Gambit is my first short animated movie. It illustrates how things go awry in a peaceful village with the sudden death of a pigeon. As the people turn crueler, the pixels grow coarser.


Duration: 00:03:12
Director, writer and animator: Naime Pakniyat
Music: Maryam Chalesh
Sound design and composition: Ramin Abousedgh
Sound editing assistant: Behnia Yousefi

Some parts of the film are also available as NFTs here:

The film presents the peaceful life of people in two villages. The story begins with the flight of a pigeon from one village to another.


The film is visually inspired by Persian miniature.the pixel art technique and Persian miniature have leading roles in the whole story.



"Gambit" is a 3 minute short animation which is all pixelated and animated frame by frame using Adobe Photoshop in 12 fps.


International Awards:
2024 | The Best Experimental Film, HECare Film Festival, Ontario, Canada
2023 | Best student animated movie, MM Fest, Sremski Karlovci, Serbia
2023 | Award Winner, Afragola International Film Festival of Architecture and Design, Afragola, Italy
2023 | Nominated, uandu International Animation Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
2023 | Experimental Spirit Award, Dunhuang Animation Film Festival, Dunhuang, China
2023 | Award Winner, Feminist Border Arts Film Festival, New Mexico, United States
2022 | Honorable Mention, The Fear Faire Film Festival, CA, USA
2022 | Winner of the student section, 19th Sedicicorto Forlì International Film Festival, Italy
2022 | First place, International Animation Festival Chilemonos, Chile, Santiago