Director BIO: Bismark Fernandes (EXPEND)

Director Biography – Bismark Fernandes

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Bismark Fernandes is a stop-motion filmmaker and designer from a Goa, India. He completed his M.F.A in Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently residing in New York.
Bismark has over three years of experience in designing and creating animated content for Television. He is well versed with various styles of animation with stop-motion being closest to his heart. What draws him towards this handmade art form is that it is tangible with subtle imperfections that makes it unique.

Director Statement

Humans constantly utilize or exploit resources that are available to us. The term resource is used in a general sense, as it can be related to food, water, raw materials or fuel. We use it as a necessity, to survive or use it excessively as a luxury to bring comfort.

The film “Expend” portrays the human tendency to exploit resources for our petty desires. In the story, the character acquires this energy by bringing harm to other creatures in the process. The human character in the film does not feel remorse or guilt for his actions as this is part of his daily routine.

The idea is not to condemn the use of our resources but to think of its source before wasting it.

The medium of stop-motion was chosen to complement the idea of the story. Stop-motion is tactile and tangible. Everything on the other side of the screen is relatable and real. It pushes the boundaries of story telling by connecting with the audience on a personal level.


Short Film: EXPEND, 3min., USA, Sci-Fi/Animation


Aced9d4e0c posterA stop-motion film about a man’s endless hunt for elusive energy sources in a decaying world.

News & Reviews
  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 7, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital SLR
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:

Director Biography – Shwenn Shunya Chang

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Shwenn (Shun-ya Chang) is a motion graphics and multimedia designer based in New York who has reinvented himself as a “multidimensional” designer. Shwenn graduated from the MFA Computer Art Program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 2017. He received his MS degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 2012, focusing on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

Shwenn utilizes multiform digital techniques in tandem with his style of design and storytelling. He combines humor, 3D techniques, graphics, illustration, texture, vivid colors and varied technologies to convey his messages for clients. And that range of approaches applies to his own work as well. He recently completed a personal film titled, “Expiration Date,” a motion graphics animation that integrates 2D and 3D media.

Director Statement

As a storyteller, filmmaking is the way to present my own truth to others.

No matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, etc, “What is Love?” is the universal question for everyone. For me, opening an unexpired can seems like the beginning of a love relationship. When the relationship is over, the can has expired. However, when is the expiration date? We never know the answer before we fall in love. Should we be afraid to love or be loved? Therefore, I decided to find my own answers through this poem, through this film.

Expiration Date is a short, poetic motion graphics animated film. It developed with the existence of long lasting, romantic relationships and the attitudes we assume when approaching love. The story is about main character, S, who seeks a love with an unlimited expiration date in an Amour store. S provides one unique, compelling perspective from how to receive lasting love after his journey. And that’s the story about, the belief behind the story.

Ultimately I want Expiration Date to be like a true love for audience–– something you’ll feel deeply and won’t ever forget. It never EXPIRES.

Director Biography – Max Mörtl, Robert Löbel

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In 2008 Robert and Max met at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg while studying illustration and communication design. At that time they collaborated on several experimental animation projects and somehow got addicted to animation. Now living in Berlin, Robert is working as an independent filmmaker and animator specialized in 2D animation. Max is based in Munich now, working as an animator and director focused on stop motion animation and music visualization. From time to time they join their forces to create weird animations.




Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival poster01, 7min., Germany, Experimental/Animation

festival posterSTAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterOH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video

festival posterOH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

The theme of the June 2018 ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto was “Innocence Lost”. Every single film was about characters who lost their idealism.

These types of festivals bring on a whole new crowd and with that an entirely new conversation in the feedback section. These are divisive films that many times attempt to make a social or political commentary on the world.

In the other festivals, the conversation is more about the storytelling – the plots and characters in the films we present. With the Animation & Experimental Festival the discussions lean more towards the thematics and overall points of the film. The subtext and emotions. How is makes us feel!

So if an audience member would go to our Comedy Festival for example on week, an then this festival the next week, they would think we are at a different venue or city.

I like these festivals. The event and films always makes me think days afterward. It stays with me for a long time. I keep going back to the films and what was said.

There is SO much talent out there. It’s amazing actually. Whatever we can do to help get more people to see these films.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

MAY 2018 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

Submit your Animation Story to the Festival Today:

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation</td

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch