“World of Tomorrow” now on Vimeo

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Austin animator Don Hertzfeldt’s phenomenal sci-fi short film “World of Tomorrow” is now available for rental on Vimeo.

The winner of the Grand Jury prize at Sundance, best animated short at SXSW, best animated short at the Omaha Film Festival, an audience award at Glasgow Short Film Festival and special jury mention at the Regard Short Film Festival, “World of Tomorrow” is a 16 minute wonder about a little girl named Emily

Emily — played by Hetzfeltdt’s then-four year old niece Winona — receives a very special message from a relative who takes Emily on a tour of our world several hundred years hence. (“You cannot direct a four year old,” Hertzfeldt wrote in an essay about the movie on his website bitterfilms.com. “You cannot even expect a four year old to recite lines back at you. You just sort of have to let the four year old happen.”)

British animator Julia Pott in her first acting role, plays the other character, also named Emily.

Hertzfeldt is an Oscar nominee whose animated films include “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” “The Meaning of Life,” “Billy’s Balloon,” and “Rejected.” He is the only filmmaker to have won the overall Grand Jury Prize for Short Film twice. “Beautiful Day,” his first feature film, made it on to a mess of 2012 year-end lists.


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