2017 | 15 min  

Animation Technique: 3D/2D Hybrid


 Skin for Skin is a dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade.

In 1823, the Governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his Dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction until the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price.

"The Congress of Animal Souls must be heard!!!"

Abraham Castillo Flores,
Head of Film Programming - MorbidoFest - Mexico City



 Natural World


Supernatural World







Audience Award
Conscious Cartoons Animaton Festival - Vashon Island, Washington

Audience Award
Scenic City Film Festival - Owen Sound, Ontario

Special Distinction Award
SICAF Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival - South Korea

Vimeo Staff Pick September 2018

Best of Festival
Best Animation
Yorkton Film Festival - Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Best Animated Production or Series - Bonnie Thompson
Best Director (Drama under 30 minutes) - Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher
Best Overall Sound (Drama under 30 minutes) - Frank Laratta
AMPIA Rosie Awards - Alberta

Best from Away
FAVA FEST - Edmonton, Alberta

AMPIA Rosie Awards Nominees:
Best Screenwriter Drama under 30 minutes (Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher)
Best Production Designer/Art Director (Kevin D.A. Kurytnik & Lyndon Navalta)
Best Original Musical Score Drama Under 30 Minutes (Frank Laratta)

Official Competition - Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Brazil

Official Competition - Best Animation - Yorkton Film Festival - Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Nominee Lodestar Award - Dawson City Short Film Festival, Yukon

Official Competition - Anima Brussels Animation Festival - Belgium

Nominee  IMDbPro Shorts Award - Miami International Film Festival - USA

Official Competition - Melbourne International Animation Festival - Australia


Silver Skull Outstanding Award International Short Film
Morbido Fest - Mexico City

Grand Jury Award Best Short Film (Animation) - Oscar qualifying
Edmonton International Film Festival - Alberta

Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated) - Oscar qualifying
Calgary International Film Festival - Alberta

Audience Favorite Best Alberta Short
Calgary International Film Festival - Alberta

Best Canadian Animation
GIRAF - Quickdraw Animation Society - Calgary, Alberta

Honorable Mention Best Film 5-25 minutes

Cinanima International Animation Festival - Espinho, Portugal 

Official Competition - Quebec City International Film Festival 

Official Competition - Best Canadian Animation - Ottawa International Animation Festival



 “We are in awe of your work, it is one of most powerful and mystical works I have experienced. You guys managed to channel the haunted voice of the fauna and flora of Canada into film. We are certain that this dark tale from the past will help illuminate the present and generate debate and introspection. We are honored to have it in our line up.”

Abraham Castillo Flores
Morbidofest 2017
Mexico City

“Extremely rich with technical skills. A dramatic story in a powerful film.”

Jury statement
Cinanima Festival 2017
Espinho, Portugal


Michael Dudok de Wit
Academy Award winning animator for his short film
Father and Daughter, and nominated for his feature film The Red Turtle

Paulo Trancoso
Portuguese live action film producer, Night Train to Lisbon, Queen Margot

Ferenc Mikulás
Director, Kecskeméti Animation Film Festival, Hungary

“Kick-ass revenge myth that re-imagines the Canadian fur trade. Trippy and unforgettable.” / “A breathtaking journey of imagination and style with spellbinding visual transitions. A tour de force of the animation art form.” / “I’ve never seen a more courageous, unapologetic juxtaposition of man’s greed and the sacredness of the universe. All art struggles to point where Skin for Skin stares.”

Jury statements
Edmonton International Film Festival 2017



Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival - Vashon Island, Washington
Scenic City Film Festival - Owen Sound, Ontario
SICAF Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Korea
Hiroshima International Animation Festival - Best of the World 3, Japan
FIC Monterrey Film Festival - Morbidofest The Human Enemy program, Mexico
Open Air Film Festival - Weiterstadt, Germany
Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film - Horror Animation program, Croatia
Anima Mundi International Animation Festival, Rio deJaneiro & Sao Paulo, Brazil
Yorkton Film Festival - Yorkton, Sask
FAVA FEST, Best of the Region - Edmonton, Alberta
Dawson City International Short Film Festival - Yukon
Miami International Film Festival, Fight Like a Girl Short Films program - Florida
Alberta College of Art + Design, Skin for Skin: Art + Process special screening/exhibition Objects in Motion, Living Things International Arts Festival - Kelowna, B.C.
Anima Brussels Animation Film Festival - Belgium
Melbourne International Animation Festival - Australia


Fantasia International Film Festival, World Premiere - Montreal, Quebec
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canadian Panorama -  Ontario
Calgary International Film Festival, Frame by Frame Shorts Program -  Alberta
Edmonton International Film Festival, Canadiana Shorts programme -  Alberta
Quebec City International Film Festival - Quebec City, Quebec
Cinanima International Animation Festival - Espinho, Portugal 
Morbido Film Fest - Mexico City, Mexico
SPARK Animation Festival - Vancouver , B.C.
GIRAF Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival - Calgary, Alberta



Written and Directed by
Kevin D. A. Kurytnik & Carol Beecher

Bonnie Thompson

Carol Beecher for Fifteen Pound Pink Productions

Executive Producer
David Christensen


Story Team
William Dyer
Danielle Bazinet
Jon Jon Atienza
Nic Wassill
Lyndon Navalta
Ryder McLean

Storyboard Artists
Danielle Bazinet
Kevin D.A. Kurytnik

Carol Beecher

Art Direction
Kevin D.A. Kurytnik

Assistant Art Direction
Lyndon Navalta

Production Manager
Carol Beecher

Production Design
Kevin D.A. Kurytnik
Danielle Bazinet
Lyndon Navalta

Lead Colour Artist / Compositor
Lyndon Navalta

Colour Artist / Compositor
William Dyer
Court Brinsmead

Technical Director
William Dyer

Texture Artist
Danielle Bazinet

Character Design
Douglas Nhung
Julianna Michek

Concept Artists
Lyndon Navalta
Hunter Bonyun
Ryder McLean
Eran Fowler
Cynthia Ward

Pre-viz Modeler
Justin Goran

3D Modeler
Nic Wassill

Assistant Modelers
Ryder McLean
Blake Figol

Lighting & Effects / Compositor
Jon Jon Atienza

Effects / Compositor
Brian Batista

David Reynolds
Blake Figol

Animation Supervisors
Carol Beecher
William Dyer

Lead 3D Animator
 William Dyer

Layout / Animation
Carol Beecher
Court Brinsmead
Ryder McLean
Blake Figol
Nic Wassill

Jon Jon Atienza
Ryder McLean
Price Morgan

Production Interns
Shawna Saunders – 3D Animation
Alexandra Hodgson, Danielle Vuono – Texture/VFX
Lauren Shipton – Texture/Typography
Balbina Argenti, Lee Jang, Kelly-Ann Desouza – 2D Rotoscope
Milan Bojanic – Texture/VFX/Lighting
Kristy Lannan – VFX/Compositing

Lead Researcher
Carol Beecher

Research Assistants
Emma Rouleau
David McGonigal

Production Assistants
Guilia Comin
Ryley Bryanton
Adam Muhieddine
Christina Mah

Technical Consultants
Sean Craig
Steve Kahwati
Seneca College, Toronto, Ontario

Sound Team

Supervising Sound Editor
Frank Laratta

Sound Editors
Brent Planiden
Matt Coffey
Tyler Rambie

Matt Coffey
Tyler Rambie

Re-recording Mixers
Brent Planiden
Frank Laratta

Sound Team

Voice Group
Paul Boucher
Inouk Touzin
Stéphane Prevost
Stephan Gabriele
Jim Ripley
Roger Rhodes

Music Score & Sound Design
Frank Laratta

Audio Post Production Facility
Propeller Studios Inc., Calgary, Alberta

Sound Team
Owen Bonnar

Traditional Songs
A Saint-Malo, Alouette
Passant par Paris, C’est l’aviron
Blue Bonnets, o’er the Border

Additional Sound Editing
Jimmy Bustos
Ryan Von Hagen

Post Production
Jump Studios, Calgary, Alberta
with thanks to Brian Vos and Jennifer Avis

Jeff August
Nick Zacharkiw

Online Editor
Brock Roberts

With the support of
Alberta College of Art + Design
special thanks to Dr. Daniel Doz + Marc Scholes


Peterborough Canoe Museum
Museum of Canadian History
Manitoba Museum
Archives of Manitoba – Hudson’s Bay Company Archives
Royal Alberta Museum
Fort Edmonton Park
The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site
David Williams Boat Tours – 1000 Islands
Les Excursions Rapides Lachine – Montreal
Blue Canoe – Discover Banff Tours
Heritage Park – Calgary
Glenbow Museum
Library and Archives Canada
Theatre Calgary

Production Coordinators
Ginette D’Silva
Faye Yoneda
Jasmine Pullukatt

Marketing Manager
Leslie Stafford

Program Administrators
Bree Beach
Ginette D’Silva

Production Supervisors
Mark Power
Esther Viragh

Centre Operations Manager
Darin Clausen

Executive Director English Program
Michelle Van Beusekom