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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore 
Shorts
15 minutes
Director: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
Year: 2011
Country: USA
morrislessmore.com/

Fri 12:00pm , Sun 12:00pm

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.  



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A Martian Picnic 
Shorts
6 minutes
Director: Patrick Neary
Year: 2012
Country: USA
kinografx.com

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.


Fatakra 
Shorts
19 minutes
Director: Soham Mehta
Year: 2011
Country: USA
sohammehta.com/films/fatakra/


A father leaves India to chase his dreams in America; three years and a recession later, his wife and son join him. Fatakra (“firecracker”) tells the story of the sparks that fly as their dreams collide with reality, invoking the ancient story of the warrior Arjuna and the God Shiva.

Winner of a Student Academy Award.


I Want To Be Me 
Shorts
3 minutes
Director: Lauren Selman
Year: 2011
Country: USA
iwanttobemethemovie.wordpress.com

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?


Luminaris 
Shorts
6 minutes
Director: Juan Pablo Zaramella
Year: 2011
Country: Argentina
zaramella.com.ar


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.


New London Calling 
Documentary
10 minutes
Director: Alla Kovgan
Year: 2010
Country: USA
kinodance.org/newlondon.html


Alla Kovgan: NEW LONDON CALLING from Alla Kovgan on Vimeo.

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.


Pentecost 
Shorts
11 minutes
Director: Peter McDonald
Year: 2010
Country: Ireland
emuproductions.ie


In 1977 Ireland an 11-year-old boy learns to rebel against his father and the community in a funny coming-of-age story. Against his will, Damian Lynch is called in at the last moment to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in the local parish. Following his last failed appearance as an altar boy, he is serving a three month ban from his only passion in life — football.

To make matters worse, Damian’s team, Liverpool FC, is playing in its first European cup final in two weeks' time. His father offers him a reprieve and a chance to see the big game if he serves the mass correctly. Damien now faces a choice: either conform to the status quo or never watch his beloved Liverpool play again.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.


Raju 
Shorts
24 minutes
Director: Max Zähle
Year: 2010
Country: Germany,India
raju-film.com


A childless German couple adopts four year old Raju from an orphanage in Kolkata. When the boy disappears and the Indian police give them little hope, the adoptive parents realize they are part of the problem.

Nominated for an Academy Award: Live Action Short Film and winner of a Student Academy Award: Foreign Film. [subtitles]


Super Sledder 
Shorts
2 minutes
Director: Alec Meyers
Year: 2012
Country: USA

This stop-motion animation follows a sled ride that becomes a magical journey.

The Secret Life of Bluebirds 
Shorts
1 minutes
Director: Kyle T Bell
Year: 2011
Country: USA

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



The Windmill Farmer 
Shorts
5 minutes
Director: Joaquin Baldwin
Year: 2010
Country: USA
pixelnitrate.com

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.


Time Freak 
Shorts
11 minutes
Director: Andrew Bowler
Year: 2010
Country: USA


A neurotic inventor creates a time machine—only to get lost in yesterday. Through the narrative of a man lost in time, this science fiction story focuses on a personal story of regret, friendship and the sacrifices those closest to us are willing to make.

Nominated for an Academy Award Best Short Film: Live Action

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