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An unorthodox detective takes the mafia head-on in this towering tale. No mission is too grand for the distinctive sleuth as he investigates this noir-inspired world set during the height of Prohibition.

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Awards and Recognition

  • 2023 KINO Short Film Fest

    Winner, Best Student Short

  • 2023 Kino Short Film Festival

    Winner, Best Sound in a Student Film

  • 2022 Anim8 Student Film Festival

    Award of Excellence

  • 2022 Film Short Creative Award

    Winner, Best Student Film

  • 2023 Paris Animation Awards

    Finalist, Best Short Animation

  • 2023 New York Animation Film Awards

    Semi-Finalist, Best Animation Student Film

  • 2023 Soul4reel Film Festival

    Semi-Finalist

  • 2023 Kino Short Film Festival

    Runner Up, PNW Best Student Film

  • 2023 AniMate - Australia Animation Film Festival

    Finalist

  • 2022 Animation Studio Festival

    Quarter-Finalist, Best Student Film

  • 2022 Los Angeles Animation Festival

    Honorable Mention, Character-Based Short

  • 2022 Oregon Short Film Festival Fall

    Finalist, Best Animated Film

  • 2022 The Short Film Awards (SOFIES)

    Nominee, Best Animated Short Film

  • 2022 The Rookie Awards

    Excellence Award

  • 2022 The Rookie Awards

    Finalist (Highly Commended), Film of the Year (2D Animation)

  • 2022 Student LA Film Awards

    Semi-Finalist, Best Student Animation Film

Official Selections and Screenings

  • 2023 Catalina Film Festival
  • 2023 Columbus International Film & Animation Festival
  • 2023 Palm Springs Animation Festival
  • 2023 Animation Dingle
  • 2023 International Shorts Film Festival
  • 2023 Athens Animfest
  • 2022 Spark Animation
  • 2022 Studio City International Film & TV Festival
  • 2022 Tbilisi International Animation Festival
  • 2022 Oaxaca FilmFest
  • 2022 TAF – Thessaloniki Animation Festival
  • 2022 REEL Recovery Film Festival
  • 2022 Overmountain Animation Festival
  • 2022 Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival
  • 2022 The Animattikon Project
  • 2022 Orlando Film Festival
  • 2022 Florida Animation Festival

Created by CerePara Bellum

  • Christophe Bouchard

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Director, Story Lead, VFX, Compositing

  • Brooke Gniot

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Co-Producer, Lead Animator, Character Artist

  • Daniel Prehm

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Co-Producer, Animator

  • Angelica Hernandez

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Storyboard Artist, Character Artist, Animator, VFX

  • Kai Liao

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Character Artist, Animator, VFX

  • James Crumbo

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Storyboard Artist, Animator, VFX

  • Sunny Sun

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Animator

  • Sabrina Person

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Character Artist, Colorist, Editor

  • Tami Jaderlund

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Lead Environment Artist, Prop Artist, Layout Artist

  • Amy Kim

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist, Color Script Artist

  • Alex Sorosy

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist, Prop Artist

  • Kain Castanera

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Environment Artist

  • Eric Pansulla

    BA in Music and Sound Design

    Role: Composer, Sound Designer

  • Zainab Asgari

    BFA in Digital Art and Animation

    Role: Volunteer Environment Artist

Animation Stills

  • The exterior window of a Private Eye's office in the rain at night.
  • A wooden light post illuminates the littered floor of a city's waterfront.
  • A title card which says, Tall Order in the style of a 1920's silent film.
  • Two goons, wearing vests and fedoras, stand next to a giant keg.
  • An extreme close up of a detectives face with a shocked expression.
  • Flames approach a giant keg that drips a liquid.
  • A detective awkwardly runs from an explosion whilst strapped to a chair.
  • A large sawblade spins atop a conveyer belt as activated by a henchman..