“Cryptozoo” Receives Independent Spirit Award Nomination

“Cryptozoo” Receives Independent Spirit Award Nomination

Dec 17, 2021

Directors Jane Samborski and Dash Shaw’s latest full-length animated feature film Cryptozoo has been nominated for the Independent Spirit Award. It was produced by Washington Square Films.

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Click HERE to view the awards announcement.


Already nominated for the Sundance NEXT Innovator Award, the fantasy feature follows a group of Cryptozookeepers who try to capture a Baku (a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend.) They begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts in the confines of a cryptozoo, or if these mythical creatures should remain hidden and unknown. 

“Dash Shaw is a unique talent, and Cryptozoo is a special film,” says Washington Square Films Founder/Executive Producer Joshua Blum. “We are very proud to be associated with Dash, Kyle Martin and the entire team of filmmakers as their film Cryptozoo continues to win accolades, including this week’s Spirit Awards nomination.” 

The Spirit Awards ceremony will be on March 6, 2022.


A Film By Jane Samborski & Dash Shaw — Written & Directed By Dash Shaw — Producers | Kyle Martin, Jane Samborski, Bill Way, Tyler Davidson — Cast | Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Alex Karpovsky, Zoe Kazan, Louisa Krause — Editor | Lance Edmands — Lead Animation | Emily Wolver — Original Music | John Carroll Kirby — Production Company Credits | Fit Via Vi Films Presents / An Electric Chinoland Production / Low Spark Films / In association with Washington Square Films / With Support from Cinereach