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.
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World Of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, USA)
A little girl named Emily meets a visitor who brings her a poignant message from the future. Their conversation drags the pair to the outer reaches of space, through time, wending in and out of reality. Visually ravishing and truly mind-bending – one of the finest achievements in sci-fi in recent memory.
Dead Air (Robert Bradbrook, UK)
A new DJ tries to inject some edge into the airwaves of a small island community that is about to lose its sense of isolation with the opening of a new bridge connecting it to the mainland. But traffic can travel two ways on most bridges.
Between Times (Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter, Netherlands/USA)
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (Konstantin Bronzit, Russia)
Two cosmonaut friends, attempting to reach the stars are trying to do their best while training to make their shared dream come true. A sweet exploration of brotherly bonds.
Ernie Biscuit (Adam Elliot, Australia)
A lonely deaf Parisian taxidermist has his world turned upside down and back to front when a dead pigeon arrives on his doorstep.
The Master (Riho Unt, Estonia)
Popi the dog and Huhuu the monkey are waiting for their Master who hasn’t come home. They have to learn to live together although they are very different. From what starts as a dream becomes more dreadful than the truth.