Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts

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Animated Shorts

Total Runtime: 91 min

*Talent in attendance for all screenings


Classic postcards, chatty inmates, reproductive anomalies, hunchback dreams, the relativity of success, a suicide riddle, urban insect routines, sibling fantasy, Morse code courtship, fast food and football, naughty nuns and mischievous ghosts, a British hangover, and the immigrant experience in NYC are at the heart of this remarkably diverse celebration of the best and brightest new animated works to grab our attention this year.

Competition Animated Short

Clean Slate

Directed by: David Opdyke

USA, 2018, 3m

A peaceful sky is under threat from new arrivals that will stop at nothing and want everything. When all seems lost, a band of survivors changes the rules and attempts a daring escape.

Competition Animated Short

Las Del Diente

Directed by: Ana Perez Lopez

USA, 2018, 5.5m


Three women discuss the social pressure of having kids while celebrating the uniqueness of their bodies.

Competition Animated Short

Legal Smuggling with Laurie Lindeen

Directed by: Lewie & Noah Kloster

USA, 2018, 4.5m

The former lead singer/guitarist of the Minneapolis girl trio punk band Zuzu’s Petals (and Paul Westerberg’s ex-wife) recalls a time when she got interviewed by Melody Maker while working at a greasy-spoon diner. The latest audio-verité animated doc from the creator of “Legal Smuggling with Christine Choy” (FFF 2017).

Competition Animated Short


Directed by: Albert Birney

USA, 2019, 9m

An ordinary fly is observed just trying to live a simple life.

Competition Animated Short

Code Ruth

Directed by: Caroline Voagen Nelson

USA, 2018, 4m

A true love story about a Morse code instructor finding her path during WWII. The creator of FFF 2018’s “Aquacade” once again blends stop-motion techniques and archival materials, but this time shares a bit of family history about connecting through technology.

Competition Animated Short

Under Covers

Directed by: Michaela Olsen

USA, 2019, 7.5m

Ever wonder what your neighbors do after dark? On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town.

Competition Animated Short

The English Teecher

Directed by: Andy London

USA, 2018, 19m

Welcome to “Englishtopia!” A man works as an ESL instructor for undocumented immigrants in West New York, NJ, at a business run by a colorful drug-lord boss he idolizes. The latest epic masterwork of hilarity from Andy and Carolyn London, creators of “Highway of Hell” (FFF 2015) and “Our Crappy Town” (FFF 2016).

Competition Animated Short

Prison Zoo

Directed by: Alix Lambert

USA, 2018, 3.5m

Fennec Fox tells his cell mate, Dave the Sloth, the story of how he came to be incarcerated.

Competition Animated Short

Henrietta Bulkowski

Directed by: Rachel Johnson

USA, 2019, 16m

A determined young woman, crippled with a severe hunchback, will stop at nothing to fulfill her dream of being a pilot and seeing the world. Executive produced by Adele Han Li (“Chella Drive,” FFF 2017; Anomalisa) and featuring the voice talents of Christina Hendricks, Chris Cooper, and Anne Dowd.

Competition Animated Short

Albatross Soup

Directed by: Winnie Cheung

USA, 2018, 7m

A man gets off a boat. He walks into a restaurant and orders albatross soup. He takes one sip, pulls out a gun, and shoots himself to death. Why? Based on an entertaining yet disturbing lateral-thinking puzzle, over 50 people have been recorded trying to guess this riddle using only “yes” or “no” questions.

Competition Animated Short


Directed by: Siqi Song

USA/China, 2018, 8m


A man remembers his childhood memory of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China. How would his life have been if things had gone differently?

Competition Animated Short

Sex and Violence 3

Directed by: Bill Plympton

USA, 2019, 2m

Old-school Bill is back! FFF favorite and two-time Oscar® nominee Bill Plympton returns with these four quick and amusing black-out sketches.

Competition Animated Short


Directed by: Daniela Sherer

USA, 2019, 2m

A man is tempted to call his ex, even though he’s not exactly in the best shape.