DC Shorts Film Festival

September 7–16, 2018

Animation

Weekends

Animation • United States • 15 minutes

Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream like moments mix with the domestic realities of a broken up family in this hand animated film set in 1980’s Toronto.

Weeds

Animation • United States • 3 minutes

Weeds tells the story of a dandelion, rooted on the wrong side of the driveway in a barren yard surrounded by dry dirt and dead grass. Just across the concrete lies another yard, where the sprinklers spray water endlessly, and the greener grass holds the promise of a better life. While watching helplessly as its fellow weeds wither away and die, the dandelion faces a decision: take action or suffer the same fate.

Tweet-Tweet

Animation • Russia • 11 minutes

Our life is like walking on a tightrope. In times we are scared or lost we lose balance. When we are happy and excited we forget we walk on a rope. We can even fly! Main characters are girl Luba and her friend Sparrow. Silly Sparrow doesn’t know fear. By playing with him Luba forgets her she is on a rope.

The Mud

Animation • United States • 6 minutes

A self reflection on the relationship between race, heritage, and stereotype, “The Mud” tells the story of a clay figure who struggles against outside forces that seek to overtake and disfigure his very essence. Through dance and movement, he strives to understand and find himself.

The Likes And Dislikes Of Marj Bagley

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 14 minutes

In this innovative documentary, a family recreates itself using stop-motion animation. The film tells the lifelong struggle of Marj, the matriarch of the Bagley clan, to find happiness. Marj battles infidelity, broken noses, dysfunctional relationships, giant birds, and a fateful game of cards with her grandchildren. Through a combination of interviews and recreations, her family reflects on the legacy of a woman who they realize they may not understand.

The Driver Is Red

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 15 minutes

Set in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

Space Butthole

AnimationSci-Fi • United States • 8 minutes

In the annals of mankind, we will realize that humans have been mistreating Mother Nature for far too long. It was only a matter of time before the universe blasted back. Please join us in experiencing a warning from the deepest bowels of the galaxy. Can humanity squeeze out a solution before it goes to pot? Don’t stall to find out!

Reverie

AnimationFantasy • United States • 5 minutes

A girl dreams of the way she wishes the world could be… or perhaps the way the world already is.

Opening Night

AnimationMusical • United States • 5 minutes

A man reflects on formative conflicts from his past with optimism, humor, and gratitude… with a musical twist. Look within…then dance it out.

Oculus Malus

Animation • France • 5 minutes

A crazy scientist creates special glasses in order to examine some little creatures that are invisible to human eyes. These creatures may just explain a good proportion of our little daily annoyances.

Nevada

Animation • United States • 12 minutes

In this stop-motion animated comedy, a young couple’s romantic weekend getaway is interrupted by a birth control mishap.

Little Fiel

AnimationDocumentary • Mozambique • 16 minutes

Guns are not killers. They are pieces of metal that can be reassembled into anything, including a little boy, a bird or a rose. Just as they make them, we can unmake them, one by one.

For A Better Life

AnimationDocumentary • United States • 10 minutes

Sold for $100 at the age of 5, Fekri suffers through years of abuse before his plight is discovered. After almost a year of hospitalization and therapy Fekri moves into a group home where he finds support, mentorship, and eventual forgiveness towards the family which sold him.

Creature From The Lake

Animation • France • 5 minutes

In the 80s, a manly and experienced monster hunter hero of a low-budget TV show, followed by his fat cowardly camerawoman go to a remote lake on the night of a full moon, when mysterious disappearances tend to occur

Camille (Quand J’ai Remplace Camille)

Animation • France • 7 minutes

Laure must replace a deceased swimmer in the relay swim team. The qualifiers are near and the team worries about their chances at winning; the grief and stress pushes Laura to obsess over the one she replaces, Camille.

A Beautiful Villain’s Greed

Animation • United States • 2 minutes

Inspired by Wynton Marsalis’ 2007 Jazz release ‘Supercapitalism’. The film combines bright visuals and the upbeat music to show someone consumed with the art of consumption, and how this beautiful villain takes her addiction to retail to menacing new heights.

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