Crawlspace (2004 film)

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Directed byPeter Sved
Written byPeter Sved
Produced byAdam Dolman
Edited byDavid Cole
Music byTamara O'Brien
Distributed byAFTRS
Release date
  • April 2004 (2004-04)
Running time
8 minutes

Crawlspace is a 2004 animated short film, written, directed and animated by Peter Sved as his graduation piece at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney.


A strange man stuck in a desert wakes from his coma and goes in search of water. He discovers a lush green forest, alive with plants and animals the likes of which he could never have dreamt of. He finds a watersnake (a bizarre creature that is a snake with a human hand as its head; is made of a semi-transparent fluid; has the ability to float in air) that has been captured by a giant plant that resembles a venus flytrap, and rescues the strange creature from its clutches. In return, the creature reveals to him the secret place in the forest where water can be found.

Festival screenings and awards[edit]


  • Hiroshima International Animation Festival 2004, Japan (Winner – Stars of Students Award)
  • ComGraph 2004: Asia-Pacific Digital Art & Animation Competition, Singapore (Winner – Merit Award, Student Computer Animation Section)
  • Australian Effects and Animation Festival 2004, Sydney (Nomination, Best Graduation Film)
  • Asiana International Short Film Festival 2004, Seoul, Korea
  • Asia Pacific Film Festival 2004, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • St Kilda Film Festival 2004, Melbourne
  • Mill Valley Film Festival 2004, California, USA
  • Trebon International Animation Festival 2005, Czech Republic
  • Ecozine International Film Festival 2009, Spain


  • 2005 MPSE Nomination for Best Sound in Student film for Derryn Pasquil's sound design
  • 2005 MPSE Golden Reel Nomination, LA, for Tamara O'Brien's original score

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