The best of recently released short animated films from all over the world, carefully chosen from 2000-plus entries. They come in from every corner, they use every technique, they can be funny, dramatic, eye-popping, subdued, documentary or autobiographical. The one thing they have in common is that we think they’re the pick of the crop. We also have competition programmes focusing purely on: Recent Japanese Animation (Programme 4); Dark Animation (Programme 7); Long Shorts (Programme 8); and Abstract Animation (Programme 9).
‘A Different Perspective’ (Chris O’Hara, 2012)
A visit from an alien life form results in a change of perspective in more ways than one.
‘Aalterate’ (Christobal de Oliveira, 2011)
Diving into a coma, a female body experiences extreme inner tension. Its mutating silhouette gradually invades an empty space to a point of complete saturation.
‘Alimation’ (Alexandre Dubosc, 2011)
A cool, cute little animated film made out of smarties, chocolates and yummy cake.
‘Volli Pall’ (Chintis Lundgren, 2010)
Volli is a tour guide and susceptible to many paranormal activities.
‘What else is the bobby pin good for? / Meg mire jo a hullamcsat?’ (Roland Toth-Pocs, 2010)
We usually throw out useless odds and ends but this object takes great offence at being forced to live in exile.
‘Sweetheart / Sizyj Golubochek’ (Ekaterina Sokolova, 2011)
A man passes the same train station at different stages of his life.
‘Countdown’ (Celine Desrumaux, 2011)
An animated ode to the golden age of space travel.
‘Visitation’ (Suzan Pitt, 2011)
Inspired by hearing wolves crying and simultaneously reading H.P. Lovecraft, Visitation unwinds through a dark landscape of unending life and death.
‘My Music’ (Tiago Albuquerque & Joao Braz, 2011)
Steve16 is trying to find a nice quiet place where he can listen to his music on his mp3 player.
‘At the Opera / En La Opera’ (Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2010)
A very moving night at the opera.
‘Moxie’ (Stephen Irwin, 2011)
A sad face, a dead bear, a subdued detective and a ‘lemon enema’.
‘Oedipus’ (Paul Driessen, 2011)
A stunning tour-de-force from the legendary Paul Driessen, animating at his absurdist best. A parody of the classic Greek myth with a few of the best known NFB characters thrown in to thicken and spice up the dish.