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Shorts
6 minutes
2011
Director(s): Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

In a magical world controlled and timed by the light, a common man works in a factory making electric bulbs – but he has something else in mind that could change the order of things. A stop-motion animation that also incorporates the pixilation technique, combining real actors interacting with animated objects and time-lapse sequences.

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Shorts
8 minutes
2011
Director(s): Kangmin Kim
USA
 
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Displayed in colorful stop-motion animation, a man enters a public bathhouse where a dream is induced by the intense heat and steam. He relives a memory of his father. Surrealistic objects and patterns reappear, provoking a desire to rid his father of a birthmark they share. Their past relationship ignites.

 
Shorts
6 minutes
2012
Director(s): Patrick Neary
USA
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Synopsis

In this stop-motion animation, a hapless Martian and his companion have an unexpected encounter during an outing to a seemingly barren asteroid: they are not alone. Whatever it is out there--it certainly wants their picnic basket.

 
Shorts
7 minutes
2011
Director(s): Grant Orchard
United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.  Based on a real event from Paul Auster’s book True Tales of American Life, this animated film tells the story as it plays out over 100 years.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

 
Documentary
10 minutes
2011
Director(s): Afarin Eghbal
United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

This documentary employs a mix of animation techniques to tell the story of “the disappeared.” In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, a grandmother (abuela) is surrounded by reminders of the tragedy that befell her family during Argentina’s military dictatorship. Using real-life testimonials from the Grandmothers of May Square, this is a testament to the tenacity of the women who continue to fight for the truth about their missing relatives.

 
Shorts
7 minutes
2011
Director(s): Kataneh Vahdani
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

A journey through the many characters and cultures randomly encountered in a day in the city. We change points of views from one character to the other and experience their day through their eyes. Illustrated in ink and watercolor, the film was animated frame-by-frame by hand.

 
Shorts
8 minutes
2011
Director(s): Julia Pott
United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

In a strange, mythical world, Oscar is coming of age against his better judgment. He must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.  Both haunting and humorous, this animation was created entirely on paper combined with live action video elements.

 
Shorts
3 minutes
2011
Director(s): Lauren Selman
USA
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Synopsis

Capturing the essence of the ageless question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  children and adults share their vision of the future, reminding us that the future depends on all of us being ourselves and following our dreams. You know it’s up to you—who do you want to be?

 
Documentary
3 minutes
2012
Director(s): David Lowery
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

Ever wonder about the everyday life of a filmmaker? The creator of this witty animation faithfully, truthfully and hilariously illustrates his day-to-day activities – as a slideshow.

 
Documentary
10 minutes
2010
Director(s): Alla Kovgan
USA
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Synopsis

Colorfully choreographed, a group of 75 children take over the city of New London, Connecticut, playing childhood games from the streets to the surf. Their joy evokes hope for the future and also melancholy about a childhood culture disappearing from the streets of American cities.

 
Shorts
5 minutes
2011
Director(s): Drew Christie
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 3:40pm Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

In this humorous minimalist animation, a surreal conversation between a man and a sperm whale takes place. Each one is trying to convince the other that he is smarter. They go through the upsides and downsides of each other's thought patterns until the two finally come to an understanding.

 
Shorts
2 minutes
2012
Director(s): Alec Meyers
USA
 
Sun 09:30am Armory
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Synopsis
This stop-motion animation follows a sled ride that becomes a magical journey.
 
Shorts
15 minutes
2011
Director(s): William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
USA
Fri 12:00pm Armory
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Synopsis

This delightful story of people who devote their lives to books, and books who return the favor, is inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton and The Wizard of Oz. Morris’s books are blown away in a storm and his library is reconstituted by whimsical volumes that fly like birds. As he grows old he realizes that his flying books have the power to outlive him.

 Using a hybrid style of animation techniques — miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation — it harkens back to silent films and technicolor musicals while being old-fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.

 Winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.  

 
Shorts
6 minutes
2011
Director(s): Christopher Kezelos
Australia ,USA, United Kingdom
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

A vividly created fantastical world unfolds as a strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.  Giving testament to the fleetingness of existence and the power of music, the story is set to the classical music of Paul Halley.

 
Shorts
1 minutes
2011
Director(s): Kyle T Bell
USA
 
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Synopsis

What do birds do once they fly south for the winter?  This animated film is a lighthearted snapshot into their bluebird life.


 
Shorts
5 minutes
2010
Director(s): Joaquin Baldwin
USA
Thu 6:40pm Varsity 3
Fri 9:40pm Varsity 3
Sat 10:10am Varsity 3
Sun 12:00pm Armory
Mon 9:40pm Varsity 3
Synopsis

The charming story of a farmer’s struggle to save his crop of windmills from the cyclical forces of nature—told against a watercolor landscape.

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