DC Shorts Film Festival

September 19-28, 2019

Animation

UNDER COVERS

AnimationComedy • United States • 7 MINUTES

On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. From a pigtailed psychopath to naughty nuns and everything in between, this stop motion animated film conjures a comforting thought: that weird is relative.

THE THWARTED

Animation • France • 16 MINUTES

We are all afraid. Afraid to speak, afraid to disappoint. Afraid for ourselves or for others. We do everything we can to overcome these fears, but for many of us, fear ultimately thwarts our efforts to express ourselves. These are the stories of the thwarted.

THE PHANTOM 52

AnimationSci-Fi • United States • 7 MINUTES

Loneliness is a trucker who calls out on his CB radio waiting for a reply that never comes; a ghost that haunts the deserted highways; and a whale that sings at a frequency no other whale can even hear.

THE FLOOD IS COMING

Animation • United Kingdom • 9 MINUTES

A forest hermit tries to prepare for a flood, but he becomes distracted by his noisy neighbour – who happens to be the hermit’s left eye. The Flood is Coming explores the growing anxiety about the state of nature, and our place in it.

THE FALL

AnimationExperimental • France • 14 MINUTES

As celestial beings descend to Earth vitiating its population, the world’s order unbalances. Initiated by these terms, a tragic fall leads to the parturition of crucial opposites: Hell and Heaven’s circles.

SWATTED

AnimationDocumentary • France • 21 MINUTES

Online players describe their struggles with “swatting”, a life-threatening cyber-harassment phenomenon that looms over them whenever they play. The events take shape through youtube videos and wireframe images from a video game.

REAL LETTER FROM CHARLES III

AnimationMusical • Spain • 3 MINUTES

Charles III of Spain wrote a letter to his parents explaining intimate details about his wedding night. This film reproduces and reimagines that letter as a reggaeton song.

MY GENERATION

AnimationExperimental • France • 8 MINUTES

Contemporary art, sports, religion, politics, finance, pornography. Explore the many opiates of the masses in a 8-min traveling shot that seeks to understand how an entire generation has been lobotomized.

LOST & FOUND

AnimationDrama • Australia • 7 MINUTES

A bumbling knitted dinosaur must unravel himself to save the love of his life.

KIDS

AnimationExperimental • Switzerland • 9 MINUTES

An animated short exploring group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal?

IMBUED LIFE

Animation • Croatia • 12 MINUTES

Imbued Life is a film about a young woman’s connection with the life force of nature. She uses her talent for taxidermy to “return” the animals to their natural habitat. However, the true search for the answers begins when she starts finding a roll of undeveloped film in each of the animals she treats. Her obsession drives her to seek the explanation of the connection she feels, haunting her dreams, as well as her waking moments.

HORS PISTE

AnimationComedy • France • 6 MINUTES

The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned…

GOOD INTENTIONS

AnimationThriller • United Kingdom • 9 MINUTES

After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things starts to happen…
A small thriller about people that are not always the best at making decisions.

GIRL IN THE HALLWAY

AnimationDrama • Canada • 10 MINUTES

Why does ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ give Jamie nightmares? It’s been 15 years, and the girl in the hallway haunts him still. This is a testament to locked doors. A lullaby sung by wolves with duct tape and polaroids. Not all girls make it out of the forest. Some stories children shouldn’t hear.

FLOREANA

AnimationDramaSci-Fi • Denmark • 4 MINUTES

On a remote island in the future, people are training for an important mission. Take a look at the mechanics of this training facility and the creatures within.

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