Animation Now 2009
Blu/Italy 2008/7 mins/paint direct to street surfaces
A larger-than-life graffiti mural springs to life, rapidly consuming every paintable surface in its path.
The Brothers McLeod/UK 2008/4 mins/2D hand drawn
A fascinating multi-frame layout accommodates classic cartoon strip styling.
Take It Easy
No corras tanto, César Díaz Meléndez/Spain 2008/5 mins/sand animation
A thoroughly entertaining compendium of images crafted from coloured sands.
Kristian Andrews/UK 2008/5 mins/ink on paper
A disturbing story about two young boys with too much time on their hands.
Ryu Kato/Japan 2007/3 mins/pen and pencil on paper
A chain of dizzying images lavishly illustrates a day in an imaginary town as seen through the wide eyes of a boy who steps into it.
El empleo, Santiago ‘Bou' Grasso/Argentina 2008/6 mins/2D hand drawn
Where would you fit into this world in which the role of every household item and every piece of urban machinery is dutifully performed by a human?
E. Kajdan, N. Maurice, J. Lasbleiz, R. Devouassoud/France 2008/5 mins/3D computer animation
A digitised dystopia is re-formed from the shards of a rapidly shattering city taken over by wild animals.
The Black Dog's Progress
Stephen Irwin/UK 2008/3 mins/hand-drawn flipbooks, stopmotion
The unwanted Black Dog patrols a confounding neighbourhood depicted as a seething mass of flickering, rough-hewn images.
Zalina Bideeva/Russia 2008/15 mins/paint on glass, hand-drawn
A visually stunning, quintessentially Russian-style animation tracing the path a small wax angel carves into the troubled soul of a small boy.
Georges Schwizgebel/Switzerland 2008/5 mins/paint on board
A master of gloriously hand-painted, perception-bending visual acrobatics, Schwizgebel swoops and soars through the fleeting fragments of everyday journeys.
James Cunningham/New Zealand 2009/11 mins/computer animation
A superbly depicted battlefield dilemma. In the horrors of the trenches, two
New Zealand soldiers take responsibility for the smallest of lives.
Chris Landreth/Canada 2009/11 mins/computer animation
The latest film from the Academy Award-winning maker of Ryan. The brittle, complex collection of personalities within a counselling group critique the lopsided loads of gifts and sacrifices shared by an unusual couple.