Our latest shorts

At the heart of Până când nu te iubeam is a Romanian love ballad of devastating beauty and ethereal loneliness. It is both apocalyptic and cyclical. We can never grab hold and follow a narrative per se, but instead are drawn deeper into the vortex of the lament. - Director Kirk Kelley


The short film is inspired by Portland’s own world-renowned Pink Martini’s rendition of the sorrowful Romanian ballad Până când nu te iubeam (Before I Fell in Love with You), with vocals by Storm Large. Director Kirk Kelley employed traditional stop-motion animation, in-camera VFX and CG elements combined with high-speed footage captured in practical environments. As the film unfolds, Kelley takes the musical instruments needed to perform the arrangement and drowns them in sensuality, longing and sadness, creating a story that is as mesmerizing, cyclic and hauntingly obtuse as the ballad.

The production was produced with support from The Oregon Film Board’s Indigenous Oregon Production Investment Fund (iOPIF). The short film has screened at numerous festivals around the world including Amsterdam Film Festival (Winner – Best Music Video), Berlin Short Film Festival (Winner – Best Music Video), Best Short Fest – Ontario (Winner – Best Short Film), Silveron International Film Festival (Winner – Best Music Video), Austin Short Film Fest, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, London International Short Film Festival and the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival.

screening in new Portland Airport Theatre

In partnership with the Port of Portland, the Hollywood Theatre is opening a first-of-its-kind free microcinema at Portland International Airport on February 23, 2017.  This 17-seat microcinema can be found in the C concourse and will play a rotating, hour-long collection of short films from filmmakers based in the Northwest. Programs will include documentaries, music videos, animation and short fiction.

Traditional Romanian, in the public domain
From the Pink Martini album Get Happy
Courtesy of Heinz Records ©℗ 2013

Director: Kirk Kelley
Executive Producer: Lourri Hammack
DP: John Nolan
Editor: Michael Corrigan

Find more - Credits, a translation and our press release.


There is an amazing amount of detail throughout the short that the crew lavished on the sets, props & puppets.
— Aaron Sorenson, Director

Screenings & Festivals

New York International Children's Film Festival NFK [NOT FOR KIDS] Benefit
February 2, 2017

Animation Nights New York (ANNY)
January 11, 2017

Animation Chico
December 10, 2016

Savannah Film Festival
October 22-29, 2016

(Vancouver, BC) -
October 21, 2016

Anima Mundi

Rio - October 25, 2016  
São Paulo - November 2-6, 2016

Portland Comedy Film Festival
October 14, 2016

Oregon Independent Film Festival
Winner: Best Animated Film
September 25, 2015

KROK International Animated Films Festival
(Moscow) -
September 20-28, 2016

Festival Stop Motion Montreal
(Canada) - 
September 16-18, 2016

Burbank International Film Festival
September 7-11, 2016

Montreal International Animation Film Festival
(Canada) -
August 18, 2016

Animation Block Party
(Brooklyn) - 
July 29, 2016

Drunken Film Festival
(Bradford, UK) -
July 28, 2016

Neum Animated Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - 
In competition
June 28, 2016

Fear No Film - The Utah Arts Festival
June 23, 2016

Annecy International Animation Film Festival
June 13-17, 2016

Blue Plum Animation Festival
June 3, 2016


A Tale of Momentum & Inertia

It’s hard to think of a better way to spend seventy seconds than this. Enjoy.
— Christopher Rauschenberg

Portland Comedy Film Festival
October 14, 2016 - WINNER Best Animated Short

SICAF - In competition at the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival
July 2016.

MICAF - Siggraph Highlights 2015 at the Melbourne International Animation Festival
June 20, 2016

More of our work