Madame Tutli-Putli

200717 min 21 secFilm: Animation


Direction: Chris LavisMaciek Szczerbowski

Production: David VerrallMarcy Page

Script: Chris LavisMaciek Szczerbowski

This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers. Finding herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure, adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons.

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Subject categories

  • Psychology and Psychiatry > Dreams and ImaginationEmotional Life
  • Media Education > Film Animation


Chris Lavis
Maciek Szczerbowski
Chris Lavis
Maciek Szczerbowski
special visual effects
Jason Walker
Chris Lavis
Maciek Szczerbowski
Chris Lavis
Maciek Szczerbowski
Chris Lavis
Maciek Szczerbowski
Laurie Maher
digital compositing
Peter George
production assistance
Kim Billing
Nikki Woolsey
Jonathan McCurley
Eric Goulem
Lea Carlson
Laurie Maher
character models
Laurie Maher
Eric Goulem
Tao Jiang
Terry Yasunaka
Maciek Szczerbowski
Chris Lavis
sound design
David Bryant
David Bryant
Olivier Calvert
music direction
Jean-Frédéric Messier
David Bryant
sound editing
Olivier Calvert
assistant sound design
Gordon Krieger
Serge Boivin
Jean Paul Vialard
digital imaging consultation
Susan Gourley
Pierre Plouffe
off-line conform
Jason Lee
online editing
Denis Gathelier
technical coordination
Julie Laperrière
Richard Lesage
Hélène Tanguay
Gisèle Guilbault
production coordinator
Elaine Largie
executive producer
David Verrall
Marcy Page


  • Best Animation Award - First Place - with a cash prize of 2,000$USInternational Short Film Festival
  • Best Narrative Short Animation under 35 minutesInternational Animation Festival
  • Best Canadian ShortAtlantic International Film Festival
  • Movieola Best Short AwardInternational Film Festival
  • Special MentionInternational Shortfilm Festival - Interfilm
  • First Prize- Best Short Film with a cash prize of 9000 eurosAnimacor - International Animation Festival
  • NFB Prize for Best Short Film- with a contribution of $1,000 towards next film (ex aequo with Dust Bowl Ha! Ha! by Sébastien Pilote)Festival du nouveau cinéma
  • Grand Prize ex-aequo with "The Pearce Sisters" directed by Luis Cook- cash prize of 2000 eurosInternational Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
  • Prize RTP2 - Onda CurtaInternational Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
  • Alves Costa PrizeInternational Animated Film Festival / CINANIMA
  • Jury Prize for Best DesignBlack Nights Film Festival & Animated Dreams
  • Best AnimationNew York City Short Film Festival
  • Yoram Gross Award for Best Animation- with cash prize of 1,250$ AUDFlickerfest International Short Film Festival
  • Cineplex Entertainment Award for Best Short AnimationFilm Festival
  • Special Jury PrizeInt’l Festival of Animated Films / I Castelli Animati
  • Jury Special Mention - Best Short AnimationCartoon and Animated Film Festival
  • Grand Jury Prize- Animated ShortSouth by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)
  • Grand Prix- with a cash prize of 5000 eurosInternational Film Festival
  • Audience Award- International CompetitionInternational Film Festival
  • Best Animation - with a cash prize of 1500 eurosInternational Film Festival
  • Golden Gate Award forBest Animated Short-with a cash prize of $2,000 USDGolden Gate Awards Competition & International Film Festival
  • Golden Horseman Animated Film Award with a cash prize of € 7500Filmfest - International Festival for Animation and Short Films
  • Best Sound(scape) Award with a cash prize of € 3 000Filmfest - International Festival for Animation and Short Films
  • Best Animated ShortGenie Awards
  • Audience Choice Prize - Professional FilmInternational Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF)
  • Grand Competition Special PrizeWorld Festival of Animated Films
  • Golden Nica with a cash prize of 10, 000 eurosPrix ARS Electronica
  • Audience AwardInternational Animation Festival
  • Judges' AwardInternational Animation Festival
  • Best Film of MIAF 2008International Animation Festival
  • "Andrei Toncu" Best Soundtrack AwardNext International Short and Medium Length Film Festival
  • Award for Best Animation- Short Film SectionAnima Mundi
  • Special International Jury PrizeInternational Animation Festival
  • Best Animated Short AwardFilm Festival
  • MovieSquad HAFF 2008 AwardHolland Animation Film Festival
  • Grand Prix - Golden Pegasus - with a cash prize of $50,000 PLN (approx. $25,000 CDN)Animator International Animation Festival
  • Audience Award - "Anima" SectionInternational Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima"
  • Student Jury AwardInternational Film Festival "Etiuda & Anima"
  • Best Film- Jury's ChoiceLondon International Animation Festival - LIAF
  • Best Film - Audience's choiceLondon International Animation Festival - LIAF
  • Silver AwardInternational Animation Festival
  • Award for Best Visual- with a cash prize of 2000 CHFFANTOCHE International Animation Film Festival
  • Canal+ Award for Best Short Film - with a one month stay at the Moulin d'Andé and 6,000Euros support in equipment for the shooting. (Semaine de la critique)International Film Festival
  • Petit Rail d'Or for Best Short Film - given by a group of cinephiles railwaymen (Semaine de la Critique)International Film Festival
  • C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Award for Best Animated Short - with a cash prize of $5,000Worldwide Short Film Festival