12155835This beautiful and touching stop-motion short by Kirsten Lepore just won a Vimeo Community Choice award, and deservedly so. On a basic level it's a perfect example of anthropomorphism, as we assign emotions and desires to what are literally piles of dirt. Going beyond this, the relationship metaphor feels derived from real life, negating any sort of escapism to be had at the hands of what could otherwise be merely cute animation. Highly recommended.

Here's a quick jaunt behind-the-scenes. What's Kirsten's secret? Hard work.