Jazz Orgie
Jazz Orgie
Fish
Fish
Stems
Stems

Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Animation Now 2016 

A celebratory showcase of some of the year’s brightest and best animated shorts. If you’re looking to sample the animation ecosystem in all of its multi-coloured, variously shaped glories, there’s no better place to begin.

In English
77 minutes
M (violence and content that may disturb)

Our longstanding animation programmer Malcolm Turner, now head honcho at the Melbourne International Animation Festival and guest curator at festivals beyond, offers a miscellany of the brightest and best from a year’s worth of exploration.

Rising stars, including New Zealand’s own, jostle with longstanding masters; the playful with the profound. Here are flights of cinematic magic of an individuality that only animators can bring to the screen – delivering a cornucopia of creative excitement to reward any moviegoer.

If you’re looking to sample the international animation ecosystem in all of its multi-coloured, variously shaped glories, there’s no better place to begin.

Jazz Orgie 2015

1 minutes

Director

This glorious blast of animated geometry could be Kandinsky in motion.

Spring Jam 2016

6 minutes

Director

A wildly fun, perspective-bending runaway tale of a deer, a record player and an impromptu orchestra of native birds.

Stems 2015

2 minutes

An animated puppet film about how to make an animated puppet film out of ‘stuff’.

Black Seed 2014

7 minutes

Director

An old man and a hungry raven are surrounded by loneliness in a secluded cabin. A scene of quivering dread captured in animated sketches. Hand painted.

Glove 2015

5 minutes

A doco of sorts tells the true story of a silicon glove that may drift to the ends of the universe after becoming separated from an orbiting space station.

A Coat Made Dark 2015

10 minutes

Director

Navigating a feral film noir world, a man follows the orders of a cosmically ordained dog to wear a woman’s coat for protection. Creepy.

UUUUUU 2015

4 minutes

Director

Sometimes the best thoughts come to you at 3.00 am. Against the black of night, simple white lines push those thoughts into sharp relief.

Go to City ELE 2015

9 minutes

Director

A little piggy ventures into a gorgeously rendered world of ELE(phants). Being trunkless can be lonely in such a world, but tides turn and all things change.

Orange 2014

3 minutes

Director

A dinghy containing a giant boot sails through an ocean of flaming orange hair on the head of a ravenous madman. Antic comic-book surrealism in hallucinogenic colour.

Corpses in the Drawer 2015

5 minutes

Director

A rolling, gleeful carnival of underworld murder, mayhem and inspired dismemberment.

Fish 2014

5 minutes

Director

Somewhere on a still ocean, a lone fisherperson snags an airborne grand piano. Lin Zhang’s CGI has the glossy finish of surrealist painting.

Velodrool 2015

6 minutes

Director

A nicotine-addicted racing cyclist finds the path to the finish line littered with peculiar distractions and hazards.

The Sparrow’s Flight 2016

14 minutes

Director

Tom Schroeder’s intensely personal tribute to his late collaborator Dave Herr incorporates an astonishing visual encyclopaedia of animation styles.