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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is verity, more phantasmal than a dream and more dreadful than truth.
After a tragic event, a child takes refuge in an alternative reality, where his mother is still present.
Herman is a rat who lives alone in his messy apartment. One day a very tidy cat decides to move in.
House of Unconsciousness
Estonia – 11 min – 2014
A psychedelic drama about a chimney sweeper and a burning woman.
Franc/Italy – 8 min – 2015
A teacher and her pupil linger in an empty classroom. Through their looks and gestures, a strange confrontation begins.
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.
Monkey Love Experiments
Ainslie Henderson & William Anderson
UK – 9 min – 2014
Inspired by love, a misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon.
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)
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.
Three women, three generations, this is a Chinese family without love in 1940s.
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
L’Œil du Cyclone
Japan – 4 min – 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
A mind in the city looks inwards, and escapes to the rabbit’s domain.
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.
Mysterious creature has appeared, it issues a message of mystery, go away.
I get up and have breakfast. Don’t get old. Im so Unhappy Happy.
Here There is a travelogue that is at once strange and familiar, abstract and real.
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.
Three the Peehood
Singapare – 4 min – 2015
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Lucy takes a boy on an excursion into prehistory.
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.
The world of the future that I have imagined in childhood, different from the world of the future to visit now.
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.
A girl begins to feel overwhelmed at the beach.
GRADUATE COMPETITION SELECTIONS
“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.
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.
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’ is a hand drawn animated short about a service industry worker and the bitterness that stews in the under stimulated and over worked.
An important client visits the law offices of Hopkins & Delaney LLP to discuss his copyright infringement suit.
What would an artificial intelligence unit see while rapidly learning in its first few picoseconds of life?
A tiny bug tries to figure out what he wants to be.
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 ” 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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
There are small people wearing hats in the society.
Et tu doggy?
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.
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
The uninspired tenants of an apartment block are seedily spied upon by a voyeuristic satellite.
A dead man has a job interview.
Dog in the land where the good life takes you.
Figurines try to imitate the human everyday life but they are facing limitations due to their toy situation.
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.
The shapes we make. An advertisement for planet earth.
A boy experiences mortality salience as an encounter with his doppelgänger deteriorate his sense of self.
Thoughts at 3 A.M.
COMMISSIONED COMPETITION SELECTIONS
Spain – 4 min – 2015
If You Go Away
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.
Adam and Eve’s sinful story like an underground party.
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.
Music video for Vampillia’s “lilac (bombs Jun Togawa)”. An animation showing the passing time as a girl dies and is resurrected.