about lfc
about lfc
about lfc

Little Fluffy Clouds is an award-winning Bay Area production studio specializing in high-end motion graphics and animation in all forms.

Talented, imaginative, experimental yet pragmatic we bring a unique edge to everything we do. Our compulsion for storytelling, interwoven with a constant eye for exploration, development and investment in the latest technologies, allows us to think freely, playfully question, concept, dream, draw, code, animate and deliver experiences that enable our clients' ideas to shine.

Diversity of style is our byword.

Little Fluffy Clouds LLC is a minority-women owned production studio (MWOB).

Betsy de Fries
Writer, poet and mixed media artist

Betsy de Fries Executive Producer Little Flufy Clouds bay area animation studio

Betsy is Little Fluffy Clouds' founder, director and producer. An NEA award grantee, her checkered past includes theatres, nightclubs, performance spaces and international art-collectives.

For many years Betsy was a fixture of the San Francisco avant-garde arts scene wearing many hats on films, videos, theatre productions and national museum projects. She worked for Apple, Paramount and Colossal Pictures in emergent New Media and R&D.

Now, after a long career in arts and media, Betsy works on meaningful and artistic productions many of them award-winning and nature-related conservation awareness impact films such as Yellowstone 88 – Song of Fire, As the River Flows, Billy Collins’ poem, TODAY and Au Petite Mort. She hales from London but lives happily in California with her dog JAX.

Jerry van de Beek
Creative Director, co-founder, chief animator and code warrior

Jerry van de Beek Creative Director Little Flufy Clouds bay area animation studio

My role as creative director for Little Fluffy Clouds is to find visually engaging solutions to tell stories - sifting through long lists of needs, wishes and story points – to tease out the message. Discovering that ah-ha moment is a puzzle that begs to be solved.

An unlimited interest in design, animation, photography and technology propels me forward to search for new visual styles in each production.

When not collaborating with clients on their projects I like to work on our own independent productions, such as our multi award-winning, nature-related, conservation awareness impact films, Yellowstone 88 – Song of Fire and As the River Flows.


Avignon International Film Festival 2024

LA Guarimba International Film Festival 2024

Walthamstow International Film Festival 2024

Brighton Int. Animation Fest 2024

Walker Nature Center 2024

Orion IFF 2024 Finalist

Santa Barbara Int. Short Fest 2024 Best Animation Short

Palermo International FF 2023

Overcome FF 2023 BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM - Restoring the Spirit of Place

Ireland Wildlife FF 2023

San Francisco Green FF 2023

Catalina FF 2023

Lebanese Independent FF - LIFF 2023


Wild Earth Oceania FF 2023

Boulder Environmental/Nature/Outdoors FF 2023


First Glance FF Philadelphia 2023

Brussels World FF 2023

26th Gran Paradiso FF 2023

Rhode Island Int FF 2023 Semi Finalist

International World Film Award 2023 Best Animation

Gig Harbor FFs 2023

Long Story Short 2023

Vision of the Wild 2023

San Diego Int Film Awards 2023

Woods Hole FF 2023

New York Indie Short Awards 2023

Acampadoc Panama 2023

Blue Whiskey Independent FF 2023 Best Animation

The John Hopkins FF 2023

Julien Dubuque IFF 2023

Cinema Verde Environmental FF 2023

Green FF 2023

Gold Movie Awards 2023

Wild & Scenic FF 2023

Socially Relevant FF NY 2023

Beeston FF 2023

So Cal Film Awards 2023

Snowtown FF 2023

Omaha FF 2023

Oceanside Int FF 2023 Best Animation

Media FF 2023 The Golden Trolley Award

Catharsis Int FF 2023

Blissfest Poetry in Motion 2023 Best Animation

Sydney Indie Short Festival Semi Finalist

Alameda Int FF 2023

Abbeville Bird and Nature Festival 2023

Colorado Environmental FF 2023

Sandbar Int FF 2022 Honorable Mention

SunChild Int Environmental Festival 2022

Rome Prisma Film Awards 2022

Southampton Film Week 2022

Rotterdam Independent FF 2022 Award Winner

Wildlife Conservation FF 2022

BASH Bay Area - Sacramento Short FF 2022

12N61W FF 2022

Sustainable Stories FF 2022

Deep Fried FF 2022

Festival Int du Ornithologique 2022

Jackson Wild Media Awards 2022 Finalist

New West FF 2022

Fano IFF 2022

Kyiv Indie Fest 2022 Best Documentary

Cannes Indie Short Awards 2022 Semi Finalist

Vienna Indie Short FF 2022 Semi Finalist

Tryon Int FF 2022 Best Animated Short Film

Venezia Shorts 2022

Athens Int Children’s FF 2022

Austin Int Art Festival 2022

Niagara Falls Int Short Festival 2022

Inkafest Mountain FF 2022

High Desert Screening Albuquerque 2022

Kinosaray Positive FF 2022

World Houston IFF 2022 Special Jury Remi Award

JellyFest 2022

Indy FF 2022

Chesapeake FF 2022 Best Animation Award

Denali FF 2022 Best Animation Award

Vaasa Wildlife Festival 2022 Finalist

Southern Cone IFF 2022

New York International Women Festival 2022

Maui FF 2022

Hamburg Indie FF 2022 Best Short Animation

Long Story Shorts 2022

Good Natured Short FF 2022 Life on Earth Award

Berlin Shorts Award 2022

Seattle Movie Awards 2022

Milan Arthouse FF 2022

Int Cosmopolitan FF of Tokyo 2022 Winner Best Sound Design - all catigories

Sacramento World FF 2022

Athens International Video Poetry Festival 2022

Prague International Film Awards 2022

AniMate Australia Animation FF 2022

Eugene Environmental FF 2022

International Wildlife FF Missoula 2022

San Francisco Green FF 2022

WanderWild Festival 2022

Kosice IFF 2022

Rotterdam Independent FF 2022

Paris Women Festival 2022

Amsterdam ARFF International Award 2022

Phoenix Short FF 2022

Madrid Arthouse FF 2022

ArtHouse Festival of Beverly Hills 2022

Sevilla Indie FF 2022 Best Animation Short

San Francisco Indie Short Festival 2022

Hong Kong Indie FF 2022

Stockholm Shorts Festival 2022

Boulder IFF 2022 Best Animated Short Film Award

FestMedallo Internacional de Cine de Medellin 2022

Findecoin 2022

Thomas Edison FF 2022 Jury Choise Award

Clermont-Ferrand Festival du Court Métrage 2022

San Francisco Indie Fest 2022 Special Jury Award for Spirit of the Environment

Green Bay IFF 2022

European Short FF 2021

Toronto Independent FF of CIFT 2021


Eau Claire IFF 2021

Great Lakes IFF 2021

Accolade Global Film Competition 2021 Best Animated Short Film Award

The IndieFEST Film Awards 2021 Award of Excellence

International Social Change FF 2021

Overcome FF 2021 Best Voice Actor & Best Audio Narrative Poetry Film

Encounters FF 2021

Innsbruck Nature FF 2021

Roma IFF 2021

WILDsound 2021 – Best Sound & Music

Festival For Trailers 2021

Feedback Animation FF 2021 Winner Best Sound & Music

Green Bay FF 2018

ASIFA Spring 2017 – Audience Award (2)

Tiburon IFF 2017

Telly Awards 2017 Bronze X2

Barcelona FF 2016

VAASA WildLife Festival 2016

World Wide Life Festival 2016

Telly Awards 2016 Bronze

Pixie Awards 2016 Gold

MITX Awards 2015 Gold

Telly Awards 2014 Silver X2

Advertising Club of Connecticut 2014 Gold

Advertising Club of Connecticut 2013 Gold X8

2013 Global Awards

2012 RX Club Awards

SIGGRAPH: 2003, 2008, 2010

Pixie Awards 2012 Platinum X2

2011 Clio Healthcare Awards

Telly Award 2010 Silver

Dolby Labs 2009 3D Stereoscopic FF

Paris Int NEMO FF 2008, 2009

Montreal Int Animation Festival 2008, 2009

Creativity 37 Silver

Prix Ars Electronica 2008

San Francisco Int Animation Festival 2007

Annecy 2007

KAFI 2007

Coyote FF 2007

Clio Award Bronze

Anima Mundi 1997, 1998, 2003, 2007

Anicomm World Animation Celebration 1998, 2007

SIGGRAPH: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

London International Advertising Awards Best Animation

Creativity 27 Gold

San Francisco Ad Club Award

Holland Animation FF 1998, 2006

Tenerife Advertising Festival 2006

IV'03 London 2003

World Animation Festival Pasadena

Milano Premio Imagine

Tokyo Multimedia Grand Prix

Bruxelles Le Festival Du Dessin Anime

Monaco Pixel Ina

Montreal Cyberworld

Ottawa International Animation Festival

Direction Magazine


ASIFA 2023 “State of US Animation” by Karl Cohen

KALAKARI Film Magazine

STASH Media 2022 - Zero into Nine

ASIFA 2022 – Zero to Nine

ASIFA 2022 – Yellowstone 88

Little Black Book 2021 - Yellowstone 88 Song of Fire

Zippy Frames 2021 - Yellowstone 88 Song of Fire

Motionographer 2021 - Yellowstone 88 Song of Fire

STASH Media 2021 - Yellowstone 88 Song of Fire

ASIFA 2021 – Yellowstone 88

STASH Media 2018 - Building Blueprints for the Sky 2018

London Black Book 2017 - 11 Directors to Watch

Marin Independent Journal 2017

The Huffington Post 2016

Stash Media 2016 - As The River Flows

Conde Nast 2010 - Picture Perfect: Seeing and Understanding Color and Design

Ilex Publication 2010 - A Critical Guide to the 3 Minute Animated Short

Sybex Publication 2009 - Professional Digital Compositing

Harper Collins 2008 - Creativity 37 Annual

Hells Kitchen 2008 - Total Animation

Taschen GmbH 2005 - Animation Now!

Premiere Publication 2004 - Inspired 3D Short Film Productions

IDN-Flips 2004 - Animation 7

Rockport 2003 - The Best of 3-D Graphics

MacMillan/New Rider 2000 - Inside Softimage

Rockport 1999 - Computer Animation - A Whole New World