Bottle (Short)

Director: Kirsten Lepore
Total Running Time: 5 minutes
Release Date: 2010

Winner of the Vimeo Audience Award for Animation, Kirsten Lepore uses stop motion to create a believably bittersweet fantasy within this story of two unlikely penpals; one a mound of sand, the other a pile of snow. Each are endowed with sentience and mobility and come to know each other by trading details of their lives through a floating bottle. The result is visually inventive, yet also emotionally affecting. Bottle is a film which showcases Lepore’s rapport with current culture, but also her precocious handle on timeless and masterful storytelling.

Select Awards
AFI Film Festival – Official Shorts Two Program Selection
Annie Awards – Student Annie Award
Vimeo Audience Award – Best Animation
Rockport Film Festival – Best Animation & People’s Choice Award
Stop-Motion Film Festival – Best in Academic Category
Animex Film Festival – Best Stop-Motion/Animation
Arizona Film Festival – Best Animation
LES Film Festival – Prix D’Or/Best of Fest
Slamdance Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize for Best Animation
Linoleum Festival – Special Jury Prize
Stuttgart International Animation Festival – Best Student Animation
GIRAF6 Animation Festival – Best of Fest
Florida Film Festival – Best Animation
Vimeo Awards Finalist & Community Choice Award
Anim’est – Best Student Film
BAFTA LA Student Film Awards – 2nd Place

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