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    Watch this absolutely beautiful and Award-Winning CGI animated short film by talented Animation filmmaker and composer, Evan Viera.

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    Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.


    CALDERA is inspired by my father’s struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that’s invisible to the most of us.

    In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.


    Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction
    Award of Innovation – Seattle International Film Festival
    Best Animated Film – Rome Independent Film Festival
    Best Animated Film – Rockport Film Festival
    Best Short – View Social Awards
    Nominated for “Best Picture” – Maverick Movie Awards
    Nominated for “Best Director” – Maverick Movie Awards


    CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College’s students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.

    In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions


    2012 SXSW, USA (World Premiere)
    2012 Rome Independent Film Festival, Italy
    2012 Stuttgart International Animation, Germany
    2012 Seattle International Film Festival, USA
    2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest, USA
    2012 Big Sur International Short Film, USA
    2012 Indianapolis International Film Festival, USA
    2012 Animation Block Party, USA
    2012 Prix Ars Electronica, Austria
    2012 Kratkofil Plus, Banja Luka
    2012 Changzhou International Animation, China
    2012 View Awards, Italy
    2012 Linoleum Animation & Media-art Festival, Russia
    2012 Shorts Attack Touring Festival, Germany
    2012 Kunjani’mation, South Africa
    2012 Bumbershoot 1 Reel Film Festival, USA
    2012 Wiesbaden International Animation, Germany
    2012 Maverick Movie Awards, USA
    2012 World Festival of Animated Film Varna, Bulgaria
    2012 Calgary International Film Festival, Canada
    2012 Arizona Underground Film Festival, USA
    2012 SIGGRAPH ASIA, Singapore
    2012 GIRAF Animation Festival, Canada
    2012 Animasyros International Animation, Greece
    2012 Anibar International Animation Festival, Kosovo
    2012 Lowcountry Indie Shorts Fest, USA
    2012 Great Lakes International Film Festival, USA
    2012 Mill Valley Film Festival, USA
    2012 Rockport Film Festival, USA
    2012 Kaohsiung Film Festival, Taiwan
    2012 Festival Les Nuits Magiques, France
    2012 interfilm International Short Film Festival, Germany
    2012 Kinofest International Film Festival, Romania
    2012 Leeds International Film Festival, UK
    2012 Reciclamadrid Film Festival, Spain
    2012 Cineastic Gondolas, Austria
    2013 X-Games Espn Film Showcase, USA
    2013 Dam Short Film Festival, USA
    2013 OFF Cinema Film Festival, Italy
    2013 Citrus Cel Animation Festival, USA
    2013 Hill Country Film Festival, USA

    Amir Zarrin
    Andrew Chan
    Andrew Kantos
    Andrew Nighswander
    Ann Mullin
    Ashley Souza
    Audrey Condon
    Barbara Bolles
    Ben Fiske
    Chris Bishop
    Chris Perry
    Christine Stuckart
    Cristin McKee
    Dan Finnegan
    Dan Peck
    Daniel Gilbert
    Dave Boutillier
    Ed Bishop
    Edgardo Padilla
    Evan Viera
    Ian Krebs-Smith
    Jake Blais
    Jake Mazonson
    Jarred de Beer
    Jerry Chan
    Jim Levasseur
    Josh Marvel
    Katie Taccone
    Katie Wynkoop
    Liz Ellis
    Louai Abu-Osba
    Marcus Wolf
    Michael Flaherty
    Nat Stein
    Owen Granich-Young
    Perry Chau
    Raf Anzovin
    Rhea Kewalramani
    Rob Sandell
    Ryan Moore
    Sam Plattner
    Samah Majadla
    Shane Kirby
    Stephen Sues
    Taryn Johnson
    Tati Soutar
    William Young

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