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When a bruised and battered man claiming to be Santa Clause is arrested for the murder of a child, the interrogating officers uncover a story more bizarre and horrific than expected. A violent Christmas rivalry between the forces of good and evil where the outcome hinges on a promise made decades ago.

The award-winning duo, Sam Chou and Ellery VanDooyeweert, team up again for another animated thriller, this time delving into the turbulent origins of old Father Frost himself.

In The Heat is adapted from a 2008 short story by “Queen of Russian Horror”, Anna Starobinets.




S2 - E1  - 17 mins

In the Heat

Director: Sam Chou of Look Mom! Productions (Canada)


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Sam Chou is an award-winning series creator and director. 

Before his animated films played at TIFF and Sundance, Sam was a traditional animator on feature films like Osmosis Jones (WB) and Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights. He co-created and directed the web series Crime: The Animated Series, which premiered at both Sundance and TIFF and won Best Series for Adults at the Ottawa International Animation Festival in 2014. Sam worked with Mattel in 2014 to produce the short film titled, HE-Man: First Snowfall, which played at Fantasia International Film Festival in 2017. His last film, VRDLK: Family of Vurdulak, premiered at Fantasia Film Festival and won the best Animated Short at FilmQuest as well the Audience Choice Award at Lusca Fantastic Film Festival.

Sam is the creative director of development Look Mom! Productions, where he oversees the production company's creative development slate, which includes animated fare for teens and adults.

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