The Windshield Wiper

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The Windshield Wiper
Directed byAlberto Mielgo
Written byAlberto Mielgo
Produced byAlberto Mielgo
Leo Sánchez
CinematographyJonathan Catalán
Edited byAlberto Mielgo
Music byAlberto Mielgo
Pastel Productions
Leo Sanchez Studio
Pinkman TV
Many Enterprises
Distributed byThe Animation Showcase
Release date
  • July 13, 2021 (2021-07-13) (Cannes)
Running time
14 minutes
CountriesUnited States

The Windshield Wiper is a 2021 Spanish-American computer-cel adult animated short film directed and co-produced by Alberto Mielgo alongside [1] Leo Sánchez. The film won the award for Best Animated Short Film at the 94th Academy Awards.[2][3]


The film had its premiere during the Cannes Film Festival[4] 2021 at the Directors' Fortnight and release on The Animation Showcase a private industry streaming platform.


Inside a cafe while smoking a whole pack of cigarettes, a man poses an ambitious question: "What is Love?". A collection of vignettes and situations will lead the man to the desired conclusion.[5][6]


Since its launch, the film has been selected in various festivals around the world:

Year Ceremony Award/Category Status
2021 Cannes Film Festival Directors' Fortnight[7][8] Nominated
2021 Valladolid International Film Festival Best Short Film[9] Nominated
2022 Academy Awards Best Animated Short Film[10][11][12] Won


  1. ^ "Interview: The Team Behind Short Film 'The Windshield Wiper' Discuss The Many Meanings Of Love". Cartoon Brew. 2021-10-13. Retrieved 2021-11-18.
  2. ^ "The Windshield Wiper". Directors' Fortnight. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  3. ^ 'The Windshield Wiper' Wins Best Animated Short Film | 94th Oscars
  4. ^ Tangcay, Jazz (2021-07-12). "'The Windshield Wiper': Filmmaker Alberto Mielgo on Wanting to Challenge Traditional Animation". Variety. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  5. ^ MUBI
  6. ^ Arthouse Advisory: This year’s Oscar-nominated animated films are creative and compelling, but also are for adult eyes - TheBurg
  7. ^ The Windshield Wiper (in French), retrieved 2021-11-15
  8. ^ Cannes: Directors' Fortnight 2021 Lineup – Full List – Deadline
  9. ^ Valladolid International Film Festival (2021) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-01-08
  10. ^ Oscars Nominations 2022 —— Full List of Nominees - Deadline
  11. ^ 2022|
  12. ^ Who Could Win, Who Was Snubbed: Looking At The Nominees|Cartoon Brew

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