Shorts 1: Close Encounters of the Animated Kind

Shorts 1: Close Encounters of the Animated Kind

95 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Animated, Animation, Short

For the program that is always a favorite for adult animation fans, this year’s selections provide enchanting stories using hand-drawn images, collage, found objects, stop motion, computers, and a great deal of imagination.

Films and Events in Program...

  • Animation Hotline, 2013

    Animation Hotline, 2013

    USA , 2011 , 6 min.
    Director: Dustin Grella This year’s edition of the hotline offers a hugely entertaining combination of micro-animations set against a soundtrack of crowdsourced voicemail messages... more
  • Breathing In

    Breathing In

    USA , 2012 , 5 min.
    Director: Jason Harrington Combining remarkable sound design with lovely hand-drawn paintings, this short explores the myths, religious iconography, and pagan symbolism of giving birth... more
  • The End of Pinky

    The End of Pinky

    Canada , 2013 , 8 min.
    Director: Claire Blanchet Gorgeous hand-drawn illustrations, a warm palette, and mysterious voice-over create an animated noir story about murder and revenge in the lives of those on the fragile edges of society... more
  • A Girl Named Elastika

    A Girl Named Elastika

    Canada , 2012 , 4 min.
    Director: Guillaume Blanchet A spirited stop-motion look at the life of a little girl made of rubber bands... more
  • History of Virginity

    History of Virginity

    Switzerland , 2012 , 6 min.
    Director: Sophie Haller Losing one’s virginity—is it a gift, a barrier, a reward or a taboo? The development of the whole concept is traced in this extremely witty and surprisingly educational film... more
  • Hollow Land

    Hollow Land

    Canada , 2013 , 14 min.
    Director: Michelle Kranot Using clay puppets, cutouts and breathtakingly beautiful drawings, the film tells the tale of devoted married couple Berta and Solomon, always in the company of their trusty bathtub, struggling to find a place to call home... more
  • Lady with Flower-Hair

    Lady with Flower-Hair

    Iran , 2012 , 11 min.
    Director: Sarah Tabibzadeh It is not easy having flowers growing out of one’s head in this captivating animated tale of a woman with this exact problem... more
  • Marcel, King of Tervuren

    Marcel, King of Tervuren

    USA , 2012 , 6 min.
    Director: Tom Schroeder Inspired by Europe’s bird-flu epidemic, this colorful saga salutes the resourceful rooster who evades the authorities and lives to crow another day... more
  • Oh Willy...

    Oh Willy...

    Belgium , 2011 , 17 min.
    Director: Marc James Roels , Emma de Swaef This wildly successful animated treat has everything: a world covered with fuzzy wool, a tender story with just a touch of surrealistic fantasy, a nudist-colony setting, and, at its center, the middle-aged “hero,” Willy... more
  • Ouverture


    USA , 2013 , 5 min.
    Director: Neil Dvorak , Bracey Smith Simple line drawings, first-rate piano music by J.S. Bach, and the tale of a little girl whose life—literally—is so full of music that she has cascading musical notes pouring out of her heart... more
  • Walking Blues

    Walking Blues

    Denmark , 2012 , 15 min.
    Director: Luc Perez Rich, colorful paintings and the lure of the blues bring to life the journey of a Malian singer who risks everything to escape to Europe in order to find a better life for himself and his music... more

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