International Animated Shorts
International Animated Shorts
Total Running Time: 92 MIN
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DIRECTED BY THE BROTHERS McCLEOD
UK, 2008, 3 MIN
In a kind of stream of consciousness picture show, a collection of surreal characters at crucial moments in their briefly glimpsed stories reveal, at turns, despair, frustration, joy, and redemption.
DIRECTED BY SANTIAGO “BOU” GRASSO
ARGENTINA, 2008, 6.5 MIN
EAST COAST PREMIERE
A man performs his usual trip to the office, immersed in a system in which the use of people as objects is part of everyday life.
DIRECTED BY DAVID O’REILLY
GERMANY, 2009, 10 MIN
Set in the distant future, flash forwards, flashbacks, and geometric shapes and designs bring to light the troubled yet feisty relationship between Cat and Mouse. Winner of more than a dozen major animation festival awards including Ottawa and Annecy.
DIRECTED BY GEORGES SCHWIZGEBEL
CANADA, 2008, 6 MIN
Line, color, and motion unite in mesmerizing rhythmic harmony.
DIRECTED BY JUSTINE WALLACE
AUSTRALIA, 2009, 11 MIN
Loss, longing, and resilience rendered in a realistic tale that follows young May as she fights to escape her mother’s abusive boyfriend, then years later struggles to trust as an adult. Winner of four international Best Animation awards including UK Supershorts and Salento Film Festival in Italy.
DIRECTED BY CORDELL BARKER
CANADA, 2009, 9 MIN
Merciless and amusing class struggle played out by passengers on a crowded runaway train. Naturally there are victims, but in the end everyone is equal! This new delight from the director of the Oscar-nominated Strange Invaders (FFF 2002) was shortlisted for Best Animated Short for this year’s Academy Awards.
DIRECTED BY DAVID ALAPONT AND LUIS BRICENO
FRANCE, 2009, 13 MIN
IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Sepia and white colored graphic-novel-style animation cleverly blends with live action highlights to expose a highly controlled futuristic world of conformity and deception.
DIRECTED BY CÉDRIC LOUIS AND CLAUDE BARRAS
CANADA, 2009, 6 MIN
A vampire is forced to go out every night to separate children from their heads. The reason? His vain wife wants to replace her wrinkled head with one that is young and pretty! Stop-motion puppet animation that’s at once macabre and funny.
DIRECTED BY VLADIMIR LESCHIOV
LATVIA, 2009, 5.5 MIN
A former pilot takes a sweeping look back over his life—everything that took place on the journey from an air strip to an abandoned boat house.
DIRECTED BY ROELOF VAN DEN BERGH
THE NETHERLANDS, 2009, 5 MIN
Choreographed to the invigorating music of Khachaturian, a plate-spinning variety act offers a visual metaphor for our modern lives. Shortlisted for Best Animated Short for this year’s Academy Awards.
DIRECTED BY MARI-LIIS BASSOVSKAJA AND JELENA GIRLIN
ESTONIA, 2009, 17 MIN
A so called everyman and his love, a T.V. soap opera heroine, star in a bizarre, grotesque, satirical commentary about our media-saturated consumer society. Outlandish and brilliant stop- motion claymation and mixed media collage both fascinates and disgusts.