"Handshake" Animated Short Film by Patrick Smith

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In this animated film, an innocent greeting between two people is quickly transformed into a tangled struggle, illustrating the twists and turns of a full-fledged relationship.

Production Credits:
Directed and Animated by Patrick Smith
Produced by Barbara Jean Kearney
Music by Michael Suby and the Trone Orchestra
Backgrounds by Don Poynter, Tony Curanaj, Olivia Ward
Digital Ink and Paint by Arthur Metcalf, Art Siriamonthep, Rachel Coleman, Aaron Brewer, Karen Babis, Christina Capozzi, Brandon Vernon, Chris Conforti, Melissa Jordan.
Digital to Film Transfer by Marcus VanBavel, Film Processing by Technicolor

Patrick Smith wanted to be a professional skateboarder, but hurt himself and became an animator. His films have been featured on MTV, several Spike and Mikes Collections, and over a hundred other international film festivals. He's also the creator of the Zoloft Dot character, in which he conceived under the influence of alcohol, a known depressant.

Director Comments:
Handshake was a fun film to draw. I consider myself an expert on relationships, and it was great to illustrate the emotions and experiences i've had. The film can be abstract at times, just like real relationships can be. I was fortunate enough to have the film scored and orchestrated live, which I think hammers in the romantic/abstract nature of the story. - Patrick Smith

Best Animation, 2004 Northampton Film Festival.
Best Animation, 2005 Savannah Film Festival.
Best Animation, 2005 Temecula Valley International Film and Music Festival.
Best Animation, 2005 Myrtle Beach Film Festival.
Best Animation, 2005 Golden Film Festival.
Best Animation, 2005 Spindletop Film Fesitval.
Best Animation, 2005 Long Island Film Expo.
Best Animation, 2005 Black Point Film Festival..
Best Animation, 2006 Garden State Film Festival.
1st Place, 2005 ASIFA-East (Association Internationale du Film d'Animation)
Pulcinella Award Nomination, Cartoons on the Bay 2005, Italy.
Honorable Mention, Tribeca Underground Film Festival, 2005.
Honorable Mention, Smogdance International Film Festival, 2006.
Honorable Mention, 2005 ASIFA-San Francisco(Association Internationale du Film d'Animation)
Finalist, 2006 Nicktoons Film Festival.

Official Selection of:

Ashville Film Festival, Oct. 27-30, 2005.
DC Shorts Film Festival, October 16, 2005.
West Chester Film Festival, October 7, 2005.
Ojai Film Festival, Oct. 20-23, 2005.
LA Shorts Film Festival, September 8, 2005.
Woodstock Film Festival. September 28-30, 2005.
Plymouth Film Festival, July 21-24, 2005.
Toofy Animation Festival. September 14, 2005.
Rome International Film Festival. September 8 2005.
Port Townsend International Film Festival. September 24, 2005.
Calgary International Film Festival. September 23-27 2005.
Ottawa International Animation Festival. September 21-25 2005.
Bare Bones Film Festival. Muskogee, OK April 18 2005.
Golden Film Festival. Golden, CO, Feb. 25, 2005
Washington DC International Film Festival. Washington DC, March 3, 2005
East Lansing Film Festival. East Lansing, MI, March 30, 2005
Durango Film Festival. Durango, CO, March 4, 2005.
Dam Short Film Festival Short Film Festival, Feb. 4, 2005.
Taste of Art Gallery, Tribeca, New York City. December 30, 2004.
Spindletop Film Festival, April 15-17, 2005
San Fernando Valley International Film Festival, April 8, 2005.
Phoenix Film Festival April 7, 2005.
Arizona Film Festival April 14-24, 2005.
Port City Animation Festival, Sept. 16-18 2005.
Newport Beach Film Festival, April 21, 2005.
Palm Beach International Film Festival. April 14, 2005.
Cleveland International Film Festival, March 10, 2005.
Philadelphia Film Festival April 7-20, 2005.
First Glance Philadelphia May 11-15, 2005.
Maryland Film Festival. May 5-8, 2005.
Empire Film Festival, May 13-19, 2005.
Dances With Films, April 8, 2005.
Tribeca Underground Film Festival, April 27-May 2005
Global Art Film Festival, June 4, 2005.
Brooklyn International Film Festival, June 3, 2005.
Home Film Festival, New York City, May 25-26
Myrtle Beach Film Festival, April 30, 2005.
Asifa-East Animation Festival, May 1, 2005.
Back Alley Film Festival, May 28, 2005.
Winnipeg International Film Festival June 9-12, 2005.
Atlanta Film Festival, June 10-18, 2005.
Stony Brook Film Festival, July 23, 2005.
Newport International Film Festival, June 8-14, 2005.
Boston International Film Festival June 22-26, 2005.
Long Island Film Expo, July 15-21, 2005.
Gen Art Ignite Film Festival, July 7 2005.
Woods Hole Film Festival, July 30, 2005.
Crested Butte Reel Festival, August 10-14, 2005.
Tahoe International Film Festival. August 24, 2005.
Rhode Island Film Festival. August 9, 2005.
Sacramento Film and Music Festival. August 8, 2005.
Seattle International Film Festival, May 19-31, 2005.
Zeitgeist International Film Festival, July 7, 2005.
Kalamazoo Animation Festival, May 13-15, 2005.
Athens International Film Festival, April 29- May 5, 2005.
Santa Cruz Film Festival, May 5-13 2005.
Dawson City Film Festival. Dawson City, Canada. March 25, 2005.
Northampton International Film Festival, Northampton, MA. October 27-03, 2004.
ION International Short Film Festival, October 29-31, 2004.
Cincinnati International Film Festival, Cincinati, OH. October 20-23, 2004.

Leeds International Film Festival UK, November 11,2005.
Annecy International Animation Festival, France, June 6-11, 2005
Milano Film Festival, Italy, 2005.
Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival, Germany, Nov. 1-6, 2005.
Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, Nov. 24-27,2005
Animex Animation Festival, UK, Jan. 30, 2005.
Cine-Jeune de L'Aisne France, November 3-10,2005.
Festival des Tres Courts, France, April 2005.
Les Nuits Magiques Festival du Film d'Animation, France, December 11, 2005.
Lausanne Underground Film Festival, Switzerland, October 12-16, 2005.
Cartoon Club Rimini Italy, July 1-30, 2005.
Cartoons on the Bay, Italy, April 30, 2005.
Cortoons Festival di Corti, Italy, May 1, 2005.
Chiavari International Film Festival,Itlay, September 29, 2005.
Tehran International Animation Festival Tehran IRAN, April 6 2005.
Euganea Movie Movement Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio, Italy, July 23 2005.
Anima Mundi Animation Festival Brazil, July 8, 2005.
Anima Cordoba Animation Festival, Argentina, April 27, 2005.
Perth International Film Festival, June 30, 2005.
Taiwan Animation Festival May 5, 2005.
China International Cartoon Festival, September 28, 2005.