SELECTIONS 2018

After receiving over 3600 submissions we are pleased to announce the Official Competition Selections. We are also pleased to announce the selections for Children’s Competition, US Competition, and International Showcase.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for announcements for special programs, schedule, trailer, and tickets.

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13:46
by Jocelyn Charles, Morgane Ravelonary, Pierre Rougemont, Camille Guillot, Quentin Boyer Di Bernardo, Joséphine Meis
France
On a renovation site in Shanghai in the 80’s, workers are waking up from their daily nap and going back to work.Official Competition
A Photo of Me
by Dennis Tupicoff
Australia
I'm a baby in a 1950s backyard, facing a box camera. I'm a sleepy child waking up to a film noir, with a dead man walking. My mind flickers from past to present, in memories and dreams. I walk home from the pictures with my family, fast asleep.Official Competition
Airport
by Michaela Muller
Croatia
GUEST
In a modern day airport, the flow of passengers is broken by sudden irregularities. Security forces try to get to the cause of the disruption, the atmosphere turns menacing at the slightest anomaly. Tragedy and panic are always just one step away.Official Competition
Birds
by Joseph Bennett
USA
Two brothers spend a day bird watching as they reflect on the past.Official Competition
Camille
by Gobelins team
Laure must replace a deceased swimmer in the relay swim team. The qualifiers are near and the team worries about their chances at winning; the grief and stress pushes Laura to obsess over the one she replaces, Camille.Official Competition
Clemence's Afternoon
by Lénaïg Le Moigne
France
Clemence and her parents take part in a large country picnic. Arrived late, Clemence joins the other children who are already playing away from adults, but everything does not happen in the good mood expected.Official Competition
Dead Reckoning
by Paul Wenninger & Susan Young
Austria
Dead Reckoning” is a ride around Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard and from there to go into the city, to fall, to eat, and finally to end up on the toilet. Death is always there, always in front of us. The film follows the cycle of life, the rhythm of the city. The British-Austrian duo of Susan Young and Paul Wenninger works with animation and stop-motion technology. The filming locations show how Vienna has been influenced by cultures from around the world. An animated skeleton symbolizes the morbid humor of the Viennese and even appears as a grumpy waiter…Official Competition
Dolls Don't Cry
by Frédérick Tremblay
Canada
A man and a woman are involved in the production of an animated film. He animates by night, she makes and repairs the accessories during the day. Behind the scene, a woman is waiting for her entrance.Official Competition
Dolly.Zero
by Ugo Bienvenu
France
Dolly and Silvio are in love for ever.Official Competition
Dreamland
by Mirai Mizue
Japan
GUEST
"Dreamland will never be completed.
It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world."
Official Competition
Enough
by Anna Mantzaris
UK
Moments of lost self-control.Official Competition
Extrapolate
by Johan Rijpm
Netherlands
Official Competition
Fish Curry
by Abhishek Verma
India
A young man Lalit Ghosh, 28, decides to come-out to his Parents. He is in love with a man, his very own room partner, Ashutosh Gautam. He plans his day by cooking his father’s favorite dish, the traditional fish curry (Maacher Jhol) and that by learning from a famous radio cook show. He prepares the dish with effort and serves his father the delicious fish curry and confronts his sexuality over the dinner table.The family accepting an individual being a homosexual is a difficult task, specially for parents. The societal structure and prejudices related to homosexuality is huge around us, specially in Indian societies. Acceptance of one’s sexuality by their closed ones matters a lot to an individual. Will Lalit’s dad love the delicious fish curry?Official Competition
Flesh Nest
by Andrew Huang
USA
GUEST
“Flesh Nest” is a nine-part sci-fi video series illustrating a post-apocalyptic digital multiverse imagined by filmmaker / video artist Andrew Thomas Huang.Official Competition
Fragments
by Naoyuki
Japan
Official Competition
Gros Chagrin
by Céline Devaux
France
GUEST
Give it time. You'll get over it. Jean celebrates his birthday, gets drunk and recalls the dreadful weekend that led to his break-up with Mathilde.Official Competition
Hedgehog's Home
by Eva Cvijanović
Canada
GUEST
In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. He is respected and envied by the other animals. However, Hedgehog’s unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Together, they march off towards Hedgehog’s home and spark a tense and prickly standoff.Official Competition
Jeom
by Kangmin Kim
South Korea
GUEST
A father and a son both have the same big birthmark on their butt. Believing that the two birthmarks are connected, the son scrubs his father's birthmark to remove it, but he just can't get rid of his trace.Official Competition
Link
by Robert Loebel
Germany
GUEST
Two characters are linked by their hair. They influence each other by every move they make and wherever they go.Official Competition
Mark Lotterman - Happy
by Alice Seay
France
People should be happy. Even this Egyptian goose, who tries to cast a spell on us with a seductive dance. Its gracious and clumsy movements captivate us. But it’s not the only one to master the dance. Three flocks of geese each led by their guru goose also share the pond; all of them torn between their desire to express their own individuality and the urge for group behavior. Soon the water begins to rise. Never mind. The geese will keep on dancing for us until they drown. A video about the search for ones own identity through seemingly audacious self-expression on the one hand and the undeniable drowning into the masses on the other.Official Competition
Lotus Lantern
by Xingpei Shen
China
GUEST
A peek into the wax lotus. Lotus Lantern is a tribute to late Chinese singer Zhou Xuan, a missing link between filmmaker’s queer identity and Chinese heritage.Official Competition
Lupus
by Carlos Gomez Salamanca
France/Colombia
In December 2011, a security guard was killed by a pack of stray dogs prowling in a poor neighbourhood, on the Bogota suburbs.Official Competition
Manivald
by Chintis Lundgren
Estonia/Croatia
Manivald is still living at home with his retired mother. The day before his 33th birthday a hot young wolf called Toomas comes to fix their washing machine. A love triangle develops, which leaves Manivald more and more frustrated.Official Competition
Mountain Castle Mountain Flower Plastic
by Annapruna Kumar
USA
GUEST
Small pieces of information can be housed separately within a shared container. The most efficient containers can house multiple pieces of information in the same location by allowing them to intersect from different angles.Official Competition
Negative Space
by Max & Ru
France
My dad taught me how to pack.Official Competition
No Stories Now
by Chris Bishop
USA
GUEST
Hopefully, in moving toward weakness, there can be recognition of false relief.Official Competition
Octane
by Jeron Braxton
USA
GUEST
A man must race thru hell and back!Official Competition
Opal Waltz
by Vincent Tsui
France/USA
GUEST
An inflatable portrait of adolescence.Official Competition
Panda
by Shen Jie
China
The soldier wants to make love to the statue of Venus. But first he has to break her leg.Official Competition
Pépé le morse
by Lucrèce Andreae
France
Official Competition
Play boys
by Vincent Lynen
Belgium
A movie about macho's, chicks, dogs, guns, cars an motorcyclesOfficial Competition
Projections on Sofa
by Violette Delvoye
France
Movie night at home. At the end of the film, Lucie and Manu start a conversation about the idea of travelling. While smoking and drinking wine, they exchange theirs ideas, needs and expectations.Official Competition
Pussy
by Renata Gąsiorowska
Poland
GUEST
A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.Official Competition
Rabbits Blood
by Sarina Nihei
Japan
Rabbit’s Blood is a story about a society of two rival groups; sinister cloaked men and neutralist rabbits who have human-looking bodies that live underground.Official Competition
Räuber & Gendarm
by Florian Maubach
Germany
Playing Cops and Robbers on the old playground. Why am I still doing this? While they play Cops and Robbers, Daniel begins to realize that there is something else between catching and being caught. He sees himself confronted with situations which he does not really know how to deal with.Official Competition
Snow White Cologne
by Amanda Eliason
UK
Snow White Cologne is a visual poem, post-rationalising the struggle and recovery of my younger sister's drug addiction. There's love and loss, good and bad.Official Competition
Spring Time Old Man
by Hoji Tsuchiya
Japan
An Old man decides to say his good bye to the world on a beautiful spring day. The author glued and unglued many layers on one sheet of paper.Official Competition
Tennessee
by Jack Wedge
USA
GUEST
A story about love and the future of the world.Official Competition
That Yorkshire Sound
by Marcus Armitage
UK
A hand drawn animated documentary, following the rhythms of a day in Yorkshire. It captures the sound of Yorkshire, from it's multicultural and bustling cities like Bradford and Sheffield, to the delicate sounds of birds in the country side and the hypnotic rhythm of the motorways and train tracks.Official Competition
The Battle of San Romano
by Georges Schwizgebel
Switzerland
A movement within a painting, which begins with the savagery of a battle and comes to a halt in a rendition of a masterpiece of the 15th Century; The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello.Official Competition
The Ogre
by Laurène Braibant
France
Full of complexes because of his size, a giant holds on eating terrified at the idea of revealing his ogresque self and so compromising his place in the society. During a business banquet, his true nature will be put to the test.Official Competition
The State of Things
by Ryo Orikasa
Japan
Movie for Tamaki ROY’s “Koto no Shidai” (The State of Things) . "Words turn into music / And it returns to sound, then melts in time and place / Time and place, which spin the story"Official Competition
The Tesla World Light
by Matthew Rankin
Canada
New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his onetime benefactor. THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT is a tragic fantasy about the father of alternating current, inspired by real events such as the inventor’s run of bad luck as a businessman and his affection for a pet bird, which he loves “like a man loves a woman.” Tesla’s words to the banker form the backdrop of this moving film about the man who blended science and art in his attempts to create the utopia of unlimited energy for all.Official Competition
Ugly
by Nikita Diakur
Germany
GUEST
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief. Inspired by the internet story ‘Ugly the Cat’.Official Competition
Via
by Maria Ferreira
US
GUEST
Roads, Rivers, Cities. Arteries, Veins, Neurons.Official Competition
Volcano Island
by Anna Katalin Lovrity
Hungary
Somewhere, on an oceanic island, the forces of nature are still at work as in primeval times. A young, naive female tiger lives there in harmony with herself and nature. When her awakening femininity is noticed by an older male tiger, the young tigress is getting more and more scared by his heated approach. But it is impossible to escape on the secluded island. The feelings of the young animal are reflected by the volcano island, and with the help of nature, she can finally act upon her own will.Official Competition
Who's the Daddy
by Ping Wong
Hong Kong
:< A Tinder tragedy. :0 An unexpected child. ;( A journey finding my root of shame. inspired by true storyOfficial Competition
XOXO
by Wiola Sowa
Poland
We watch a game in which we cross the boundaries and transcend our sensuality beyond accepted norm. A kind of performance in which the characters are playing together, enjoying the pleasure, and at the same time struggling with their inability to create a deeper bond.Official Competition
[O]
by Mario Radev and Chiara Sgatti
UK
[O] is a film that imitates nature in its manner of operation. The animation depicts cycles in a world entirely based on sound frequency and vibration.International Showcase
Advice to the Young Artist
by Daniella Shuhman
Israel
GUEST
A collection of animated advices for young artists given by different artists and writers from around the worldInternational Showcase
An Island
by Rory Byrne
Ireland
An Island is an immersive short film portraying the physical and emotional journey undertaken by a lone explorer as he attempts to reach the summit of a remote island. As events unfold around him, our protagonist is confronted with the joy and agony of life, love and loss, and the wonder of the natural world.International Showcase
Analysis Paralysis
by Anete Melece
Switzerland
Anton’s head is bursting with thoughts. The gardener is seething with anger: who has trampled her flower beds? In the park Anton is looking for someone to play chess with. For someone who plays a better game than his dog. The gardener is looking for a mysterious serial vandal who has lost a yellow boot. But what if both of them are looking for the same thing?International Showcase
Barbeque
by Jenny Jokela
UK
Barbeque is the visceral journey about coping with post traumatic stress disorder, visualizing and exploring feelings of shame and disembodiment.International Showcase
Cococo
by Julian Gallese
Costa Rica
GUEST
We tend to better appreciate the values of light when we wake up somewhere different everyday.International Showcase
Divisional Articulations
by Max Hattler
Hong Kong
Repetition and distortion drive this audiovisual collaboration between composer Lux Prima and visual artist Max Hattler, where fuzzy analogue music and geometric digital animation collide in an electronic feedback loop, and spawn arrays of divisional articulations in time and space.International Showcase
Elegy
by Paul Bush
UK
A film of stone and light – just stone and light. ‘Elegy is a form of poetry natural to the reflective mind. Sorrow and love became the principal themes of the elegy. Elegy presents everything as lost and gone or absent and future.’ (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)International Showcase
Eluvium - Regenerative Being
by Stas Santimov
Ukraine
A lonely man finds himself in a strange place where everything is planned in advance for his arrival. A lonely man finds himself in a strange place where everything is planned in advance for his arrival.International Showcase
Gyros Dance
by Piotr Loc Hoang Ngoc
Vietnam/Poland
In a city where it's crowded and a lot of sunshine two mice live together under one roof, close to each other and very different. The house is also their place of work, the work is boring and hard. He is fine with that, she dreams of being a TV star.International Showcase
Have Heart
by Will Anderson
UK
A looping GIF has an existential crisis.International Showcase
Late Afternoon
by Louise Bagnall
Ireland
Emily finds herself disconnected from the world around her. She drifts back through her memories to relive different moments from her life. Emily must look to her past so that she may fully connect with the present.International Showcase
Jigoku Metamoru
by Sawako Kageyama
Japan
I put it on a song like word play and repeat transformation and branching one by one, I want to return, but the image breaks with the desire to go forward, ugly, crushed by pepper. I do not understand your true feelings, so I only have to catch everything visible one by one.International Showcase
Pain
by Fedotova Nadya
Russia
This story is about difficult relationships, choice and of course love. Main heroes are young couple. They exist in their own almost empty world and try to be happy in simple every day life. Both of they need patience and understanding of each other.. Will their feelings withstand or break up is inevitable?International Showcase
Riot
by Frank Ternier
France
A young black man is killed in an altercation with a vigilant neighboor and the police. An indignant crowd gathered together. The feeling of injustice is high. A group isolates itself. Emotion engenders riot .... In the absence of words, can the body take its revenge?International Showcase
Sog
by Jonatan Schwenk
Germany
GUEST
After a flood, some fishes got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying-out they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don't feel happy about the unintended gathering...International Showcase
The First Exhibition
by Jonathan Djob Nkondo
France
International Showcase
True North
by George Bowler
UK
On the long journey home, a fisherman comes upon the wreckage of a ship and rescues a small boy that he finds asleep in a barrel. As a mysterious storm descends he senses the arrival of a sinister presence.International Showcase
Wicked Girl
by Ayce Kartal
Turkey
S., 8 years old, is a little girl with an overflowing imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. While she is looking back on the good old days in her grand parents village from hospital room, dark and terrifying memories emerge and, little by little, begin to make sense.International Showcase
Aport
by Denis Voronin
Russia
Funny story about three dogs who play ball. Aport!Children's Competition
Birdlime
by Evan DeRushie
Canada
Birdlime is the name for a sticky substance, usually made from holly bark or mistletoe, which is spread on branches to trap wild birds intended for export or trade. The film observes one bird who barely manages to escape this industry, yet remains trapped in a cage and surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures.Children's Competition
Hedgehog's Home
by Eva Cvijanović
Canada | Croatia
In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. He is respected and envied by the other animals. However, Hedgehog’s unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Together, they march off towards Hedgehog’s home and spark a tense and prickly standoff.Children's Competition
Island
by Robert Löbel and Max Mörtl
Germany
GUEST
On a small island a bunch of exotic creatures run across each other.Children's Competition
Miriam y the Lake
by Riho Unt, Sergei Kibus
Estonia
Miriam’s family is outing by the lake. After a long and tiring day the whole family is resting in the tent, only Hen can’t sleep. She goes out for a walk. She hears a lot of frigtning night sounds and sees eyes blinking in the dark. The Hen crabs the photocamera to make pictures about the monsters surrounding her. In the morning everybody can see what the Hen was afraid ofChildren's Competition
No-no Wants to Try a Sport
by Auvray Mathieu
France
Self-replicating entities that have evolved on different planets merge and proliferate exponentially. In search of more energy sources, they consume other stars.Children's Competition
Our wonderful nature - the common chameleoon
by Tomer Eshed
The feeding habits of the common cameleon as never seen beforeChildren's Competition
The Green Bird
by Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc, Quentin Dubois
France
A Green Bird lays its first egg. It’s going to try everything to make it hatch.Children's Competition
The Pocket Man
by Ana Chubinidze
France
A little man lives in an old suitcase. One day he finds a new friend - an old blind man. The little man jumps into the blind man's pocket. With music, the pocket man helps the blind man walk and see things in the street. Both are very happy together.Children's Competition
The Sled
by Oleysa Shchukina
Russia
The little squirrel finds something he has never seen.Children's Competition
Two Trams
by Svetlana Andrianova
Russia
Klick and Tram - two city trams every morning leave their camp.Children's Competition
Voyagers
by Gauthier Ammeux, Valentine Baillon, Benjamin Chaumény, Alexandre Dumez, Lea Finucci, Marina Roger
France
A tiger, escaping his hunter, ends up in a space station occupied by an astronaut and his goldfish...Children's Competition
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by Conner Griffith
USA
GUEST
Imagine a hotel with an infinite number of rooms and a very hard working night manager...US Competition
Blind Mice
by Nicholas D'Agostino
USA
GUEST
Upon his release from prison Walter falls back in with his old gang of hustlers. In this con within a con will he be the one left holding the bag?US Competition
How to Paint Your Rainbow
by Erick Oh
USA
GUEST
Life is a rainbowUS Competition
Icebergs by Eirini Vianelli
USA
Icebergs is an existential, dark comedy consisting of 14 short vignettes, ranging from the mundane to the absurd. It is based on the book “Scenes” by Award-winning screenwriter Efthymis Filippou. The work touches on the absurdism of modern daily life and ruminates on the melancholy of the everyday.US Competition
Little Red Giant, The Monster That I Was
by Laura Harrison
USA
GUEST
After one too many social dust ups, an unhinged artist, Anna, goes berserk at an academic's barbecue, To add insult to injury, her German Studies boyfriend, Klaus, mansplains about the path of her work, strongly encouraging her to focus on traditional forms such as portraiture. The barbecue becomes an endless trial for Anna, which culminates in an assault. In jail Anna finally receives a sympathetic ear to the tale of her trajectory. A story about transformation through trauma, and the necessity of story telling to transform grief.US Competition
Marshall McLuhan
by Daniel Savage
USA
GUEST
A film commissioned by Al Jazeera on the philosopher Marshall McLuhan.US Competition
Mind Frame
by Jake Fried
USA
GUEST
Hand-drawn, experimental animation by Jake Fried. Fried works with ink, white-out and coffee to generate hallucinatory vistas, modifying and shooting the image over and over to create a mind-bending animation that evolves at a frenzied pace.US Competition
Ming
by Danski Tang
USA
GUEST
A Chinese student's experience as a live figure model while abroad.US Competition
Power
by Dana Sink
USA
An animated film intersecting machinery, life, and media. Power.US Competition
Spank Shot
by Gina Kamentsky
USA
GUEST
While waiting for a spanking, I watched hockey.US Competition
Strange Fish
by Steven Subotnick
USA
GUEST
the blindness of evolutionUS Competition
Summer of Love
by Marcie LaCerte
USA
the blindness of evolutionUS Competition
The Kid Who Drowned at Summer Camp
by Marianna Hersko
USA
GUEST
It's difficult for children to process their emotions. One drowns.US Competition
Weekends
by Trevor Jimenez
USA
GUEST
"Weekends" is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980's Toronto.US Competition


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