On Tuesday, this year’s virtual Sundance Film Festival wrapped up with the awards ceremony, at which 24 prizes were handed out for features and seven for shorts. The only two animated features in competition, Cryptozoo and Flee, were among the winners.
Cryptozoo, directed and written by Dash Shaw, was awarded the Next Innovator Prize presented by Adobe. With a cast starring Lake Bell and Michael Cera, the story centers on cryptozookeepers’ struggle to capture a legendary creature, while wondering if such beasts should be displayed or kept secret.
On Tuesday, Variety reported that Magnolia Pictures had acquired the North American distribution rights. Shaw’s debut animated feature, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016), was distributed in the United States by Gkids, grossing just $68,883.