Squirrel Island is an award-winning stop-motion animated film, made by Astrid in her garage in Folkestone over the last seven years.
A 20-minute sci fi action thriller about squirrel apartheid, Squirrel Island follows a lone renegade grey squirrel called Dot, who is trapped on a hostile and mysterious red squirrel island. Thrown together with an unlikely partner, Dot and her new friend Mr Acorn uncover a horrifying secret red squirrel plot…can Dot and Mr Acorn survive Squirrel Island?
A puppet stop-motion film that was seven years in the making, Squirrel Island was shot on 16mm in a garage in Folkestone, using a 1969 Bolex film camera. Inspired by the complex issues surrounding invasive species and the controversial policies implemented to protect native wildlife in Britain, Squirrel Island is a sideways look at the choices we make between good and bad animals.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for post-production, the film was completed in February 2016. It premiered at Portland Film Festival in September 2016, where it won the award for Achievement in Short Filmmaking. In October/November 2016, Squirrel Island was in competition for Best Animated Short at Warsaw Film Festival, Foyle Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival and Tacoma Film Festival. Next screening at London Short Film Festival at the ICA on January 13th and at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival 4-11th February. More festival announcements coming soon!