Yoram Gross Animation Award

Butterflies was awarded Sydney Film Festival’s Yoram Gross Animation Award, sponsored by Yoram and Sandra Gross. We were so thrilled to receive this award - but sadly we were unable to make the actual award presentation because we were in the international transit lounge in Kuala Lumpur eating a Laksa on the way back from Annecy Animated Film Festival…

Butterflies has recently screened at Palm Springs, CA (it was hot!) and in Perth at Revelation Film Festival - thanks for all the messages. It is always great to hear from audiences and other animators who’ve had the chance to see it. Screenings in NZ coming up soon - at the NZ International Film Festival. Hope some of you can get to see it on the big screen there! Screening details: http://www.nziff.co.nz/auckland/film/596e904b-1a02-459d-a924-8af27d1ed9ce    

Annecy International Animation Film Festival

It’s day 2 of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Butterflies has its first screening tonight. The festival audiences have been great so far. So nice to be amongst a crowd of dedicated animation lovers! Before each screening as the crowds filter into the cinema, there is an unofficial competition to throw paper darts onto the stage infront of the cinema screen. Raucous applause it delivered to the maker / thrower of any dart that reaches the stage. Also, during the pauses between films, the audience makes popping sounds with their lips - which is hilarious - a cacophony of popping.

There are plenty of the big CG animation companies here - we were treated to a premiere of Disney / Pixar’s Monster’s University last night… a beautiful retelling of a familiar story. But it is the variety of independent animation that is the main buzz for us. We’ve been lucky to hang out with Robert Morgan (http://www.robertmorganfilms.com/) and also meet the team from Skwigly Magazine who recently did a nice Q & A with us (Read it here: http://www.skwigly.co.uk/butterflies/ ). We also met Bill Plympton who shared some insights about he has successfully crowd funded to raise elements of his budget - inspiring stuff.

Tomorrow - MIFA the festival marketplace begins - so there will be another influx of people in the town, and a few more parties to attend!


Butterflies has just won the jury prize for Best Animated Short at Cinequest Film Festival, San Jose. Cinequest is an A list US festival and winning Best Animated Short qualifies our film for Oscar nomination. Wonderful news!!!



Butterflies wins Jury Prize for Best Short Animation at the 23rd Cinequest International Film Festival San Jose, USA


Butterflies has won the Jury Prize for Best Short Animated Film at Cinequest International Film Festival, San Jose. Cinequest is an A-list Academy Accredited festival. Butterflies now qualifies for Academy Award® consideration in the category of Best Short Animation.


Butterflies is a stop motion animation featuring fleshy, hyper-real silicon puppets voiced by acclaimed actors Rachel Griffiths and Nicholas Hope. Directed by Isabel Peppard, who co-wrote the script with producer Warwick Burton, Butterflies also features music by multi award-winning composer Elliott Wheeler.


Isabel Peppard, the Animator/Director of Butterflies says “We are so honored to accept this accolade from Cinequest which is not only a prestigious festival but also fiercely independent and committed to supporting Maverick film makers and nurturing new talent.”


“Cinequest remains one of the last big festival bastions for the discovery of new and emerging film artists. Cinequest Film Festival (CQFF) presents a dynamic 13-day event of 200 international films with over 600+ film artists, technologists, and professionals from 44 countries in attendance. Over 10,000 artists have attended CQFF to date. CQFF has an attendance of 95,000 and receives over 2000 film submissions every year.” (from http://cinequest.org/film-festival ).

Butterflies premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 11th 2012. The animation then screened at 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 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0341737/  ) who struggles to make a living by selling drawings to passersby. A businessman (DALTON HEARST, voiced by Nicholas Hope http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0394034/  ) recognises her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination.


Weaving Claire’s childhood memories with her contemporary life and nightmares, Butterflies is a gothic fairytale presented in Peppard’s predominantly bleak but beautifully ornate handcrafted world.


After attending the world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival Rachel Griffiths expressed her support for the film, “I’m so proud to have been part of such an extraordinarily crafted and wondrous short film.  No doubt it will be the first in a substantial career for Isabel Peppard.”


Butterflies is the second animated film collaboration from Isabel Peppard and Warwick Burton. Their first animation was Gloomy Valentine (2006).



- Screen Australia presents, a TBC Media production of an Isabel Peppard film

- Directed by Isabel Peppard

- Produced by Warwick Burton

- Featuring the voices of Rachel Griffiths and Nicholas Hope

- Music by Elliot Wheeler


Find out more and stay up to date with Butterflies

Web: http://www.butterfliesanimation.com/ Trailer: http://www.vimeo.com/55356583

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/butterfliesanimation

Blog: http://butterfliesanimation.tumblr.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@ButterfliesAnim

Email: contact@butterfliesanimation.com

Santa Barbara IFF screening dates

If you’re in Santa Barbara, CA in late January you can see Butterflies on
the big screen in the Santa Barbara International Film Festival:
Mon - Jan 28 - 7:00 PM SB Museum of Art
Wed - Jan 30 - 10:30 PM Metro 4 Theatre 4

Can’t make it to Sitges? Here’s a little taste! Wish you were here…

behind the scenes on Butterflies
Isabel talks - behind the scenes on Butterflies
Rachel Griffiths voice record
We were lucky enough to get the very talented Rachel Griffiths to play our main character. She was very collaborative and her voice was a great fit. It’s been an amazing few weeks watching the pieces of the film come together, now there is sound, music and voices and my images are coming to life!

Sent from my iPhone

Just another thanks to the fantastic team at turning studios in Sydney - http://www.turningstudios.com/ Music is sounding (and looking) awesome!
Live Orchestra!
This is a photo from the recording session for the score. Our amazing composer Elliot Wheeler put a stellar team of musicians together and apparently they had a great time with it.

Sent from my iPhone

Cast recording
We’ve just had a wonderful series of cast recordings for the character photos so I thought I’d share a few behind the scenes shots. Here i am with the wonderful Nicholas Hope who played my Bad Guy. He did an amazing job!

Sent from my iPhone

Butterflies Selected for Melbourne International Film Festival

We are proud to announce that we will be having our world premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival on the 11th of August at 6:30pm. If you are from Melbourne come and check it out. Tickets are available from the above link.
Here a little pic of me on set
approaching the end!!!
So here we are on the last few shots of the final set. I have two shots left of principal photography and then one week of pick ups and Im done. Its strange finishing a project that Ive been working on for so long. Something about it feels not quite real. Its been such a huge part of my life and as Im getting closer to the end, I feel a strange sense of loss. That being said, I also wake up jubilant every day now that the finish line is so close!
Less than 3 weeks left
So, Im nearing the end of the shoot and though I feel relieved and exhilarated that its finally going to be complete, there is also a kind of sadness in bidding farewell to a project thats been your life for the best part of two years. The final shots are in a kind of hell world where the main character sees grim incarnations of the people around her. They are all broken and eaten away, a physical manifestation of their psychological suffering. During the course of making this film, I have felt a little of this myself but with the end in sight, I can see blue skies once more.
Another big Saturday night
Well, its another big Saturday night at the old animation studio. Im pushing through to the end of the shoot so Im working 7 days a week to keep things rolling. Between booking crew, organising puppets props and sets, setting up shooting and animating, blogging and updating the post workflow, I am one busy lady. Its great to see the end approaching though. Definitely makes the hard work easier when you are approaching a tangible finish line.