Blood Tells at Slamdance

Blood Will Tell, a CG-animated sci-fi/horror tale from English director Andrew McPhillips, won the Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short at the 14th annual Slamdance Film Festival. Held in Park City, Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance honored a total of 15 films and screenplays over the weekend, handing out more than $200,000 in cash and prizes.

Blood Will Tell is set in 16th Century Holland, where a mysterious, hopelessly ill visitor from another world attempts to hide from death in a dark, mosquito infested well. The six-minute, 3D-animated film was rendered using a new technique based on the Victorian “tin type” photographic process. Music was created by Icelandic band Sigur Ros.

‘Having a film selected to be screened at Slamdance was a real honor,’ McPhillips tells us. ‘The organizers had well over 3000 films entered, so all the filmmakers I spoke to felt as lucky as I did to have their work accepted. On a personal level, winning this award has brought a lot more exposure to Blood Will Tell. It was exciting to see my film find such an appreciative audience in Park City over the ten days I was there.’

McPhilips received a $2,500 credit at Filmworks/FX for taking the Slamdance award. His professional experience includes a five-year stint at PDI/DreamWorks, where he worked on Shrek 2 and the Steven Spielberg films Minority Report and AI, before moving on to Core Animation in Toronto to lend his talents to Disney’s The Wild. Lately, he’s been working as head of lighting and compositing at LAIKA, collaborating with the team creating the CG movie Jack and Ben.

This year, the Slamdance Film Festival received more than 3,500 submissions for less than 100 programming slots. A complete list of winners can be found at www.slamdance.com.