‘Freeze Frame’ by Soetkin Verstegen

by The MovieBabble Staff

Identical figures perform the hopeless task of preserving blocks of ice.


Nick Kush: I love little oddballs such as Freeze Frame, wherein it appears the creator set out to try something just to see what the hell would happen. In this case, the end result is a fascinatingly icy (I’m so sorry) and eerie stop-motion short about preservation and memory. The juxtaposition between the aimless tasks performed by the indistinguishable workers with various iced skeletons nears all-out dejection, and yet it’s undeniably captivating all the same.


Director, Writer, and Animator: Soetkin Verstegen

Sound: Andrea Martignoni and Michał Krajczok



Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France, 2020 – Special Jury Prize Lab
Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA, 2020 – Chris Frayne Award for Best Animated Film
Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France 2020 – Jury Distinction
Fantoche International Animation Festival, Switzerland, 2020 – High Risk Award
Animafest Zagreb, Croatia, 2020 – Golden Zagreb Award
Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Noway, 2020 – Grand Prix
Banjaluka International Animated Film Festival, Bosnia, 2020 – Grand Prix
Monstra Animation Festival, Portugal, 2020 – Grand Prix
Warsaw International Animation Festival, Poland, 2020 – Grand Prix
Golden Kuker Sofia, Bulgaria, 2020 – Grand Prix
Supertoon International Animation Festival, Croatia, 2020 – Grand Prix
Black Maria Film Festival, USA, 2020 – Best Animation
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, Germany, 2020 – Best Animation
Animakom Bilbao, Spain, 2020 – Jury’s Special Award
Filmzeitkaufbeuren, Germany, 2020 – Innovationspreis
Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, Canada, 2020 – Best Animated Short Film
Shorts that are not pants, Canada, 2020 – Best Animated Short

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Nick Kush January 5, 2021 - 11:54 pm

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