Competition Program: The possibilities within animation

The SICAF2018 International Animated Film Festival received a record-breaking number of submissions this year: 2,703 films from 103 countries, each with its unique style and creative storytelling.

Submissions from artists who’ve worked on animations such as <Isle of Dogs>, <Minions>, <The Secret Life of Pets>, <How the Grinch Stole Christmas>, and <The Simpsons> were selected to be a part of the official competition. Similarly, from being selected at the Annecy International Animation Festival to being nominated for an Academy Award – an abundant amount of the selections are already internationally acclaimed.

The festival hopes to have the audience submerge themselves in the world of animation and animated works from around the world with various perspectives – something that isn’t too common in Korea.

Official Competition: Feature Films

The Feature Film Section is highlighted by various animated films that make us rethink about the true meaning of life. Notable works include <On Happiness Road>, a film on the story of ‘Chi’ attempting to find true happiness; <Timescapes>, a film on how our imaginations play into our everyday settings; and <The Stolen Princess>, a story of true love and strength. Other remarkable works include <The Shower> by Jae-Huun, a film based on the popular novel “The Shower”, and <Sinbad. Pirates of the Seven Storms>, a story of the merry young pirate Sinbad.

[크기변환]On Happiness Road (4)

On Happiness Road

Taiwan│2017│111min│Color│Hsin-Yin Sung

Chi earned her American dream after persevering with her studies in Taiwan. Following her grandmother’s’ death, Chi returns to her family on Happiness Road, where she begins to feel nostalgic about her childhood and starts to contemplate the meaning of “life” and “home”. What is happiness? Will Chi find her own happiness?

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The Shower

Korea│2017│48min│Color│Ahn Jae-Huun

A girl spends time on one of the stepping stones at a brook, whilst a boy stays put awkwardly for days as she’s blocking his way. As the girl breaks the silence and the two start to get along, having fun together in the mountains, a sudden shower of rain pours down and the girl falls ill.

[크기변환]The Stolen Princess (1)

The Stolen Princess

Ukraine│2018│91min│Color│Oleh Malamuzh

This wonderful story happened in the age of valiant knights, beautiful princesses, and battling sorcerers. Ruslan, a wandering artist dreaming to become a knight, met beautiful Mila and fell in love with her; he didn’t even suspect that she is the King’s daughter. However, the lovers’ happiness wasn’t meant to last too long. Chernomor, the evil sorcerer, appeared in a magic vortex and stole Mila right before Ruslan’s eyes to transform her power of love into his own magic power. Without further ado, Ruslan sets out on a chase after the stolen princess to overcome all obstacles and to prove that real love is stronger than magic.

[크기변환]Sinbad (5)

Sinbad. Pirates of the Seven Storms

Russia│2017│75min│Color│Vlad Barbe

Sinbad, a merry young pirate, has not been very successful in the pirating business. For a year now he and his crew have failed to capture a single ship. But fortune is smiling on Sinbad: the old man Antioch shows him an ancient map and suggests he sail to Skeleton Island, where treasure is kept.

[크기변환]Timescapes (1)

Timescapes

Singapore│2017│65min│Color│Ervin Han

An animated anthology about life, love and the landscapes of Singapore past and present. Stories include a childhood romance that blossomed amongst the bookshelves of an old library; a fantasy adventure where a girl meets a cat who brings her into the underbelly of a night market; a nostalgic look at the playgrounds of our youth and the bittersweet simplicity of life; a tale about solitude and serendipity during an afternoon rain in the city, and a journey that a violin takes that spans 80 years of Singapore’s past.

Official Competition: Short Films 1

The section provides a glimpse of the globe’s short animated films: 15 works form 13 countries were chosen to be a part of the official competition.

[크기변환](Fool Time) Job (2)

(Fool Time) Job

France│2017│17min│Color│Gilles Cuvelier

Pedro has found a job. A rare occurence in this period of crisis. That’s good news for him and his family. It’s true that the job is rather strange… But the important thing is to have a job…Isn’t it?

[크기변환]A dark day of Inustice (1)

A dark day of injustice

Argentina│2018│11min│Color│Daniela Fiore, Julio Azamor

Tour of last day in the life of the journalist and writer Rodolfo Walsh. The one who was kidnapped and eliminated on March 25, 1977 under the last military dictatorship Argentina.

[크기변환]CEVA (1)

CEVA – an animated short film by Paul Mureșan

Romania│2018│9min│Color│Paul Mureșan

Everything avoidable during one’s lifetime might later become the building blocks of the afterlife. Here, fears have to be faced and journeys to be taken alongside one’s shadow.animated short film by Paul Mureșan

[크기변환]DEATH VAN (1)

DEATH VAN

Canada│2018│6min│Color│Michael Enzbrunner

In this computer animated short, the fictitious space-rock duo DEATH VAN tours through a miniature world inhabited by surreal creatures that are haunted and terrorized by a menacing and mischievous entity.

[크기변환]Idiot (1)

Idiot

Slovakia│2018│19min│Color│Dušan Davidov

Breathing. Work is his second nature, he doesn’t realise the fact that he is abused by his colleagues, he helps because everybody wants him to help; because he is asked for help. While the topic of Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot” was altruism, our key topic is the misuse of altruism and its perception as a weakness. The “Smiling Man” slaves for all of them, not only at work, but also at home; without any claim to be paid, without any appreciation from his colleagues or family. He lives the life he considers correct. When a stupid boss unjustly fires him, he is not angry with him. Not even when the boss runs down to the street to give him the food box he has left behind in the office. The “Smiling Man” perceives it as the boss´s favour. He sees a human being in his boss. It would never occur to him, not even in his dreams, that he brought it to him just to prevent him from entering the office any more. Even if it came into his mind, he would never believe it, because he’s a nice guy; he is an “Idiot”

Official Competition: Short Films 2

The section provides a glimpse of the globe’s short animated films: 15 works form 13 countries were chosen to be a part of the official competition.

[크기변환]Kaal (1)

Kaal

France│2018│4min│Color│Charlie Aufroy

In the kingdom of Mighy Hair, men, women and children are all really hairy. The birth of the King’s heir will cause a lot of turmoil, for he is totally hairless!

[크기변환]Prychynna The Story of Love (2)

Prychynna: The Story of Love

Ukraine│2017│21min│Color│Andrii Shcherbak

The war separates lovers, but their hearts remain together. The young woman loses her mind, but love gives her strength to wait for her beloved.

[크기변환]Room (1)

Room

Poland│2017│6min│Color│Michał Socha

This animated short movie is place in room with no way out, where main hero bearded head is closed inside. In a symbolic and funny way, treats about loneliness, isolation, losing hair, friendship with an animal, and inevitable passage of time. Finally, the main character is released by a bird, whose create nest on beard man head.

[크기변환]Run Rostam Run (2)

Run Rostam Run

Iran│2017│12min│Color│Hossein Molayemi

Rostam-the old Persian national hero- should travel to the future and come to contemporary Tehran, in order to make up for what he has done to his own son. In Tehran, he doesn’t know whether to choose the legal or illegal way to reach his legitimate goal.

[크기변환]Skin for Skin (1)

Skin for Skin

Canada│2017│15min│Color│Kevin D. A. Kurytnik, Carol Beecher

Skin for Skin is a dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade. In 1823, the Governor of the largest fur-trading company in the world travels across his Dominion, extracting ever-greater riches from the winter bounty of animal furs. In his brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction until the balance of power shifts, and the forces of nature exact their own terrible price. With nods to Melville and Coleridge, directors Carol Beecher & Kevin Kurytnik have created a visually stunning contemporary myth about the cost of arrogance and greed.

Official Competition: Short Films 3

The section provides a glimpse of the globe’s short animated films: 15 works form 13 countries were chosen to be a part of the official competition.

[크기변환]Aeronautas (1)

The aeronauts

Mexico│2016│11min│Color│León Fernández

A tribe survives in the middle of the desert on the meager pickings of a barren landscape. In dispair, the inhabitants of this cruel world offer tribute to their god Avolos, who has promised them a paradise on the rock that floats in the sky. Soo’goh, the weakest member of the clan, seeks to overcome all obstacles and to reach the green pastures of the paradise that they all yearn for.

[크기변환]The_Box (1)

The Box

Slovenia│2017│12min│Color│Dusan Kastelic

You have probably heard of the phrase “To think outside of the box”? Well this is a film about such a box and the flat-headed creatures that live inside of it. Life in the Box is boring and miserable. Until one day when a new baby boy starts to grown in the middle of the Box! This baby is very different from other flat-headed inhabitants of the Box. He’s happy, lively and curious. As the baby grows bigger and bigger, the flat-headed.

[크기변환]Tweet-Tweet (2)

Tweet-Tweet

Russia│2018│11min│Color│Zhanna Bekmambetova

Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly! Main characters are girl Luba and her friend Sparrow. Silly Sparrow doesn’t know fear. By playing with him Luba forgets her she is on a rope.

[크기변환]WILDEBEEST (2)

WILDEBEEST

Belgium│2017│19min│Color│Nicolas Keppens, Matthias Phlips

Going on a safari is a dream for many. For middle-aged couple Linda and Troyer, it turns into a horribly real adventure when they get left behind in the wilderness.

[크기변환]Yin (2)

Yin

Belgium│2017│11min│Color│Nicolas Fong

A jealous god creates a universe and places an androgynous creature that he separates into two complementary beings. In spite of the traps set by the atrabilic god, the creatures will not stop wanting to meet again.

Official Competition: Student Films 1

A section of student works – notably reknowned for their creative perspectives. All 22 works are armed with originality and artistry; a chance to appreciate the animated works of the new generation.

[크기변환]Enough (1)

Enough

United Kingdom│2017│2min│Color│Anna Mantzaris

Moments of lost self-control

[크기변환]Exit Stage Right (6)

EXIT STAGE RIGHT

United Kingdom│2017│3min│Color│ Reece Weldon, Sam Wilkins

A story about an abused dancer who learns to grow re-finds her inner beauty and power through dance. Using 3D & VFX techniques, we aimed to show the beauty of finding oneself metaphorically through beautiful imagery, using nature as a theme. The two of us decided to combine our talents of 3D and VFX together to create Exit Stage Right, which we hope viewers will love just as much as we did creating it.

[크기변환]Creature from the lake (1)

Creature from the lake

France│2017│5min│Color│Renata Antunez, Alexis Bedue, Léa Bresciani, Amandine Canville, Maria Castro Rodriguez, Logan Cluber, Nicolas Grangeaud, Capucine Rahmoun-Swierczynsk, Victor Rouxel, Orianne Siccardi, Mallaury Simoes

In the 80s, a manly and experienced monster hunter hero of a low-budget TV show, followed by his fat cowardly camerawoman, goes to a remote lake on the night of a full moon, when mysterious disappearances tend to occur.

[크기변환]FACING IT (1)

FACING IT

United Kingdom│2018│8min│Color│Sam Gainsborough

As a man anxiously awaits a meeting in the local pub, he is forced to As a man anxiously awaits a meeting in the local pub, he is forced to explore his own difficult memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever.explore his own difficult memories and relationships in an evening that will leave him changed forever.

[크기변환]Flower Found! (1)

Flower Found!

Netherlands│2017│7min│Color│Jorn Leeuwerink

A beautiful red flower stands in the middle of the forest. When it suddenly disappears Mouse is very sad. Bird takes Mouse around the forest to search for the flower and other animals join in too. Then they think they’ve found the flower and things quickly get out of hand.

[크기변환]Gumball Machine (1)

Gumball Machine

United States│2018│2min│B&W│Lee Jeongho

A 90 seconds animated short film about a girl and a gumball machine ran by two elves. The girl tries to get a gumball, however, the lazy elves did not prepare their gumball products at all. What should they do?

[크기변환]HEDGEHOG (1)

HEDGEHOG

United Kingdom│2018│11min│Color│Edward Bulmer

“HEDGHOG” follows the mundane life of Gareth; a 28-year-old man that works in a dingy fast-food restaurant; lives at home with his couch-potato father; and wants desperately to break out of his routine and experience the world. The film explores how Gareth has always been held back since childhood by his debilitating sense of self-doubt… which manifests in the form of a hedgehog. The Hedgehog is both soft and spikey, representing the dual nature of our doubts – holding us back, yet also providing an element of comfort. Gareth pursues romance, a career, and adventure; always being steered back to his comfort zone by his hedgehog and never progressing. A conversation with his father prompts Gareth to try and tackle his problem head on… but things don’t necessarily go to plan. “Hedgehog” takes a comedic look at how our insecurities, worries, and self-doubt can stop us achieving what we really want in life.

[크기변환]Just Walking (2)

Just Walking

Korea│2018│5min│Color│Han Subien

This is a therapeutic animation about the mind.

[크기변환]The Night I Dance with Death (2)

The Night I Dance with Death (La Nuit Je Danse avec la Mort)

France│2017│6min│Color│Vincent Gibaud

Jack is having a party with some friends. Disused, he decides to take a psychedelic drug. With a lighter mind, he enjoys the moment, his belly rejecting his visceral anguish as the evening progress. Arrives the time when he confronts a too big anxiety of which he cannot get rid of.

[크기변환]Constant Experience (2)

Constant Experience

Korea│2018│11min│Color│Yoo SeungYeon, Lee HaEun, Yoon SangGyeong

There is Tiny Human who lives hidden in a human house. One day, the Gumi bear jelly of Tiny Human was kidnapped by a hamster. The adventure of Tiny Human to reclaim a Gumi bear jelly begins. Dangers and obstacles ahead of Tiny Human! Can Tiny Human recover her Gumi bear jelly safely?

[크기변환]the Pioneer of the Universe (2)

the Pioneer of the Universe (Les Pionniers de l’Univers)

France│2017│5min│Color│Benjamin Bernon, Clémentine Courbin, Matthieu Guevel, Anthony Rege, Jérôme Vanbeneden

Macha and Vassily work secretly on a special project.

Official Competition: Student Films 2

A section of student works – notably reknowned for their creative perspectives. All 22 works are armed with originality and artistry; a chance to appreciate the animated works of the new generation.

[크기변환]Less Than Human (1)

Less Than Human

Denmark│2016│6min│Color│Steffen Bang Lindholm and 7 colleagues

In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, the zombies have been cured and exiled to secluded camps. A prejudice journalist decides to prove that they are not fit to be rehabilitated.

[크기변환]Little Bandits (1)

Little Bandits

United States│2018│4min│Color│Alex Avagimian

Kid is convinced that shooting a bird will turn him into a “Man.”

[크기변환]Moth (1)

MOTH

United Kingdom│2018│12min│Color│Ewa Luczkow

Jumping between reality and fantasy, Moth follows 8-year old Mabil as she escapes the troubles of her family with her vivid daydreams and imaginary moth friend. However, her fantasy is interrupted when she is forced to face her family past and put an end to her fantasies.

[크기변환]Negative Space (2)

Negative Space

France│2017│6min│Color│Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

My dad taught me how to pack.

[크기변환]PARFUMFRAISE

Parfum Fraise

France│2017│6min│Color│Alix ARRAULT, Martin HURMANE, Jules RIGOLLE, Samuel KLUGHERTZ

Makoto is doing his best to raise his 7 years old son Kazuki. Despite his best intentions, the violence that was once his life comes back to bite him, and he will have no choice but to face it, before the eyes of his son, who he always tried to protect.

[크기변환]POLICE (1)

POLICE

United Kingdom│2018│9min│Color│Ed Smith

An ageing policeman is haunted by his past trauma.

Young and talented director from the south of England. Ed grew up with a love of cinema and Saturday morning cartoons. As a teenager he would get heavily into experimental music and painters of the 20th century. These passions would be fused together into a unique audio/visual aesthetic when he began studying animation at the Arts University Bournemouth. It was here he combined his style with a love of philosophy and science fiction to create the short “Simulator,” shown at festivals around the world. After working as a freelance animator he went on to study Directing for Animation at the National Film and Television School. Here he directed a number of films including graduation film “Police,” which collides Saturday morning cartoon, with psychological drama, in a story based on his father’s experiences.

[크기변환]Room No (1)

Room No.18

Israel│2018│9min│Color│Guy Shahaf

A group of men who seemingly have nothing in common, deals with the same “small” problem, but the group is having trouble reaching the core of the issue. “Room No. 18” is a short animated movie, filled with jokes and puns that creates anticipation for revealing a serious and profound topic, which bothers and threatens plenty men around the globe and prevents the issue to float: does size matters, and if so, matters for what?

[크기변환]Strawberry Bums Invasion of the Snubgrubs (2)

Strawberry Bums: Invasion of the Snubgrubs

United Kingdom│2018│5min│Color│Jeremy Sullivan

A triangle, a moose, and a snowman must save the people of their town from a swarm of man-eating creatures. Will love prevail?

[크기변환]Tango of longing (1)

Tango of longing

Poland│2018│5min│Color│Marta Szymanska

A film about the complex nature of tango – a unique dance of pushing and pulling, constant longing and seeking satisfaction. Through the mixture of passion and melancholy we can see dancers’ deepest desires that may never be fulfilled.

[크기변환]Wanderer (1)

Wanderer

France│2017│3min│Color│Arnaud LEANG, Tom LE LANN, Tom KROOS, Yves PERERA, Maodararattany SA IM, Jason TOUSSIES, Anthony TRAN, Alexander TURK, Boris WATRIN

In a devastated world, a mysterious wanderer arrives in an abandoned warehouse. Using an intriguing device, he terraforms the world around him.

[크기변환]Xian (1)

Xian

France│2017│7min│Color│Roxane Campoy, Pauline Ledu, Myriam Belkheyar, Gwenaelle Bavoux

A long time ago, the most terrible emperor that China as ever seen, commissioned a painting to celebrate his cruel reign.

Official Competition: SICAF KID 1

A section for children around the world; a total of 9 works were selected to be a part of the official competition. These Animated Films are filled with exuberant joy and excitement – a section that the whole family can enjoy together.

[크기변환]Banzi's Secret Diary (3)

Banzi`s Secret Diary

Korea│2017│11min│Color│Lim Mansik

Banzi is an ordinary but playful and charming little girl. She likes cute and decorating things, and thinks that the love and friendship outrank her study. Banzi is the happiest girl, always having fun with her best friend Eungsim and Namnam and getting the infinite affection from her handsome boyfriend Hoyong. She`s positive energy makes the people around her happy, although she could get clumsy and naive sometimes. Her life is never bored with all of her boundless imagination. It’s a secret that what Banzi and her friends will do to make us smile today, with all those fun and exciting events.

[크기변환]The Kitten From Lizyukov Street (4)

The Kitten From Lizyukov Street

Russia│2018│13min│Color│Aleksey Zamyslov

The Kitten from Lizyukov street never stops dreaming of a better life and goes for new adventures! This time the dreams bring kitten Vasily and his friend puppy Bulka from snow covered Voronezh to sunny Australia. Vasily and Bulka won’t only go into a vortex of incredible adventures and dangers, but will also find new friends and, what’s the most important thing, understand that there’s no place like home!

[크기변환]Grizzy and the Lemmings (1)

Grizzy and the Lemmings – Teleportation’s the Way to Go!

France│2017│7min│Color│Victor Moulin

Contest this privilege. Except the LEMMINGS! They are small, but there are a lot of them – and they want their share of the Eldorado! Grizzy finds two identical vases that are actually communicating vessels in a Native American Indian chest. If he sticks his hand in one, it comes out the other, regardless of the distance between them. This should satisfy Grizzy’s natural lazy streak, unless the Lemmings realize the incredible games they could play with the magic vases.

[크기변환]Coco's Day (1)

Coco’s Day

Russia│2017│4min│Color│Tatiana Moshkova

Meet Coco, a little boy crocodile who hides from blizzards, explores underwater worlds and even turns into Godzilla – and all inside one flat!

[크기변환]The Sandman (2)

The Sandman

United States│2018│10min│Color│Natalia Hermida

The Sandman goes round his nightly routine of putting people in town to sleep. All goes well until he accidentally puts a railway operator to sleep, and finds that he must seek a way to wake him up before two oncoming trains collide with each other.

Official Competition: SICAF KID 2

A section for children around the world; a total of 9 works were selected to be a part of the official competition. These Animated Films are filled with exuberant joy and excitement – a section that the whole family can enjoy together.

[크기변환]A bottle at sea (1)

A bottle at sea

France│2017│4min│Color│Marie-Caroline Villand

When Molang and Piu Piu find a bottle with a map inside, they realize it’s a treasure map! They set sail for adventure, but all they end up finding is garbage. They immediately decide to do all they can to clean the ocean.

[크기변환]Perfectly Naughty Kids (1)

Perfectly Naughty Kids

Russia│2018│14min│Color│Tatiana Kiseleva

An amazing story about how a mischievous gnome helped Dr. Pyatkin to cure the horribly obedient children from excessive mannerliness.

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Guess How Much I Love You: An Enchanting Easter

Australia│2017│26min│Color│Jo Boag

On a snow-covered Christmas Eve, Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends stumble across a little Brown Bear who is lost. Determined to return their young friend back to his mother in time for Christmas, the friends venture bravely into the unknown woods. Through this epic journey we are reminded that the greatest gift of Christmas is being with the ones you love.

[크기변환]Trunky (1)

Trunky

Russia│2017│7min│Color│Ekaterina Filippova

The story about little elephant with very long nose.

Official Competition: Online&Commissioned

A total of 3 works were selected to provide different perspectives of the various areas in animation, including online screening animations and music videos.

[크기변환]NaBya_01

NA B YA

Korea│2017│4min│Color│Lee Jungsu, Lee Jinwoo

A private detective is eager to seek out a mysterious cat in the city late at night. The lyrics tell us a story of the cat as if it is the woman he loves. Sometimes, cats are hard to bond with.

[크기변환]Better Humans (1)

Better Humans

United Kingdom│2018│3min│Color│Moth Studio

Approaching themes of genetic enhancements and possibilities of human augmentation, is the 5th episode in a series of films about science commissioned to celebrate the centenary of Frankenstein.

[크기변환]Flower Heart (1)

Flower Heart

Korea│2017│8min│Color│Jung Min Yung, Kim

In a unique coincidence, a person discovers a magic box that can provide him with everything he wishes for, but, all of the sudden, his life turns into a living hell due to hands of greed.

Official Competition: Pilot

The section, alike its name, is for pilot films – which are created for investment and promotion before the official production. 6 works were selected to be a part of the official competition – each with different perspectives and in various genres.

[크기변환]Peach Blossom Fish (2)

Peach Blossom Fish

China│2018│9min│Color│Chen Hailu , Shi yi

A lonely fish was spoiled by a squirrel.The fish gradually indulged in the squirrel’s earnest care and love. Then, she turned into a beautiful goldfish. Meanwhile, She has become a prisoner, too,from admiring ,falling in love to separation……Eventually,they learned to respect each other.

[크기변환]CEREBRUM (3)

CEREBRUM

Korea│2018│8min│Color│George (Donghoon) Kim

A young man seeks to recover his memory of his past and the world around him with the help of an artificial intelligence built within an aircraft that he finds himself in.

[크기변환]Nik Summer #1#2#3 (1)

Nik Summer #1 #2 #3

France│2017│6min│Color│Oscar Aubry, Tom Goyon, Elie Martens and Héloïse Solt

Nik Summer #1 #2 #3/ A very-short-serie about summer, wind and misadventures.

[크기변환]Battledream Chronicles A new beginning (1)

Battledream Chronicles: A new beginning

Martinique│2017│24min│Color│Alain Bidard

Syanna, a young black Caribbean girl, wakes up amnesic in an Afrofuturistic world where she has been enslaved by the global colonial empire of Mortemonde. Every day, she is forced to collect 500 experience points or XP for her master in the Battledream, a dangerous video game in which players die for real. With a kill switch implanted in her body and her limbs replaced by bionic parts controlled by the master, escape seems impossible. When she is offered a chance to learn in secret how to hack and control the technology used to enslave her, Syanna realizes that not everything is lost. But her master, driven by his lust for wealth and political power, is making the slave conditions harder and harder. And planning a rebellion while fulfilling her slave duty is getting more and more challenging. Will Syanna succeed in regaining her freedom?

[크기변환]A Dog's Life (2)

A Dog’s Life

France│2016│1min│Color│Giovanni Anthony

A child was wondering what it was like to be a grown. And his Grand Father told him the horrible story of a Kind Dog working for a Wicked Fat Cat while his wife was having a good time with The Despicable Mr Fox.

[크기변환]FJER (1)

FJER

Denmark│2017│8min│Color│Jeanette Nørgaard

The bloodmoon is watching over young bird-woman Crane who is preparing for a lust-harvesting ritual in the bar of Bird’s Nest. Father, ruler and lover Hawker puts pressure on her. If she fails she must die. Crane is lost in a seductive neon-dance when a mysterious stranger enters and disturbs the ritual.
So begins the story of FJER initiating a poetic and freaky urban fantasy web series about emancipation and discovery of own sexuality.

SC: SICAF CHOICE

– SICAF Choice: The section was created with a purpose of expanding the diversity of films screened in the festival. 9 films, which were not selected to be a part of the official competition but were quite exceptional, were chosen to take part.

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BETWEEN THE SHADOWS

Portugal │2018│13min│Color│Mónica Santos, Alice Guimarães

Natália, trapped in a tedious job, engages in a search for a stolen heart. In a world where hearts can be deposited in a bank, the protagonist faces a dilemma: give her heart or keep it to herself. “Alice Guimarães (27 de Agosto de 1980)

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The Subject

Canada │2018│10min│Color│Patrick Bouchard

Hidden away in his workshop, an animator leans over what appears to be a human body and begins to perform an autopsy. Who is this lifeless being stretched out before him? As he dissects the plasteline figure, the spirit of scientific inquiry gives way to the madness of artistic inspiration, and the animator’s tools go to work. Slicing into the skin, separating the tissues, probing the entrails, the artist lets loose his creative imagination as entire worlds take shape before his eyes, sweeping him into the enormity of the inner spaces to be explored. What will he find there? What does an animator stand to discover through an autopsy of a body he himself created? In this story-within-a-story about the art of creation, director Patrick Bouchard pays homage to the animator’s vocation—namely, breathing life into the inanimate. The Subject takes us to the conceptual limits of animation, examining the connections between life and death, body and psyche, individual and community, real and imaginary, as it delves into the invisible worlds within.

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Panta Rhei

Belgium│2018│10min│Color│Wouter Bongaerts

Like the beached whales he studies, introverted marine biologist Stefaan flees the ocean. But floods, leaking faucets and endless rain keep seeping into his life, and he can’t keep the water out…

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The Wedding

Argentina │2017│11min│Color│Juan Camardella

In a peace agreement by the Argentinean Pampas in the middle of 1800’s an Indian chieftain invites a group of soldiers of the fort of the border to his marriage as a gesture of goodwill.

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First Bloom

China│2017│5min│Color│Tingting Liu

Born in a poor family, the boy was sold at a very young age to be a servant of emperor’s daughter in the royal palace. Sharing joy and sorrow, he and the princess grew up together, became friends and soul mates. However, their budding love seemed unrealistic in this feudalistic kingdom. More than a love story, First Bloom expresses the willing to revolt the ruthless oppression of traditional authorities, which is experienced by every individual struggled between old straitjacket and modern spirit, facing profound changes in Chinese society. One may suffer, one may feel lost, but in the unyielding pursuit for purity and beauty, we will always strive for the freedom to love and to bloom.

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Via

United Kindgom│2017│3min│Color│Izzy Burton

Via tells of the journey of life through epic, beautiful environments and meaningful character animation. It shows how we should open our eyes to the good things that happen every day, to the experiences we share with the people we love, and that we should find the silver linings, or the lessons to be learnt, in even the lowest times.

WEIRD

WEIRD

Mexico│2017│2min│Color│Fausto Montanari

“Weird” is a short animated film about the diversity. It is a shout of a girl usual to be judged like weird and different. She express in the monologue her sufferance and her dream to make possible to delete the concept of weird She thinks that in the end weirdness is only a point of view and that we are all the same. But sometime during her speech she fall in the error to indicate something like Weird, because again Weirdness depend from each self and a personal perspective.

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Late Afternoon

Ireland│2017│9min│Color│Louise Bagnall

Emily finds herself disconnected from the world around her. She drifts back through her memories to relive different moments from her life. Emily must look to her past so that she may fully connect with the present.

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MERCURIO

Italy│2018│10min│Color│Michele Bernardi

Through his passions that link him to his childhood, a young man manages to accept the unavoidable human condition’s rules.This way, he escapes the physical and mental alienation of the fascist dictatorship and gains absolute freedom.

– SICAF Asia: A selection of three works, each by Asian directors – were acknowledged for their artistry and chosen to be a part of the section. Selected films are <Kung Food>, an animated film from China, which will be having its world premiere; <Little Hero>, an indonesian-made family-oriented film; and Korea’s <Viscus Bunny>, a film where the director’s unique experimental spirit and philosophy stands out.

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Kung Food

China│2018│90min│Color│SUN HAIPENG

Super Bao dreams of becoming a great hero like his ancestor, and to in order to realizethis dream, he resolves to join an anti-piracynavy fleet which is about to set out on a mission. However, as an ignorant teenager with quite ordinary martial arts skills, Super Baofinds he is not qualified to sail on board a warship. Instead he has to board a transport ship calledThe Steamerand puts out to the sea.

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Viscus Bunny

Korea│2018│50min│Color│Kim Justin Jinsoo

A bunny starts its long journey after half of its body was blew. Wherever the bunny goes, it cannot define itself but continues to seek the meaning of life.

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Little Hero (Knight Kris)

Indonesia│2017│106min│Color│Antonius Li, William Fajito

Inside the ancient temple, Bayu found a Kris that stuck strong. Out of curiosity, he immediately pulled it out. Miracles happen! Bayu gained the power of being a super hero. Unfortunately, the kris is a seal for a cruel giant named Asura! The thousand-year-old giant is now resurrecting to spread terror to every human being. Accompanied by Rani, his cousin, and an old monkey named Empu Tandra, Bayu must face Asura.