“Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, “Negative Space” is a short animated film that depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.”

Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, France, 2017.

Nominated for an Oscar in 2018 for best animated short. Screened at over 314 festivals, and winner of 127 festival prizes including 63 grand prix/best animated short awards.

Read Cartoon Brew’s piece about the making of the film and watch this behind-the-scenes piece below:

Director/writer: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
Producer: Nidia Santiago & Edwina Liard
Co-producer: Jean-Louis Padis
Original prose poem: Ron Koertge
Voice: Albert Birney
Set Decoration: Ru Kuwahata, Marion Lacourt, Victoria Tanto, Max Porter
Puppets: Ru Kuwahata, Satoru Yoshida, Tomas Gebcyznski, Max Porter
Animation lead: Sylvain Derosne
Additional animation: Eric Montchaud, Ru Kuwahata
Cinematography lead: Nadine Buss
Additional cinematography: Simon Gesrel, Max Porter
Production / Post-production management: Nidia Santiago, Edwina Liard
Production Assistants: Philippe Baranzini, Walid Païenda, Fred Borja, Lucile Pellerin, Maxime Lebalanc, Juluien Renrad, Willy Fair
Post-Production: Max Porter, Sami Guellai, Pierre Morin, Ru Kuwahata
Editing: Max Porter
Music & Sound Design: Bram Meindersma
*posée et enregistrée avec le soutien de la SACEM en association avec Ciclic
Voice Recording: Keviln Hill, CAS
Color Grade:Thibaut Pétillon
Sound Mix: Matthieu Langlet
Distribution: Luce Grosjean at Miyu Distribution
Produced by Ikki Films and Manuel Cam Studio

Funded with the participation of Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée and Arte France – Unité de Programmes Cinéma. Negative Space has been supported in production by Ciclic-Région Centre Val de Loire, in association with the CNC. It has benefited of the support for original music creation by the SACEM in association with Ciclic, a public institution for cultural cooperation created by the Centre-Val de Loire Region and the French State.