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Symphony no. 42 
Short Film
10 minutes
Director: Réka Bucsi
Year: 2014
Country: Hungary
Thu 12:40 pm RUSH , Sun 9:40 pm , Mon 12:40 pm

Symphony no. 42 - teaser from Réka Bucsi on Vimeo.

This animated film presents a subjective and surreal view of the world as we observe interactions between animals, humans, and nature, as well as anthropomorphized beasts — a fox explores particle theory and polar bears relax in deck chairs. Follow the complicated thematic thread of this fascinating visual puzzle through its unconventional narrative, with a brilliant and rousing Mozart soundtrack.

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Short Film
13 minutes
Director: Daniel Sousa
Year: 2012
Country: USA

A wild boy who has grown up in the woods is found by a hunter and returned to civilization. Evocative brush and ink monochrome animation hauntingly portrays how alienated the boy is by his strange new environment. He tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest.

Mr Hublot 
Short Film
12 minutes
Director: Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
Year: 2013
Country: France, Luxembourg

Mr Hublot Trailer # 1 from ZEILT on Vimeo.

A fascinating and humorous depiction of the mechanically dominated world of Mr Hublot, an obsessive-compulsive recluse who is scared of change and the outside world. With characters and objects fashioned from intricately detailed, salvaged materials, Mr Hublot’s meticulously maintained world is turned upside down with the arrival of Robot Pet, a very invasive companion.

Requiem for Romance 
Short Film
8 minutes
Director: Jonathan Ng
Year: 2012
Country: Canada

Requiem for Romance Trailer from Jonathan Ng on Vimeo.

A modern-day couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call. Cell phone static creates distance between them as they anguish over the details of their relationship. But the visuals of the film reveal something entirely different: the animated reimagining of themselves as martial arts warriors in feudal China, where family influence, cultural pressures, and their desire for adventure make a different kind of sense. In this dream-like short film, love goes to war over art.

Subconscious Password 
Short Film
11 minutes
Director: Chris Landreth
Year: 2013
Country: Canada

Academy Award®–winning director/animator Chris Landreth (Ryan, AIFF06) plays Charles, a man paralyzed by his inability to remember a friend’s name. From the moment he’s greeted by...what’s his a crowded bar, we are transported into his subconscious, for a mind-bending animated romp. Borrowing from the classic TV game show Password, the film features a wealth of celebrity guests offering ridiculous clues, only adding to his ever-increasing panic.

Short Film
7 minutes
Director: Michaela Pavlátová
Year: 2012
Country: France

Be ready to blush, and smile, as this suggestive animated short takes us on an amazing ride with a tram conductress whose humdrum day transporting herds of disinterested male commuters begins like any other. Then, thanks to the rhythm and vibrations of the road, she embarks on a comic, surrealistic journey through her fantasies. [mature]

Women's Letters 
Short Film
12 minutes
Director: Augusto Zanovello
Year: 2013
Country: France

On the battlefields of the First World War, the nurse, Simon, patches up the shattered bodies of the infantrymen with love letters. The words from beloved women at home have the power to heal the wounds of these animated paper soldiers. [subtitles]

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?
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