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The fairy world of Bayala is a country of magic, where various fairy tribes live in an abundant flora. Huge blossoms and enchanting plants are used for housing and food. The fairies have been living in harmony with nature – until the greedy Shadow Fairy Queen Ophira started pushing for power over all living things…

Inside the Flower Palace there is intense activity in preparation for the coronation of the new queen of the Sun Fairies. The princesses Surah and Sera are delighted to see royals of other fairy tribes arrive, but they all bring bad news: the magical plants are dying. The dark power of the Shadow Fairy Queen Ophira is rising. Bayala is in danger. Fairy princess Surah is worried. She knows Ophira best as she had been forced to live in her dark castle for several years. Only with the help of Ophira’s niece, Nuray, and her best friend Jaro could she escape and return home.

When a dragon egg is found, hope stirs. If the magic dragons return, Bayala can be saved. But for a dragon feast at Solstice Rock, where the bond of fairies and dragons can be renewed, royals of all fairy tribes, including the Shadow Fairies, are needed. Princess Surah and her companions have to go on an adventurous journey, which not only leads them into the distant dragon mountains, but also to the dangerous Shadow Queen Ophira. In the end Surah and her friends save the day and the whole of Bayala!

Aina Järvine is a director of animated films and TV series. She began her career in animation at A Film Estonia in 2001 and directed numerous animated commercials, several animated shorts and the TV-series FROG AND FRIENDS during this time. In 2010, she became a freelance director, scriptwriter and script editor. Her main projects since then have been directing four seasons of the popular German animated TV series BIBI UND TINA and BIBI BLOCKSBERG, as well as being animation supervisor on the feature film HOCUS POCUS ALI E ATKINS. She has continued the collaboration with A Film by co-directing the short film THE GREAT PAINTER and co-writing the feature RUBY AND RAGGIE.

Federico Milella is an Italian/Luxembourgish film director. In the late 90s he attended art schools in Belgium, England and Spain, followed by work as an art teacher, camera operator, comic book artist, storyboarder and animator, collaborating with advertising agencies and animation studios from all over Europe. In 2009, after work as a freelance illustrator and independent filmmaker, he joined the team of Fabrique d’images where he directed PERCY’S TIGER TALES, ZIGGY AND THE ZOO TRAM and took part in more than a dozen other 2D and 3D TV series. BAYALA is his first film as a co-director while he develops and writes new exciting projects.
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family Entertainment
Category Feature
Year of Production 2019
Directors Aina Järvine, Federico Milella
Screenplay Vanessa Walder
Cinematography Aina Järvine
Producer Emely Christians
Co-Producers Christine Parisse, Jean-Marie Musique
Production Company Ulysses Films, in co-production with Studio Rakete, Fabrique d'Images
Length 85 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
With backing from Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Film Fund Luxembourg
German Distributor Universum Film

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