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Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts
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Animated Competition (Shorts) Sci-FI

In the snow-covered ruins of 24th century Toronto, AEGIS, a humanoid war machine, leads a team of five robot-bound digital-humans into the the real world (aka the "E-X-T") to retake an enemy-occupied server installation vital to the survival of their digital homeworld.

During an attempt to ambush a large pack of enemy controlled war-drones, AEGIS recalls an interrogation with the enemy’s founder, an extremist named KYM MINAMOTO...AEGIS’s mother.

As AEGIS fights for her life in the real world, she recalls the emotional fight for her identity in the INT (the digital world), as she and her mother argue over the true nature of humanity and inclusion of digital-persons within it.

  • Runtime:
    8:33 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    Canada
  • Director:
    Adrian Bobb
  • Screenwriter:
    Adrian Bobb
  • Cast:
    Cara Gee, Zoe Doyle

Faithy, hey

Animated Competition (Shorts) Animated Competition (Shorts) Shorts

Artist/filmmaker Faith Hubley drew a self-portrait in her journal every day for the last decades of her life. Decades later, her daughter revisits specific memories and dreams, and considers a relationship altered by death. Music by Georgia Hubley.

  • Runtime:
    3:53 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Emily Hubley
  • Screenwriter:
    Emily Hubley

GRAB MY HAND: A Letter To My Dad

Animated Competition (Shorts) Drama

In this retelling of his dad's relationship with his best friend, GRAB MY HAND is Camrus Johnson’s gift to his grieving father and a message to all to cherish every second you have with the ones you love while you still can.

  • Runtime:
    5:08 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Camrus Johnson, Pedro Piccinini
  • Screenwriter:
    Camrus Johnson
  • Cast:
    Camrus Johnson, Eric Williams, Maaliyah Papillion

IrMaria

Animated Competition (Shorts) Shorts Animated Competition (Shorts)

With no electricity and a storm raging outside, a young girl named Mia and her mother Kierra, pass the time by reading a picture book. Mia frightened by the ominous storm is comforted and reassured by her mother. Worried about what might happen during the hurricane, Mia’s mother tries to lighten the mood. However, this joyful moment is halted abruptly. The door is blown open by the forces of the wind. Paralyzed in fear the mother looks at the storm directly as Mia tries to get her attention. The mother comes to her senses and rushes with Mia to the bathroom. Mia’s mom terrified by what she saw sits in the tub distressed and broken. Mia realizes that she needs to be strong for her mother and comforts her the same way she was comforted. This relaxes the mom and brings her back to good spirits. While looking at their bathroom door they hear a sound come from above them. Before Mia realizes, mom covers Mia to protect her. Mia opens her eyes and witnesses the roof being torn off. There is nowhere else to run.

  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Director:
    Christopher Lawrence

Season

Animated Competition (Shorts) Animated Competition (Shorts) Shorts

A procession of men in white clothing walk a young woman in a strange procession. In this obscure landscape, a perpetual biological universe will transform her body.

  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Director:
    Giovanna Lopalco

There Were Four of Us

Animated Competition (Shorts) Fantasy Dream Surreal

In a room, there are four people.

  • Runtime:
    6:47 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    United States
  • Director:
    Cassie Shao
  • Cast:
    Cassie Shao, Joseph O'Malley

Waters of March

Animated Competition (Shorts) Narrative

Waters of March is the classic written by Tom Jobim and performed by jazz singer Stacey Kent. The delicately rendered animated drawings move at a rollicking pace transitioning back and forth from real to abstract images telling the everchanging story of loss and hope.

  • Runtime:
    3:35 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    Canada
  • Director:
    Elizabeth Lewis
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