BEST ANIMATION: Ethereal Shift
BEST FILM: The Secret of Mr. Nostoc
BEST DIRECTION: Us
BEST MUSIC: I am Odd
SEE THE FULL LINEUP OF FILMS:
ETHEREAL SHIFT, 6min., USA, Experimental
“Ethereal Shift” is a stream of consciousness, clay animated film documenting a struggle for understanding amidst an ever changing landscape.
THE SECRET OF MR. NOSTOC, 11min., Fantasy
Mr. Nostoc lives in an hectic city. Not stressed or pressed by time, he goes to work, and always has a new surprise under his hat. When night comes, he goes into his attic and stays there for hours. Working on his secret.
US, 5min., Portugal, Stop Motion
“Us” is a short film of animation which mixes several Stop Motion techniques, proposing a journey through the conflicted human condition. War, loneliness, nature, crossings, fallen dreams are some of the recurring aspects in this animated poem on paper.
I AM ODD, 4min., UK, Music Video
Benjamin Giroux, a 10 year old autistic boy from New York, wrote a poem called “I Am Odd” for a school project. The poem went viral and It inspired this song using Ben’s lyrics. A talented young 2D animator, Rory Russell, was approached to tell Ben’s story in a simple animated music video to help raise autistic acceptance.
PLASTIC VOICES, 4min., Spain, Romance/Experimental
A boy a girl, two cats and a plastic cocktail bag. Or how to love someone misscomunicating.
ANYWAY, 13min, Italy, Romance/Drama
A woman has lost the thread of her existence, has the feeling of losing touch with reality, experiences the fear of not regaining a full and coherent sense of self, risking irreversible disorientation.
ENDLESS SUMMER, 2min., Netherlands, Music Video
STUDIO SELVEDGE made the fashion film trying to capture that feeling of endless summer where you feel limitless happiness with your friends. Nothing but good is before you. And after a dark, doomed covid-19 winter this felt like a message of hope and happiness.
WAYOB, 7min., Mexico, Experimental
The Maya believe we each have a spirt-animal companion. The ancient Maya called it their “Way” (pronounced ‘why’) and the Maya today call it “Nahual”. “Wayob” is the plural form of way, a Mayan word which means “sleep”. Animal transformation is a mystical aspect of meso-american culture which references both the light and dark sides of human nature. In Yucatec Maya, it denotes a person who can transform into an animal while asleep. In this film, we are introduced to three characters who abstractly tell a story of transformation through connecting to the animal spirit in an abandoned hacienda outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.