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SFFILM Festival

Dash Shaw: Persistence of Vision Award + “Cryptozoo”

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Join us for the live talk The Making of “Cryptozoo” with Dash Shaw on Fri, Apr 16 at 4:00 pm PST. RSVP here.


Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST

Persistence of Vision Award

Join Cryptozoo writer/director and Persistence of Vision Award Winner Dash Shaw in conversation with Oscar nominee and Bay Area resident Trevor Jimenez (Weekends, 2018). The POV award honors a filmmaker whose main body of work falls outside the realm of traditional narrative filmmaking.


Funny, sexy, and ambitious, Shaw’s hand-drawn feature captivates a far-out story of mythological creatures and the brave souls trying to protect them from harm.


Captivatingly far-out in its thrilling storylines and psychedelic visuals, the film opens with a tender scene of forest lovemaking and closes with a spectacular helicopter chase featuring a sword-wielding badass named Lauren, intent on freeing any creature deemed different. Weighty matters of biodiversity and acceptance of the strange and wonderful underpin Shaw’s funny, sexy, and ambitious hand-drawn tale of mythological creatures and the brave souls trying to protect them.

Director Dash Shaw

SFFILM’s 2021 POV award winner Dash Shaw is a comic book writer and artist, animator, screenwriter, and director. His previous films include a short, Seraph (2012), and his debut feature, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016). Cryptozoo won the Sundance Film Festival NEXT Innovator Award.

Film Details

Language English

Year 2021

Premiere California

Runtime 95

Country USA

Director Dash Shaw

Producer Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson

Executive Producer Gail Flanigan, Dexter Braff, Drew Sykes

Writer Dash Shaw

Editor Lance Edmands, Alex Abrahams

Cinematographer Jane Samborski

Cast Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Angeliki Papoulia,