Selected from 60 graduate showreels, this is a look at the best student work from all around the world – the first step on the animation ladder for these talented filmmakers, and the first time their wild and wonderful imaginations have been unleashed. Stop-motion, drawn animation, collage, cut-out, CGI, clay, ink and almost every other technique these animators can dream up are all on display here. 26 wondrous films in 2 screenings from the future stars of our animation universe.
Last Summer – Nicola Bernardi, Alessandra De Stefano, Gabriela Lewandowska, Chloé Van Becelaere, Camille Van Delft & Elodie Xia, France
As summer ends, Ren’s bandmates and childhood friends are leaving for college. He struggles to write the lyrics of their final song.
2022 6’40 min
In/finite – Daniel Maaß, Germany
Two hikers come across a hypnotic-looking water pit in a dry desert. The water pit is now the trigger for an all-encompassing conflict: should they settle down or keep wandering?
2023 6’00 min
Soaked In – Shiyu Tang, China
A startling depiction of the countless baby girls who lost their lives at birth in China and a love letter to the millions of sisters that we never got to meet.
2022 4’45 min
Fox Tossing – Zénó Mira, Hungary
In 17th-century Europe the hedonistic lifestyle of palace dwellers treat foxes as playthings sentenced to death.
2023 7’45 min
Au 8eme Jour – Agathe Sénéchal, Alicia Massez, Elise Debruyne, Flavie Carin & Théo Duhautois, France
It took seven days to create the world, it only took one to disrupt its balance.
2023 8’10 min
Saltwater – Declan McKenna, USA
As a relationship reaches a turning point, one person’s fragile understanding of control begins to haunt their dreams.
2022 7’20 min
Beyond the Fringe – Han Tang, Costanza Baj & Giulia Zanette, Spain
One quiet evening, an intriguing little paper figure magically emerges from a notebook. A coming-of-age story about leaving home.
2023 5’05 min
Cortex – Sena Miyazaki, UK
A desperate man undergoes an experimental trial with a new technology called CORTEX, embarking on a traumatic journey through his mindscape to reconstruct his memories.
2022 4’20 min
Architect’s Cruise – Simon Hamlyn, UK
Architects gaze out across oceans. Away from the land, their intentions grow focused. In the flurry of debate, the cities of the future emerge.
2022 2’35 min
Nightpay – Rachel Fitzgerald, Ireland
A petrol station employee grapples with his own paranoia while working the night shift.
2023 3’40 min
From the Corner of My Eye – Domonkos Erhardt, Hungary
The magic of a fleeting encounter when two strangers’ eyes meet.
2023 6’15 min
Sewing Love – Yuan Xu, Japan
The expression of an emotional desire called love.
2023 8’30 min
God Bless You – Joseph Whitmore, UK
A harrowing depiction of a childhood experience of alcoholism and its impact on interfamily relationships and mental health.
2023 5’50 min
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