Bicoastal production and management company Washington Square Films will be presenting fantasy feature Cryptozoo at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. The festival that has been held in Park City, Utah for decades will be held virtually for the first time ever, January 28 through February 3. Cryptozoo, directed by animator Jane Samborski and Dash Shaw, follows a group of Cryptozookeepers trying to capture a dream-eating hybrid creature of legend named Baku. They begin to wonder if they should display these rare beasts or keep them hidden and unknown. The film features the voices of Michael Cera, Alex Karpovsky, and Grace Zabriskie.


“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.” Washington Square Films is an esteemed production and management company with a decades-long history of accolades. The company’s films have been nominated for four Academy Awards and two Emmy Awards (winning one), Nine Independent Spirit Awards (winning one.) Their projects have received two Peabody Awards, and been nominated for, and won dozens of other awards and honors. Washington Square Films’ features have premiered at every major film festival including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, New York, and ten at Sundance.


Shaw, the sole director of the film, and Samborski are not new to cinema. The two are married and collaborated on “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” in 2016. The film, an animated, apocalyptic comedy telling the story of high school students stuck in a sinking school building, premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was screened in over 30 cities including at Fantastic Fest, New York Film Festival, and AFI Fest.


Cryptozoo is nominated for the Sundance NEXT Innovator Award, presented by Adobe. The Sundance Film Festival classifies NEXT as a program of “pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling.” The award recognizes the most innovative and dynamic film screened in the NEXT category.


Cryptozoo and all other Sundance presentations will be available to stream via Sundance’s digital platform across the United States and will also be presented on satellite screens nationwide, including arthouse cinemas, museums, and drive-ins. See where you can tune in here.




A Film by

Jane Samborski & Dash Shaw


Written & Directed by

Dash Shaw


Animation Director

Jane Samborski



Kyle Martin

Jane Samborski

Bill Way

Tyler Davidson



Lake Bell

Michael Cera

Alex Karpovsky

Zoe Kazan

Louisa Krause


Edited By

Lance Edmands


Lead Animation By

Emily Wolfer


Original Music By

John Carroll Kirby


Fit Via Vi Films Presents

An Electric Chinoland Production


Low Spark Films

In Association with Washington Square Films

With Support from Cinereach