Programme

TWO BALLOONS

Mark C. Smith

USA, 2017 / 9 min / without words / animation

Part of the short film collection Easygoing Teddy

Two lemurs navigate the skies in order to find each other again.

Two adventurous lemurs, Bernard and Elba, navigate their airships halfway around the world to reunite at a place crossed by stars and clouds. But happenstance and fate threaten to disrupt their reunion.

Two Balloons is stunning to behold. It is nothing short of a masterpiece.” Bobby LePire, Filmthreat.com, 28/04/2018

Screenings
Thu 05/03 08:45 Ciné Utopia without words Scolaire http://www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/registration-films-workshops
Sat 07/03 16:00 Ciné Utopia without words Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28711&kassi...
Mon 09/03 08:45 Ciné Utopia without words Scolaire http://www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/registration-films-workshops
Thu 12/03 08:45 Ciné Utopia without words Scolaire http://www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/registration-films-workshops
Sun 15/03 14:00 Cinémathèque without words Public https://ticket.luxembourg-ticket.lu/luxfilmfest/webticket/shop?event=28714&kassi...

“At just over 8 minutes, Two Balloons is a swift but stirring tale of love, its music as important as its imagery, the delightful score and highly-creative visuals traveling us along into a richly realized fantasy of incredible detail and wondrous metaphor. These ships in the sky face all kinds of majesty and mayhem, telling us much about the odyssey that is love and the courage of what it means to work together in trust and hope.” David Duprey, That Moment In, 07/04/2018

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Awards
  • Best International Animated Film, Altan Khalis Independent Film Festival, 2019 (Mongolia)
  • Jury Prize for the Best Animated Short, Berlin Short Film Festival, 2019 (Germany)
  • Best of the Fest for the Best Animation Film, Breckenridge Festival of Film, 2019 (USA)
  • Festival Prize for the Best Animation, Canberra Short Film Festival, 2019 (Australia)
  • Best of Fest, Colony Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Best Animation, Discover Film London Festival, 2019 (UK)
  • Jury Award for the Best Animated Short, Garden State Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Festival Prize for the Best Short Film, Hamilton Film Festival, 2019 (Canada)
  • Jury Award for Best Animation, Kansas International Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Jury Prize for the Best International Film, Little Big Shots, 2019 (Australia)
  • Jury Award for the Best Animation – Stop Motion, Long Island International Film Expo, 2019 (USA)
  • Jury Award for the Best Short Drama, Magnolia Independent Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Achievement in Filmmaking, Mammoth Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Children’s Jury Prize for the Best Short Film, Montréal International Children’s Film Festival, 2019 (Canada)
  • Jury Award for the Best Animated Work, Santa Cruz Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Jury Prize for the Best Animated Short, Sarasota Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Audience Award for the Best Short Film, Sarasota Film Festival, 2019 (USA)
  • Best Online Film & Video: Animation, The Webby Awards, 2019 (USA)
  • Best Short Film, Ale Kino! – International Young Audience Film Festival, 2018 (Poland)
  • Best Animated Short, Catalina Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animation, Colony Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Music Score, Epic ACG Fest, 2018 (USA)
  • Jury Award for the Most Imaginative Film, First Glance Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animation, Harlem International Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animation Short Film, Hollywood Reed Independent Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animation, Humboldt International Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Jury Prize for the Best Short Film (Northern Shorts), Klamath Independent Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Jury Prize for the Best Animated Short Film, Lower East Side Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Kids Choice Short Film Award – Short Film, Milwaukee Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animated Film, Mind the Indie Film Festival, 2018 (Bulgaria)
  • Jury Award for the Best Animated Film, New Hope Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Grand Prize for the Best Animated Film, New Jersey International Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Jury Prize for the Best International Animation Short, Best Original Music Score & Best of Fest, New Renaissance Film Festival, 2018 (UK)
  • Best Animated Film, Norwich Film Festival, 2018 (UK)
  • Jury Award – Fest Forward Best Animation, Oxford Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Jury Special Commendation – Animation Short Narrative, Port Townsend Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animation, Red Dirt International Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • First Prize – Best Short Animation, Rhode Island International Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Best Animated Short, Salento International Film Festival, 2018 (Italy)
  • Jury Award for the Best Animated Short Film, Sonoma International Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Adult Jury Award for the Best Animated Short Film, TIFF Kids International Film Festival, 2018 (Canada)
  • Audience Award, Walla Walla Movie Crush, 2018 (USA)
  • Audience Award, We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Maverick Award for the Best Animated Short, Woodstock Film Festival, 2018 (USA)
  • Children’s Jury Award – Special Distinction, Zagreb World Film Festival of Animated Films, 2018 (Croatia)
  • Best Animation/Stop Motion, Oniros Film Award, 2017 (Italy)
  • Jury Prize for the Best Short, Providence Children’s Film Festival, 2017 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Screenplay 
Mark C. Smith
Sound 
Eric A. Norris
Set 
Mark C. Smith
Music 
Peter Broderick
Production 
Four Winters Films
Distribution 
Little KMBO
Animation 
Teresa Drilling
Biography

Mark C. Smith is an American filmmaker from Portland, Oregon. He produced the films North (2010), Denmark (2011) and A House, A Home (2012). As a cinematographer he spent many years filming winter expeditions in North America and South America. He is the co-author of two photography books, Osterlandet and The Powder Road. Two Balloons (2017) is Mark C. Smith's first animated film.

Filmography
  • 2017 – Two Balloons (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 – North (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)