Professional animators from around the globe showcase their storytelling artistry in this collection of short films.
Directed by Franck Dion
France, 2023, 9 min.
Overwhelmed by the consequences of her research, an astronomer embarks on a journey to exile herself elsewhere.
Writer: Franck Dion
Producers: Rencontres Audiovisuelles, Franck Dion
Cast: Caroline Bouchoms
Directed by Sadegh Javadi
Iran, 2023, 13 min.
A poor father lives with his son, making money by betting on their fighting rooster. An unusual old man enters their life and changes everything — just not as they expected.
Writer: Sadegh Javadi
Producer: Sadegh Javadi
Four Chambers to the Heart
Directed by Kostas Ioannidis and Johan Grimonprez
Belgium/The Netherlands, 2023, 9 min.
In 1624 Palermo, 94-year-old master painter Sofonisba Anguissola — renowned worldwide at the time but later consigned to obscurity — writes her final letters to her pupil and Flemish master-in-the-making Anton Van Dyck.
Producers: Melissa Dhondt, Annemie Degryse, Jantiene De Kroon
Writers: Kostas Ioannidis, Johan Grimonprez, Tine Van Aerschot
A Grain of Sand in the Universe
Directed by Suki
France, 2023, 8 min.
North American premiere
While the country is undergoing an unprecedented crisis, the president, who has still not talked publicly, must speak. What if, this time, the speech was different.
Writers: Suki, Stéphane Debureau
Cast: Stéphane Debureau, Céline Dupuis, Pierre Wolf, Christelle Sabarots
Directed by David Lovrić
Croatia, 2023, 11 min.
A girl watches a man hunting for souls as he steals everything that is valuable to her. Their chase across the ruins of a hidden realm forever changes her destiny.
Writer: David Lovrić
Producer: David Lovrić
Directed by Jack Gray
USA, 2023, 5 min.
Featuring hundreds of looping animated characters, Menagerie is a study of the daily motions and mundane tasks of contemporary city life, and how they may spiral into an endless kaleidoscope of abstraction.
Writer: Jack Gray
Producer: Jack Gray
Cast: Alicia Maye
Directed by Katarzyna Kijek and Przemysław Adamski
Poland, 2023, 11 min.
When a boy born blind is suddenly able to see, a medical examination reveals that his eyes are so dense that it takes seven years for light to reach his retinas and for images to reach his consciousness.
Writers: Katarzyna Kijek, Przemysław Adamski
Producers: Piotr Szczepanowicz, Grzegorz WacŁawek
Cast: Philip Lenkowsky