In this "crouching love, hidden breakup" story, inspired by 50's Shanghai water ink animation & kung fu films, themes of distance, tradition, art and longing dominate a telephonic conversation as a martial arts tango provides the visual backdrop.
Shannon Kook, star of Degrassi the Next Generation and The Conjuring, won the best voice performance at the ACTRA awards for his role on the film. Vid Cousins composed the music based on an original musical theme by Kid Koala.
The film won Best Art Direction Award at Anima Mundi, Best Canadian Shortwork at the Whistler Film Festival, AnimAsian award at the Toronto International Reel Asian Film Festival, Audience Choice Award at the Athens Animation Festival in upstate NY. It was nominated for prizes at Cristal Festival in Switzerland, Golden Reel award at LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film was Official Selection in Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Melbourne International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest and was presented as part of the Best of Quebec presentation in the Cannes Market in 2012.
His name is Desmondo Ray. He enjoys peeing in the rain, altering offensive graffiti, and listening to sad music while having happy thoughts… This is his video dating tape.
You can now watch Desmondo Ray in his very own web series called: THIS IS DESMONDO RAY!
Those who have tried to help Desmondo find true love, include:
AACTA Awards (Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts) - Nominated: Best Short Animation
LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival - Winner: Best Comedy Animated Short
Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Festival - Winner: Best Animation
Chain NYC Film Festival - Winner: Original Ideas Award
Warehouse Cinema - Runner Up Best Film
Sydney Film Festival - Dendy Award finalist
St Kilda Film Festival - Nominated: Best Animation
Nashville Film Festival