“Meeting MacGuffin: An Animated Ecological Thriller” (2017) is the sequel to the multi-award-winning stop-motion film “Hanging By A Thread” (2013) and second in a trilogy of short films written, animated and directed by Catya Plate.

In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has fallen apart, a group of scientists and an animated sign complete the construction of a new human race and meet a groundhog climatologist who prepares them for their mission to restore balance to the decimated Earth.


JURY’S CITATION AWARD (Animation), 38th Black Maria Film Festival, 2019.

GRAND PRIZE: BEST ANIMATED SHORT, Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (Academy Awards® Qualifying), October 2017.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT, Scandinavian International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, October 2018.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION, Fano International Film Festival, Italy, October 2018.

BEST ANIMATED FILM, Wasteland Film Festival, November 2018.

FINALIST – BEST ANIMATION, BLOW-UP International Arthouse FILMFEST, October 2018.

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM, Aphrodite Film Awards, New York, September 2018.

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM, ANIMAZE-Montreal International Animation Film Festival, August 2017.

BEST ANIMATED FILM, Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival, July 2017.

BEST SHORT PRODUCTION DESIGN, Other Worlds Austin, December 2017.

BEST ANIMATION (Professional Category), St. Francis College Women’s Film Festival, March 2018.

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD, IndieWorks, New York, November 2017.


SPIRIT V & T AWARD, Vidlings & Tapeheads Festival, August 2018.

HONORABLE JURY MENTION (Animation), India Cine Film Festival, Mumbai, September 2018.


41st Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL, February 2019.

38th Black Maria Film Festival, New Jersey City, (traveling festival), 2019.

Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska, November/December 2018.

CutOut Fest, Mexico, November 2018.

Berlin Sci-Fi Filmfest, Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Fano International Film Festival, Italy, October 2018.

LA Femme International Film Festival, LA, California, October 2018.

SCIFF, Scandinavian International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland, October 2018.

Fargo Fantastic Film Festival, Fargo, North Dakota, September 2018.

Wasteland Film Festival, Edwards, California, September 2018.

Feratum Film Fest, Tlalpujahua, Mexico, September 2018.

FilmQuest, Provo, Utah, September 2018. Nominated BEST ANIMATED FILM.

Overmountain Animation Festival, Tennessee, August 2018.

Vidlings & Tapeheads, Detroit, Michigan, July 2018.

MIAF-Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia, June 2018.

Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, March 31-May 18, 2018.

Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown, MD, April 2018.

19th Crossroads Film Festival, Jackson, MS, April 2018.

20th Mecal International Short and Animation Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain. March 2018.

Queens World Film Festival, New York City, March 2018.

ANIMAC, 22nd International Animation Film Festival, Lleida, Spain, February 2018.

20th SF IndieFest, San Francisco, CA, February 2018.

15th Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, MS, February 2018.

Mammoth Film Festival, CA, February 2018.

Other Worlds Austin, Texas, December 2017.

IndieWorks, New York, NY, November 14, 2017.

MORBIDO Fest, Mexico City, Mexico, October 25-November 5, 2017.

24th Cucalorus Festival, Wilmington, NC, November 2017.

APHA Global Public Health Film Festival, Atlanta, GA, November 2017.

Hamilton Film Festival, Hamilton, Canada, November 2017.

Crown Heights Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY, October 2017.

Rhode Island International Film Festival/ Vortex (Academy Awards® Qualifying), Providence, RI, October 2017.

New Hampshire Film Festival, Portsmouth, NH, October 2017.

StopTrik Film Festival, Maribor (Slovenia) & Lodz (Poland), October 2017 & November 2017.

HollyShorts Film Festival (Academy Awards® Qualifying), Los Angeles, CA, August 2017.

ANIMAZE-Montreal International Animation Film Festival, Montreal, Quebec, August 2017.

Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival, Seattle, WA, July 2017.

Brooklyn Film Festival, Brooklyn, NY, June 2017.


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