The Animated Dreams 2015 Official Competition brings together films less than two years old from various continents of the world. Films from Taiwan, Israel, South Korea and from closer European neighbours. A handpicked selection of films represents an overview of short films currently making the rounds on the international festival circuit. Some of them have already won top prizes: others are still waiting for recognition and for titles.
THE FIVE MINUTE MUSEUM
Switzerland, UK 2015, 6`
DIR: Paul Bush
PROD: Gerd Gockell, Paul Bush
This is a romp through the museums of England and Switzerland in which the objects on display come to life and reveal the stories of their creation. It is a celebration of the chaotic diversity conjured by the human hand and mind, and the eccentricity of museum collections.
Germany 2015, 6`
DIR: Camilo Colmenares
PROD: Camilo Colmenares, Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Play of abstract forms, patterns, rhythms and sounds. It is an experimental Animation based upon pre-colombian patterns. The animation was laser engraved directly onto 35mm Black Lead film.
Austria 2015, 10`
DIR, PROD: Rainer Kohlberger
Exclusively generated by code, moon blink is a video that highlights the unique aesthetic decisionism of its narrative model.
France 2014, 11`
DIR: Momoko Seto
PROD: Dora Benousilio LES FILMS DE L’ARLEQUIN
In PLANET ∑, giant creatures are trapped inside the ice. Submarine explosions provoke a global warming, and a new life begins for animals.
THIRD PAGE OF THE SUN
Canada 2014, 6 `
DIR: Theodore Ushev
PROD: National Film Board of Canada
Announcing the end of paper, this painting in motion addresses many big questions, from digital dematerialisation to recycling. Theodore Ushev has attacked the catalogue of an animation film festival, setting fire to the pages with large brushstrokes.
MISSING ONE PLAYER
China 2015, 4`
DIR, PROD: Lei Lei
During a mahjong game a bad situation occurs. Everyone waits for the last player to show up. They all sit and wait in tears. And look up to the sky, waiting for a miracle to happen.
UK 2014, 6`
DIR: Ed Barrett
PROD: Animade Studio
Set in a world of distinct constants, two central characters, Light and Dark, find themselves caught in continuous conflict as they compete for dominance in the universe they share.
MIRROR IN MIND
South Korea 2014, 2’
DIR, PROD: Seunghee Kim
A woman looks into her mind, chasing her ideals on a tightrope. Every imperfect piece of her mind completes herself.
A PLACE I’VE NEVER BEEN
Switzerland 2014, 5`
DIR, PROD: Adrian Flury
By sourcing multiple digital images of the same place from different archives this experiment in film makes use of frame by frame montage to discover hidden forms, patterns and references thereby giving new meaning to the prevailing redundancy of these pictures.
Romania 2014, 5’30’’
DIR, PROD: Muresan Paul
What starts out as a good night’s sleep, throws us into a storm of dreams and nightmares that begs for our attention and refuses to tell us when it’s going to be over, making us the protagonist into the mind’s hidden playground, the subconscious. The whole journey ends as most dreams do, fading in daylight but leaving behind an idea of what lies inside.
A ZEBRA AND ALL THE CURTAINS OF MY LIFE
Estonia 2015, 6’
DIR: Ülo Pikkov
In my dreams I often see a zebra. A huge zebra who runs behind the window. When there is a black stripe – night… A white stripe – day… And all my curtains are falling down.
Zebra is a direct animation, drawn directly on the film.
THE LITTLE SEED
France, Cook Islands 2015, 10`
DIR: Chaïtane Conversat
PROD: Corinne Destombes, Florence Adam, Claude Miss
A little girl catches floral patterns with a magic cloth and uses them to make her own pretty dresses. Every night, ants move her house from one field to the next. One day, a seed drops into her mouth and a young shoot sprouts from her navel…
YÙL AND THE SNAKE
France 2014, 2’
DIR: Gabriel Harel
PROD: Didier Michon, Théo Bertrand, David Ribeiro
Yùl, 13 years old, goes with his big brother Dino to conclude a deal with Mike, a thug escorted by his Argentinian mastiff. When things go wrong, a mysterious snake appears.