Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts

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Animated Shorts

An open book, a sea monster, an Arctic rescue attempt, inter-species dating, mother-daughter relationships, falsely benevolent aliens, the manifestations of grief, random interconnections, an empty belly, the human face, suburban depravity, Brooklyn, something left behind on a train, and consequential fowl are just some of the inspirations for this remarkably diverse collection of new short animated works that demonstrate a breathtaking scope of artistic vision, skill, and originality.

Animated Shorts

The Opposites Game

Directed by: Anna Samo and Lisa LaBracio

USA, 2019, 5m

Ingeniously rendered in mixed-media, stop-motion, and collage animation, a teacher’s verbal game sets off a brouhaha when his students grapple with a seemingly simple prompt: What is the opposite of gun?

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Icebound

Directed by: Drew Christie

USA, 2020, 8m

In a whiteout blizzard in 1920 Arctic Greenland, a man is sent on a dangerous rescue mission to find a missing French scientist. What sacrifices will he have to make to survive in the harshest conditions on Earth? Based on a true story.

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Mother’s Song

Directed by: Signe Baumane

USA, 2019, 3m

In this sweet and surreal musical excerpt from her forthcoming My Love Affair with Marriage, FFF favorite Signe Baumane (“Teat Beat of Sex,” 2008 Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short) portrays a young girl getting her first period and her mom explaining the rules of womanhood.

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The Message from Space

Directed by: Grier Dill

USA, 2019, 4m

Aliens send the Earth a recipe for a new miracle substance that can replace every modern material we currently use. Many years after civilization has been completely rebuilt, the aliens arrive, and their intentions are not so selfless. The latest work from innovative filmmaker Grier Dill (“Vitamins for Life,” FFF 2017).

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Things Happen Because

Directed by: Frank Volk

USA, 2020, 5m

Various things happen for no reason and with no relation to any other things … maybe.  UCF student Frank Volk presents a most unusual family tree, with commentary by some of the participants.

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Brain Wave

Directed by: Jake Fried

USA, 2019, 1m

Hand-drawn over a seven-month period using only ink and white-out, FFF alumnus Jake Fried (“Raw Data,” FFF 2014) reworked the same drawing 1440 times, scanning each iteration.

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Okami

Directed by: Motomichi Nakamura

USA, 2019, 5m

An experimental animation made with projection mapping and 2D animation techniques, this hybrid film is the story of a scared and lonely boy who, inspired by Okami (wolf), leaves his room to explore the world outside and conquer his fears.

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Hudson Geese

Directed by: Bernardo Britto

USA, 2020, 6m

A Canadian goose from the Hudson, NY, area remembers his last migration. The latest surprising work from South Florida’s own Bernardo Britto (“Glove,” FFF 2016; “Yearbook,” FFF 2014 Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short).

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Kim

Directed by: Madeline Landry

USA, 2019, 6m

Meet Kim, a friendly, outgoing, man-eating siren in the ocean who tries to stay current on the latest tunes as she preys on fishermen. A stop-motion, claymation mockumentary with charm.

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Lizard Queen

Directed by: Anca Vlasan

USA, 2019, 4m

Lizza, a green lizard woman, struggles to get ready for her first online date with Chad, a human. A colorful and funny film that takes on cultural assimilation and both male and female beauty standards through the lens of Tinder culture.

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Umbilical

Directed by: Danski Tang

USA, 2019, 7m

In Cantonese with English Subtitles

In this animated documentary, the filmmaker explores how her mother’s abusive relationship with her father shaped her own experiences and sexual identity while growing up and going to boarding school in China.

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Destination: Unknown

Directed by: Ethan Wellin

USA, 2019, 10m

Five years in the making, this stop-motion, sci-fi, claymation masterwork focuses on a lone astronaut’s fight for survival. To repair his damaged ship, he must somehow get through a malfunctioning VR chamber run amok and teeming with ghosts of a life left behind on Earth.

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Walt

Directed by: Greg Yagolnitzer and Brendan Walter

USA, 2020, 4m

Walt is a small, blue, egg-shaped creature struggling with ordinary life in New York City.  Hungry and searching for food in his apartment, he finds only a can of beans and no can opener. But what’s that on the windowsill?

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Doll Story

Directed by: Zandria Ross

USA, 2019, 6m

Playtime is never over in this twisted take on the nuclear family. A suburban family of dolls, including pill-popping parents not averse to a little child abuse, are slowly converting the Chihuahua into one of their own.

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The Coin

Directed by: Siqi Song

USA, 2019, 7m

In Mandarin with English Subtitles

A young girl travelling abroad reminisces about her family making dumplings and the coin her mother used to hide in one of them. The latest stop-motion felt stunner from Oscar®-nominated animator Siqi Song (“Sister,” FFF 2019).

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If Anything Happens I Love You

Directed by: Will McCormack and Michael Govier

USA, 2020, 12m

Grieving parents drift apart and struggle with the loss of their daughter after a school shooting. A moving and beautiful elegy on grief from directors Will McCormack (co-writer of Toy Story 4 and Celeste & Jesse Forever) and Michael Govier.