LA SHORTS FEST - ANIMATIONS

LA Shorts Fest is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Like others, it can get it spectacularly wrong but here are some of the best short animations.


Zero

Zero by Christopher Kezelos (2010) (Australia) (12m)

Zero is a briliantly crafted stop-motion short animation written and directed by Australian filmmaker Christopher Kezelos. It follows the story of Zero, a being born into a world of numbers, where zeros are considered the pariahs of society and thus oppressed by all other numbers. It is a simple story about human nature and how stoically the subjugated take their persecution. Zero was Keselos's first film to feature on the festival circuit.


Alma by Rodrigo Blaas (2009)15 Certificate (US/Spain) (6m) *

Written and directed by Rodrigo Blaas, a Spanish animator who has worked on brilliant Pixar features such as Wall-E and Up, Alma is something close to an animation horror! Alma is an angelic little girl who is writing her name on a wall when she spies a doll in a shop window that looks exactly like her. She enters the empty shop. The doll keeps moving but Alma is determined to get her hands on it...

 

Alma

The Legend Of The Scarecrow by Marco Besas (2005) (Spain) (10m)

Why are crows black? This is the question answered by The Legend of the Scarecrow (La Leyenda del Espantapájaros) by Marco Besas. It won the best animation award at the 2005 LA Shorts Fest among others and remains ones of the best short animations from Spain. Besas went on to make a feature film in 2008 but that fared less well. The Legend of the Scarecrow is the sad story of a lonely scarecrow...

Legend of the Scarecrow

The Raft by Jan Thüring (2004) (Germany) (12m) *

The Raft (Das Floß), a stop-motion animation from Jan Thüring finds two men lost at sea and starving of hunger. When a seagull leaves behind a fish their previous teamwork turns into a no-holds-barred fight. Throw in a shark and the return of the seagull along with fantastic animation and you have a very nice short movie. Perhaps the most impressive part of the animation is Thüring's rendering of the water.

The Raft
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