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Help send CalArts alum Zoë Moss's animated thesis film to festivals around the world! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on July 22, 2012.

Help send CalArts alum Zoë Moss's animated thesis film to festivals around the world!

About this project

Last Fall, I completed my CalArts thesis film, The Plague Bearers

The Short

A unique experiment in silent horror, It features a combination of stop motion puppets, traditional 2D animation, and blue screen to achieve its look. It took two years to create from inception to completion and was made completely out-of-pocket, with many helping hands present along the way. It was a total labor of love, and you can learn more about its creation at

Film Festivals

Now I need your help to bring this film to a wider audience. Film festivals generally have an entry cost of $40 or more and I am looking for support to overcome this financial hurdle. Getting the film to festival would be a huge accomplishment for me and the film's crew who want nothing more than to have our film play before a live audience.

I am looking at a mix of film festivals to increase its chances of being screened. With my current fundraising goal of $500 I am planning to apply to the following:

  • AniMazing Spotlight Animated Shorts Festival
  • Chicago United Film Festival
  • Screamfest Horror Film Festival
  • Savannah Film Festival
  • Slamdance Film Festival

Should we surpass the fundraising goal, I'll be adding more festivals to the list!

About Me

After graduating CalArts's Experimental Animation program, I joined Titmouse Inc., an independent animation studio in Hollywood. I started as a cleanup artist on Superjail! (Season 2) and have since animated for that show and Brad Neely's China IL. I do a weekly webcomic, Pizza Day Comics, with my boyfriend Jacob Strick (who was also the Producer and Composer for The Plague Bearers). If you want to see more of my artwork and short films, check out my website,

Thanks you so much for your time and for your help!

–Zoë Moss


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    Thank you for supporting independent filmmaking! Good karma is yours, plus a DRM-free 1080p download of the movie that you can take with you wherever you go.

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    In addition to the download, receive a signed DVD copy of the film with Director’s commentary and bonus features unavailable anywhere else!

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    Along with the movie download and DVD get your hands on a newly-created signed 18"x24" poster.

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    Everything above, plus a one-of-a-kind drawing based on your likeness in the style of the short, and a special “Thank You” on a section of our website.

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    You will receive all the rewards mentioned here, plus have a puppet custom-made by Zoë in the style of the film based on your likeness.

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