Animated Fantasy

The Gold Sparrow

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Written by Daniel Stessen; Directed by Daniel Stessen; Produced by Chad Nicholson, Daniel Stessen, Michael Garza, & Noah Lit

Written by Daniel Stessen; Directed by Daniel Stessen; Produced by Chad Nicholson, Daniel Stessen, Michael Garza, & Noah Lit

In a black-and-white futuristic metropolis, void of creativity and color, the Gold Sparrow and her nefarious sidekick, the Ring Leader, scour the gray-scale streets, stealing the color from anyone daring enough to bring art back into their bleak world. Our three heroes, the Strongman, the Fool, and the Monk, perform in the streets as they are hunted, battling for their souls.

13 min

House of Monsters

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Written/Directed/Produced by Dawn Brown

Written/Directed/Produced by Dawn Brown

Described as Rankin/Bass meets Looney Tunes, “House of Monsters” features a return to old-school film making and handmade artistry. A mummy seeks relief with moisturizer, trying to regain the vitality of his youth to impress a special lady.

7 min

The Cold Heart

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Written/Directed by Hannes Rall; Produced by Michael Meier & Hannes Rall

Written/Directed by Hannes Rall; Produced by Michael Meier & Hannes Rall

The Black Forest in the 19th century: A young and poor charcoal-burner desperately wants to become rich. He trades his warm heart for a cold stone to the evil spirit of the forest.

A cautionary tale about the effects of greed on the human soul. Based on a darkly romantic German fairy tale.

29 min

There’s an Octopus in Your Head

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Written/Directed/Produced by Ari Grabb

Written/Directed/Produced by Ari Grabb

A young pancake master explores the boundaries of his mind by searching through the darkest depths of his mind with the cerebral manifestation of Satan. Through song and dance, the Pancake Master and Satan explore the limitations of being human in an infinite universe, weighing love over mastery, and most importantly ask, “Why does he make pancakes?”

7 min

Supine: A Dream

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Written by Jennifer Hill; Directed by Lyon Hill; Produced by Patricia Fox & Brad Jayne

Written by Jennifer Hill; Directed by Lyon Hill; Produced by Patricia Fox & Brad Jayne

In a woman’s dream, a shadowy figure chases her through a barren city and performs a strange underground ritual. Full of compelling imagery and potent symbols, “Supine” has the feel of a moving painting full of potent dream imagery, more surreal than horror.

7 min

Little Red

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Written by Terry Legan, Lee Crowe & Cayla Armstrong; Directed by Terry Legan and Lee Crowe. Produced by Crow’s Nest Productions

Written by Terry Legan, Lee Crowe & Cayla Armstrong; Directed by Terry Legan and Lee Crowe. Produced by Crow’s Nest Productions

Red seeks refuge from the wolf by entering a mysterious door in the forest and finds herself in a strange, underground world.

3 min

Feral

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Written/Directed/Produced by Daniel Sousa.

Written/Directed/Produced by Daniel Sousa.

A wild boy is found in the woods by a solitary hunter and brought back to civilization. Alienated by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

13 min

Alice Through the Looking Glass

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Written/Directed/Produced by Denise Plauche

Written/Directed/Produced by Denise Plauche

An interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories and characters using digital cut-out style animation with a quirky yet poignantly nostalgic mood.

3 min

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