A survey of 20 international animation experts from twelve countries has selected Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow as the best animated film of 2015. The results were published by the Montreal-based film publication 24 Images.What I appreciate in particular about this recognition is that it’s not yet another award or contest. The survey participants, comprised of festival programmers and critics, simply listed their top 10 picks of the year, and their lists were tallied together to see which films received the most votes. Even better, every participant’s top 10 choices are made public, which serves as a superb short film guide for adventurous animation viewers.
Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow premiered last January at Sundance, where it won the grand jury prize, and has since gone on to win prizes at top film and animation festivals including AFI Fest, Annecy, Fantoche, Ottawa, SWSW, and Zagreb.