After receiving over 1400 submissions we are pleased to announce the 65 Official Competition Selections. Categories include Narrative, Non-Narrative, Graduate, Undergraduate, and Commissioned Shorts.

 

NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTIONS

 

Peripheria_300Peripheria
David Coquard Dassault
France – 12 min – 2015

A journey into the heart of a large and abandoned council estate. Peripheria portrays an urban environment becoming wild: a modern Pompeii where the wind blows and dogs roam, tailing the remains of human life.

 

waves98_300Waves ’98
Ely Dagher
France – 15 min – 2015

Disillusioned with his life in the suburbs of segregated Beirut, Omar’s discovery lures him into the depth of the city. Immersed into a world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality, he eventually loses track and finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home.

 

Yùl-et-le-Serpent-4_300Yùl et le Serpent
Gabriel Harel
France – 13 min – 2015

Yùl, 13 years old, goes with his big brother Dino to conclude a deal with Mike, a thug escorted by his Argentinian mastiff. When things go wrong, a mysterious snake appears.

 

 

Leftover_300Leftover
Sarolta Szabo & Tibor Banoczki
France – 14 min – 2014

What does it mean eating alone in human society? Showing moments of six different lives, this animated anthology film seeks answer for this question. Remains of food, remains of human relationships.

 

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Oripeaux
Sonia Gerbeaud & Mathias de Panafieu
France/Belgium – 10 min – 2014

In a remote village, a little girl befriends a pack of coyotes. But the villagers brutally put an end to this relationship, unaware of the revolution that awaits.

 

 

Teeth_300Teeth
Holbrooks – Tom Brown & Daniel Gray
UK/Hungary/USA – 6 min – 2015

Things of worth are often neglected in favour of that which is more immediately gratifying. Unfortunately, things that are neglected are often lost forever. The life of a misguided and intensely focused man, chronicled through his oral obsessions.

 

Master_0043_300The Master
Riho Unt
Estonia – 18 min – 2015

This is verity, more phantasmal than a dream and more dreadful than truth.

 

 

La_Chair_de_ma_chere-300_webLa Chair de ma Chère
Calvin Antoine Blandin
France – 12 – 2014

After a tragic event, a child takes refuge in an alternative reality, where his mother is still present.

 

 


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Life with Herman H. Rott
Chintis Lundgren
Estonia/Croatia/Denmark – 11 min – 2015

Herman is a rat who lives alone in his messy apartment. One day a very tidy cat decides to move in.

 

 

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House of Unconsciousness
Priit Tender
Estonia – 11 min – 2014

A psychedelic drama about a chimney sweeper and a burning woman.

 

 

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Haircut
Virginia Mori
Franc/Italy – 8 min – 2015

A teacher and her pupil linger in an empty classroom. Through their looks and gestures, a strange confrontation begins.

 

 

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Maku
Yokiro Mizushiri
Japan – 5 min – 2015

Kyogen Stage/Eye Examination Room/Sushi Bar Counter. Two people face each other in each space.  Each pair keeps a few distance between their partners and find some fearful, tender, and comfortable feelings that fascinate them.

 

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Monkey Love Experiments
Ainslie Henderson & William Anderson
UK – 9 min – 2014

Inspired by love, a misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon.

 

 

Mynarski_2_300Mynarski Death Plummet
Matthew Rankin
Canada – 8 min – 2014

A completely hand-made historical micro-epic about the final minutes in the life of Winnipeg’s doomed Second World War hero, Andrew Mynarski (1916-1944)

 


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Snowfall
Conor Whelan
Ireland – 5 min- 2015

Snowfall is the story of an anxious young man who has a moving experience at a friend’s house party. It’s a story of fleeting love, of mixed emotions, and of how we interact with each other.

 

Swallow_300Swallow
Xi Chen
China – 5 min – 2014

Three women, three generations, this is a Chinese family without love in 1940s.

 

 

Cosm0s_1_300We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos
Konstantin Bronzit
Russia – 15 min – 2014

Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only
about the dream.

 


 

NON-NARRATIVE COMPETITION SELECTIONS


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L’Œil du Cyclone
Masanobu Hiraoka
Japan – 4 min – 2015

 

 

 

Dans_La_Joie_300With Joy and Merriness
Jeanne Boukkra
Belgium – 5 min – 2014

An experimental documentary where we observe, through every day scenes, the degeneration of a society where the rise of technology leeds the population to the biggest dream of all men: immortality.

 

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Dark Mixer
Hirotoshi Iwasaki
Japan – 5 min – 2014

A short loop animation that concept is “transformation.” The idea behind the title is to take everyday things and dump them into the Mixer to create something that is unfamiliar to us. It may lead us to look at everyday life in a different way.

 


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Five Minute Museum
Paul Bush
UK – 7 min – 2015

This is a romp through the museums of England and Switzerland in which the objects on display come to life and reveal the stories of their creation. It is a celebration of the chaotic diversity conjured by the human hand and mind, and the eccentricity of museum collections.

 

Sonambulo_300Sonambulo
Theodore Ushev
Canada – 4 min – 2014

A surrealist journey through colours and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García Lorca. Visual poetry in the rhythm of fantastic dreams and passionate nights.

 

 

Goodbye_Rabbit_300Goodbye Rabbit, Hop Hop
Caleb Wood
USA – 4 min – 2014

A mind in the city looks inwards, and escapes to the rabbit’s domain.

 

 

A-place-I-ve-never-been_300A Place I’ve Never Been
Adrian Flury
Switzerland – 5 min – 2015

By sourcing multiple digital images of the same place from different archives this experiment in film makes use of frame by frame montage to discover hidden forms, patterns and references thereby giving new meaning to the prevailing redundancy of these pictures.

 

Happy_Bogeys_300Happy Bogeys – Episodes 10-12
Kurihara Takashi
Japan – 5 min – 2015

Mysterious creature has appeared, it issues a message of mystery, go away.

 

 


Unhappy_Happy_300
Unhappy Happy
Peter Millard
UK – 7 min – 2015

I get up and have breakfast. Don’t get old. Im so Unhappy Happy.

 

 

here_there_11_300Here There
Alexander Stewart
Croatia/USA – 5 min – 2015

Here There is a travelogue that is at once strange and familiar, abstract and real.

 

 


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Sunday Lunch
Celine Devaux
France – 13 min – 2015

Sunday. At lunch, James observes his family. They ask him questions and don’t listen to his answers, they give advice but don’t follow it, they stroke him and slap him, but it’s ok, it is the Sunday lunch.

 

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Three the Peehood
Kapie Eipak
Singapare – 4 min – 2015

one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, one, two, …

 

Lucy_300Lucy
Evert de Beijer
The Netherlands – 9 min – 2015

Lucy takes a boy on an excursion into prehistory.

 

 

 

Metropolitan_Triangle_Garden_300Metropolitan Triangle Garden
Rui Hu
USA – 4 min – 2015

Museum statues participate in a destructive performance triggered by software glitches and misused simulation, turning the museum into a madhouse theater with classical beauty and digital chaos, provoking the sense of history, turmoil, and sublime.

 

RETRO_FUTURE_300Retro Future
Mirai Mizue
Japan – 7 min – 2015

The world of the future that I have imagined in childhood, different from the world of the future to visit now.

 

 

Rhizome Rhizome_300
Boris Labbe
France – 11 min – 2015

From the infinitely small to the infinitely large, all things in the universe are tightly connected: they interact and restructure in a combination of movements and perpetual metamorphoses.

 


Under the Sun_300
Under the Sun
Luisa Cameron
USA – 2 min – 2015

A girl begins to feel overwhelmed at the beach.

 

 

 


GRADUATE COMPETITION SELECTIONS


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A
rcadian Fever
Tea Stražičić
Croatia – Academy of Fine arts, Zagreb – 7 min – 2015 

“Arcadian Febra” is a short film about the life cycle of parasitic alien species. The film follows the last day of life of the parasites on the planet which are occupied, their migration and invasion of a new planet. The film includes a love story.

 

Bear_300Bär
Pascal Flörks
Germany – Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg – 8 min – 2014

My grandpa’s past was always very present. It would break through in something he’d  say or do, but he’d never talk about it. Only now, by revisiting his life and personality as I knew him, do I feel the weight of his inheritance.

 

Cosmoetico_300Cosmoetico
Martina Scarpelli
Italy – CSC Animazione – 5 min – 2015

What was it like, before the birth of the universe? Does reality exists just because we are able to perceive it? A girl searches for an answer to the big questions.

 


Flaws_300Flaws
Josh Shaffner
USA – CalArts – 3 min – 2015

‘Flaws’ is a hand drawn animated short about a service industry worker and the bitterness that stews in the under stimulated and over worked.

 

 

Hopkins_and_Delaney_300Hopkins & Delaney LLP
Sean Buckelew
USA – CalArts – 5 min – 2014

An important client visits the law offices of Hopkins & Delaney LLP to discuss his copyright infringement suit.

 

 


Indra_Net_300Indra/Net
Josh C. Simmons
USA – UC Irvine – 7 min – 2015

What would an artificial intelligence unit see while rapidly learning in its first few picoseconds of life?

Insect_Bite_300Insect Bite
Grace Rhee
USA – CalArts – 2 min – 2015

A tiny bug tries to figure out what he wants to be.

 

 

 

Loop_Ring_Chop_Drink_300Loop Ring Chop Drink
Nicolas Menard
Canada/UK – RCA – 11 min – 2014

The mundane story of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building.

 


Lucky_300Lucky
Kirsten Carina Geisser, Ines Christine Geisser
Germany – University of Art and Design Halle – 11 min – 2015

“Lucky ” is looking for happiness. This animated short is questioning our search as well as its aim: What does luck mean for the individual? Is failure the only possibility?

 

 

My_Dad_300My Dad
Marcus Armitage
UK – RCA – 6 min – 2015

A short film depicting a Dad’s influence on a young boy’s life. His judgmental character mixed with the boys fondness for his dad prove to be a toxic mix that tears away at a world of opportunity and experiences.

 


Nothing_You_Need_to_See_300Nothing You Need to See
Keigo ITO
Japan – Osaka university of arts – 4 min – 2015

What are we seeing every moment? Are we seeing the truth? Don’t we shut our eye,ear and heart to unconscious inside? Nothing we need to see? Is there what we have to see?

 


Que_Dalle_300Que Dalle
Hugo de Faucompret, Eva Lusbaronian, Caroline Cherrier, Johan Ravit, Arthus Pilorget
France – Gobelins – 3 min – 2015

Steven, Sandrine, joel & Thomas are pretty bored. From the soccer stadium to the garbage dump, passing by the playground & the supermarket parking, nothing seems to amuse them.

 

Roadtrip_300Roadtrip
Xaver Xylophon Boehm
Germany – Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee – 19 min – 2014

Julius can’t sleep. To get his head empty he decides to go on a road-trip, but somehow
he can’t manage to leave.

 

Small_People_With_Hats_300Small People With Hats
Serina Nihei
UK – RCA – 7 min – 2014

There are small people wearing hats in the society.

 

 

Still_Life_300Still Life
Kevin Eskew
USA – CalArts – 4 min – 2015

Et tu doggy?

 

 


Velodrool_300Velodrool
Sander Joon
Estonia – Estonian Academy of Arts – 6 min – 2015

An addicted biker runs out of cigarettes. He joins a race to get more, but has to take help from some peculiar people in the audience to stay in the competition.

 


Wildfire_300Wildfire
Hugues Opter, Pierre Pinon Nicole Stafford, Valentin Stoll, Arnaud Tribout, Shang Zhang
France – Gobelins – 4 min – 2015

Ena, a passionate firefighter and wife, is very involved with her profession. Her fascination with fire reveals itself as it impact her family life.

 

 


 

UNDERGRADUATE COMPETITION SELECTIONS

 


Eye_You_300
Eye You
Nick Simpson
Austrailia – RMIT University – 5 min – 2015

The uninspired tenants of an apartment block are seedily spied upon by a voyeuristic satellite.

 

 

 

Goodbye_300Goodbye
Tyler Russo
USA – CalArts – 8 min – 2015

A dead man has a job interview.

 

 


Lazy_Daze_300Lazy Daze
Brian Smee
USA – CalArts – 4 min – 2015

Dog in the land where the good life takes you.

 

 


Made_In_China_300Made in China
Vincent Tsui
France – Gobelins – 3 min – 2015

Figurines try to imitate the human everyday life but they are facing limitations due to their toy situation.

 

 


Master_Blaster_300Master Blaster
Sawako Kabuki
Japan – Tama Art University – 4 min – 2015

A girl would like to hide in sweetheart’s anus. Thinking you might dedicate yourself completely to the other person, you become tempted to devour him.

 


Ripple_1_300Ripple
Conner Griffith
USA – RISD – 3 min – 2015

The shapes we make. An advertisement for planet earth.

TJP_1_300TPJ
Grace Mi
USA – USC – 3 min – 2015

A boy experiences mortality salience as an encounter with his doppelgänger deteriorate his sense of self.

 

 


Uuuuu_300uuuuuu
David Delafuente
USA – RISD – 4 min – 2015

Thoughts at 3 A.M.

 

 

 


 

COMMISSIONED COMPETITION SELECTIONS

 

Deloreon_Crystal_300

Delorean ‘Crystal’
Joan Guasch
Spain – 4 min – 2015

 

 

 

 

If_You_Go_Away_300If You Go Away
Ashkan Rahgozar
Iran – 5 min – 2015

In a cyber punk kind of world, a man who has lost his girlfriend tries to upload the memories he carries of her into a female-shaped robot.

 

 

Paradise_Awaits_300Paradise Awaits
Tomek Ducki
Poland/UK – 4 min – 2014

Adam and Eve’s sinful story like an underground party.

 

 


The_Sky_Behind_the_Flag_300Owen Pallett ‘The Sky Behind the Flag’
Eno Swinnen
Belgium – 5 min – 2015

Set to the music of Owen Pallett, this video is about a couple having to spend time apart. The woman wonders wether she’ll be missed or not.

 

 

Vampillia_300Vampillia ‘Lilac (bombs Jun Togawa)’
Toshikazu Tamura
Japan – 4 min – 2015

Music video for Vampillia’s “lilac (bombs Jun Togawa)”. An animation showing the passing time as a girl dies and is resurrected.

 

 

YUKI ‘Sukitte nandarou…namida’
ShiShi Yamazaki
Japan – 6 min – 2015