Phantom City
Phantom City
Mosaic, the Waltz of Spleen
Mosaic, the Waltz of Spleen
Stems
Stems

Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Animation Now! International Programme #4: Handmade Animation 

This stunning selection of animated shorts testifies to enduring creative vitality in pre-digital techniques as varied as pixilation, puppet animation, paint on glass, print on film and whirlwind stop-motion.

72 minutes
flashing images may cause seizures

Despite the digitised mediascape that immerses us, many independent animators still realise their visions in paint, clay and sand, or by moving objects and manipulating puppets.

Many of the 4,300 submissions reviewed for Animation Now relied heavily (and often entirely) on photography and the skilled hands of an animator. This programme celebrates the sheer breadth of imagination and skill that continues to fuel and inform the artform.

Phantom City 2015

Director

7 minutes

Hand-painted on glass and laced with noir and a wailing saxophone: just one of the tales in the Phantom City.

Black Seed 2014

Director

7 minutes

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.

Stems 2015

UK
2 minutes

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

If I Was God… 2015

Director

9 minutes

Cordell Barker returns with a stunning puppet film recalling the day they dissected frogs in science class and he glimpsed his godlike future.

Setting West 2015

Director

5 minutes

A visual essay of the history of typography uses original 19th- and 20th-century printing materials, printed onto film.

The Five Minute Museum 2015

Director

UK
7 minutes

A masterclass in super-fast stop-motion animation puts objects from some notable museum collections into high rotate. The spearheads, the coins, the urns of antiquity never looked so lively.

Brain Lapse 2014

Director

USA
1 minute

Painted with Wite-Out, one minute of insanely detailed morphing overload from the guy who does it best.

Amélia & Duarte 2015

8 minutes

Affairs of the heart are our greatest joy – and the fuel for epic furies when they fracture, as does the love of Amélia and Duarte, pixilated before our eyes.

Exomoon 2015

Director

6 minutes

“Because she has been alone for a really long time and there´s just no one else, she might as well live on the moon.” — Gudrun Krebitz. Hand painted.

Mosaic, the Waltz of Spleen 2015

Director

4 minutes

Disembodied, lurid splashes of colour dance through the walls and ceilings, from one stark room to the next, changing partners. Backlit water paint on cell.

Red-End and the Factory Plant 2015

Director

16 minutes

This puppet animation extravaganza does for ants and vegetables what Kubrick’s Spartacus did for the Roman slaves.