Evan DeRushie

Birdlime

Birdlime is the name for a sticky substance, usually made from holly bark or mistletoe, which is spread on branches to trap wild birds intended for export or trade. The film observes one bird who barely manages to escape this industry, yet remains trapped in a cage and surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures.

This is my second short film as a director. It is inspired by the effect of the media on our perception of exotic animal ownership. It has played in a number of film festivals so far in 2017 (listed below). If you're interested in seeing the film, please contact me directly.

I made this film thanks to financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and Ontario Arts Council. It was shot over the course of 9 months at PixFilm studios, with equipment supplied by The Toronto Animated Image Society. Post-production services, like sound design, colour correction and DCP creation, were supplied by Victory Social Club

To stay updated with the latest screenings, you can find the film on Facebook at birdlimeshortfilm

Festival Selections & Awards

  • 8th Providence Children's Film Festival -- Special Jury Prize - BEST SHORT --
  • 26th Arizona International Film Festival -- Best Animated Short --
  • 2nd Stop Motion Barcelona Short Film Festival -- Audience Award --
  • 7th Northwest Animation Festival -- Audience Choice Award --
  • 10th Heart of Gold International Film Festival -- Nominated for Best Sound Design --
  • 46th Festival du nouveau cinema of Montreal-- P'tits loups Award Special Mention --

  • 30th SXSW 2017
  • 23rd Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival
  • 66th Melbourne International Film Festival
  • 36th Vancouver International Film Festival
  • 41st Ottawa International Animation Festival
  • 44th Athens International Film + Video Festival 2017
  • 41st Cleveland International Film Festival
  • 65th Columbus International Film and Video Festival
  • 30th International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults in Iran
  • 25th Hamptons International Film Festival
  • 23rd Festival International du film de Nancy
  • 18th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
  • 14th Animation Block Party
  • 11th TAIS Animation Showcase
  • 11th Flatpack Film Festival
  • 12th Cortoons Festival Gandia
  • 6th Montclair Film Festival
  • 2nd Indie Street Film Festival
  • 8th Anibar Animation Festival
  • 9th Milwaukee Film Festival
  • 3rd Taichung International Animation Festival
  • 12th Annual Tacoma Film Festival
  • 3rd Manchester Animation Festival
  • 1st CRAFT International Animation Festival
  • Trailer

    • Writer/Director/Animator: Evan DeRushie
    • Voices: Helen Donnelly, Phil Koole, Laura Harris, Andrew Gaboury
    • Puppets: Brenda Baumgarten
    • Art director: Winston Hacking
    • Music: Bram Gielen
    • Armatures: Mike Emiglio, Brenda Baumgarten
    • Sound: Marcel Ramagnano
    • Colourist: Zachary Cox

    Financial support by

    Canada Council for the Arts Ontario Arts Council

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