An international showcase of impressive recent animation in a wide array of techniques, digital and analogue, with an emphasis on the abstract and the expressive – and a few gag-based pieces too.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2012
Our annual opportunity for short animations to come out and play. This year’s programme delivers a bounty of diversity. We showcase the creative possibilities of what animation can do in the hands of artists who let their imaginations roam freer and on a longer lead than the rest of us. In the parallel universes that these artists patrol, absolutely anything and everything is possible. Rules of physics, logic and narrative do not – or at least, need not – apply. Let the ideas twist, turn, merge and morph; redraw and recreate any new reality that comes to mind. Phones to silent please, lights down, you are about to enjoy one of the most beguiling rides a cinema can offer. — MT
An insect universe scuttles forth from the insides of a dead bird – much to the delight and wonder of the child who discovers it.
The experiences, musings and utterings of a suffering schizophrenic.
Pure animation magic! A tour of arcs and soaring glides that ever ebb and rise through a village as it attempts to separate from the moon.
A certified can’t-believe-my-eyes piece of animation made of ingeniously cut paper silhouettes formed into a kind of phenakistoscope.
Modern deco blended with cubism.
A self-reflecting look at the awkward age of nine.
An extravaganza of reconstruction starting with ships awash in the deep blue and ending in a solitary exit.
A sad face, a dead bear, a subdued detective and a ‘lemon enema’.
A hyper-speed recreation of amoebic chaos fuelled by inspiration drawn from the sickly madness and pain of Bosch and Bruegel. Definitely intended for big screens.
Promises, promises. Mulvar make precious fuel come from eyes! Vote Mulvar!
On the shore of a great ocean, surrounded by foreboding cliffs, live a boy and a lumberjack, drawn towards the stormiest of horizons.
A strange machine lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation that has profound implications for an entire galaxy. Screening with Sound of My Voice.
Alberta, 1909. The wide, open prairies of the wild west. Enter a well-tailored young Englishman, fresh from the ‘old country’.