Director: Dave McKean
Screenwriters: Neil Gaiman

Institute History

  • 2005 Sundance Film Festival


MirrorMask is a groundbreaking effort from graphic novelists and directors Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman. Teaming up with the Jim Henson company, they combine live action with digital animation in a spectacular concoction that will dazzle children and adults alike.

MirrorMask is set in a magical world with opposing kingdoms, one in perpetual light and the other in constant darkness. These lands exist in total balance until the Light Queen is put under a spell and falls into a magical sleep. Without the queen, the Light Kingdom has no protection from the minions of the dark. The fate of the world soon rests on the shoulders of Helena, a 15-year-old who finds herself on a fantastic journey to find the MirrorMask and realign the balance of power. Along the way, she encounters giant sloths, monkeybirds, dangerous sphinxes, and otherworldly creatures that defy description.

What is also impossible to describe are the incredible imagery, atmosphere, and universe that the film creates. This is one of the most visually stunning independent films I have ever seen. McKean and Gaiman understand the power of cinema not just to relate stories but to transport you into ethereal and poetic worlds. MirrorMask is storytelling that represents what independence is all about.

— Trevor Groth

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