Highly Spirited


The Lost Thing

“A boy finds a strange creature on a beach, and decides to find a home for it in a world where everyone believes there are far more important things to pay attention to.”


A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle tops at the beach. Realising it is lost, he tries to find out who owns it or where it belongs, but is met with indifference from everyone else, who barely notice its presence, each unwilling to entertain this uninvited interruption to their day to day lives. For reasons he does not explain, the boy empathises with the creature, and sets out to find a ‘place’ for it.

About the Film

The Lost Thing is an Academy Award winning 15 minute short film adaptation of Shaun Tan’s acclaimed picture book was completed in March 2010.

The multi award winning The Lost Thing was produced by Sophie Byrne of Passion Pictures Australia, and was financed by Passion Pictures and Screen Australia. It marks Shaun’s directorial debut and has been co-directed by Passion Pictures UK founder, Andrew Ruhemann.

It is currently available to purchase on DVD in Australia (distributed by Madman Entertainment) and available to download via iTunes worldwide. For full production credits please see the official film website.

The Lost Thing EPK – Press Release

Awards List

*Academy Accredited Awards

83rd Academy Awards (US, Feb 2011): Winner – Oscar for Best Animated Short *

Annecy Int. Animation Festival (France, June 2010): Winner – The Annecy Cristal (Best Short Film) *

Inside Film Awards (Australia, September 2010): Winner – Best Animated Short Film

Melbourne Int. Film Festival (Australia, July/Aug. 2010): Grand Prix for Best Short*

Samsung Mobile AFI Awards (Australian Film Institute) 2010: Winner – AFI Award for Best Short Animation

Sydney Film Festival (Australia, June 2010): Winner – Yoram Gross Animation Award*

Anaheim International Film Festival (USA, October 2010): Winner – Best Animation Short Film

Anima Mundi (Brazil, July 2010):Winner – Best Soundtrack

ANIMACOR 2010 International Short Film Competition (Spain, November 2010): Winner – Best Short Film, and the Special Award of Children to the Best Short Film

Animpact Animation Festival (South Korea, December 2010): Winner – Audience Award

Aspen Shortsfest (USA, April 2011): Winner – Special Jury Recognition

Athens Animfest (Greece, March 2011): Winner – Grand Prix ‘Athena’

Austin Film Festival (USA, November 2010): Winner – Animated Short Jury Award

Australian Effects and Animation Festival (Australia, August 2010): Winner – Best Short Film

Australian Screen Sound Guild Award (Australia, October 2010): Winner – Best Achievement in Sound in an Animated Film

Chicago International Childrens Film Festival (USA, November 2010): Winner – Adult Jury Prize for Best Animated Short*, and The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize – Best Film by an Emerging Director

CINANIMA Esphino Animation Festival (Portugal, November 2010): Winner – PRIZE RTP2: ONDA CURTA

Durango Independent Film Festival (USA, March 2011): Winner – Jury Award for Best Animated Short

Flickerfest (Aust, January 2011): Winner – Best Australian Short Film

Image en Vues (Canada/Qubec, October 2010): Winner – Best Film by the Public

International TrickFilm Festival Stuttgart (Germany, May, 2011): Winner – SWR Audience Award

Mudfest (Australia, March 2011): Winner – Best Short Film by Judges, & Best Australian Entry

Palm Springs Int. Festival of Short Films (USA, June 2010): Second Place for Best Animated Short

Qantm Desktop CREATE:Awards (Australia, September 2010) : Creative of the Year, and Best Animation

Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA, February 2011): Winner – Brian Corwin Award Best Animated Short Film

Screen Music Awards (Australia, November 2010): Winner – Best Music in a Short Film

Spokane Int. Film Festival (USA, February 2011): Winner – Gold SpIFFy for Best Animation

Wiesbaden International Weekend Animation (Germany, November 2010): Winner – Audience Prize, Best of International Animation 2009/2010