Five high-profile films were awarded Best of the Best honors at the 2019 Brand Film Festival in New York recently, including the four-minute animated short Pip, created for Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto. Produced with Tongal and Studio KimchiPip was chosen as one of the “most artistic, creative and effective branded content films, from YouTube videos to long-form documentaries,” according to the Brand Film Festival website. “This unique gathering honors a new generation of marketing storytellers, while rewarding the brands, agencies, and craftspeople leading the way in their fields.”

Pip is the heartwarming tale of a puppy who is small in stature but has a big, winning heart and the desire to overcome obstacles and become a Southeastern Guide Dogs dog. The film helps tell the story of the organization that transforms lives for the visually impaired and veterans with disabilities…saving the day, every day, for those seeking independence, dignity and freedom.

To date, Pip is rapidly approaching 192 million aggregate views online, and has been winning numerous awards and screenings in film festivals around the country.

Studio Kimchi is a modern boutique animation studio that specializes in quality animation with strong characters and story telling. Regardless of the animation style, technique or medium, our passion lies in telling great animated stories in the most captivating ways possible.

About Southeastern Guide Dogs
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. Our organization employs some of the most talented and innovative scientists and trainers in the working-dog industry and operates the most advanced training facilities of any service dog organization in the world. Our experts train guide dogs, service dogs, and skilled companion dogs for people with visual impairments, veterans with disabilities, and children with significant challenges such as vision loss or loss of a parent in the military.

All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services—which include selective breeding and expert dog training and conditioning; comprehensive on-campus student instruction; and lifetime alumni support—are provided at no cost to the recipients. We rely 100 percent on private donations and receive no government funding. Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dually accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: The International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. Learn more at