Director BIO: Koji Yamamura

Born in 1964, Koji started working on animated films as an amateur, at the age of 13. During the 1990s, he explored various styles and techniques while working mainly on films for children. Nominated at the Oscars for Best Animated Short, “Mt. Head” marked a turning point, leading him to join the world’s most renowned… Continue reading Director BIO: Koji Yamamura

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Short Film: POLAR BEAR BEARS BOREDOM, 7min., Japan, Animation

A polar bear who is very bored with various marine animals in the deep blue sea.It continues an ancient tradition of “Caricatures of Frolicking animals” in scroll painting-style; this time, “Frolicking Sea Animals,” in animation form, with a play on Japanese and English language word-plays: “Hokyoku-Guma Suggoku Hima. / Polar bear bears boredom”, “Kawauso Kawaisou.… Continue reading Short Film: POLAR BEAR BEARS BOREDOM, 7min., Japan, Animation

Director BIO: Yifan Jiang (THANKS AGAIN!)

Born in China in 1995. Received bachelor’s degree from Jiangnan University,School of Digital Media,Department of animation in 2018. From April 2020, Studying animation in the master course of Kyoto University of the Arts, Department of Graphic Design. Director Statement In the Showa era, it was common to see vending machine corners offering udon, soba, burgers,… Continue reading Director BIO: Yifan Jiang (THANKS AGAIN!)

Short Film: THANKS AGAIN!, 5min., Japan, Animation

Each character symbolises a tone and appears in front of the vending machines common in the Showa era, forming a melody from memory. As the music ends and people leave, the lone owner says “thanks again” once more.

Short Film: DOWN WITH GOLIATH, 3min., Animation

In this animated short film against the backdrop of a 1990’s Chicago Southside, an adolescent (nameless) black girl is educated by her southern grandmother on the sacrifices that it takes to survive as a woman in their violent, crack infused environment. With her grandmother’s mobster-esque support and a sawed-off rifle in a Malboro duffle bag,… Continue reading Short Film: DOWN WITH GOLIATH, 3min., Animation

Director BIO: Dovi Keich (GRUF AND ME)

Born in 1968 in Jerusalem.Graduated from the Bezalel academy in 1995 with a B des. degree in Visual Communications.Graduated from the Digital Media Program, The School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University in 2021 with a MFA. degree in VFX.Lives in Tel Aviv with my wife and two children.

Director BIO: Jack Tenbusch (SYMBIONIC)

Majoring in Traditional Animation, Jack Tenbusch is a senior at Columbia College Chicago set to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in December 2021. Having been raised on video games, movies, and TV series that always taught him to think imaginatively, Jack pursued animation as his calling in life and major field of study. After finishing his… Continue reading Director BIO: Jack Tenbusch (SYMBIONIC)