In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die.
This tragic story was constructed using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs. It combines a number of animation techniques from classic stop-motion animation to animated 3D models of x-ray CT-scanned insects.
Director, Script, Cinematography, Animation, Editing: Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen
Music: Joonatan Portaankorva
Mixing consultant: Olli Huhtanen
Producer: Hannes Vartiainen, Pekka Veikkolainen
Production: Pohjankonna Oy
Awards and festivals:
World premiere at the 67th Venice Film Festival, 2010
Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, China, 2011
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2011
CFC World Wide Shorts, Toronto, Canada, 2011
Tampere International Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, 2011
Huesca International Film Festival, Huesca, Spain, 2011
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden, 2010
Antarctic Short, Documentary and Animation Film Festival, The Antarctic, 2010
IDFA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2010
+ ~50 others
Awards for the Death of an Insect:
Best Experimental Short, CFC World Wide Shorts, Toronto, Canada, 2011
and a variety of honorary mentions for best animation, best music, etc.
contact / world sales:
Nilsiänkatu 10-14 B
biographies of the directors
Hannes Vartiainen (b.1980) has a background in film. Pekka Veikkolainen (b.1982) has worked in the fields of animation and illustration since 2000.
The two started their own production company in 2008 and they have so far completed four short films:
Hanasaari A (2009, documentary, 15 min, 35 mm)
The Death of an Insect (2010, animation, 7 min, 35 mm)
Gates of Life (2012, documentary, 6 min, 35 mm)
Emergency Calls (2013, documentary, 15 min, 35 mm)