SUNDANCE - ANIMATIONS 1

Sundance is considered to be one of the very top short film festivals, and is perhaps even more varied than Cannes when handing out its short awards.


It's A Date by Zachery Zezima (2016) (USA) (7m)

Written and directed by Zachary Zezima and based on a true story, It's A Date is one of those animations that gains a lot of festival buzz but does not have a whole lot of story to it. A young couple are meeting on a blind date, having apparently met online, and it is as awkward as most blind dates; but it gets even more awkward when the young man starts talking about being an alien who spends most of his time trying to reconnect with his alien ancestors.

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Edmond by Nina Gantz (2015) (UK) (8m)

Edmond is a stop-motion animation about a man who has suffered with a life-long affliction: cannibalism. We first meet him contemplating suicide at the edge of a lake before sliding back through time to witness individual moments when his craving for human flesh has taken over, revealing that he was a cannibal even before he was born. How is that possible? Watch this BAFTA winning short film to find out!

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Yearbook by Bernardo Britto (2014) (USA) (11m)

Yearbook is a comic animation written and directed by American filmmaker Bernardo Britto. Although comical, Yearbook has a deep heart, questioning what we value as noteworthy. The story centres around a man who is asked to compile a yearbook for man's time on planet Earth. He is given seventeen years in which to create this document as this is how long it will take an alien missile to reach and destroy us. However, he has a finite amount of space...


Morning Stroll

A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard (2011) (UK) (7m) *

A Morning Stroll claims to be based on a true story, as unlikely as that seems! Nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning a BAFTA, it is a clever and enjoyable romp through the decades and different styles of animation starting off in the 1950s. It seems there has been a chicken living and going about his business in New York for many years. Orchard mainly works on television spots, which is perhaps why he can turn his hand to various styles.


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