Animation 2018

Agent Bird

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Directed by Yazel, Paisley Hansen; Produced by John B Ludwick

Synopsis: The film follows Agent Bird, a secret agent, as he works to retrieve a case left my an informant outside a cafe. The dead drop doesn’t go as planned and Agent Bird is forced to improvise.

2 minutes

Blows With The Wind

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Written/Produced/Directed by Hazhir As’adi

After occurring some events for the scarecrow, scarecrow becomes human.

7 minutes

Bluehilda

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Directed by James Sugrue; Produced by Ben Kalina, Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski

Bluehilda is raring to get out into the real world, but first she’s pretty hungry… She decides to hunt the ever-elusive Copper-back Raboon for dinner, and is dying to test her ten years of magical training in order to catch it. However, Francis flies off into the deadly Furest alone, and Bluehilda must go after him. She gets an even bigger test of her magic than she anticipated when her precious pug bat is caught by the Unbearables! Bluehilda must face the deadly trio of witch hunters in order to save Francis! Will Bluehilda be up to the test? Or will Francis end up as a trophy?

8 minutes

Crossing

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Written/Directed/Produced by Megan Brennan

Crossing is the story of a young griffon-like creature named Blue who was born with one wing that is too small. Blue must get across a deep canyon order to leave the cave where he hatched, but his little wing makes it impossible for him to fly across.

2 minutes

Cut Bait

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Directed by Robert Walkine

Proverb “You must fish, cut bait, or get out of the boat!” To put food on the table, a father and son duo must venture out to sea to catch some fish. Cut Bait is an animated short that examines an estranged father son relationship with the comedic aspect of a Bahamian folklore. Audience members young and old will appreciate the morals and lessons to be learnt from this visually-stylized interpretation of an old Bahamian proverb about taking up space in a boat.

3 minutes

Every Internet User’s Worst Nightmare

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Written/Directed/Produced by Andrew Racho

Andrew peruses the Internet and, with one click, makes one of the most embarrassing mistakes of his life. And if anything, it’ll get you looking up what a runner rug is. This is part of Andrew’s ongoing project Convenience Store Diet, featuring comics and cartoons about the failures of adulthood.

5 minutes

The Legend of Rasputin

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Written/Directed by Jamie Shannon; Produced by Heather Henson, Sam Koji-Hale

Mystic, prophet, healer, love-god – Grigori Rasputin’s unique talents bring him to St. Petersburg’s luxurious Winter Palace to heal the dying Prince Alexei, heir to the throne, in the waning days of Tsarist rule. When Rasputin succeeds, he becomes spiritual aid to the royal family, and infamous national celebrity to a public that is becoming increasingly critical of its rulers. Rasputin’s hedonistic desires, and the negative attention he draws to the ruling order, is upsetting to a certain faction of the nobility, who plot to kill him in an effort to restore the clean image of the Russian royalty, and to maintain their power in a time of revolutionary crisis. Rasputin’s prophesy that his murder by Royalty proves true, leading to the destruction of the Tsar and his dynasty. This is a dark historical comedy about the first tabloid star, Grigori Rasputin … told with puppets.

13 minutes

LizardQuest

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Written/Directed/Produced by Nicole Cespedes, Jessica Castillo, Micah Breitweiser

A plucky young gecko goes on an epic journey with a barbarian turtle and a mage chameleon to defeat the great Komodo dragon.

5 minutes

Mermaids and Rhinos

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Written by Polett Dus, Dorka Gergely, Viktória Traub; Directed by Viktória Traub; Produced by Polett Dus

Eight-year-old Tilda’s memories of her family as surrealistic visions come into life: the circus member ex-mermaid grandmother, the erotically overheated mother and the disappeared father whose broken heart, anger and jealousy manifest as a rhino. The acts of present and the past are in constant metamorphoses and transformation. The characters overstep their own and the surrounding world’s physical borders. Tilda’s life is full of grotesque, bizarre characters hungry for love. The atmosphere of wistfulness, desire, passion and sorrow frame the story.

16 minutes

Pour 585

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Written/Produced by Kaori Ishida; Directed by Patrick Smith

A timid character with a wine glass for a head grows larger than his numbered peers while participating in a prosaic cycle of pouring. “”Pour 585″” is a hand drawn animated film that visually interprets the individuals role in hierarchy. The conflict occurs when a cycle is interrupted by a character that does not adhere to the machine-like norms. This individual ends up breaking the cycle and establishing a new order, possibly even more tyrannical than the first.

5 minutes

Sea-Tectives

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Written/Directed/Produced by Christopher Dobbs Jr.

A duo of deep sea detectives must grapple with the most difficult case of their lives while also having to deal with the effects of their rising stardom within their city. Sea-Tectives is a comedy that parodies the serialization of detective fiction and is set within the context of an underwater city inhabited by fish, mollusks, and crustaceans.

11 minutes

Thump

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Written/Directed/Produced by Ben Roth

After crashing his motorcycle into a tree on a moon, Ash the mercenary must drown out an alien boy’s paddle-ball’s systematic thumping as he awaits Space Triple A to come save him, or else Ash will go crazy from the monotonous thump, thump, thump…

3 minutes

Winston

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Written by: Gabby Capili, Aram Sarkisian; Directed by Aram Sarkisian

Fevered letters—that recount a man’s hatred for his neighbor—offer a window into the Winston’s descent into Poe-inspired madness.

6 minutes

Your Face Global Jam

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Directed/Produced by Ken Mora of Bella Fe Media, LLC

In 1987, Bill Plympton, now heralded as “The King of Indie Animation” was nominated for an Oscar for his debut hand-drawn animated short film “Your Face.”

For 2017, animators around the world came together for the 30th anniversary of that nomination to ‘Jam’ this historic milestone and celebrate his world-wide influence.

4 minutes

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