The Wrong Rock

"Before we can save the world, we must put aside our differences. We're all on the same Rock!"

Michael Cawood, Animated Filmmaker







Festival Screenings and Awards

CTNBurbank, CA, USA17 November 2018Animation Convention
Lebu Film FestivalChile15 February 2019Oscar Qualifying
Cape Town Animation FestivalAfrica8 March 2019Official Selection
Bermuda Film FestivalBermuda10 March 2019Oscar Qualifying
AnimfestAthens, Greece14 March 2019Official Selection
Riverrun Film FestivalWinston-Salem, NC, USA4 April 2019Oscar Qualifying
British Animation FestivalLondon, UK10 May 2019Official Selection
Short Shorts iTSCOMTokyo, Japan30 May 2019Oscar Qualifying
Short Shorts SHIDAXTokyo, Japan13 June 2019Oscar Qualifying
Traverse City Film FestivalTraverse City, MI, USA3 August 2019Official Selection
Rhode Island Film FestivalRhode Island, USA6 August 2019Oscar Qualifying
HollyShorts Film FestivalHollywood, CA, USA8 August 2019Oscar Qualifying
DreamworksGlendale, CA, USA13 August 2019Private Screening
Lift-Off Animation ShowcaseVimeo25 August 2019Official Selection
Burbank Film FestivalBurbank, CA, USA7 September 2019WINNER: Best Animated Short
Non Violent FestivalVimeo19 September 2019Official Selection
Animation Block PartyNew York, USA22 September 2019Official Selection
Edmonton Film FestivalEdmonton, Canada26 September 2019Oscar Qualifying
DeSoto Film FestivalSouthaven, MI, USA3 October 2019Official Selection
Hamptons Film FestivalHamptons, NY, USA10 October 2019Oscar Qualifying
Satisfied Eye Film FestivalKingston Upon Thames, UK18 October 2019Official Selection
Davis Film FestivalDavis, CA, USA26 October 2019WINNER: Best Short Animation
St. Louis Film FestivalSt. Louis, MO, USA10 November 2019Oscar Qualifying
Foyle Film FestivalIreland23 November 2019Oscar Qualifying
Animation MarathonAthens, Greece24 November 2019Official Selection
Arena CineloungeLos Angeles, USA29 Nov - 5 DecTheater Screening
LA Animation Film FestivalLos Angeles, CA, USA24 January 2020Official Selection
Prague Indie Film FestivalPrague, Czech Republic20 February 2020WINNER: Honorable Mention
ASIFAHollywood, USAJuly 2020Featured Short Film
Sonoma Film FestivalSonoma, CA, USA2 August 2020Official Selection
Cardiff Animation NightsCardiff, UK29 August 2020Official Selection
ICONACorfu4 December 2020WINNER: 2nd Place
Peque FilmesSpain23 January 2021Official Selection
Music in MediaHollywood, USA27 January, 2021Best Score Nominee
DeSoto Film FestivalSouthaven, MI, USA23 April 2021Family Film Night
Salaam Film FestivalCopenhagen, Denmark2021Screening
Taichung Animation FestivalTaichung City,
8 October 2021Screening
Laboral CinematecaSpain19 December 2021Screening
Children Care Film FestivalParis, France26 June 2022Official Selection
Scarab Film FestivalDubai, UAE18 - 21 Dec 2022Official Selection

Disney Layout Supervisor – Joaquin Baldwin

“Michael has the knowledge to make a film like this take off, he is great at bringing people together, running a large project and seeing it is completed. His previous experience and the way he managed the community of artists tells me this new film is sure to be a passionate and well managed endeavor.”

Disney Layout Supervisor – Joaquin Baldwin
Nimble Collective Founder & Head of Animation at Dreamworks – Jason Schleifer

“Through The Wrong Rock, Michael Cawood celebrates a powerful message of acceptance and unity. By assembling a global team of talented animators, he masterfully crafts (and echos) the journey of a single hopeful soul who helps shine a light on the truth that we are all one. There is no time more appropriate than now to spread this message, and I’m thrilled that Michael and his team are doing so with passion and integrity.”

Nimble Collective Founder & Head of Animation at Dreamworks – Jason Schleifer
Artella & Animation Mentor Founder & Pixar Animator – Bobby Beck

“The Wrong Rock hits home and drives to the core of what makes cinema great. The team Michael has assembled is absolutely incredible. Despite everyone being spread out all over the world, Michael has been able to unify their efforts in an extremely cohesive way and the work they are doing is truly awe inspiring.”

Artella & Animation Mentor Founder & Pixar Animator – Bobby Beck

Team Includes


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