This year, at SXSW, we hosted the world premiere of the Dreamworks Animation short, First Flight. The short is a beautiful and sweet seven minutes and it played in our “Animated Shorts” section. Besides being a very cool short film, the folks at Dreamworks who made it were incredibly sweet and fun to work with (I’m looking at you, Charley Walters!). At a party during SXSW, the gang broke the good news to me: their film had been selected to screen before Dreamworks’ upcoming animated feature release, Over the Hedge. Talk about some wide distribution for short filmmaking! (Not to mention, since Hedge is playing Cannes, it also gets that boost as well.)
On her “Risky Biz Blog,” Anne Thompson takes a look at the story behind the short’s huge distribution:
DreamWorks Animation said Wednesday that prior to “Over the Hedge,” the studio will be showing its latest animated short film, “First Flight.”
The seven-minute short centers on a harried cube farmer whose priorities are rearranged by a twee bird. The computer-animated cartoon is directed by studio veterans Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson.
The two showed their short to DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg a few months ago. After viewing it, Katzenberg came back 20 minutes later to tell the directors he wanted it to open in front of “Hedge.”