Some films just need extra time to develop their themes, grow and draw us more comprehensively into their worlds. This competition programme is dedicated to showcasing the best of these longer films. If you find the regular competition programmes a bit of a roller coaster ride, this screening is your animation limousine.
‘It’s Such A Beautiful Day’ (Don Hertzfeldt, 2011)
The final part of the much-loved trilogy blending traditional animation, experimental optical effects, trick photography, and new digital hybrids. Bill finds himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems in an attempt to piece together his shattering psyche.
‘The Making of Longbird’ (Will Anderson, 2011)
A behind-the-scenes look at the battle royale raging between an animator and a character that just won’t do what it is commanded to.
‘Here and the great elsewhere / Le Grand Ailleurs et le Petit Ici’ (Michele Lemieux, 2012)
Lost in a reverie, a man reels with sudden, piercing awareness of his own state of being. He ponders the world in which he lives—from the evolution of life and the atomic particles that constitute matter, to the mystery of memory and the enigma of death.
‘Edmond was a Donkey / Edmond etait un ane’ (Franck Dion, 2012)
Edmond is not like everybody else. A small, quiet man, Edmond has a wife who loves him and a job that he does extraordinarily well. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. And though he comes to enjoy his new identity, an ever-widening chasm opens up between himself and others.
‘Oh Willy’ (Emma de Swaef & Marc James Roels, 2012)
After his mother’s death, Willy returns to the nudist community where he grew up. He is saddened by his memories, and decides to head out into the countryside, and finds the maternal protection of a big hairy animal.