Short Film: IN A HEARTBEAT, 4min., USA, Animation/LGBT

Iahb officialposter smallerA closeted boy runs the risk of being outed by his own heart after it pops out of his chest to chase down the boy of his dreams.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Romantic Comedy, Romance, Animation, LGBTQ
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color
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Director Biography – Bobby Pontillas, Andrew Chesworth (ONE SMALL STEP)

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Bobby Pontillas went to see Disney’s animated film Tarzan in 1999 and was blown away by the groundbreaking visuals. Since then, Bobby has been determined to make an impact in the animation industry, and is committed to share his unlimited energy and infectiously positive perspective to every project. Bobby brings a wealth of artistic experience, having worked on a slew of productions at Blue Sky and Disney, he inspires the crew to expand their artistic horizons on a daily basis. Bobby hopes to steward an era of change to the visual styles of modern cinema.

Andrew Chesworth grew up passionate about drawing, reading, music, and movies. Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit made a definitive impression on Andrew for its quintessential movie magic. Chesworth’s love for both the liberal arts and the visual arts defined his decision to pursue a career in animation. His diverse experiences directing short films and commercials in CG, 2D, and stopmotion, as well as many years animating for Disney, define his broad artistic taste. Chesworth believes that stories worth telling can inspire people of any culture or background.

Director Statement

“One Small Step is a thank you to my mother, Corazon Pontillas, who supported me in my pursuit of being an artist. All of us here at Taiko have worked hard to chase a dream, but none of that would’ve been possible without the support of our family and friends. My mother came to the United States from the Philippines to make her dreams happen, and that’s inspired me more than she knows to persist after mine, even if I wasn’t always the most grateful son. It was the honor of my life to get to work with the Taiko crew and tell our stories. I consider them both friends and family that supported me to live this dream.” -Bobby Pontillas

“One Small Step is our love letter to everyone who chased that impossible dream, and the family that supported them through it. Our story follows the relationship between Luna, a young Chinese American girl who aspires to be an astronaut, and her hardworking immigrant father. We wanted to reflect on the real and personal costs of Luna’s ambitions. Her relationships to her goals and her father change as life presents new realities. Dreams that seed in our hearts when we are young take on new meaning with experience and age. That core sentiment has defined my deep connection to this film. I’m so thankful to have been on this journey with such a sincere group of artists and dreamers. Luna’s story is filled with the rich life experiences of the talented, diverse team here at Taiko Studios. We are thrilled to share it with the world!” – Andrew Chesworth

Short Film: ONE SMALL STEP, 8min., USA, Animation

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What does it take to achieve your dreams? An ambitious young girl endeavors to realize her aspiration of becoming an astronaut with the support of her humble father.

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Short Film: BROKEN DREAMS, 3min., UK, Animation

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Sal hopes will power, imagination, and music can bring her and her father’s dreams to life. Sadly, it’s all just a mirage in the desert.

  • Film Type:
    Animation, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 13, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: BARELY THERE, 2min., USA, Animation

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A baby polar bear searches for his missing mother, while a force much colder than the frozen tundra searches for him.

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  • Film Type:
    Animation, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Animation, Climate Change, Animals
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: EXPIRATION DATE, 4min., USA, Animation

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A poetic story about searching for an unexpired romance, a mélange of sexy fantasy and innocent love.

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