Director Biography – KAIFU LIU (THE METAMORPHOSIS)

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I’ve been studying animation for 6 years. I believe it’s important to think about what art can bring us. The animation is a perfect medium, which includes multi expressions, to show sophisticated things, such as emotions, humanities, environment, and even some expectation about the future. That’s why I’m so fascinated by animation, and I hope I can continue studying in this field in the future.

Director Biography – Björn Granberg Ahlmark (ART IS ANGST)

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I am a 54 year old teacher who works at Cybergymnasiet in Stockholm. I teach animation and other similar courses. My students use software like Photoshop, After Effects, Animate, Maya and more.
During my free time I´ve been working on my own 3d animation “Art is Angst”, which I hope you will like.
I have 2 beautiful children, a boy of 12 and a girl of 15 years. And I´m married since 3 years.
I have always been interested in animation, and by the year 2000 I attended a 3d animation education for 2 years (“Graphic Studio”).

Short Film: ART IS ANGST, 5min., Sweden, Animation

 

F67ef93f5e posterIts about a frustrated artist, trying to make a painting from a model. He comes up with a distinct solution.

  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 22, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Sweden
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director Biography – Nikki Chapman (MELTED)

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My name is Nikki Chapman and I am a 23 year old animator from South Bend, Indiana. My mother is a doctor and my dad is an art teacher and puppeteer, so I grew up in a household where creativity and hard work were encouraged. As a kid I constantly drew comics and passed them around the classroom. Originally, I wanted to be a comic book artist, but when I saw the film ParaNorman in high school, I dedicated my life to animation. I went to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a year then transferred to Ringling for Computer Animation in 2016.

Director Statement

My philosophy is to create the art I want to see in the world. I described “Melted” as the film I wanted to make since I was a kid. It shows that even an adorable, innocent little girl can have secret anxieties she’s dealing with inside. Growing up, I struggled a lot with anxiety and fear of death. “Melted” helped me confront those difficult feelings. It is a love letter to everything I’m a fan of- horror movies, stop motion, trippy animation, the color pink, ice cream, poetry, and more. I’m interested in combining the things I love to create something new.

Director Biography – Tomás Welss Barkan (MAGIC DREAM)

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Tomás Welss is an animator, visual artist and professor. His animated filmography offers a critical vision of human nature, full of dark humor and original usage of color. His work has earned him awards and recognition around the world, showcasing his talents at film festivals such as Toulouse, Biarritz, Amiens, Zagreb, Fribourg, Monterrey, Huesca, Palm Spring, Chicago, Los Angeles, Rome, Cartagena, La Habana, Rio de Janeiro and Guadalajara. He studied Design at the Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He specialized in animation cinema at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste Stuttgart where he worked with Heinz Edelmann, art director of the animation film “Yellow Submarine” by The Beatles. Since 2000 he works as a professor in different Universities in Chile and has teached workshops in Belgium, Cuba, Colombia, Spain, Germany, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Egypt, Mexico among others.

Short Film: MAGIC DREAM, 11min., Chili, Animation

Cbbec823d6 posterA magician wants to convince with his magic and brilliance, but his capability exceeds the limits of his own control, leading him to a show full of violence and abuse.

News & Reviews

Director Biography – Fiona Bavinton (JE NE REGRETT RIEN)

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When Fiona was nine, she wanted a horse. She made one out of rolled up newspaper, placed her favourite bear in the saddle and under guidance from her father, used a standard eight camera and made a stop motion animation of her horse winning the Melbourne Cup.

Not long after this a Sinclair ZX80 computer arrived in the house and so began a lifelong fascination with film, technology and storytelling.

As a teenager, when asked what she wanted to do “when she grew up”, she replied cryptically “A philosopher film maker”. She holds Masters degrees in Criminology and Computer Science (Virtual Reality) and is currently undertaking a PhD in authoring for multi-platform storytelling at the Arts University Bournemouth, so she is well on the way to achieving that goal.

Fiona Bavinton is a credited filmmaker with credits as writer, director, cinematographer, and editor. She is an artist, a social scientist, a technologist, a story teller. With recent developments in machine learning, graphics cards and real-time rendering she is pushing the narrative possibilities of technology.

Director Statement

The struggle between people and power is the struggle between memory and nostalgia…

Writing of his inspiration for his famous painting “The Scream”, Edvard Munch said in his diary:

“Nice 22 January 1892
One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.”

I sense a scream passing through nature: Covid-19; self-isolation; Far Right/Far Left; more deaths of black men women and children; ‘fake news’; 5G conspiracies; the ongoing climate crisis; Twitter rants; ‘them’ vs ‘us’… In a socially distanced email, we were innocently asked “In lockdown, what do you miss?” The sender answered their own question: “A cold beer in the beer garden of the local pub on a warm summer’s evening.”

Much to our surprise this seemingly innocuous and wistful comment caused an almost violently visceral response. Nothing! We miss nothing! We don’t want to go back! Covid-19, far right/left, more black deaths, more fake news, 5G conspiracies, the ongoing climate crisis, Twitter rants, them vs us… No! We can do better than entertaining nostalgia.

What’s wrong with nostalgia? It is made from the Greek “nostos” meaning return or home and “algos” meaning pain – a sickness for the loss of home, homesickness or a feeling of homelessness. The philosopher Martin Heidegger interprets homelessness as a symptom of the oblivion of being.

What about the uses and abuses of memory we experience in contemporary society? Nostalgia is a favourite strategy; for example linking our approach to dealing with Covid 19 in terms of the ‘Blitz Spirit’. Obligating us to feel nostalgia, to occlude the fundamental structures and values that perpetuate a state of subordination based on, amongst other things, a meme of martial hegemony – the war against the virus, the war on terrorism, the war on drugs.

Our “exceptionalist” response? Like Conan Doyle’s Professor Challenger whose visceral desire demanded that the Earth recognise him, we want to make the Earth scream.

“Je ne regrette rien” can be loosely translated as “I have no regrets” or “I regret nothing”. There are nuances that we think are important.

‘I have no regrets’ directly reflects our discomfort with nostalgia. We do not hold the past as a “golden era”. Nostalgia can be a trap that prevents us from looking forward. It is an unwelcomed distortion of memory; a diversionary tactic.

‘I regret nothing’ is socially more problematic for us as it can be used as an abrogation of responsibility in as much as we can look at an issue such as slavery and argue that it is a historical event for which we cannot be held responsible. In doing so we distance ourselves from responsibility for the signs and structures that originated then but that we have allowed, often unquestioningly, to persist. Today and tomorrow we are responsible for those.

“Je ne regrette rien” is our scream. Please, can we put our screens to one side, look each other in the eye, acknowledge our collective humanity and offer an elbow bump of friendship.

Short Film: JE NE REGRETT RIEN, 4min., UK, Animation/Experimental

 

1bd2e70b91 posterJe ne regrette rien is an animated contemplation on nostalgia, made during Covid-19 lockdown in the UK.

In a surreal landscape, dominated by a huge screen, ordinary people dance the dances of everyday life, dulled by the call to nostalgia.

In a week in which VE day celebrations collided with Black Lives Matter protests we began to question the persistence of nostalgia as a form of social control.

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