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Butterflies, a new stop motion animation by Melbourne based director Isabel Peppard, has just won the Jury Prize for Best Short Animated Film at Cinequest International Film Festival in San Jose. Cinequest is an A list Academy Accredited US festival. Winning the award for best short animation means that Butterflies is now eligible for Oscar nomination in the category of Best Animated Short!

Isabel Peppard, the Director/Animator/Production Designer of Butterflies says

“We are so honored to accept this accolade from Cinequest which is not only a prestigious A list festival but also fiercely independent and committed to supporting Maverick film makers and nurturing new talent”
Butterflies had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 11th 2012 before being invited to Sitges International Film Festival in Spain, one of the worlds top horror and fantasy film festivals. Sitges programmers described the film as “A short destined to become an instant stop motion classic.”

Butterflies tells the tale of a young artist (Claire, voiced by Rachel Griffiths) who struggles to make a living by selling drawings to passersby. A businessman (Dalton Hearst, voiced by Nicholas Hope) recognises her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination. prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination. Butterflies is a gothic fairytale presented in Peppard’s predominantly bleak but beautifully ornate handcrafted world. Stay tuned as we can look forward to some more exciting news for Butterflies in the future !


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