Jerry, an awkwardly plump hummingbird, desperately tries to fit in with his siblings. But more often than not, he only weighs them down, literally. After accidentally destroying the family nest, Jerry is exiled to an old dead tree, never to be seen or heard from again. Family always sticks together though. So when a hungry house cat attempts to turn his siblings into a three-course meal, Jerry must set his sorrows aside and be the bird he was born to be in order to save his family.

  • Adam Reed Levy
    Credited as Technical Animation Artist - Frozen, Encanto, Zootopia, Moana, Wreck It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Raya and the Last Dragon, Strange World, Frozen II, Feast, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss in Boots
  • Adam Reed Levy
  • Bradford Simonsen
    Zootopia, Encanto, Baymax, Us Again, Ralph Breaks The INternet, Big Hero 6, jack the Giant Slayer, Real Steel
  • Adam Reed Levy
  • Alfred Molina
    Key Cast
    Spiderman, Frida, Magnolia, Boogie Nights, Three Pines, An Education, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Pace Paulsen
  • Scott Michael Smith
    Original Music By
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
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  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • LA Shorts International Film Festival 2023
  • Flicker's Rhode Island Film Festival 2023

    Grand Prize - Best Children's Animated Short
  • Shorts by the Sea 2023
  • Montreal International Animaze Film festival 2023
  • Burbank International Film Festival 2023

    Winner - Best Animated Short
  • ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival 2023
  • Woodstock Film Festival 2023
  • San Diego International Film Festival 2023
  • Bucheon International Animation Film Festival 2023

    EBS Prize
  • Austin Film Festival 2023
  • Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2023
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2023
  • Manchester Animation Festival 2023
  • Athens International Children's Film Festival 2023
  • Foyle Film Festival 2023
Director Biography - Adam Reed Levy

Adam Reed Levy is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, animator and character technical director. He is best known for his technical animation work on Oscar winning films such as Frozen, Zootopia, Encanto and Feast.

Adam entered the animation industry in 2009, starting out as a production assistant. From there he worked his way up in production management until he switched career paths and decided to learn the programs necessary in order to become a Technical Animation artist.

Flutter, releasing in 2023, is Adam’s directorial debut, starring Alfred Molina.

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Director Statement

“Flutter” is a film inspired by family, both in the nature of the story, and in its visual style. While developing “Flutter,” we wanted to create a story that said it was okay to be yourself, and to not shy away from that. We wanted to reassure our audience that its perfectly okay to be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what others say or do to you.

The style of this short is something that was very personal to me. We went for a paper craft look which was inspired by my mother, who is a preschool teacher. I grew up watching her make paper craft with her young and eager students, and it’s something I felt really suited this style of animation, and was a nice way to show appreciation toward my parents who have supported my creative endeavors in animation.

And as far as the production of this short, it was made all pro bono, by professionals throughout the animation industry (Disney Animation, Dreamworks Animation, Sony Animation, Locksmith and DNEG) all over the world. It was a project people really enjoyed and were willing to donate their free time to. Even our award winning lead, Alfred Molina (Chocolat, Frida, Boogie Nights, Spider Man and Fued to name a few), donated his free time and worked pro bono on this project. On top of that, the story definitely grabbed people who saw it, and because of the theme, we were able to get artists of all races, genders, sexual orientations and ethnicities. I am very proud to have such a diverse crew for this project.