Orig­i­nal­ly from Paraguay, Joaquin Bald­win moved to LA and start­ed study­ing at The UCLA Ani­ma­tion Work­shop, where he direct­ed this short ani­mat­ed film, Papiroflex­ia (Span­ish for “Origa­mi”). The film end­ed up being a final­ist at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val in 2008. Then, in 2009, Bald­win went on win the com­pe­ti­tion with a new ani­mat­ed film, Sebas­tian’s Voodoo, even though he was com­pet­ing with films by Pixar and Dis­ney. You can watch four shorts (includ­ing Sebas­tian’s Voodoo) at Bald­win’s site, And for lots of oth­er film good­ness, be sure to check out our col­lec­tion of Free Movies Online.

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