Don Hertzfeldt Poster

Awards

Academy Awards, USA

2016 Nominee
Oscar
Best Short Film, Animated
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2001 Nominee
Oscar
Best Short Film, Animated
Rejected (2000)

AFI Fest

2015 Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Animated Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2012 Nominee
Grand Jury Prize
Animated Short Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

Americana Film Fest

2018 Nominee
Audience Award
Tops
World of Tomorrow (2015)
Tops
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017)

Animator (International Animated Film Festival)

2015 Winner
Animatòr Festival Award
Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Ann Arbor Film Festival

2012 Winner
Best of the Festival
Best Animated Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2007 Winner
Jury Award
Best Narrative Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
1997 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animated Film
Genre (1996)

Annecy International Animated Film Festival

2015 Winner
Special Distinction
Short Films
World of Tomorrow (2015)
Winner
Audience Award
Short Films
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Annie Awards

2016 Winner
Annie
Best Animated Short Subject
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2008 Nominee
Annie
Best Animated Short Subject
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
2004 Winner
Certificate of Merit
Shared with:
2001 Nominee
Annie
Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Short Subject
Rejected (2000)

Arizona International Film Festival

2012 Winner
Reel Frontier Special Jury Award
Animation
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
1999 Winner
Reel Frontier Award - Jury Special Recognition
Best Short Take
Billy's Balloon (1998)

ASIFA/East Animation Festival

2007 Winner
ASIFA/East Award
Best in Show
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Athens Film Festival, Georgia, USA

1997 Winner
Best Animated Short
Lily and Jim (1997)

Atlanta Film Festival

2007 Winner
Grand Jury Award
Best Animated Short
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
1999 Winner
Honorable Mention
Best Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Atlantic City Film Festival

1999 Winner
Silver Award
Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Austin Fantastic Fest

2017 Nominee
Audience Award
Best Film
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017)
-Third place
2009 Winner
Jury Prize
Animation
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
Short Film Award
Best Animated Short
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Austin Film Critics Association

2015 Winner
Special Honorary Award

To Austin-based writer/animator Don Hertzfeldt in celebration of a career of remarkable short ... More

To Austin-based writer/animator Don Hertzfeldt in celebration of a career of remarkable short filmmaking and contributions to animation spanning two decades, with 2015's award-winning "World of Tomorrow (2015)" being recognized as his best work to date.


Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival

2000 Winner
Audience Choice Award
Animated Short
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Big Muddy Film Festival

1998 Winner
Honorable Mention
Lily and Jim (1997)

Black Maria Film and Video Festival

2000 Nominee
Director's Choice
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Boston Independent Film Festival

2015 Winner
Audience Award
Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2009 Winner
Special Jury Prize
Short Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)

Boston Underground Film Festival

2001 Winner
Bunny
Best Animation
Rejected (2000)

Brandywine Film Festival

1998 Winner
Best Animated Film
Lily and Jim (1997)

Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema

2015 Winner
Best Short Film
Short Film Competition
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Cannes Film Festival

1999 Nominee
Palme d'Or - Best Short Film
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Canyonlands Film Festival

1999 Winner
Film Award
Best Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)

Carolina Film & Video Festival

1998 Winner
CFVF Award
Best Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)
1997 Winner
Gold Medal
Best Animation
Genre (1996)

Central Florida Film & Video Festival

1998 Nominee
Animation Award
Lily and Jim (1997)

Charlotte Film & Video Festival

1998 Winner
Best Animated Film
Lily and Jim (1997)

Chicago International Film Festival

2007 Winner
Silver Hugo
Best Animated Short Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
2000 Winner
Gold Hugo
Best Animated Short
Rejected (2000)
1997 Winner
Gold Plaque
Best Animated Student Film
Lily and Jim (1997)
Best Student Animated Short
Lily and Jim (1997)
1996 Winner
Silver Plaque
Best Animated Student Film
Genre (1996)

Cinematexas International Short Film Festival

2005 Winner
Audience Award
International Competition
The Meaning of Life (2005)
2000 Winner
Cinematexas Spirit Award
Rejected (2000)

Columbus International Film & Video Festival

1998 Winner
Student Competition - Bronze Plaque
Lily and Jim (1997)
1997 Winner
Student Competition - Bronze Plaque
Genre (1996)

Crested Butte Reel Fest

1998 Winner
Silver Award
Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)

Dahlonega International Film Festival

2001 Winner
Audience Award
Animated Short
Rejected (2000)

Dallas International Film Festival

2015 Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Animated Short Grand Jury Prize
World of Tomorrow (2015)

deadCenter Film Festival

2009 Winner
Best Animation
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
Best Animation
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Dresden Film Festival

2000 Winner
Youth Jury Award - Honorable Mention
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Edinburgh International Film Festival

2012 Nominee
Best International Short Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

Fantasia Film Festival

2012 Winner
Best Animation Film
Animated Short Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2007 Winner
Best Animation Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Fantoche - International Animation Film Festival

2015 Winner
First Prize
Best Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Fargo Film Festival

2018 Winner
Best Animation
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017)
2012 Winner
Best Director
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
Winner
Best Animation
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2009 Winner
Best Animation/Experimental Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
Winner
Best Picture
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
Winner
Best Screenplay
I Am So Proud of You (2008)

Flickerfest International Short Film Festival

2012 Winner
Best Animation
Yoram Gross Award
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2009 Winner
Best Animation
Yoram Gross Award
I Am So Proud of You (2008)

Florida Film Festival

2009 Winner
Grand Jury Award
Short Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
Grand Jury Award
Best Animated Short
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Freaky Film Festival

2000 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animation
Rejected (2000)
1999 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

1997 Nominee
Jury Award
Best Short
Lily and Jim (1997)
1996 Nominee
Jury Award
Best Short
Genre (1996)

Glasgow Short Film Festival

2015 Winner
International Audience Award
Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Golden Knight International Film and Video Festival

1998 Winner
Golden Knight
Class B
Lily and Jim (1997)

Hamptons International Film Festival

2008 Winner
Golden Starfish Award
Short Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)

HardAcre Film Festival

2012 Winner
HardAcre Award
Best Animated Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2009 Winner
HardAcre Award
Best Animated Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
HardAcre Award
Best Animated Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
2001 Winner
HardAcre Award
Best Animated Film
Rejected (2000)

Heartland International Film Festival

2015 Winner
Crystal Heart Award
Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2012 Winner
Crystal Heart Award
Best Short Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

Hi Mom Film Festival

2000 Winner
Jury Award
Best Comedy Short
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Hiroshima International Animation Festival

2012 Winner
Special Jury Prize
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
A profound presentation of unstable inhabitants in our mysterious universe.
Nominee
Grand Prix
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

Humboldt International Film Festival

1997 Winner
Honorable Mention
Best Animation
Genre (1996)

Independent Film Festival of Boston

2015 Winner
Audience Award
Short Film: Narrative
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Indianapolis International Film Festival

2007 Winner
Special Jury Prize
Excellence in Animation Award
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival

2016 Winner
Format Court Award
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Joey Awards, San Jose

1998 Winner
Award of Excellence
Animation - Student Category
Lily and Jim (1997)

Kudzu Film Festival

2000 Winner
Best Animation
Rejected (2000)
1999 Winner
Best Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Long Island International Film Expo

2000 Winner
Festival Prize
Best Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2012 Nominee
LAFCA Award
Best Animation
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Malibu Film Festival

2005 Winner
Audience Award
Best Animated Short Film
The Meaning of Life (2005)

Matita Animation Film Festival

1999 Winner
Matita Grand Prix
Students
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Mediawave, Hungary

2000 Winner
Audience Award
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Melbourne International Animation Festival

2001 Winner
Flying Gherkin International Award for Creativity
Billy's Balloon (1998)
Tied with Rejected (2000).
Rejected (2000)
Tied with Billy's Balloon (1998).

Memphis Indie Film Festival

2009 Winner
Indie Memphis Competiton - Special Jury Prize
Short Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)

Memphis International Film Festival

2007 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animation
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

MicroCineFest

2000 Winner
Audience Choice Award
Best Short
Rejected (2000)
Winner
Judges Extra Special Award
The Too Cool Award
Rejected (2000)
1999 Winner
Judges Special Recognition
Way Cool Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Milan Film Festival

2015 Winner
Best Animation
Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Nashville Film Festival

2015 Winner
Steven Goldmann Visionary Award
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2012 Winner
Honorable Mention
Best Animation
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2009 Winner
Best Animation
I Am So Proud of You (2008)

New Frontiers Film Festival

1997 Winner
Best Animated Film
Lily and Jim (1997)

New Haven Film Fest

1998 Winner
Audience Choice Award - Honorable Mention
Best Animated Short
Lily and Jim (1997)
1997 Winner
Audience Choice Award
Best Animated Short
Genre (1996)

New Orleans Film Festival

2000 Winner
Lumiere Award
Rejected (2000)
1997 Winner
Judge's Award
Lily and Jim (1997)
1996 Winner
Lumiere Award
Animated Film
Genre (1996)

New York Animation Festival

1999 Winner
Skidmore Award
Best Short Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)
Jury Citation
Lily and Jim (1997)
For the film's humor.

New York Empire State Exhibitions

1996 Winner
Best Animated Short Subject
Genre (1996)

New York Expo of Short Film

1998 Winner
Silver Award
Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)

New York Underground Film Festival

2001 Winner
Festival Award
Best Animation
Rejected (2000)

Newport International Film Festival, Rhode Island

2001 Winner
Jury Award
Best Short
Rejected (2000)
1999 Nominee
Jury Award
Best Short
Billy's Balloon (1998)

North Carolina Film Festival

1997 Winner
Gold Medal
Best Animation
Genre (1996)

Ohio Independent Film Festival

1998 Nominee
Off-Hollywood Oscar
Best Comedy
Lily and Jim (1997)

Omaha Film Festival

2015 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animation Short
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Ottawa International Animation Festival

2015 Winner
OIAF Award
Best Script
World of Tomorrow (2015)
Winner
Audience Award
National Film Board of Canada
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2012 Winner
Audience Award
National Film Board of Canada
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

Palm Springs International ShortFest

1998 Nominee
Student Award
Best Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)

Philadelphia Film Festival

2015 Winner
Jury Award
Best Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Portland International Film Festival

2018 Nominee
Audience Award
Best Short Film
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017)
-Second Place
2007 Winner
Audience Award
Short Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

2001 Winner
Citizen's Choice Award
Short Film
Rejected (2000)

Reykjavik Shortfilm Festival

2001 Winner
First Prize
Rejected (2000)

Rhode Island International Film Festival

2007 Winner
First Prize
Animation
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
Best Animated Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Rio de Janeiro Curta Cinema

2012 Winner
International Competition - Jury Prize
Best Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
International Competition
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)
2009 Winner
International Competition - Jury Prize
Best Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
International Competition - Jury Prize
Best Animated Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Rochester International Film Festival

1999 Winner
Festival Trophy
Billy's Balloon (1998)
1998 Winner
Festival Trophy
Lily and Jim (1997)

Saguaro Film Festival

2000 Winner
Film & Video Competition Winner
Best Short
Billy's Balloon (1998)
Winner
Audience Favorite
Billy's Balloon (1998)

San Francisco Indiefest

2001 Winner
Staff Prize
Best Short Film
Rejected (2000)

San Francisco International Film Festival

2015 Nominee
Golden Gate Award
Best Animated Short
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2010 Winner
Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award
1999 Winner
Certificate of Merit
Film & Video - Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

1999 Nominee
George Sidney Independent Film Competition Winner
Best Animation
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

2010 Nominee
Bruce Corwin Award
Best Animated Short Film
Wisdom Teeth (2010)
2007 Winner
Bruce Corwin Award
Best Animated Short Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
1999 Winner
Best Animated Short Award - Honorable Mention
Billy's Balloon (1998)
1997 Winner
Best Santa Barbara Filmmaker
Genre (1996)

Santiago International Short Film Festival

1999 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animated Film - International
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Sarasota Film Festival

2015 Winner
Jury Prize
Shorts Animation Competition
World of Tomorrow (2015)
For production design.

Savannah Film Festival

2012 Winner
Best Animation
Best Animated Film
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

Seattle International Film Festival

2007 Winner
Short Film Competition Award
Best Animated Short
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Sidewalk Film Festival

2009 Winner
Best Short Film
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
Best Short Film
Animated Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
2000 Winner
Special Award
Rejected (2000)
For an animated film

Sinking Creek Film Festival

1996 Winner
Jury Award
Most Promising Filmmaker
Genre (1996)

Slamdance Film Festival

1999 Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Best Dramatic Short
Billy's Balloon (1998)

Solstice Film Festival

2007 Winner
Jury Award
Best Animation
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival

2015 Winner
Jury Prize
Best Animated Short
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Sundance Film Festival

2018 Nominee
Short Film Grand Jury Prize
World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts (2017)
2015 Winner
Short Film Grand Jury Prize
World of Tomorrow (2015)

"When we saw this film, we unanimously agreed on our connection with it. It was similar to being an... More

"When we saw this film, we unanimously agreed on our connection with it. It was similar to being an abstract train. We had no idea where it was going but we knew we're gonna get there safely. Some of the wittiest writing with a unique way of story building, this film removed the weight of our own philosophical dilemmas."

2009 Nominee
Short Film Grand Jury Prize
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
Short Filmmaking Award
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)

Surprise International Short Film Festival

1997 Winner
Best Surprise Short Film
Genre (1996)

SXSW Film Festival

2015 Winner
SXSW Grand Jury Award
Animated Short
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2012 Nominee
SXSW Grand Jury Award
Animation
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

UFVA Film Festival

1998 Winner
Second Prize
Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)
1996 Winner
First Prize
Animation
Genre (1996)

USA Film Festival

2007 Winner
First Place
Animated Film
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
1998 Winner
Grand Prize
Lily and Jim (1997)
Winner
First Place
Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)

Utopiales: The Nantes International Science Fiction Film Festival

2015 Winner
Grand Jury Award
Short Film
World of Tomorrow (2015)

Valladolid International Film Festival

1999 Winner
Silver Spike
Short Film
Billy's Balloon (1998)
Tied with _Humdrum (1998)_.

VIS Vienna Independent Shorts

2015 Winner
Audience Award
Best Animated Short
World of Tomorrow (2015)

World Animation Celebration

2000 Nominee
WAC Winner
Shorter than 5 Minutes
Billy's Balloon (1998)
1998 Winner
WAC Winner
The World's Funniest Cartoon
Ah, L'Amour (1995)
1997 Nominee
WAC Winner
Best Work Produced by a Student
Genre (1996)

WorldFest Flagstaff

1999 Winner
Silver Award
Independent Short Subject - Films & Video - Animated
Billy's Balloon (1998)

WorldFest Houston

2009 Winner
Platinum Award
Animation
I Am So Proud of You (2008)
2007 Winner
Gold Award
Animated Short
Everything Will Be Ok (2006)
2005 Winner
Platinum Award
Independent Short Subject-Films & Video - Animated (Classic Cel Animation)
The Meaning of Life (2005)
1998 Winner
Silver Award
Short Subject Films and Videos - Animation
Lily and Jim (1997)

Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films

2015 Winner
First Prize
Golden Zagreb Award
World of Tomorrow (2015)
2012 Winner
First Prize
Golden Zagreb Award
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2011)

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