents in their unconventional roles, the child has to overcome the unfamiliar. She keeps trying even when she falls, knowing that her family will always be there to pick her up.
Written, Produced and Directed by: Tisha Deb Pillai
Lila: Mandovi Ray Chaudhry
Baba: Sudhir Pillai
Mamma: Sutapa Deb
Miro: Neel Gupta Bhattacharya
Music Composition: Kunal Sen
Music Performance: Vinay Lobo
Anima Mundi, Brazil
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada
Asifa East, USA
TIFF Canada’s Top Ten, Canada
New York International Children's Film Festival, USA
Vancouver Int'l Women in Film Festival, Canada
Short Film Corner, Festival De Cannes, France
Spark Animation, Canada
R2r International Film Festival for Youth, Canada
Northwest Animation Festival, USA
Prime the Animation, Spain
Nantucket Film Festival, USA
Shorts That Are Not Pants, Canada
Animation Nights New York, USA
Animae Caribe, Trinidad and Tobago
Zero Plus International Film festival, Russia
Sharjah International Children's Film Festival, UAE
Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, India
Regent Park Film Festival, Canada