Martina Meštrović,  

Tanja Vujasinović

A CAT IS ALWAYS FEMALE

Through a feminist lens, the filmmakers pay homage to their professor Marija Ujević Galetović – one of Croatia’s most important sculptors. Marija's life story and views are told through a combination of video footage and animation of her feminine sculptures.

Martina Meštrović (1974) graduated on a Sculpture department from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1998. She has held several solo and group exhibitions. In 2004, she joins the art collective Kreativni sindikat, working as a 2D and 3D set designer, animator and director. She lives and works in Zagreb.

Tanja Vujasinović (1974) completed MA Fine Art studies at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2006 and graduated on a Sculpture department from the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in 1999. Tanja works with a variety of media including video, sculpture and sound. She participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She lives and works in Zagreb.

Kreativni sindikat

Croatia 2019, 15:45

Chloé Mazlo

ASMAHAN THE DIVA

The life of Asmahan, the diva and druze princess was short, but what a life ! Marriages, glory, espionage, lovers, alcohol, poker, suicides, murders, scandals… This oriental Marilyn has marked the golden age of the egyptian musical comedies. Today, her voice still resonates everywhere in
the Middle East and her mysterious death in the waters of the Nile still feeds the wildest rumors…

Chloé Mazlo is a director and visual artist living in Paris.
After studying graphic design at the Higher School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg, she specialized in making animated films at the crossroads of different techniques. Take the territory of autobiography (L’amour m’anime, Deyrouth, Les Petits Cailloux), literary adaptation (Conte de fées à l’usage des moyennes personnes according to Boris Vian) or its history family (Diamenteurs), his films
are distinguished by their strongly allegorical pictorial language. Between the crisis of ideals and disappointed hopes, they describe to varying degrees the tribulations of characters struggling with the experience of disenchantment. They are all pretexts to review with tenderness and self-deprecation the myths of the Great Love, the Ideal Family, Absolute Happiness or a Perfect Identity. His short films have been selected in many French and international festivals, broadcast on television (France 2, Canal +) and have won several awards. His third short film, Les Petits Cailloux, won the 2015 Caesar Short Film Animation. Chloé Mazlo is currently writing her first feature film and is also pursuing a drawing practice.

Causette Prod

France 2019, 06:00

Daphna Awadish

BEAR WITH ME

Through moving interviews, Bear With Me reveals the many difficulties prevalent for those who cross borders in order to be with the ones they love. However, despite these difficulties, challenges and overall toll, the movie is about love.

Daphna Awadish is an Israeli filmmaker and illustrator living in Amsterdam. She specializes in creating animated documentaries and won many awards in international film festivals for her two films ‘Journey Birds’ and ‘Bear with Me’.
Having lived in different countries herself, Daphna explores the meaning of 'home' in her work and is currently developing a new animated documentary film. She uses mixed media to portray personal narratives in a unique and intimate manner. Daphna graduated from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (BA) and completed the Masters of Animation program in AKV St. Joost. She is also a curator of different programs for film festivals and leads creative workshops, while working as an independent illustrator.

AKV St. Joost Master Institute

Netherlands 2019, 04:50

Camila Kater

CARNE

Rare, medium rare, medium, medium well and well done. Through intimate and personal stories, five women share their experiences in relation to the body, from childhood to old age.

Camila Kater is a director, animator and production designer. Bachelor of Medialogy with undergraduate sandwich in Film and Television Production by Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, UK). She served in stop-motion productions as animator, art director and puppet maker in short as Apple The Trial (2013), Flirt (2015), Indescribable (being finalized); and as an art and animation assistant on the feature film "Bob Cuspe, we do not like people" (in production) from Coala Filmes. Her first shortfilm FLESH co-produced by Abano (Spain) and Doctela (Brazil) has been selected for the development of laboratory Bridging The Gap Animation Lab MiradasDoc (Tenerife, Spain). C. Kater is a member of Campinas Animation Film Center and co-founder / coordinator of the slug (La Extraordinary Week Shows Animated) who completed three editions at Unicamp, with the support of festivals like MONSTRA (Lisbon Animated Film Festival), ANIMAGE (Festival International of Animation of Pernambuco) and StopTrik International Festival (Estonia, Poland).

Abano Productions

Brazil 2019, 12:00

Kate Anderson, Sonia Kneepkens & Fan Sissoko

DANI'S FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST

Dani recounts life growing up in an Oxford greasy spoon caff. From 'At The Kitchen Table; Stories of Migration and Resilience', an animated installation commissioned by the Migration Museum for their immersive exhibition Room To Breathe.

Kate Anderson is an animator and illustrator based in London. Since graduating with an MA in Animation from the Royal College of Art, Kate has worked on a range of commercial projects and commissions, alongside which she produces her own moving image work for presentation at film festivals, galleries and online. Clients include Kings College London, UCL and the Migration Museum. Recent projects include animated scenery projections for Ensemble Moliere's baroque opera Pygmalion, and an animated dining table installation commissioned for the Migration Museum's immersive exhibition Room To Breathe.

The Migration Museum

UK 2018, 05:00

Tamara Shogaolu

HALF A LIFE

Half a Life tells the real life story of a young, gay Egyptian forced to choose between home and self. Through the protagonist's personal recounts of homophobia and police brutality, the film tells a timely story of activism and hope, set in the increasingly dangerous, oppressive, and unstable social climate faced by LGBTQ people in many corners of the world. 

Tamara Shogaolu 

is the founder and creative director of Ado Ato Pictures. She is an international director and new media artist who strives to share stories across mediums, platforms, and virtual and physical spaces in order to promote cross-cultural understanding and challenge preconceptions. With a track record in featuring her work at film festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide, such as the Tribeca Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Gallery of Indonesia, her innovative approach to storytelling has led to sources like The Guardian, Forbes Magazine and Vogue naming her as a leader in the field of new and immersive media. She was a 2018 Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab Programs Fellow and a 2020 Creative Capital Award Recipient, as well as a 2019 Gouden Kalf Nominee, and a Burton Lewis Endowed Scholar for Directing at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she graduated with an MFA. Shogaolu was also a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, a Luce Scholar in Indonesia, and an Academy Nicholls Fellowship Semifinalist.

Ado Ato Pictures

Egypt/Netherlands/USA 2017, 12:28

Maria Trigo Teixeira

INSIDE ME

A clear decision surrounded by mixed feelings. A young woman recounts her experience with abortion.

Maria Trigo Teixeira was born in Lisbon in 1990. After studying Communication Design at Fine Art University in Porto, she moved to Germany and started working as a graphic designer and illustrator. She is one of the curators of the monthly short film festival Shortcutz Berlin. In 2014 she started her Animation studies in Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. "Inside me" is her debut and graduation film.

Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf

Germany 2019, 05:00

Frank Mukunday & Tétshim

MACHINI

By necessity
and especially by the force of the machine
we have become sleepwalking beings
beings deprived of God, the damned of the earth
and test subjects over the black market of history
test subjects of the machine


Atelier Graphoui has welcomed Congolese artists Frank Mukunday and Tétshim in residence from December 2017 to June 2019. Their film Machini offers a poetic vision of the ecological impact of the Katangese mining industry on people of Lubumbashi.

Frank Mukunday. I'm from Lubumbashi, DRC. I'am passionate about animation and I work with many Congolese animators on various projects. In 2007 I joined Tétshim, Angelo Nzeka and Trésor Makonga, with whom I'm still working today.

Tétshim. I was born in Kinshasa. I drawn for years. In addition to making animated films, I'am also illustrator and cartoonist of press and comics.

PICHA

Congo/Belgium 2019, 10:00

Carla MacKinnon

O HUNTER HEART

Nature and domesticity collide and animal instincts rise to the surface, in a dark tale of love and loss. This film's soundtrack features audio from interviews collected around the UK, creating a story that is constructed from fragments of real-life broken hearts.

Carla MacKinnon. I am a filmmaker and researcher based in the UK. My work explores the spaces between, or across, diverse genres, techniques and approaches. Combining the materials of reality with the stuff of fantasy, and the language of science and psychology with the irrational logic of a dream, I try to create unusual spaces and stories that speak to subjective experience.

Carla MacKinnon

UK/Germany 2018, 07:20

Alan Jennings

THE BILL JENNINGS MYSTERIES

Portrait of Bill Jennings. Handyman, storyteller, amateur singer and so much more. A look at all of the qualities, habits and powers of one amazing man from Vermont.

Alan Jennings is a graduate of the MFA program in experimental animation at California Institute of the Arts. His films have screened internationally at: Animafest Zagreb, The Ottawa International Animation Festival, The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Films and The Holland Animation Film Festival, among many others. Professional work includes short films produced for: Cartoon Network, Comedy Central, The School of Life and NPR.

 

Alan Jennings

USA 2019, 03:48

Kajetan Pochylski

THE LAST CINEMA

The personal story about the last educational cinema in Poland, run by the director's grandfather.

This information was intentionally not checked. Director decided to follow his grandma's word, who is the narrator of the movie.

The film was created with the author's method combining digital and analogue techniques. The image is the effect of layers. It was made using a digital and analog camera as well as typical drawing, painting and graphic tools. During the filming, around 8,200 hand-made frames were created. 

Łukasz Kajetan Pochylski.

A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts Nicolaus Copernicus University In Toruń and AMA Film Academy in Kraków. He deals with documentary film, animation and authorial experimental film, combining various film and art techniques. Every day he works in film, TV and graphic production. He runs his company and cooperates with the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Two-time scholarship holder of the Marshal of the voivodeship Kuyavian-Pomeranian in the field of film art. His documentaries took part in festivals in Poland and abroad, earning them a nomination. Doctor in visual arts.

PROJEKT-FILM

Poland 2019, 11:48

Regina Pessoa

UNCLE THOMAS, ACCOUNTING FOR THE DAYS

From Regina’s personal and visual memories, a tribute to her uncle Thomas, a humble man with a simple and anonymous life. This is my acknowledgment how one does not have to be somebody to become exceptional in our life.

Regina Pessoa born in 1969 in Coimbra, Portugal, Regina Pessoa spent her childhood listening to family stories and watching her uncle draw pictures on the walls of her grandmother’s house. It was her first step toward the world of animation. More practically, she studied various animation techniques during her studies at the Porto School of Fine Arts. At the Portuguese studio Filmógrafo, she worked on a number of films by Abi Feijó before producing her own first short film in 1999, entitled The Night. This delicate work was followed by Tragic Story with Happy Ending (2005) and Kali the Little Vampire (2012), two films that, along with the first, form a marvellous trilogy about childhood. The winner of numerous awards all over the world, Pessoa has reached new artistic heights with her masterful 2019 film, Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days. (Photo : Rene Volfik)

National Film Board of Canada, Les Armateurs

Portugal/Canada/France 2019, 13:00

Marcel Barelli

A STRANGE TRIAL

“I have always wanted to make a film ABOUT hunting... that is... AGAINST hunting! But that's not so easy when you come from a family of hunters... my thoughts are intermingled with my memories. I discuss it with my father: a hunter, of course. But my mother also has a thing or two to say...” (Marcel Barelli)

Marcel Barelli       
Animation filmmaker. Born in Lodrino (Switzerland) in 1985. Live and work in Geneva as a filmmaker.    

Nadasdyfilm

Switzerland 2018, 10:00

Nebojša Petrović 

Demir Mekic

ALMA

“Alma” is the result of the activities with the youth with the subject of gender, gender norms and gender-based violence.
The animated film raises the issue of oppressive gender patterns through the symbolic presentation of women’s desirable behaviours and the things they are prohibited from doing. The film’s communication with the audience is simple, with a strong reliance on metaphors, thus leaving room for further elaboration through personal experiences and discussions after its screening. Various animation techniques were used in “Alma”, e.g. pixilation, stop-motion, paper and cell drawing. The participants in the process made various drawing and coloring interventions on the photographs of the actresses in the film, thus symbolically describing what young women should be
like today and influencing their gender presentation, as society does through its agents of socialization in real life.

Nebojša Petrović was born in Sarajevo. Graduated from Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Applied Graphics Department. Works in fields of animation, illustration, drawing, printmaking, mural painting, graphic design, photography. Also works with children as a teacher of arts. 

Demir Mekic was born in 1987. In Prijepolje, Serbia. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Sociology. He is a Trainer and Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner.

Belgrade Center for Human Rights

Serbia 2018, 07:44

Chris Shepherd

BREXICUTED

This satirical animation considers why Brexit is happening. A variety of British characters, interviewed the day after the UK voted to leave the EU, speak about what motivated their decision.

Chris Shepherd is a multi award winning director, writer and producer. From its award winning directoral debut for Channel 4 in 1997 with The Broken Jaw, before working on Nathan Barley and Big Train. He wrote and directed People's Britain (2000 - BAA winner), Dad's Dead (2003 - 25 awards), Who I Am And What I Want (2005 BAA winner), Silence Is Golden (2006 TCM winner) and Bad Night for the Blues (2010 Canal+ International Award at Clermont ISFF). Autour de Minuit produced The Ringer (2013), Johnno’s Dead (2016) and his last film, Brexicuted (2018).

Autour de Minuit

France 2018, 06:00

Joanne Salmon

CHIN UP

JoAnne Salmon’s story from being one in fifty thousand babies born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic condition characterized by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones, and chin, which causes breathing problems and hearing difficulties, to currently living her dreams as an animator.

Joanne Salmon

Born in Scotland, before moving to Sweden aged seven, I always had a passion for animation and drawing, and as a child would spend hours pausing films and tracing frames with cling-film on the TV set. I had a number of jobs in Sweden before moving back to the UK to pursue my dream of being an animator, graduating from the University of Creative Arts in Farnham in 2015. Now, I am living my dream as an animator at LoveLove Films, bringing my unique and charming animation style to a range of projects.
I was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome, a genetic condition characterised by deformities of the ears, eyes, cheekbones and chin, which causes breathing problems and hearing difficulties.
You will often find me speaking at events, encouraging anybody, no matter of gender, diversity or disability to pursue their dreams.

LoveLove Films

UK 2018, 04:41

Anita Brūvere

HOME

‘Home’ is a true story of community, immigration, and diversity, told through the history of a single building: 19 Princelet Street, Spitalfields, East London. Originally built in the early 1700s to house a family of refugee Huguenot silk merchants, for the next 300 years, it was home to different refugee communities, each of which worked in the textile trades.

Anita Bruvere is a director and animator from Latvia. She specialises in all things stop motion. With a background in fine arts, she is fascinated by combining different animation techniques in innovative and unfamiliar ways. Since completing her MA in Directing Animation at the National Film and Television School in 2018, she has been working as an animator in the UK and France.

Nodachi LTD

UK 2019, 07:51

Lívia Janoch

IT WAS COMING TOWARDS!

The short based on several interviews recorded in Budapest. The characters are the representations of the lower social classes. The film trying to show the truth of these people, the people who missed the blessings of globalisation, and left out in suburbia.

Lívia Janoch. I born in 1985 in Budapest. I grow up in one of the industrial districts. During the 90's the privatization destroyed many workplaces around my environment. I studied journalism in high school, but become disappointed very early with the corruption of this profession. My first animated short "Béla' flying" was the depiction of the urban decay of the post-socialist countries. This movie won several prizes in Hungary and been screened in many festivals in the surrounding countries. I graduated at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in 2016, with the short film 'It was coming towards'. In the last decade, I worked as a professional animator in Budapest. Since 2017 I turned in to social theory and politics and participated in creating a feminist youtube channel.

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design

Hungary 2017, 09:45

Emilio Martí López

MAKUN (NO LLORES): DIBUJOS EN UN C.I.E.

MAKUN is an animated documentary about the Immigration Detention Centers (IDCs) where, in Europe, we imprison innocent people who spend months separated from their families despite not having committed any crime.

Emilio Martí

(Valencia, 1978) is a filmmaker, animator and art therapist, and he often uses film and animation as a means for therapy. Many of his works are done collaboratively, especially in workshops with children that result in short films about Human Rights, Ecology or sexual diversity. His three ‘solo’ animation movies (DESANIMADO, MARHABA and MAKUN) have been shown in international film festivals and have been awarded prices for best direction, best animation short film, best documentary or the audience award (in Arab Emirates, Buenos Aires, or Alcalá de henares-Madrid). Each of his works has an apparent different visual style although they all share a base taste for experimentation and underground, and they all deal with social issues, as is the case of his last movie, MAKUN, about Immigrants Detention Centers, animated from the drawings found on the walls of an IDC in the Canary Islands.

Emilio Martí López

Spain 2019, 30:00

Wouter Dijkstra

POLARBARRY - LET’S BREAK THE ICE!! - VLOG #207

Meet influencer, online personality and Internet sensation PolarBarry: The mischievous Polar Bear who knows how to make the North Pole rumble. PolarBarry introduces his followers to the Climate Change debate. VLOG #207 sheds a light on the likeliness that humanity cannot act as a collective.

Wouter Dijkstra graduated at the Utrecht University in Media & Culture and at the School of the Arts Utrecht in Image & Media Technology.

Hogeschool van de Kunsten Utrecht

UK/The Nederlands 2019, 04:37

Atxur Animazio Taldea

THE DITCH 

Eighty years after the Spanish Civil War, with more than 114,000 missing people, Spain continues to be one of the countries with the largest number of victims of enforced disappearances whose remains have not been recovered or identified.

Traces of Franco are still deep, also in the Basque Country.

Euxebi’s father was killed during the war. In her youth, she suffered Francoist repression and, to this day, despite the fact that the dictatorship ended long ago, she has not had the change to recover the memory of her father. After many years, when they finally open the grave where her father is, Euxebi puts a picture next to his bones.

“Areka” is the result of the creative collaboration of twenty young artists. The mould of traditional Basque culture comes together with visual experimentation, being inspired by a “bertso” (improvised verse) created by Andoni Egaña specifically for this project. All of the creators worked collaboratively, sharing both work techniques and practices and experiences, thus enabling mutual learning. For this reason, the film is visually very consistent.

Lekuk Kultur Elkartea

Spain 2017, 07:20

Catriona Black

THE THU AIR AIGEANN M' INNTINN

In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

Catrìona Black. I have used a wide variety of media over the years to tell Scottish Gaelic stories built around archive material. My first short animation for BBC ALBA, Pìobairean Bhòrnais (2003), was nominated for several prestigious awards, screened in over 50 cinemas worldwide, and distributed on DVD in North America by National Geographic. Animation Calum Noah followed in 2007, and was also screened on BBC Alba and in cinemas worldwide, and my 2013 art film Faodail, funded by National Geographic’s All Roads Film Fund (Spike Lee was a board member) has been shown in festivals and gallery settings as well as by BBC Alba. It was recently, along with Tha thu air Aigeann m’ Inntinn, shortlisted for exhibition at the prestigious Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2017 I published the popular book Sly Cooking, revitalising long-lost Gaelic words with linocut illustrations, and the accompanying exhibition toured Scotland.
I was previously convener of the Scottish Animation Group, and member of the Scottish Parliamentary Group for Traditional Arts, and of the animation award committees for BAFTA Scotland and Cineworks. I now live in the Netherlands.

Am Bocsa

UK/Netherlands 2018, 06:00

María Lorenzo

URBAN SPHINX

URBAN SPHINX is an animated short film that creatively documents the presence of urban art in various neighborhoods of Valencia, Spain, between 2018 y 2019. In URBAN SPHINX are animated these pieces of ephemeral art, connecting each image in continuity like the frames of a film. All these faces look at us with widely opened eyes, as if they tell us that we exist, but we might not exist —and the world would go on.

María Lorenzo Hernández (1977) is an animation teacher at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain. Her short film The Night Ocean (2015) has been nominated to the GOYA Spanish Academy of Film Awards. Her short films Portrait of D. (2004), The Carnivorous Flower (2009) and Impromptu (2017) received several awards and were selected at international animation festivals such as Annecy, Anifest, Anima Mundi, Anima Brussels, London, Zagreb, etc. In 2012 she coordinated the collective film The Cat Dances with its Shadow (2012). Urban Sphinx (2020), her most recent work, is a tribute to all street artists from the city of Valencia.

Enrique Millán

Spain 2019, 05:00

Casey Raymond

WHAT WILL FUTURE HUMANS LOOK LIKE?

An animated spoof documentary about the future evolution of human beings.

Casey Raymond

A film-maker/animator from Cardiff, Wales. A frequent collaborator with musicians such as Cate ale Bon, John Grant and The Lovely Eggs.

Casey Raymond

Wales/UK 2019, 03:47

Luis Briceno 

Laurent Crouzeix

AMERIGO AND THE NEW WORLD

Who gave America its name, exactly? A playful flashback on fake news circa 1492... The film offers a stop motion adaptation of a historical essay by Stefan Zweig. It takes up the form of a documentary - most notably with the voice-over narration, but also with the structure of the film and its biographical aspects. At the same time we installed a playful relationship with the viewer through a lighthearted, entertaining form of animation. The contrast between the story as told by the Narrator, and what unfolds visually creates a mockumentary effect, which is intended to highlight the theme of what we now call fake news in our digital era.

Laurent Crouzeix (France) 
Laurent joined the team of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 1995 after studying English Literature and Translation at Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand) and Goldsmiths College (London). He was main programmer for the International Competition (1998-2017) and curated several major retrospectives. Laurent created Euro Connection coproduction forum for shorts in 2009, which resulted in the completion of over 80 films so far. He acquired training as a filmmaker through continuing education at La fémis (2009) and Les Gobelins (2017). Together with Chilean director Luis Briceño, he wrote and directed his debut stop motion short AMERIGO AND THE NEW WORLD, to be released end of 2019. He is currently developing a story in live action and a hybrid project.

Luis Briceño (Chile)
Initially trained as a Civil Engineer from the University of Chile in Santiago (1990-1992), Luis moved to France where he holds a BA in Film Studies from the Université of Montpellier (1992-1996) and later  trained as Head of Post-Production for animated TV series at the CFT – Gobelins in Paris (1996-1997). He was Sound Designer for video games and animation (1997-1999) and co-founded the super8 collective la Poillutation Cyclique (1996-2000). He was Technical Lead for the Animation Department of the l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris (1999-2001) and taught at Les Gobelins (1998-2000). He co-created production company Metronomic in 2000. Luis directed over thirty films, music promos and commercials, mainly using animation techniques. His short films garnered selections in major festivals (Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Annecy, Clermont-Ferrand) and multiple awards the world over. Luis regularly produces short animation films to promote social change, civil rights and citizen-led movements in Chile.

Metronomic

France/Chile 2019,13:46

Mizuki Kiyama

BATH HOUSE OF WHALES

In a small town somewhere in Japan, the mothers in the neighborhood finish their day at the public baths. When a little girl goes along with her mother, she is awed by the sight of a group of bathing women who behave very differently from the others. Within that group is her mother and she blends in perfectly. An animation based on the filmmaker’s memories of accompanying her mother, a person of Korean descent living in Japan, to the public baths.

Mizuki Kiyama 

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1992.  received a master's degree from the Department of Animation at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media. Filmography / Bath House of Whales (2019) and On the Way Home (2018) Double eyes (2015).

Tokyo University of the Arts

Japan 2019, 06:34

Monica Manganelli

BUTTERFLIES IN BERLIN-DIARY OF A SOUL SPLIT IN TWO

Alex moves to Berlin in 1933, during the Weimar Republic period. Looking for his place in the world and his sexual identity, he becomes the first out-of-surgery transsexual in History. That happens unfortunately during the National-Socialism rise, a social disruption that turned the capital of sexual freedom in the most repressed country of all times.

Monica Manganelli
Film&Creative Director, Scenographer/vfx art director/visual artist. 
She was born in Parma (1977) and spent early career to work as Set/Stage Designer and Concept/Visual Artist for many productions since 2001 to 2011 in the Lyric Opera House in Italy and Europe. Then shy moved to work into Movie Production and begin to collaborate on different projects (commercial spot, movies, animation short) for creating virtual set design and look. One of her past important work for a production movie has been Cloud Atlas by Wachowski sisters at the Babelsberg Studios in Berlin. THE BALLAD OF THE HOMELESS, her first animated film as director, won Prestigious awards among: Best Animation at Los Angeles Shorts Film fest for qualifying academy award 2016, BEST FILM WORLD CULTURES and BEST FILM EUROPE at Anim!Arte - Festival Internacional de Animação 2015, BEST MUSIC and AUDIENCE AWARD , ATHENS ANIMFEST 2016, SPECIAL SILVER RIBBON for Animation category (Nastro d' argento speciale all' animazione 2016), BEST ANIMATED ECO-FILM – Golden KuKer Animation Film Fest (2016), CANDIDATED for ITALIAN OSCAR- DAVID DI DONATELLO 2016 - category: Best short film, SPECIAL MENTION AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL – Rimini Italy (2016). A SYMPONHY for ROSSINI: Il Turco in Italia is her second animated film, an experimental short in which animation meets the great tradition of Italian music opera. Now she is working on her first long feature animated film TURANDOT- PRINCESS OF CHINA.

Alexandra Film / Latteplus

Germany/Italy 2019, 29:55

Mykyta Lyskov

DEEP LOVE

The bald eagle, a symbol of power, flies with a star-shaped cloaca over a Ukrainian city and drops an egg whose impact generates a rising nuclear mushroom. Deep love has finally happened in Ukraine. The film symbolically reflects the events that took place in Ukraine in recent years and the atmosphere of the city - Dnipro.

Mykyta Lyskov (1983) born in Dnipro (Ukraine). From 1997 - 2002 studied painting at the art college(Dnipro). 2012 - graduate Kyev cinema and television University (director of animated film). Lives and creates animation in the Dnipro (Ukraine).

T.T.M.

Ukraine 2019, 14:00

John Summerson

FIFTEEN-TWO

My mother recalls her parents’ uniquely long relationship — one made strong by their daily habit of playing cribbage together.

John Summerson. I am currently based in London, UK, where I am earning my Master’s in Documentary Animation from the Royal College of Art. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animated Art at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, US and have received several accolades for my academic and visual work, including a Princess Grace Foundation-USA Film Scholarship, the International Animated Film Association (ASIFA) Hollywood’s Animation Educator’s Forum Scholarship, and the Grand Prize Award from the LG Art of the Pixel Competition. My work has been exhibited on the LG Billboard in Times Square, and has screened at film festivals internationally, most recently in Budapest, Madrid, Berlin, and London. 
 

Royal College of Art

UK 2019, 04:53

Thiago Minamisawa,

Guto Br, Bruno H. Castro

I BLEED

Inspired by a true story,  the intimate confession of a person living with HIV.

Tiago Minamisawa. Produced and scripted the short film “Guida”, by Rosana Urbes, winner of the Jean-Luc Xiberras prize at “Annecy International Animated Film Festival” and of 5 prizes at “Anima Mundi International Animation Festival”. Also produced the short film “A Common Place”, winner of the grand jury prize at “Uruguay International Animation Festival”.

Bruno H Castro. Scripted and produced the short animated film “Guida”, by Rosana Urbes, winner of over 80 prizes in festivals around the world. Also scripted the documentary “O único com o nome EU” (The Only One Whose Name Is I) and the fiction feature-length film “Depois que você foi” (After You Went Away).

Guto BR. In 2013 made his first short animated film, “Fuga Animada” (Animated Escape), still as a student and, since then, has been working as a storyboarder and art director for various TV series and feature-lenght films, including “Viajantes do Bosque Encantado” (Voyagers of the Enchanted Forest), the new film by Alê Abreu, the Oscar-nominated director of “O Menino e o Mundo” (Boy and the World).

Thiago Minamisawa

Brazil 2019, 07:15

Che Soe Nwaye Zar

LIMBO

A 19-year-old woman is raped at home by her uncle. Initially pressured to remain silent and abort the child that resulted from the attack, she is still determined to obtain justice in order to bring up her young son in an equal society.

Nwaye Zar Che Soe is a freelance filmmaker and social-worker. She is the founder of the Myanmar CinemAbility Network to foster the filmmaking skills of vulnerable youth including youth living with disabilities. She steps forward her creative stories from the local advocacy program to the international film festival. With the art of audio visual power, she has been showcasing the needs of grass-root people in Myanmar. She is the one who wants to revolutionize mainstream film society that tend to show the diverse people as those to take pity on, make fun of or lack of abilities.

Yangon Film School

Myanmar/Germany 2018, 05:00

Ivelina Ivanova

MICRODISTRICT

Snaps of everyday human interactions assembled in a rhythmic montage that explores the relationship between men, architecture and nature in the context of Bulgarian post-socialist residential neighbourhoods.

 

Ivelina Ivanova. I am a Sofia-based multidisciplinary visual artist. Between 2014 and 2017 I lived in London, where I delved into experimental animation and created several animated short films recognized by numerous international film festivals. Upon my return to Sofia, I refocused my main practice towards live visualisations and projection mapping. My works are mixed-media, combining a variety of techniques, including handdrawn animation, 2D & 3D digital animation and film collage.

University of Westminster

Bulgaria/UK 2017, 04:00

Claudius Gentinetta

SELFIES

In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

Claudius Gentinetta (1968) born in Lucerne. Studies in graphic design and animation in Lucerne, Liverpool and Kassel. 1995 scholarship year in Cracow. Working as freelance graphic artist and animator in Zurich.

GENTINETTAFILM

Switzerland 2018, 03:40

Iuri Moreno

THE JUGGLER

An animated documentary about street jugglers who add colour to the monotonous day of urban life.

Iuri Moreno is a partner of Caolha Filmes, where he acts as director and scriptwriter for animations and content aimed at children and youth audience. He is currently releasing his third short film, "The Juggler," and is one of the directors of the “Lanterna Mágica - International Animation Festival”, as well as directing other projects for short films, features and series that are under development. He holds a degree in Photography and Image from Cambury College, a postgraduate degree in Film and Audiovisual from UEG and has completed several other short courses that complement his work, such as screenplay and executive production offered by EICTV in Cuba. The Juggler (2018), Colorless Pencil (2016),  I, Kalunga (2011).

Caolha Filmes

Brazil 2018, 11:00

Danijel Žeželj

THEMES

The film Themes is an animated journey through a series of art themes accompanied by encyclopedia definitions. The seemingly educational presentation of Western figurative painting is actually a visual and aural sequence of fleeing war and trying to enter Europe. The art themes transform into documentary everyday scenes in an absurdist contrast between the image and the message, the form and the function, the objective and the subjective. A journey through the humanist tradition of European painting clashes with the real tragedy of current-day emigration.

Danijel Žeželj born in Zagreb in 1967, a graphic novelist, animator, painter and illustrator. His comics and illustrations has been published in Europe, Africa, Australia and North, Middle and South America. His work has been published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, Dargaud, Grifo Edizioni, Hazard, etc.
He is author of more than twenty graphic novels and six animation movies. In Zagreb, Croatia, he co-founded workshop Petikat.

Vinko Brešan

Croatia 2019, 06:30

Rising of Lusitania 2019

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