Between Times

In this fairytale about relativity, a cuckoo clock narrates a day where bread was sliced one second thick, lovers fell in sync and time rarely flowed at an even rate.

Started while we were artist-in-residence at the Netherlands Institute for Animation Film (NIAF) in 2011-2012, “Between Times” combines traditional stop-motion techniques with new innovations in computer graphics. Blending the two techniques, we created a distinct visual style that required three years of research, development and production.



Director / Animator / Writer / Designer / Compositor / Editor: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
Music Composer / Sound Recording / Sound Designer: Bram Meindersma
Voice Actor: Petra Schmidt-Schaller
CG Rigger: Brian Horgan
Musicians: Max van der Wal and Simone Aarnink
Sound Mix: Studio Unknown
Re-Recording Mixer: Kevin Hill, CAS
Audio Post Coordinatoor: Jaime Horrigan
Additional Voice: Tatiana Gomberg
Producer: Ton Crone (Netherlands Institute for Animation Film) & Tiny Inventions

Year: 2014
Country: The Netherlands & USA

Jury Award – Best Animated Short Austin Film Festival, USA (’14)
Best Animation Award Boston International Film Festival, USA (’15)
#1 Mention Expotoons, Argentina (’14)
AACA Special Award Expotoons, Argentina (’14)
Honorable Mention CG Anime Contest, Japan (’14)
2nd prize:Athens International Film and Video Festival, USA (’15)
Local Jury Award: USA Film Festival, USA (’15)
1st place, Independent Film Category: ASIFA-East, USA (’15)
Best Work: AsiaGraph CG Art Gallery, Japan (’15)
Award for the best creative: Beijing Film Academy, 15th Animation Academy Awards, China (’15)
Jury Selection: Japan Media Arts Festival, Japan (’15)
Animation Film Finalist: Moondance Film Festival, US (’15)
Nomination Award for the best design: Beijing Film Academy, 15th Animation Academy Awards, China (’15)
Nominated for Best Animation: Queens World Film Festival, USA (’15)
Special Jury Mention Awards: Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, US (’16)
Jury Honorable Mention in MONSTRINHA’s Family Program: Monstra Film Festival, Portugal (’16)

Ottawa International Animation Festival-special screening, Canada (’14)
Anim’est, Romania (’14)
Klik! Amsterdam, Netherlands (’14)
Cinanima, Portugal (’14)
Cutout Fest, Mexico(’14)
Bradford Animation Festival -panorama, UK (’14)
ETIUDA&ANIMA, Poland (’14)
24fps International Short Film Festival, USA (’14)
Silicon Valley Film Festival, USA (’14)
Foyle Film Festival, N Ireland (’14)
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Animated Dreams, Estonia (’14)
Animateka, Slovenia (’14)
Istanbul Animation Festival, Turkey (’14)
Alekino! International Young Audience Film Festival, Poland (’14)
Beloit International Film Festival, USA (’15)
Oxford Film Festival, USA (’15)
San Francisco Indie Festival, USA (’15)
DC Independent Film Festival, USA (’15)
Big Muddy Film Festival, USA (’15)
Monstra Festival -panorama, Portugal (’15)
River Run Film Festival, USA (’15)
Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France (’15, ’16)
Ozark Foothills Film Festival, USA (’15)
Sarasota Film Festival, USA (’15)
Melbourne International Animation Festival, Australia (’15)
Nashville Film Festival, USA (’15)
Holland Animation Festival, Netherlands (’15)
Chilemonos, Chile (’15)
Arizona Film Festival, USA (’15)
Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Korea (’15)
Golden Kuker- International Animation Film Festival, Bulgaria (’15)
Rochester International Film Festival (’15)
FILE Anima+ 2015, Brazil (’15)
Athens Animation Festival – Marathon (’15)
International  Film Festival for Kids – KIKI, Croatia (’15)
Europe on Screen, Indonesia (’15)
Short Shorts FilmFestival & Asia 2014, Japan (’15)
Northwest Animation Festival, USA (’15)
Maryland Film Festival, USA (’15)
Future Film Festival, Italy (’15)
Cartoons on the Bay, Italy (’15)
Anima Mundi, Brazil (’15)
Macon Film Festival, USA (’15)
Euganea Film Festival, Italy (’15)
Siggraph, USA (’15)
Bit Bang Film Festival, Argentina (’15)
Supertoon International Animation Festival, Croatia (’15)
One Country One Film, France (’15)
Animation Block Party, US (’15)
Animafest Cyprus International, Cyprus (’15)
Frozen Film Festival, US (’15)
Animanima, Serbia (’15)
World Festival of Animated Film Varna, Bulgaria (’15)
Imaginaria Animation Festival, Italy (’15)
Fairhope Film Festival, US (’15)
Bosa Animation Award, Sardina Film Festival, Italy (’15)
Anibar, Kosovo (’15)
Sapporo Short Fest, Japan (’15)
Alamo City Film Festival, TX US (’15)
Offshoot Film Festival, US (’15)
AnimaSyros, Syros Island Greece (’15)
Savannah Film Festival, US (’15)
London International Animation Festival, UK (’15)
Banjaluka Int Animated Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina (’15)
Multivision, Int Animation Festival, Russia (’15)
Animax Skopje, Macedonia (’15)
Another Hole in the Head, CA US (’15)
Beijing Film Academy Animation Festival, China (’15)
MUMIA, Brazil (’16)
ICE Film Festival, US (’16)
The Leiden International Short Film Experienc, Netherlands (’16)
Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France (’16)
Flickers’ Roving Eye International Film Festival, US (’16)
California Independent Film Festival, US (’16) – curated by Sapporo Int short Film Festival

Anibar – Tiny Inventions presentation, Kosovo (’14)
Sondheim Semi-Finalist Exhibition, USA (’14)
Parsons the New School for Design – Tiny Inventions presentation, USA (’14)
WNC Film Society, Short Film Program, USA (’14)
Kunsthal KAdE- Animation Exhibition, Amersfoort Netherlands (Jan ~ May 2015)
Rhode Island School of Design- Tiny Inventions presentation, USA (’15)
Maryland Institute College of Art, Lunch Time Talk, USA (’15)
SSFF&ASIA 2015 screening in Malesia, Malesia (’15)
International Animation day, ASIFA-Atlanta, US (’15)
Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment Office of Film, NY (’15) -part of Queens Film Fest
WAT 2016 Animation Screening, Japan (’16)
WAT 2016 special screening at Tokyo Anime Award Festival, Japan (’16)
MONSTRA À Solta – Best of Fest touring program, Portugal (’16)
Gallery Waldinger, Croatia (’16)
Pritt Parn Animation Festival, Estonia- curated by Monstra Film Festival (’16)
Festival in Torres Vedras, Portugal -curated by Monstra Film Festival (’16)
Spectacle Theater NYC, USA (’16)

PRESS (2015)
Maxon Cinema4D (2015)
Baltimore City Paper (2014)
CG Society – featured article(2014)
CG Society- Meet the Artist (2014) “Creative Sparks” documentary subject (2014)
Indiewire Animation Scoop (’14)









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