In 2017, I made one experimental animated short film every week for the entire year. This project was dubbed AREA 52, and the benefits I've reaped for the work I sowed has far outreached any expectations I ever had for it. What began as a humble Instagram project has blossomed into an avalanche of blessings. The attention and respect these films have gained from the international animation community has been overwhelming.
The project has accrued over 70 festival selections, including six at Annecy, three at Hiroshima Int'l, ten at Anima Mundi and five at Ottawa Int'l. That's just in 2018 alone. They've been featured countless times in animation and film magazines and have been screened all over the world. Twenty-five of these films are currently in international distribution with Autour de Minuit in Paris.
But the biggest reward that came from this project was knowing that the discipline to finish and the commitment to excellence were contagious. The messages I've received from friends and complete strangers along the way telling me how inspiring the journey was for them and how it helped them tackle their own goals is something I'll always cherish.