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MACROPOLIS 
Short Film
8 minutes
Director: Joel Simon
Year: 2012
Country: Ireland, United Kingdom
macropolis.tv

Fri 10:10 am , Fri 12:40 pm , Sat 12:40 pm , Sun 12:40 pm RUSH , Mon 9:20 pm


Two unlikely characters — toy factory rejects — find themselves left to their own devices on the busy and dizzying streets of Belfast, Ireland. It’s new, strange, and a little daunting. As a world of oversized humans move speedily around them, they cleverly find a way to fit in. A unique mix of stop-motion animation and time-lapse photography, this film is a sweet and amusing modern-day fable.


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Alligator Stroll 
Short Film
7 minutes
Director: Sandra Boynton
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Sandra Boynton’s latest musical delight stars country music singer and guitar player Josh Turner. On a gorgeous summer day in rural Tennessee, kids make their way to Josh’s farm where he leads them all in the Alligator Stroll. Featuring Boynton’s long-time collaborator Michael Ford on upright piano.

Animal Cookies 
Short Film
2 minutes
Director: Matthew Temple
Year: 2013
Country: USA
matthewctemple.com/producing/shorts/animal-cookies


In this charming, stop-motion animated short, Molly has proudly baked herself a batch of animal cookies for dessert. But when her mother calls her away, the animal cookies come to life and go on an adventure. When Molly discovers they’re missing, they’re faced with a moral dilemma only a cookie could understand.

Brooklyn Farmer 
Short Documentary
27 minutes
Director: Michael Tyburski
Year: 2013
Country: USA
grouptheory.co/brooklynfarmer


BROOKLYN FARMER (Festival Trailer) from {group theory} on Vimeo.

Explores the unique challenges facing Brooklyn Grange, a group of urban farmers who run the world’s largest commercially viable rooftop farms in one of the world’s biggest cities: New York. The film follows head farmer Ben Flanner and his team as they expand their operation from Long Island City, Queens, to a second 2.5-acre rooftop in Brooklyn. They work tirelessly to plant and harvest a viable crop in time for summer.

CowBurd 
Short Film
3 minutes
Director: Patrick Neary
Year: 2013
Country: USA
kinografx.com


AIFF Alum Patrick Neary’s latest animation uses hand-drawn characters and miniature sets to answer the age-old question: what if cows could fly?

Hannah and the Moon 
Short Film
6 minutes
Director: Kate Charter
Year: 2012
Country: Scotland, United Kingdom
katecharter.com


Hannah and the Moon - Trailer from Kate Charter on Vimeo.

A lonely little girl who yearns for someone to talk to confides in the moon each night from her bedroom window. However, one night when clouds obscure her view, she ventures into the garden outside to try and find her friend. Traditional hand-drawn animation and digital compositing combine with a lovely backdrop of printed words to create this picture book come to life.
 

Magic Shop 
Launch
1 minutes
Director: Julie Corey, Thea Meyers
Year: 2013
Country: Ashland


Rougarouing 
Short Documentary
11 minutes
Director: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
Year: 2013
Country: USA
rougarouing.tumblr.com


ROUGAROUING - Teaser Trailer from Michael Palmieri on Vimeo.

In the middle of a muddy field, blanketed by fog, an annual Mardi Gras celebration in rural Louisiana takes place. “Rougarouing” is the Cajun term for “dangerous carousing.” Striking black and white cinematography enhanced with bold splashes of color captures folks as they don strange masks and dress like medieval carnival jesters, readying themselves to partake in the music, madness, whiskey, whips, and gumbo. [mature]

Secret agent Jill 
Launch
2 minutes
Director: Jillian Luttrull
Year: 2014
Country: USA


Spacebound 
Short Film
3 minutes
Director: Ellen Su & Kyle Moy
Year: 2013
Country: USA

A young astronaut is stranded in space and running out of oxygen. His only companion is his best friend, an excited dog who’s ready to play. The boy feels depressed as he waits for the inevitable, but his enthusiastic canine friend is unaware of their fate. When he takes off on a trail of space rocks, the boy hesitantly follows. Dog and boy embark on one last amazing adventure through the beauty and wonder of space.
 

Stranded 
Launch
3 minutes
Director: Nathanael Lathrop
Year: 2014
Country: USA


The Elf and the Wizard 
Launch
2 minutes
Director: Jordan Kemper
Year: 2014
Country: USA

An elf and a wizard make friends in a shop.

The Fox and the Chickadee 
Short Film
8 minutes
Director: Evan DeRushie
Year: 2012
Country: Canada
evanderushie.com/thefoxandthechickadee.php


This charming stop-motion animated fable, featuring a mix of classic puppet animation and layered paper cut-outs, tells the story of a hungry fox and a cunning chickadee who find themselves in a standoff. The little bird bargains for his life with a plan to please the fox and teaches us a valuable lesson about nature and trust.

Verbatim 
Short Film
7 minutes
Director: Brett Weiner
Year: 2013
Country: USA
https://mubi.com/films/verbatim

A jaded lawyer wastes an afternoon trying to figure out if a dimwitted government employee has ever used a photocopier. 100% of the dialogue in this short film comes from an actual deposition filed with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Winter Has Come 
Short Film
6 minutes
Director: Vassiliy Shlychkov
Year: 2012
Country: Russia

A young girl falls asleep while reading a fairy tale. In her dream, she envisions the changing of the seasons, transforming the colors and textures of the woodland landscape and the activities of its wildlife, the foxes and bears. The enchanting narrative of this animated Russian film serenely unfolds through the use of delicate textiles.
 

Yearbook 
Short Film
6 minutes
Director: Bernardo Britto
Year: 2013
Country: USA


Yearbook TRAILER from Bernardo Britto on Vimeo.

A man struggles to condense the history of the world onto a device with limited memory before the Earth is destroyed by aliens. The product of 2,000 handmade pencil drawings, the film is comic but also touching and surreal, and leaves us pondering some big questions: What is important in life? What should be remembered?

YOUNG AMERICANS 
Short Film
30 minutes
Director: Kevin Lacy
Year: 2013
Country: USA
youngamericansfilm.com/


On the verge of aging out of foster care, seventeen-year-old Mercedes Harper needs money and she needs it now. She manipulates Denver Thomas, a former high school classmate with a massive crush on her, to help her plan and execute a bank robbery.

Read an interview with Director Kevin Lacy on our blog!
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