Coin Operated (2017)


Coin Operated (2017)

A young boy dreams of a moon-rocket and space travel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
IMDb   6.3 /10
TheMovieDb    5.9 /10
FilmAffinity   5.3 /10
Release Date2017-10-03
GenreAnimation, Short
Content Rating
Awards4 wins & 1 nomination.
CompanyTwo Ghosts, Nimble Collective

Coin Operated

Coin Operated is a 2017 animated short film written and directed by Nicholas Arioli and produced by Jennifer Dahlman. The film premiered at the 2017 Brooklyn Film Festival.


A young boy sees a rocket kiddie ride at a grocery store. The boy is an aspiring astronaut, and his mother gives him 5 cents, and he rides it. He is disappointed when the ride does not launch him into space.

Expecting that the ride can do better, he opens a lemonade stand and earns money from it. This goes on until the boy has become an old man. Having earned lots of money to produce more launch attempts, he goes back to the ride and fills it with coins. It wobbles like usual at first, but soon shakes violently and launches him into space. A brief shot from the clouds displays him as a young boy again.


2017Brooklyn Film FestivalAudience AwardWon
Palm Springs International Festival of Short FilmsCrystal AwardWon
AFI FestGrand Jury Award for Animated ShortNominated