This is superb storytelling, with an excellent command of pacing, editing, and cinematography. The story always makes you want to know more about the characters – to better understand “the story behind the story.” But you, if I may say, brilliantly tell the whole thing, without a single word, through understatement. The audience has to fill in the blanks, which makes it even more powerful. You’re often surprised by what the next scene turns out to be, as the total story is systematically constructed over the entire film, never quite being closed until the very last shot. “When it comes to dramatic moviemaking, that’s about as good as it gets.”
There is excellent use of a combination of 2D and 3D animation at the same time, yes, with a definite Yellow Submarine vibe. The way you’ve used the camera feels very professional. Sometimes it’s small touches – like the montage of sunlight or moonlight on a venetian blind, which also conveys the passage of time.
I hope that you will enter this film in more competitions, where I fully expect it to win more awards. It deserves to.
Of course, it should immediately also be placed in The Gallery.