Madame Tutli-Putli

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17 min 15 s
Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski

This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons.

Awards and distinctions

  • Award for Best Visual- with a cash prize of 2000 CHF FANTOCHE International Animation Film Festival - Baden, 2009
  • Silver Award International Animation Festival - Tehran, 2009
  • Audience Award - "Anima" Section International Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima" - Cracow, 2008
  • Student Jury Award International Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima" - Cracow, 2008
  • MovieSquad HAFF 2008 Award Holland Animation Film Festival - Utrecht, 2008
  • Best Film- Jury's Choice London International Animation Festival - LIAF - London, 2008
  • Best Film - Audience's choice London International Animation Festival - LIAF - London, 2008
  • Special International Jury Prize International Animation Festival - Hiroshima, 2008
  • Award for Best Animation- Short Film Section Anima Mundi - Rio de Janeiro, 2008
  • Grand Prix - Golden Pegasus - with a cash prize of $50,000 PLN (approx. $25,000 CDN) Animator International Animation Festival - Poznan, 2008
  • Best Film of MIAF 2008 International Animation Festival - Melbourne, 2008
  • Judges' Award International Animation Festival - Melbourne, 2008
  • Audience Award International Animation Festival - Melbourne, 2008
  • Grand Competition Special Prize World Festival of Animated Films - Zagreb, 2008
  • Audience Choice Prize - Professional Film International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) - Seoul, 2008
  • Golden Gate Award forBest Animated Short-with a cash prize of $2,000 USD Golden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival - San Francisco, 2008
  • Best Animated Short Award Film Festival - Nashville, 2008
  • Best Sound(scape) Award with a cash prize of € 3 000 Filmfest - International Festival for Animation and Short Films - Dresden, 2008
  • Golden Horseman Animated Film Award with a cash prize of € 7500 Filmfest - International Festival for Animation and Short Films - Dresden, 2008
  • "Andrei Toncu" Best Soundtrack Award Next International Short and Medium Length Film Festival - Bucarest, 2008
  • Grand Jury Prize- Animated Short South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW) - Austin, 2008
  • Grand Prix- with a cash prize of 5000 euros International Short Film Festival - Tampere, 2008
  • Best Animation - with a cash prize of 1500 euros International Short Film Festival - Tampere, 2008
  • Audience Award- International Competition International Short Film Festival - Tampere, 2008
  • Cineplex Entertainment Award for Best Short Animation Independent Film and Video Festival - Victoria, 2008
  • Jury Special Mention - Best Short Animation Cartoon and Animated Film Festival - Brussels, 2008
  • Yoram Gross Award for Best Animation- with cash prize of 1,250$ AUD Flickerfest International Short Film Festival - Sydney, 2008
  • Special Jury Prize Int’l Festival of Animated Films / I Castelli Animati - Genzano, 2007
  • Jury Prize for Best Design Animated Dreams / Black Nights Film Festival - Tallinn, 2007
  • Special Mention International Shortfilm Festival - Interfilm - Berlin, 2007
  • Grand Prize ex-aequo with "The Pearce Sisters" directed by Luis Cook- cash prize of 2000 euros International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA - Espinho, 2007
  • Alves Costa Prize International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA - Espinho, 2007
  • Prize RTP2 - Onda Curta International Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA - Espinho, 2007
  • First Prize- Best Short Film with a cash prize of 9000 euros Animacor - International Animation Festival - Cordoba, 2007
  • Best Animation New York City Short Film Festival - New York, 2007
  • NFB Prize for Best Short Film- with a contribution of $1,000 towards next film (ex aequo with Dust Bowl Ha! Ha! by Sébastien Pilote) The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal - Montréal, 2007
  • Movieola Best Short Award Calgary International Film Festival - Calgary, 2007
  • Best Narrative Short Animation under 35 minutes International Animation Festival - Ottawa, 2007
  • Best Canadian Short Atlantic Film Festival - Halifax, 2007
  • Best Animation Award - First Place - with a cash prize of 2,000$US International Festival of Short Films - Palm Springs, 2007
  • C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Award for Best Animated Short - with a cash prize of $5,000 Worldwide Short Film Festival - Toronto, 2007
  • Canal+ Award for Best Short Film - with a one month stay at the Moulin d'Andé and 6,000Euros support in equipment for the shooting. (Semaine de la critique) International Film Festival - Cannes, 2007
  • Petit Rail d'Or for Best Short Film - given by a group of cinephiles railwaymen (Semaine de la Critique) International Film Festival - Cannes, 2007
  • Best Animated Short Genie Awards - Toronto
  • Golden Nica with a cash prize of 10, 000 euros Prix ARS Electronica - Linz