The Grand Prize winner in the last competition, Goosebumps are guaranteed in this amazing stop-motion animation. Foxed! won many awards on the international festival circuit before finally being made available online. Made as a proof-of-concept for a feature film, Foxed! tells the story of Emily, a little girl who has been kidnapped by evil foxes and forced to work in an underground mine. When she sees a chance to escape, she makes a run for it. But what horrors await her when she reaches home?
The Grand Prize winner in the 3rd FILMSshort competition, Tonight Is Not A Good Night For Dying is a simple idea beautifully executed with great performances. Made by Iranian filmmaker Ali Asgair, it was great to see a film outside of the UK or US taking the competition prize. In Tonight Is Not A Good Night For Dying we are given a POV shot of a man who has fallen or jumped from an apartment above...
With the new competition opening on Friday, it seemed like a good time to look at back one of my favourite non-winners from a past compeition. Set some 300 years in the future, it is mainly told with one shot, which shows a new recruit taking part in his first "drop". His team are dropping from a spaceship onto an alien world they are colonising and mining. It is being watched back by a forensic accountant, who has to decide whether what went wrong was the fault of the rookie or not.
Nominated for the BAFTA in 2015, My Dad was written and directed by Marcus Armitage while still a student at the Royal College of Art. Inspired by a real-life photograph (shown at the end), this hand-drawn animation depicts a father's influence on a young boy's life, focusing on how the soccer loving father's bigoted views may affect his son's own world view, as well as the idea that the young boy is being placed in literal danger. It's style is somewhat arcane, but the overall message is pretty clear.
One Minute Time Machine proved to be a hit on the festival circuit as well as online. It is a simple comedy about a man, James, wishing to impress a woman, Regina, on a park bench. Fortunately, James has invented a handheld device that allows him to travel back in time precisely one minute, so every time he makes a mess of his conversation with Regina, he hits a big red button and starts again. Unfortunately, James will eventually learn that there is a downside to his time-travelling antics.