Trap
Trap
Ugly
Ugly
Wednesday with Goddard
Wednesday with Goddard

Animation NOW! International Showcase 

Animation NOW!

An inspiring selection of new, award-winning animated works from around the world. This is where animation is right now.

Aug 10
Sold Out

Academy Cinema

In English
74 minutes
M
violence & offensive language

This is where animation is right now. There has never been a time when more animation was being made by more people in more places. In excess of 4,000 films vied for a spot in Animation NOW! this year. Trying to honour the breadth of what the international animation community is creating is the starting point for this programme.

Ugly, by Nikita Diakur and Redbear Easterman, has torn up the indie animation landscape. In winning the Grand Prix at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, it redefined the ‘narrative permission path’ for short animated films in the process. You be the judge.

Threads, by renowned animation classicist Toril Kove, occupies a completely different space, while the VR-adapted work Nothing Happens, by Michelle and Uri Kranot, triangulates the contemporary independent animation sphere that this programme strives to wrangle.

The International Showcase harbours a diversity of styles, genres and techniques. It displays sharp 3D beside beautifully textural painted work; explores true stories then moves on to stream-of-conscious visual essays; presents work by established masters and those who have recently burst onto the stage. — MT

Five Thirty Five 2017

Director

UK
5 minutes

Quitting time it may be, but the commute home tonight has turned the surreal up to 11… or 12!

Crux 2017

Director

3 minutes

A bold and colourful visual carnival capturing an armada of crosses coming out to play.

Wednesday with Goddard 2016

Director

UK
4 minutes

A whimsical, under-researched hunt for God takes one man on a meandering, often laconic journey to the mountain top.

Trap 2018

Director

Screenplay

Kahra Scott-James

Producer

Tony Leslie
12 minutes

A young girl fights for a sense of belonging. Paul James brings his mother’s story to life with animation inspired by the work of local artists Michael Smithers and Rita Angus.

Moczarski’s Case 2016

Director

5 minutes

A true story. In post-WWII Poland, Kazimierz Moczarski is jailed with the SS officer he tried to assassinate – both, now, enemies of the new state.

A Love Letter to the One I Made Up 2017

Director

6 minutes

“Sometimes I see you in strangers.” A search for something that cannot be explained.

Cupcake 2017

Director

USA
2 minutes

High energy, freestyle jazz scatting skips along in unison with an equally riotous visual dance, effortlessly merging abstract and classic cartoonism.

Eden 2017

Director

5 minutes

Bored with Eden, Adam and Eve make a break for it. But their absence is noticed, and God calls in his henchman.

Threads 2017

Director

8 minutes

The ties that bind may be invisible, but what of the threads we weave around those we love and want to protect?

Nothing Happens 2017

12 minutes

On the cold outskirts of town, something is about to happen, and the gathering crowd knows it.

Ugly 2017

12 minutes

An astonishing deep-dive into a stunning post-beauty world that could only be created by harnessing the power of CG animation.