Written by Stephen Fellows, Sign Language won both the reed.co.uk short film competition and the Virgin Media Shorts competition in 2010 and it's easy to see why. It is a subtle and likeable romantic comedy narrated by a 'board guy' - who stand on London's Oxford Street holding up signs - who spends his life making announcements but is too shy to talk to the girl handing out flyers that he fancies.
The animators on the craziness that is Mac 'n' Cheese were Tom Hankins, Gijs van Kooten, Guido Puijk and Roy Nieterau; all graduates from the Utrecht School of Arts in Holland, where Edwin Schaap's Rooted was also made. It's a mad chase through an arid American landscape and the inspiration was apparently the multi-player shoot' em up game Team Fortress 2. However, it clearly borrows elements from a whole gambit of animation genres!
Co-written by Thomas Gaudin and its director, Philippe Orreindy, I'll Wait For The Next One (J'attendrai le Suivant) was nominated for the 2003 Oscar. It is a bitter-sweet tale of a lonely woman being offered the chance of love on the Paris metro. A strange man is so desparate to find the right woman that he offers himself up to anyone who might like him in his carriage. I find it hard to watch it's so sorrowful!
This stop-motion animation by Mexican duo René Castillo and Antonio Urrutia was nominated for a Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1998. No Support (Sin Sostén) sees a suicidal man climb onto the rooftop between two billboards - one with a busty pin-up advertising a bra (the title is a play on words!) and the other with a mounted cowboy. When the time comes to jump, the huge advertisements come to life...