Russian animator Konstantin Bronzit was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 with his simple, hand-drawn animated film, Lavatory Lovestory. But in 2004 he created this truly brilliant computer animation. A bronze statue of the Hindu deity, Shiva, the personifaction of calm, is irritated by a pesky fly and comes to life in order to rid himself of it. But in his increasingly frustated attempts, Shiva causes himself more and more problems until...
Post-it Love, written and directed by British duo Simon Atkinson & Adam Townley (thus Si & Ad) is just about as close to perfection as you can get in a romantic short film. Like the similarly brilliant Signs (above), Post-it Love shows us two shy office workers looking for love but unable to say so overtly. There is some suspension of disbelief needed but these are romance shorts made for the silver screen!
Kiwi! was created as part of Dony Permed's masters degree at The School of Visual Arts, New York, and has garnered Permed more than 35 million hits on YouTube. Animators often create shorts without dialouge and this tendency - whatever the reason - means that their films will often appeal to a wider, global audience. In Kiwi! we find the eponymous flightless bird preparing to fulfil the dream of a lifetime. Permed contines to make short animations.
LXIV (64 in Roman numerals - see if you can work out why!) is dedicated to Damien's father, Jack, who died in 2009. A beautifully shot montage, it was his final year film from Staffordshire University, England, and pieces together a dazzling array of shots that condense our existence into a three-minute film. It is a bit like the Sundance/Youtube feature experiment A Life In A Day (though thankfully with less animal slaughter) and was shot on the Canon DSLRs.