S3: Games and adventures

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Once upon a time in a community

Only Lovers Leave to Die, Vladimir Kanic (CANADA / CROATIA 2015, 6' 38")

only-lovers-leave-to-die-webCut-out animation, Drawing on film

Emily begins perceiving the world as it was made from painted film stock shortly after being injured in an accident. On her way to a hospital, a story of love, death, passion and loss unfold through dialogues of characters surrounding her, each represented with a different pattern of film stock [edited by festival team].


Director: Vladimir Kanic
Producer: Valetina Oresic
Storyboard-animation-editing: Vladimir Kanic


Vladimir D. Kanic is a versatile interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice spans filmmaking, photography, music, visual art and computer science. He uses different artistic and tech tools to create art outside of the scope of traditional boundaries. His short fiction and animation films have been playing at renowned film festivals and had won multiple international awards, and he has also held multiple solo international art exhibitions and interactive performances.

Sea Child, Minha Kim (UNITED KINGDOM 2015, 7' 30")

sea-child-webDrawing on paper

On the verge of becoming a woman, Sora is woken by a nightmare and decides to follow a group of men into the city in the hope of finding her mom.


Director: Minha Kim
Producer: National Film and Television School
Storyboard: Islay Bell-Webb
Artistic Direction: Daniel Warren
Animation: Minha Kim, Siwon Kim, Lenka Dobranska
Music: Antonio Nardi
Editing: Michele Chiappa


Minha Kim (Busan, South Korea, 03/25/1989) Award winning director based in London. She graduated at the National Film and Television School in England. Her most recent film SEA CHILD (2015) has won multiple awards such as Best Student Film at Cut Out Fest in Mexico, Anibar Animation Festival at Kosovo and European Animated Film Festival BALKANIMA in Serbia. Other films: Ice Cream Simon (2013), In the dark (2012), Vicious Circle (2011), Rabbit and Turtle (2011) and Crow's eye view (2010)

FILMOGRAPHY: Directed Sea Child(2015), Ice Cream Simon(2013), In the dark(2012), Vicious Circle(2011), Rabbit and Turtle(2011), Crow's eye view(2010)

No-Go Zone, Atelier Collectif (BELGIUM 2016, 10')


'No-go zone' chronicles the daily life of the last man remained in the red zone after the evacuation of the Fukushima area and the nuclear power plant accident.


Director: Atelier Collectif
Producer: Zorobabel
Storyboard-animation: Atelier Collectif
Music: Carole & Hitoshi Kojo
Editing: Frédéric Fichefet


The Atelier Collectif (Collective Workshop) is an animation workshop for non-professionals, gathered around animated short film projects. Every decision is taken by the group, from the script to the sound design. These films are created with professional means and transferred to 35 mm film. They collected about 20 prizes (Brussels, France, Russia, Portugal, Japan, etc.). 'No-go zone' is the 16th film of the Atelier Collectif.

Tango, Francisco Gusso & Pedro Giongo (Brazil 2016, 12' 30")

tango-webCut-out animation

After years of drought, a mystic potato sprouts in the remote springs of the Aiatak River. Soon, everything will be ready for the great ritual of Tango. For the people, this is the beginning of a new era. Inspired by the short story "A Hunger Artist" by Franz Kafka, "Tango" is a plunge into human nature and its contradictions.


Directors Francisco Gusso, Pedro Giongo
Producers: Antonio Junior, Francisco Gusso, Lígia Teixeira, Pedro Giongo
Storyboard: Francisco Gusso, Pedro Giongo
Artsistic Direction-animation: Francisco Gusso, Jéssica Luz, Pedro Giongo
Music: Francisco Gusso, Pedro Giongo
Editing: Pedro Giongo
Graphics: Francisco Gusso, Pedro Giongo


Francisco Gusso and Pedro Giongo directed together two stop-motion animations shorts, Nightmare Park (2015) and Tango (2016), plus a handful of visual projects for movies, festivals, books and other artists.

Once upon three times, Nicola Bianco-Lévrin & Julie Rembauville (FRANCE 2016, 3' 23")

once-upon-three-times-web2D computer animation

Drawing around a table, five kids are questioning the apparition of the first human being on earth. Where did he come from? This interrogation leads the little group to a series of wacky arguments and bloody explanations.


Directors: Nicola Bianco-Lévrin and Julie Rembauville
Producer: Sébastien Hussenot/Brigitte Pardo/Pascale Faure
Storyboard-animation-editing: Nicolas Bianco-Lévrin and Julie Rembauville
Music: Maxence Camelin


Nicolas Bianco-Levrin and Julie Rembauville are prolific animation film­makers and children's book authors who have worked together regularly since 2003. They have co-directed 27 short films using various techniques (stop-motion, paper cut-out and drawings). These include Baptistin l'imbattable (2006), Ailleurs (2008), [R] (2010) and Ben Hora (2010), It's a dog's life (2012), Minoule (2014), all of which made their mark at several international festivals. In 2006, their book La rue et le machino and companion film Le machino won the Encre et sels d'argent award for graphic design in the book-DVD category from France's Centre international d'études en littérature jeunesse (CIELJ). They are currently developing a new film based on Bianco-Levrin's book series Kroak. It's a Dog's Life is the duo's first collaboration with the NFB, and was co-produced with Folimage after winning the SACD short film project award at the 2010 Annecy International Animation Festival.

Playground, Francis Gavelle & Claire Inguimberty (FRANCE 2016, 9' 05")

playground-web2D computer animation, Drawing on paper

Bruno loves Delphine very much... Delphine loves Jerome very much... Jerome stares at Marjorie... Marjorie doesn't love her father nor her mother any more.


Directors: Francis Gavelle & Claire Inguimberty
Producer: Fabrice Préel-Cléach
Storyboard: Francis Gavelle
Animation: Claire Inguimberty
Music: Sabrina Duval
Editing: Antoine Le Bihen


Claire Inguimberty When she was a child, she liked writing stories and drawing. She continued after high school with cinema studies. She learned editing at BTS Jacques Prévert. After one year in drawing prepa, she joining EMCA (Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation) in Angoulême. During three years, she experimented animation techniques and discovered an exciting environment. After being graduated, she realized her first professional short film, co-directed with Francis Gavelle: "Cour de récré" (Playground).

Francis Gavelle Born in the suburbs of Paris, in 1963. French critic, Francis Gavelle is, since 1998, the producer of a show dedicated to literature, music and cinema for an independant radio (Radio Libertaire). From 2001 to 2011, he worked as member of the Short Film Commission, for the Cannes Film Festival's Critics' Week, and was, in 2012, juree of the "Caméra d'or Prize". Otherwise, he is a member of the animation committee for the Césars (the french Academy Awards) and initiated, in 2015, for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the "André Martin Award Jury".

Refugee, Ayhan Ünlü (TURKEY 2016, 6' 32")

refugee-web2D computer animation

A short story about being a refugee told by music and animation.


Director: Ayhan Ünlü
Producer: Ayhan Ünlü
Storyboard-animation-editing: Ayhan Ünlü
Music: Fazıl Say


Ayhan Ünlü 1961 Ankara

1993 The One Thousand and the First Night
1995 Kids Ballad
2005 Song of the Moon
2008 Africa
2012 Chiken
2015 İmpressions for Piano (11 short story )
2015 Her daim bir Gülnihal
2016 Birds of Pau
2016 Refugee
2016 Delirium

Nowhere line: voices from Manus island, Lukas Schrank (AUSTRALIA / UNITED KINGDOM 2015, 15' 16")

nowhere-line-web2D computer animation

Two asylum-seeking men detained in Australia's Manus Island Offshore Processing Centre, recounting the dangerous journeys that brought them to the island and their memories of the riot that erupted in 2014.


Director: Lukas Schrank
Producer: Visitor Studio
Animation: Lukas Schrank and Marissa Rossi
Music: Ian King
Editing: Chris Ward


Lukas Schrank (London, 1984) is a British director and animator based between London and Melbourne, his work spans the genres of documentary and science fiction but is unified by common themes of isolation and confinement. Alongside his film work, Lukas is part of Visitor Studio, an award-winning creative studio working in VFX and animation for films and television.

The bridge over the river, Jadwiga Kowalska (SWITZERLAND 2016, 5' 45")

the-bridge-over-the-river-web2D computer animation, Cut-out animation, Drawing on film

A man on a bridge, separated from the love of his life. Wanting to be with her one last time, he decides to go and seek her in the hereafter.


Director: Jadwiga Kowalska
Producer: Jadwiga Kowalska
Artistic direction-animation: Jadwiga Kowalska
Music: Roland Bucher & Christian Aregger
Editing: Fee Liechti


Born 1982 in Bern CH, Polish & Swiss citizenship, Jadwiga is an independent animation filmmaker and illustrator based in Switzerland. She studied at HSLU Lucerne (Animation/Illustration) and ASP Kraków (Animation). In 2009 she received the Swiss Film Award for "Tôt ou tard" (Best Animation Film). Since 2009 she's working above all on her own short animated films and children's books. Besides that she's very regular guest lecturer at different Art Schools.

Bingo!, Patrick Schoenmaker (THE NETHERLANDS 2015, 2' 40")

Bingo still1-web2D computer animation

The seclusive retirement home Afterglow is a depressing end station. Fortunately, feisty elderly Gerda has one spark of joy: the weekly Bingo night. When she is one blank short of winning the game and the tiny ball suddenly disappears, she starts an absurd search in which she is willing to go to extreme lengths in order to get the outcome of that night's bingo game.


Director: Patrick Schoenmaker
Producer: Daan Velsink
Storyboard-artistic direction: Patrick Schoenmaker
Animation: Bob Wolkers, Florian Walraven, Merel van den Broek, Nicole Derksen
Voice: Tosca Niterink


Based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, Patrick Schoenmaker (1980) has been working as a professional designer since 1999. Starting as a comic book artist, he decided to pursue a career in animation soonafter. He graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2009 with his short, 'the Itch', which won multiple awards at film festivals worldwide. In 2006 he worked on the feature film "The Secret of Kells" as a keyposing artist. He currently works a member of the animators collective "Frame Order" as a designer and storyboard artist. Patrick also designs prints and trading cards for various Lucasfilm properties.

Creatures, Tessa Moult-Milewska (POLAND 2015, 10')

creatures-web2D computer animation, Cut-out animation

A grotesque love story about Harold and Matylda, two caricatures of people, trying to face social ostracism. They uptake a quest to manipulate their obscene image to the better. The rough form of cut-out animation inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, Lotte Reiniger and Edward Gorey brings us into a unpredictable and eclectic world of dark imagination, finally asking the question: who in fact are the Creatures?


Director: Tessa Moult-Milewska
Producer: Ewa Jastrzebska
Storyboard: Tessa Moult-Milewska
Animation: Wojciech Sankiewicz
Music: Krzysztof A. Janczak
Editing: Jakub Sobek


Tessa Moult-Milewska – scholar of the Warsaw Film School and post-graduate of the Film Academy of Miroslav Ondricek in Pisk, Czech Republic. Director of the awarded animation "The Designer"(2012) and "Spider and Flies"(2013). Winner of the film competition of the Polish Television Channel for creative tallents "Dolina Kreatywna". Owner of Indemind Studio.

S2: Our animal friends

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Mirror observations

Aurelia, Christos Bourantas, Kreon Krionas (GREECE 2015, 15' 40")

aurelia still-web2D computer animation, 3D computer animation

A young girl drifts through the dark, empty city on a lonely journey. Fragments of her past unfold the story of an unusual phenomenon to which her life is bound: a worldwide jellyfish outbreak.


Director: Christos Bourantas, Kreon Krionas
Producer: Phaedra Vokali
Storyboard: Kreon Krionas
Animation: Kreon Krionas, Christos Bourantas, George Farazis
Music: Christos Bourantas
Editing: Christos Bourantas


Christos Bourantas was born and raised in Arta, Greece. He has a degree in Architecture from the NTU Athens and has been awarded as an architect in the past, while retaining a pure passion for storytelling. He has broad experience in publishing (comics, illustrations) and music/sound design. In the recent years he has been working in the field of digital media as a 3D designer, artist, animator and filmmaker. "Aurelia" (2015) is his first animated short film. He lives in Athens.

Rabbit Tales, Lisa Fukaya (JAPAN 2016, 3' 14")

rabbit-tales-web2D computer animation

Livestock were lovingly raised. Even though we know that life repeats itself, and, in the end, she will just just a delicious meal. [edited by festival team]


Director: Lisa Fukaya
Producer: Lisa Fukaya
Storyboard-animation-editing: Lisa Fukaya
Music: Yuki Hirasedo


LISA FUKAYA (1989/07/25) TOKYO Japan Education Musashino Art Univercity - Design Course

Ferdinand, A Country Rat in the Trenches, Jean-Jacques Prunes (FRANCE 2016, 9' 04")

Ferdinand-a-country-rat-webDrawing on paper

Unwittingly promoted to whistleblower in case of toxic gas attacks, a country rat tells about his daily life in the trenches during the Great War. The point of view is original, critical and humorous, and at the same time compassionate with the «poilu» (the WWI French soldier), portrayed as a rat trapped in a cage in the midst of this monstrously absurd conflict.


Director: Jean-Jacques Prunes
Producer: Dora Benousilio
Storyboard-animation: Jean-Jacques Prunes
Music: Ronan Maillard
Editing: Hélène Younous


Born on 3rd April 1956 at Mortain (France)
FERDINAND A COUNTRY RAT Short film 9mn 2016 (Les Films de l'Arlequin),
IN THE TRENCHES JUIFS ET MUSULMANS, TV Series 4 X 52 mn Live + animation (direction of animation 55 mn), ArteAZAD TV Special live + animation (Direction of animated Sequences 11 mn) 2009 Kien Productions France 2
MENDELSSOHN EST SUR LE TOIT, Short film (14 mn)–2011–France 2, Les Films de l'Arlequin
JUST SO STORIES TV Series (12 x 10 mn)–2007, Based upon « Just so stories » by Rudyard KIPLING, Les Films de l'Arlequin

Dead Horses, Marc Riba & Anna Solanas (SPAIN 2016, 6' 15")


In an isolated and unknown place during a war a child is forced to flee. On his way, horse corpses everywhere. Only dead horses. Why? Why horses have decided to kill themselves?


Director: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Producer: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Storyboard: Nuria Riba
Artistic Direction: Marc Riba
Animation: Nuria Riba, Claudi Sorribas
Music: Xavi Lloses
Editing: Sergi Martí


Marc Riba and Anna Solanas have been working in the world of puppet animation for 15 years. They have made 10 short films which have been selected in more than 1000 festivals around the world. "El negre és el color dels déus" (10', 35mm, 2002) "La Lupe i en Bruno" (5', 35mm, 2005) "Violeta, la pescadora del mar negro" (9', 35mm, 2006) "Cabaret Kadne" (5', 35mm, 2008) "Les bessones del Carrer de Ponent" (13', 35mm, 2010) "Grand Prix" (8', 35mm, 2011) "Canis" (17', DCP, 2013) "Bloquejats Apilats" (5', DCP, 2014) "El Nen i l'Eriçó" (3', DCP, 2016) "Cavalls Morts" (6', DCP, 2016)

Travelling Country, Ivan Bogdanov & Vessela Dantcheva (BULGARIA / CROATIA 2016, 13' 38")

travelling-country-web2D computer animation

Once upon a time, there was a country on the back of a giant horse, but it was ruined by stupidity and greed. Now, only the horse's tail remains of its former glory, while the people live in the shadow of what used to be a happy world. Travelling Country is a film about the collision of past, present and future [edited by festival team].


Directors: Ivan Bogdanov, Vessela Dantcheva
Producer: Vessela Dantcheva
Storyboard: Ivan Bogdanov, Vessela Dantcheva
Artistic Direction: Rositsa Raleva
Animation: Ivan Kosutic, Jelena Oroz, Petra Zlonoga, Darko Vidackovic, Adam Butcher, Diana Monova
Music: Petar Dundakov
Editing: Ivan Bogdanov


Ivan Bogdanov (1973) and Vessela Dantcheva (1975) are a director duo who have been working together for 15 years. In 2002, they graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. In 2004, they co-founded FinFilm animation studio and in 2008 they founded Compote Collective production company in Sofia, Bulgaria. They made several films together, including the internationally acclaimed Father (2012) and Anna Blume (2009), which screened at numerous film festivals around the world.

Filmography (Ivan Bogdanov) Travelling Country (2016), Milkmaid (2015), Father (2012, co-director), Stupid Boy (2008), Easy (2004), 24h (2003), War (2002), The Man with the Spread Hands (2002), Piss off (2001), De Ceremonie (2000)

Filmography (Vessela Dantcheva) Travelling Country (2016), Anna Blume (2009), Sometimes (2008), Easy (2004), Wish (2004), Wake up (2002), Pull Over (2001)

Au revoir Balthazar, Rafael Sommerhalder (SWITZERLAND 2016, 9' 30")

au revoir balthazar 300dpi rgb-webCut-out animation, Puppets

A scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.


Director: Rafael Sommerhalder
Producer: Stella Händler
Storyboard: Thomas Ott
Artistic Direction: Zita Bernet, Rafael Sommerhalder
Animation: Rafael Sommerhalder
Music: Hansueli Tischhauser, Tobias Preisig
Editing: Rosa Albrecht, Marina Rosset, Rafael Sommerhalder
Sound Mix: Zhe Wu


Born in Switzerland in 1974, Rafael Sommerhalder studied Film Direction at ECAL in Lausanne and Animation at the Royal College of Art in London. He lives and works as an animator/filmmaker in Zurich, Switzerland.

2013 Ping Pong
2009 Wolves
2008 Flowerpots
2004 Mr Wurfel
2000 Ely & Nepomuk
*All animated short films

Three Fitted Flies, Maria Álvarez & Elisa Morais (SPAIN / LITHUANIA 2015, 7' 47")

three-fitted-flies-web2D computer animation, Drawing on paper

Summer in a small village in a plain and arid region of central Spain. Prying neighbours, mourning rituals, tediousness, extreme heat and undertones of guilt make a perfect soil for madness. The old woman will try to bring her late husband back by means of twisted rituals.


Directors: Maria Álvarez, Elisa Morais
Producer: Sois de Traca
Storyboard- artitstic direction- animation-graphics-editing: Sois de Traca
Music: Sois de Traca


Sois de Traca is the collaborative duo formed by animation filmmakers María Álvarez and Elisa Morais. They met while studying engineering and together gradually turned to hand-drawn animation and storytelling. In their films they strive to combine traditional disciplines and media with new technologies producing also media art, interactive and projection mapping installations. Always drawn to life's small details and to explore the fine line between drama and comedy. Influenced by surrealism, absurdism and rhythmic structures they try to capture daily inconsistencies, glimpses of human nature and oneiric landscapes. They also incorporate sound as part of the visual world. FILMOGRAPHY THREE FITTED FLIES. Animated short film. Supported by CreArt, AIR program. Kaunas, Lithuania. May-Jul 2015.

Nighthawk, Špela Čadež (SLOVENIA / CROATIA 2016, 8' 50")

nighthawk-webCut-out animation

A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realise that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk! When the police attempt to drag the creature off the road, he wakes up and things take a strange turn.


Director: Špela Čadež
Producer: Tina Smrekar
Storyboard: Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Animation: Zarja Menart, Matej Lavrencic, Špela Čadež
Music: Tomaz Grom
Editing: Iva Kraljevic


Špela Čadež was born in Slovenia 1977. After graduating in Graphic Design in 2002 she continued her studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Germany. During her studies she made two puppet animations that gained international recognition: Mate to Measure (2004) and Lovesick (2007). Since 2008 Spela Cadez has been working as an independent animation director and producer. Her latest film Boles has been screened worldwide, receiving 50 awards, distinctions and nominations.

Nighthawk (2016), Boles (2013), Lovesick (2007, student film), Mate to Measure (2004, student film)

Signum, Witold Giersz (POLAND 2015, 14')

signum-webPuppets, Object animation, Painting

Impression on the topic of the cave painting - art based on simple, now highly sophisticated means of expression. In this painting one observe artists striving to break the static drawings. Now thanks to the possibilities offered by the animation, one could fulfill their dream and give characters motion. Prehistoric artists painting suggest a plot of each film episode.


Director: Witold Giersz
Producer: Witold Giersz
Storyboard-animation: Witold Giersz
Music: Krzesimir Debski
Edting: Robert Rzaca


Witold Giersz was born in Poraj, Poland; he is animator, scriptwriter, designer, director. He has made about 60 animated films such as "Little Western"1960, "Awaiting" 1962, "Red and Black" 1963, "The Horse" 1967, "Marvelous March" 1970, "Fire" 1975, "The Star" 1984, "Rondo alla Turca"1993, "In the Cave of Mountain King" 1996, "Signum" 2013. He apply his technique of animation – painting on the board under the camera. His films won about 80 festival prizes in Oberhausen, Cannes, Turin, London, Paris, Cracow, Cork, Edinburgh, Mamaia, San Francisco, Melbourne, Moscow, Adelaide, Auckland, Honolulu, Teheran, Alexandria, Santa Barbara, Necochea, La Ferguere, among others.

S1: Family affairs

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From antiquity to cut-outs.

Au pair, Tatu Pohjavirta & Mark Ståhle (FINLAND 2016, 13')

au pair press photo 1-web

2D computer animation, Cut-out animation

Woman becomes an Au pair for a single man's cardboard family.


Director: Tatu Pohjavirta & Mark Ståhle
Producer: Tatu Pohjavirta & Tomi Riionheimo
Storyboard: Tatu Pohjavirta
Artistic Direction: Mark Ståhle
Animation: Tatu Pohjavirta & Mark Ståhle
Music: Petri Mattila
Editing: Tatu Pohjavirta
Graphics: Mark Ståhle


Mark Ståhle was born in 1971. He studied animation at Turku Arts Academy. Since then he has worked as animator, illustrator and teacher of animation and arts.
Tatu Pohjavirta has born in 1977 in Helsinki, Finland. He studied animation at Turku Arts Academy. After graduation 2001 he has worked as editor, animator, director and teacher of animation.

Minotaur, Karlis Vitols (LATVIA 2016, 8' 30")

minotaur-webPaint on glass

A story of a small Minotaur who tries to find playmates in the endless labyrinth while his Dad is at work. He only manages to meet mythological characters busy with their own ambitions.


Director: Karlis Vitols
Producer: Līga Gaisa
Storyboard: Karlis Vitols
Artistic Direction-animation-graphics-editing: Karlis Vitols
Music: Jekabs Nimanis
Sound: Ernests Ansons


Karlis Vitols b.1979 Graduated Latvian Art Academy as Painter. Self taught animator. Made first 16mm animation movie in 1998. since then made about 10films, He was the first Latvian who made Computer stop-motion animation film The Trophy and long time was working digital. Now in recent worksI am moving back to "Hand Made Animation". Film Eclipse was included in Annecy 2010 official selection. Recent work Minotaur won Latvian National Cinema Prize "Lielais Kristaps" as best animation film 2016.

Neck and Neck, Shaun Clark (UNITED KINGDOM 2016, 5')

neck-and-neck-web2D computer animation

In the marital bed the surreal sensuality enveloping Othello and Desdemona is disturbed by a dangling telephone. As the phone pours poison into Othello's mind he transforms into a different entity with detrimental consequences for Desdemona.


Director: Shaun Clark
Producer: Sue Loughlin
Storyboard- artistic Direction - animation: Shaun Clark
Music: Alex Harwood
Editing: Michael Ho
Graphics: Shaun Clark


Shaun Clark is an award winning Filmmaker based in London. He studied animation at the National Film and Television School in the UK. In 2016 he won the London Short film festival and has also won prizes at Clermont Ferrand. Retrospectives of his work have been screened in South Korea and Corfu. Shaun is a Director at the animation collective Mew Lab

Cold Coffee, Stephanie Lansaque and François Leroy (FRANCE 2015, 14' 44")

cold-coffee-web2D computer animation

Saigon, Vietnam. After her mother's death, a young girl has to quit her studies to take over the family cafe. Facing a radical change of life, loneliness and sorrow, she gradually gets confused...


Directors: Stephanie Lansaque and François Leroy
Producer: Marc Jousset
Storyboard-animation-editing: Stephanie Lansaque and François Leroy
Music: Denis Vautrin


Directors: Stephanie Lansaque and Francois Leroy Birth: Stephanie Lansaque: 1978/09/04 in Marseille, France, François Leroy: 1978/05/21 in Caen, France. Biography: Francois Leroy studied animation and Stephanie Lansaque has worked as an art director for magazine and edition. In 2002, they traveled to Asia for the first time. They loved the atmosphere so much that they decided to make their film "Goodbye Mister Chu" which talks about Vietnamese traditions and the lost soul's festival. In 2009, they released "Mei Ling" which takes place in Hong Kong. "Red River, Song Hong", produced in 2012, talks about Vietnam on a more social angle. "Cafe Froid" is their fourth short film. Between two personal projects, they use to work as technicians and directors for the company "Je Suis Bien Content" on TV series, video clip, feature films...

Empty Space, Ülo Pikkov (ESTONIA 2016, 10')


Documentary-based animation about a dream that eventually comes true in a film. A 10-year old girl longed for a puppy as a birthday present. Her dissappointment was very big when instead puppy she got father she had no idea he was still alive. This documentary based film tells a story about a very long-standing dream that kept him alive through many years and actually will come true only now, through this film.


Director: Ülo Pikkov
Producers: Kerdi Oengo, Andrus Raudsalu
Storyboard: Ülo Pikkov
Animation: Marili Sokk
Music: Pärt Uusberg
Editing: Ülo Pikkov


DATE OF BIRTH June, 15, 1976 EDUCATION PhD studies at Estonian Academy of Arts, (started 2011, ongoing) Graduated from the Institute of Law, University of Tartu in 2005. Graduated from the Turku School of Art and Media (Finland) in 1998. Graduated from the Tallinn Secondary School No. 49 in 1994. DIRECTED FILMS 2016 EMPTY SPACE 10´ / stop motion 2015 TIK TAK ( 9') mixed / stop motion 2013 ADA + OTTO ( 20'34'' ) / cartoon animation 2013 THE MARRIAGE OF THE CROW (21' / cartoon animation ) 2012 THE END (6' / experimental film ) 2011 BODY MEMORY (10' / stop-motion animation film) 2008 DIALOGOS (5' / cartoon animation) 2008 PORTRAIT (8' / experimental film) 2008 BLOW (8' / experimental film) 2007 TABLEMAT OF BALTIC SEA (2' / animated poem from a film BLACK CEILING) 2006 TASTE OF LIFE (11'40'' / cartoon animation) 2003-2005 FRANK AND WENDY (animated series & feature co-directed by P. Pärn, P. Tender, K. Jancis / 7 x 9,5' / 75') 2003 THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY (11'51'' / cartoon animation) 2001 SUPERLOVE (52'' / cartoon animation) 2001 THE HEADLESS HORSEMAN (11'07'' / cartoon animation) 1998 BERMUDA (10'54'' / cartoon animation) 1996 RUMBA (3'30" / cartoon animation) 1996 CAPPUCCINO (4'30'' / cartoon animation)

High Summer, Josselin Facon (FRANCE 2016, 5'49")

high-summer-web2D computer animation, Drawing on paper

A troubling moment in the balminess of a summer in the countryside. While gardening, a young man sees his mother as a woman for the first time.


Director: Josselin Facon
Producer: Emmanuel-Alain Raynal
Storyboard: Josselin Facon & Marine Chaplais
Animation: Josselin Facon & Félix Kerjean
Music: Aram Khachaturian
Editing: Josselin Facon


Gratuated from l'École des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation, Josselin is working as an animation graphist for Miyu Productions. « High Summer » is his first produced film.

The Legacy of Rubies, Ebele Okoye (GERMANY / NIGERIA 2015, 28')

the-legacy-of-rubies-web2D computer animation

Mfalme, a young forest boy is kidnapped and brought to the strange palace of Airegin, with the claim that he is the blood son of the dying King Obankosi and the chosen successor to the throne. Not just that, he is given a mandatory assignment which he has to fulfill before he can either accept or reject their offer. So, accompanied by the little palace boy with whom he struck up a friendship, he is forced on a journey he least reckoned with.


Director: Ebele Okoye
Producer: Ebele Okoye
Storyboard-animation-editing: Ebele Okoye
Music: Oliver Sadie / Deane Ogden


Ebele Okoye holds a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design/Illustration** from the IMT Enugu, Nigeria. She migrated to Germany in the year 2000. After a post graduate programme at the University of Cologne, a design-study stint at the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf, and a traineeship at the West German Broadcasting Corporation, WDR, Ebele Okoye furthered in Animation at the International Film School (ifs) Cologne Upon graduation in 2004, she worked as a studio animator before going independent with own films as well heading international Co-productions, one of which is Kurt Schwitters “Anna Blume”, winner of the 2007 Robert Bosch Foundation Promotional Prize for Animation as well as the Ritter Prize at the 2010 Zebra Poetry Film Festival Berlin amongst others. Fascinated by the abstract connection between spoken words and moving images, uncommon thoughts on common things, most of her animation works are based on poetry. Her visual translation of Poetry into animation involves the works of other German authors like Simone Kanter, Ulrike Almut Sandig and Björn Kuhligk
A two-time winner of the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Animation, as well as the Focus Features Africa First Short Film programme, Ebele Okoye is the founder and co-ordinator of Shrinkfish Media Lab (smedLAB), an audiovisual training initiative focusing on exchange of knowledge between European professionals and young artistic talents in the West African region. She resides in Berlin since 2008 where she is also fully active as a Web designer, Media and branding expert, while painting occasionally still. Some of her works can be seen at her website.

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Awards 2017

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