"Part exercise of passion, and part love letter, ‘Sisters’ is a fragment of some lost, tragic opera. Trapped in the ruins of their former glory, a pair of performers bound together and abandoned by time rise up to sing once more. Conjured up by the song to which it’s set, the film represents a sincere vision of inspiration derived from the music of Karin Dreijer Andersson (Fever Ray). It is the confluence of a variety of abstract concepts, from the fragility of modern technology, to the cruelty of the passage of time. The movement of the characters references legendary contemporary choreographer, Martha Graham; transposing an exercise in human restraint and lamentation onto mechanical beings.

The film was started out of a need to create something that more accurately described my capabilities than my commercial work did. It became a passionate distraction, not just for myself, but for fellow artists at Psyop in between productions and looking for something different to work on. I created all the design myself and with my background as a CG lead, I created all the look development and then partnered with other Psyop artists to complete the film. The result was a great collaborative and learning experience."

-David Chontos, Director

AWARDS

ADC AWARDS - "Motion in Music Videos" - Winner

ADDY AWARDS - "Best Music Video" - Gold Winner

ART OF CREATIVITY AWARDS - "Spectacular Animation" - Winner

AUSTIN MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL - "Best Animated Music Video" - Winner

BEST SHORTS AWARDS "Award of Excellence (Animation)" - Winner

INDIEFEST FILM FESTIVAL - "Award of Excellence (Animation)" - Winner

LANCASTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - "Best in Animation" - Winner

THE WEBBY AWARDS - "Film & Video (Animation)" - Nominee

 

FESTIVALS

ANIMATION BLOCK PARTY
ANIM’EST
AFI FEST
HOLLYSHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
HARLEM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WILLIAMSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MILWAUKEE FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO SHORTS FESTIVAL
SPARK ANIMATION FESTIVAL
QUEEN CITY FILM FESTIVAL
MANCHESTER LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL
WOODSTOCK FILM FESTIVAL
UNDEREXPOSED FILM FESTIVAL
KANSAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ANIMAZE - MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FILM FESTIVAL
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FESTIVAL
INDIEFEST FILM FESTIVAL
BRAINWASH MOVIE FESTIVAL
BEST SHORTS AWARDS COMPETITION
LAS VEGAS LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL
TWISTED HORROR PICTURE SHOW
FAN BOY FILM FESTIVAL
GLAS ANIMATION FESTIVAL
FLUX ANIMATION FESTIVAL
BIAF
SUNRISE FILM FESTIVAL
SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
AEAF AWARDS SCREENER
STUDIO CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
HUDSON VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LANCASTER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL AND SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES
KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL
STAGE 32 SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
ANNY: ANIMATION NIGHTS NEW YORK
FIRSTGLANCE FILM FESTIVAL: PHILADELPHIA
FEEDBACK ANIMATION FILM & SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL
VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL
THE ART OF CREATIVITY AWARDS
AMSTERDAM LIFT-OFF FILM FESTIVAL
ZAMOXIS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
TALLGRASS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
ANIMATION SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
FEST ANCA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL
ANILOGUE INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL
FLIPBOOK ANIMATED FILM FESTIVAL
DRAWTASTIC’S 2D OR NOT 2D ANIMATION FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL HOLLYWOOD SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SOUTHERN SHORTS FESTIVAL
THE ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS
BUCHAREST FILM AWARDS
THE LOS ANGELES SPOTLIGHT FILM FESTIVAL
CUTTING EDGE FILM FESTIVAL
NORTH HOLLYWOOD CINEFEST
THE EDWARDIAN BALL LOS ANGELES
THE EDWARDIAN BALL SAN FRANCISCO