Prolific independent animator and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt (Rejected, It’s Such a Beautiful Day) is teaming up with Keith Calder and Jessica Calder’s Snoot Entertainment to make his next feature-length film, Antarctica. The animated adventure is set on the world’s coldest continent and will be directed by Hertzfeldt from his own script in his signature style, although unlike his previous solo animated projects, this time he’ll be working with a team of animators.
Snoot, the production shingle behind You’re Next, The Guest, and the upcoming Charlie Kaufman animation Anomalisa, optioned the Antarctica script and principals Calder and Calder will produce alongside Hertzfeldt. Hertzfeldt’s manager Jeremy Platt is executive producing and Snoot’s Roxanne Benjamin is co-producer on the project.
Hertzfeldt, known for his emotionally evocative hand-drawn style and multimedia shorts, was up for the Palme d’Or for his 1998 short Billy’s Balloon and snagged an Oscar nod for his 2000 short Rejected. He took home a Sundance Jury prize for his 2006 short Everything Will Be Ok. He’s set to open the Sundance Film Festival this week with his latest short film, World of Tomorrow – his seventh film to screen in competition at Sundance, and the most any filmmaker has had to date.
“Don Hertzfeldt is my favorite animator, and I’m ecstatic that we have this opportunity to help bring Don’s brilliant vision of Antarctica to life,” Snoot President Keith Calder said in a statement.
“Antarctica is an unusual project that’s been turning around in my head for a very long time, uncertain how it would get made, and I’m excited to actually have the chance now to take the plunge with Keith, Jess, and their brave team,” said Hertzfeldt. “After twenty years of animating alone, this will also mark the first time I’ll have the opportunity to work with a talented team of animators, and I’m looking forward to being able to walk into a room of hard-working artists every day and telling them that everything they’re doing is wrong.