A celebratory showcase of some of the year’s best and brightest animated shorts. If you’re looking to sample the animation ecosystem in all its multi-coloured, variously-shaped glory, there’s no better place to begin.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2020
Welcome to Animation NOW!
Diversity was the guiding light in bringing together this single programme of animation from the 3,000+ submissions we received this year. Techniques range from paint-on-glass and hand-drawn, to the exquisite precision of 3D digital animation and the beautiful imperfections inherent in all stop motion work. Storylines, too, range eclectically from classic narrative right across the creative tundra to the kind of uncannily malleable chronicles animation often does so well.
Violent Equation brings a polished digital elegance to the surrealist labyrinth it navigates while the simple grace of Moth relies as much on its striking, painterly style as it does its humble inspiration.
The inspiration behind Girl in the Hallway is all too clear and as one of the most affecting films submitted this year it had to close the programme, simply because it was hard to imagine what could follow it. But opening Animation NOW! 2020 is the latest film by one of New Zealand’s most accomplished animators. James Cunningham’s Prickly Jam showcases both the extraordinary technical virtuosity and the wickedly off-beat humour for which he is internationally renowned. — Malcolm Turner
An end of days comedy about an ambitiously amorous cricket and a starving hedgehog with a devious plan.
An unusual rain and one anonymous superhero’s thankless effort to stem the tide.
Four characters trapped in a room try to decipher the reason behind a death.
An escaped laboratory rat navigates through a sea of punctuation.
Wandering through a range of primal emotions, this work was inspired by the simple act of a moth hitting the artist’s studio window
A hungry child sacrifices the only thing she has in the world to save her starving mother.
The haunting strains of Cante Alentejano, a traditional choral music, lead a man through a revaluation of his everyday life.
Blommaert returns with an intensely-packed moving graphic montage of fascinating diversity.
“What a lie it is to say that love conquers all. I would have danced on fire for you. But…”
How do we define ourselves when we are all equal. An intense exploration of group dynamics.
Half man, half steam engine. Full speed ahead, regardless.
A visual poem about struggling to fit into a patriarchal society’s views on how a young woman should behave.
A woman confronts her mortality and wonders why it came to this.
Ignorance creates fear, and envy brings violence. An astonishing proto-visual tour de force of mad collective imagination.
Birds of paradise, displaying beautiful plumage, sing and dance in the tropical forests.
Why does Little Red Riding Hood give Jamie nightmares? It’s been 15 years, and the girl in the hallway still haunts him.