Festival programmers have described the film as “A short destined to become an instant stop motion classic.” Butterflies had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 11, 2012. The invitation to Sitges marks the second major international festival screening for Butterflies since its completion at the end of July 2012.
Butterflies tells the tale of a young artist (Claire, voiced by Rachel Griffiths) who struggles to make a living by selling drawings to passersby. A businessman (Dalton Hearst, voiced by Nicholas Hope) recognizes her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination.