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Fifty-nine-year-old factory worker Beryl is totally obsessed with drawing, and her fixation dominates the entire household. Apart from her husband, Ivor, Beryl’s model and muse, the whole family is addicted to something: her son, Colin, is a technical geek and her sister, Beverly, is a fanatically narcissistic taxidermist. Obsession is in the family’s DNA…
Full film available to watch here :
UK – BBCiPlayer
USA & Canada – The New Yorker Screening Room
Canada (French version) – NFB

MAIN CREDITS

Director: Joanna Quinn
Writer/Producer: Les Mills
Producer NFB: Michael Fukushima
Animation: Joanna Quinn & James Nutting
Additional Animation: Marcia Rojas, Mia Rose Goddard, Eliot Czeh & Gemma Roberts
Clean up & Assisting: Marcia Rojas, Eliot Czeh, Hannah Jones, Mia Rose Goddard & Bryony Evans
Colour Design:
Les Mills
TVP colour & compositing: Mia Rose Goddard
AfterEffects Compositing: Francine Breslin & Mia Rose Goddard
Editor: Mia Rose Goddard
Voices: Menna Trussler, Brendan Charleson, Joanna Quinn & Mali Ann Rees
Music: Benjamin Talbott of John Hardy Music
Sound Design: Olivier Calvert
Date: 2021
Length: 16’23”

A Co-Production between Beryl Productions International Ltd and The National Film Board of Canada

Link to NFB PRESS KIT


FESTIVAL AWARDS

Award for Best Animation – International Competition Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France (2021)

Award for Best Short Film – Kaboom Animation Festival, Netherlands (2021)

Award for Best Comedy – Aspen Shortsfest, USA (2021)

Special Distinction for Direction – Annecy Animation Festival, France (2021)

The Profnastil Prize Best International Short Animation – Insomnia Animation Festival, Russia (2021)

International Audience Prize – Fantoche Animaton Festival, Switzerland (2021)

Honorary Mention – Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (2021)

The Grand Prize – Animasyros, Greece (2021)

Audience Prize – Animest International Animation Festival, Romania (2021)

Award for Best Sound Mix – Animage International Animation Festival, Brazil (2021)

Audience Prize – New York City Short Film Festival, USA (2021)

Gold Hugo Award – Chicago International Film Festival, USA (2021)

Award for Best Animation – Sante Fe Independent Film Festival, USA (2021)

Award for Best 2D Narrative – Spark Animation Festival, Canada (2021)

Best Film VedoAnimato 2021 Award – Linea d’Ombra Festival, Italy (2021)

Golden Spike for Best Short film – Semana Internacional de Cine de Vallodolid, Spain (2021)

Best European Short Film – Semana Internacional de Cine de Vallodolid, Spain (2021)

Special Jury Mention – Big Cartoon Festival, Russia (2021)

Audience Prize – Big Cartoon Festival, Russia (2021)

Audience Prize – This is England Festival Rouen, France (2021)

Best Animation Award – This is England Festival Rouen, France (2021)

Special Jury Mention – Manchester Animation Festival, UK (2021)

Anima Grand Prix – International Film Festival Etuida & Anima , Poland ( 2021)

Public Choice Award – International Film Festival Etuida & Anima, Poland ( 2021)

Award for Best British Film – London International Animation Festival (2021)

Award for Best Director Award – Los Angeles Animation Festival, USA (2021)

Award for Best Character Based Film – Los Angeles Animation Festival, USA (2021)

The International Grand Prix – Tindirindis Animation Festival, Lithuania (2021)

Best International Professional Short – Dingle Animation festival, Ireland (2022)

Best Film at the British Animation Awards – UK (2022)

Best Voice Performance to Menna Trussler at the British Animation Awards – UK (2022)

Writers Award to Les Mills  at the British Animation Awards – UK (2022)

BAFTA Nomination – British Academy of Film and Television Arts, UK (2022)

Academy Award Nomination – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, USA (2022)

Audience Prize – Cardiff Animation Festival (2022)

 


FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France (Jan 29 – 6 Feb 2021)

Kaboom Animation Festival, Netherlands (March 31 – 5 April 2021)

Aspen ShortFest, USA (6-11 April 2021)

Stuttgart Animation Festival, Germany (May 4 – 9 2021)

Krakow Film Festival, Poland (May 30 – 6 June 2021)

Animafest Zageb, Croatia (7 – 12 June 2021)

REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival, Canada (9 – 13 June 2021)

Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France (15 – 18 June 2021)

Palm Springs International Shortfest, USA (22 – 28 June 2021)

Anifilm Int Festival of Animated Films, Czech Republic (June 22-27 2021)

Fest Anča, Slovakia (1 – 4 July 2021)

LA Shorts International Film Festival USA (1 – 31 July)

Animator 14th International Animation Festival, Poznan, Poland (9 – 15 July)

Insomnia Animation Festival, Russia (14 – 20 July)

Anibar Animation Festival, Kosovo (23 – 30 July)

Animafest, Cyprus (11 – 14 August)

Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland, UK (18 – 25 August)

São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil (19 – 29 August)

Concorto, Italy (21 – 28 August)

IndieLisboa, Portugal (21 August – 6 September)

Linolium Contemporary Animation & Media Art Festival, Ukraine (1- 6 September)

Encounters, UK (1 – 30 September)

Fantoche, Switzerland (7 – 12 September)

Guanajuato, Mexico (17 – 26 September)

Animasyros, Greece (22 – 26 September)

Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canada (22 – 26 September)

Rennes Court Mentrange, France (28 September – 3 October )

Animatou, Switzerland (30 September – 09 October 2021)

Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada (1 – 10 October)

New York Shorts International Film Festival, USA, (1 October – 4 November 2021)

Animage Animation Festival, Brazil (8 – 17 October 2021)

Animest, Romania (8 – 17 October)

Kerry International Film Festival. Ireland (14-17 October )

New York City Short Film Festival, USA ( 15 – 17 October 2021)

Chicago International Film Festival, USA ( 13 – 24 October)

Sante Fe Independent Film Festival, USA (19 – 23 October 2021)

Shnit Worldwide Short film festival, Switzerland (21 – 31 October)

Bucheon International Animation Festival. China (22 – 26 October)

Linea D’Ombra Festival, Italy (23 – 30 October)

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid, Spain (23 – 30 October)

Uppsala International Film Festival, Sweden (25 -31 October)

Bit Bang Festival, Argentina (27 -31 October 2021)

Spark Animation Festival, Canada (28 Oct – 7 November 2021)

Big Cartoon Festival, Russia (28 Oct – 8 November 2021)

Aesthetica, UK (2 – 7 November 2021)

Leeds International Film Festival, UK (4 – 18 November 2021)

International Weekend of Animation, Wiesbaden, Germany (4 – 7 November 2021)

Cinanima Int Animation Festival, Portugal (8 -14 November 2021)

Norwich Film Festival, UK (12 – 21 November 2021)

PÖFF – Estonian black nights, Estonia (12 – 28 November 2021)

This is England Festival Rouen, France (12 – 21 November 2021)

Manchester Animation Festival, UK (14 – 19 November 2021)

Etuida & Anima Animation Festival, Poland ( 16 – 21 November 2021)

Interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin, Germany ( 16 – 21 November 2021)

Foyle Film Festival, Ireland (19-28 November)

Tindirindis Animation Festival, Lithuania (25-30 November 2021)

London International Film Festival, UK (27 November – 6 December 2021)

Animateka, Slovenia (29 November – 2 December 2021)

Feinaki-Beijing Animation Week, China (30 November – 5 December 2021)

Bogotá Short Film Festival, Columbia ( 7 – 14 December 2021 )

Los Angeles Animation Festival, USA ( 4 December 2021)

London Short Film Festival, UK (14 – 23 January 2022)

Flickerfest Int Short Film Festival, Australia (21 – 30 January 2022)

Spokkane Int Film Fest, Washington, USA (5 – 18 February 2022)

Animation First Festival – New York, USA ( 11 -21 February 2022)

AnimaBrussels, Belgium ( 25 February – 6 March 2021)

Animac, Spain ( 3 – 6 March)

Tampere Film Festival, Finland (9 – 13 March)

Tricky Women, Vienna Austria (9 – 13 March)

Dingle Animation Festival, Ireland (11 – 12 March 2022)

Monstra, Lisbon, Portugal (16 – 27 March 2022)

Mecal Pro, Barcelona Int Short & Animation Film Fest, Spain (24 March – 10 April 2022)

Cardiff Animation Festival, Wales ( 7- 10 April 2022)

Glas Animation Festival, LA, USA ( 7- 10 April 2022)

Dresden Film Festival, Germany ( 5 – 10 April) 

Dresden, Germany ( 5 May 2022)

FlatPack Festival, UK (17 – 22 May)

Celtic Media Festival, France (7 – 9 June 2022)