Short Film: WINTER’S BLIGHT, 13min., New Zealand, Animation

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Winter’s Blight tells the story of an elderly man called Bill who lives alone in an isolated hut in Central Otago, New Zealand. Spring should have arrived but the winter will not relent. It is freezing and Bill has run out of firewood which he relies on for all his heating and cooking. He has cut down all of the trees on his small plot and now must cut down the one remaining tree (a large pine tree that he planted with his father as a child). Bill gets gradually more exhausted and confused, not being able to focus on his immediate task, till eventually he passes out from Hypothermia. As he drift towards his death Bill feels the warmth of his memories and the heat of a fire that may revive him.

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Short Film: WATERS OF MARCH, 3min., Canada, Animation

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Waters of March is the classic written by Tom Jobim and performed by jazz singer Stacey Kent. The delicately rendered animated drawings move at a rollicking pace transitioning back and forth from real to abstract images telling the everchanging story of loss and hope.