Directed by Zora Kovac
Produced by Zora Kovac
United States | English | 8' | Fiction, Animation
A scientist lives alone in a large mansion, controlling every aspect of his life with a series of machines that allow him to have no interaction with the outside world. After he accidentally creates a plant creature that takes the form of a baby, his bond with it opens him up to a connection he previously refused to have. As the creature gets older and tries to go outside, the scientist stops it, until one day it grows to a size he can no longer control. As he tries to contain the creature, it breaks free and swallows him whole before bringing him on a journey through the outside world where he learns that it is not as threatening as he may have previously thought.
Sprout is a lovely, quietly impressive animation about an isolated scientist who is forced to confront his fear of the outside world when one of his experiments goes awry. A perfect antidote to the loneliness many of us still feel following the pandemic-which-shall-not-be-named, this film was a surprise favorite among our team, leaving us all with a sense of collective calm and joy. — Katherine Tolentino, Programmer