Here there are the official selected films for the upcoming edition of the BUtiful Film Festival for the Animation category*. We would like to thank all filmmakers that entered the Festival this year and congratulate to all of them for the amazing work they have produced! See you all the 22nd of November in Kimmeridge House at Bournemouth University for the screening of the Animation films!
1. 850 METERS (Belgium) - Directed by Joeri Christiaen (Website: )
Synopsis: A not-so-brave knight is on a quest for Fame and Fortune - legend says rescuing a princess is the way to go. And in those same fairy tales, there's only one way to slay the dragon that hold the fair lady captive : find the invincible sword. To reach his goal, the knight is ready to go far. Maybe even as far as 850 meters..
2. THE HUNGRY CORPSE (United Kingdom) - Directed by Gergely Wootsch (Website: )
Synopsis: A short tale set in London's bustling, yet desolate Trafalgar Square about an ancient, rather hungry Corpse anda Pigeon. Voiced by Bill Nighy ('Love Actually', 'Pirates of the Caribbean') and Stephen Mangan ('Green Wing') the film is a tale of companionship but also, a textural imprint of a dark, monochrome London from the perspective of a still, solitary protagonist. Produced as part of the first year of the Collabor8te short film funding scheme, The Hungry Corpse is a result of a fond collaboration between scriptwriter James Pout and Royal College of Art alumni animator Gergely Wootsch. The film was produced by Beakus in London and is expected to screen at festivals throughout 2013.
3. THE NIGHT LIGHT MONSTER (Luxembourg) - Directed by Nicola Coppack (Website: )
Synopsis: A young girl is haunted by the dark in her bedroom and pulled into an imaginary world. She unexpectedly awakens the Night light monster who helps her overcome her fears.
4. TULE LAKE (United States) - Directed by Michelle Ikemoto (Website: )
Synopsis: During the Japanese American internment of World War II, a woman held at the Tule Lake segregation camp with her family leaves her barracks one winter night ] In the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II, over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were, by government order, forcibly relocated to internment camps across the country. Surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers, the Tule Lake "segregation center" in northern California was the largest of such camps and did not close until after the war. Set in the winter of 1943 after martial law was imposed on the camp, "Tule Lake" is an animated short film about perseverance, based on the true story of one internee and her actions one night.
5. GERDAS VEJ (France) - Directed by J r my Pailler (Website: )
Synopsis: A long time ago, the Devil built a mirror with maleficent powers : each thing reflected in it looked ugly and distorted. When the mirror was accidentally broken on Earth, millions of evil pieces infected people's hearts and souls. One day, one of these pieces lodged itself in the heart of an innocent young boy. He became presumptuous and mocking, leaving his best friend behind, a little girl named Gerda. He didn't enjoy the beauty of simple things anymore. Seing in him a being like her, the Snow Queen came to the little boy and took him with her. Gerda will search for her friend everywhere and will learn many life lessons on the way. "Gerdas Vej" is a variation on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen.
6. LA NUIT AM RICAINE D'ANG LIQUE (France) - Directed by Joris Clertand Pierre-Emmanuel Lyet (Website: )
Synopsis: When she saw Fran ois Truffaut'sLa nuit Am ricaine / Day For NightAngelique discovered that it was possible to dream up her life. To feel like Nathalie Baye, to get her father's admiration, to chose an inexplicable job, as so much prospects opened up by this movie. It would have taken some years to the young woman, to understand that cin ma doesn't resolve all issues even if it opens to huge pleasure of freedom.
7. STRANGE FRUIT (Israel) - Directed by Hili Noy
Synopsis: The daily routine of father and son is interrupted by an encounter of an unfamiliar boy, different from them in color. An allegory to racism as an acquired cultural epidemic, the story discusses the question of personal conscience versus education and environment. Can we really insist on our personal belief system, when what we must believe in, is dictated to us?The film presents how easily we acquire fear and hatred of foreigners, as well as how easily we might become the "strangers" and "others" ourselves.
8.(WHY CAN'T YOU JUST SEE ME) (Greece) - Directed by Eleni Tomadaki
Synopsis: A lifetime attempt to find the perfect way to express oneself, in order to be seen by another one.
9. SECCHI (NERDS) (Italy) - Directed by Edoardo Natoli
Synopsis: This is the story of Gianenzo: First place in national chess, drawing, singing, arithmetic, piano and chemistry, all tied with his arch enemies Luigifausta and Pancraziomaria. The examination of fifth grade is upon us. Who will win the scepter of class nerd?
10. O SOLID RIO N O QUER SOLID O (Brazil) - Directed by Carlon Hardt and LucasFernandes (Website: )
Synopsis: The project 3 Music Video - 1 Short Film is a proposal unheard of perform three music videos, three artists different, which together form a short film. Performed using different animation techniques (2D traditional, rotoscoping and stopmotion), 3 Music Video- 1 Short Movie unites The songs The House is Yours, Arnaldo Antunes, I Remember, Fernanda Takai partnership with Andy Summers (The Police) and Sock Ball, Marble Milton Nascimento. Although not forming a traditional story, with a beginning, middle and end. The three music videos reveals fragments of the same story, sewn through common elements, and main: the main character and his home. While Sock Ball, Marble tells the history of the relationship of a father and his son, I Remember shows the situation of a love Platonic, and in The House is Yours illustrates symbolically the feeling of longing. At the end, who's who in this story, what came before, what came after and why of many things are the responsibility of the viewer to interpret.
11. BRENVILLE'S ANIMATED LONDON SKETCHBOOK (United Kingdom) - Directed by Nathan Brenville (Website: )
Synopsis: I wanted to make a film using the material in my sketchbook (which focuses on my favourite places in London, but is interspersed with little bits of explanations, comments and comic-book scenes). The challenge was to find a way of transferring this to the screen, providing a narrative structure whilst maintaining the emphasis on location drawing and the diversity of places in London. I decided the best way to do this was to explain the reason I started keeping the sketchbook in the first place, using a cartoon caricature of myself as the central character. I was keen to have a hand drawn aesthetic to the project, and to mix the styles as much as possible to fit in with the variety found in my sketchbooks. There is traditional pencil animation, pen and ink, cutout, Flash, and TV Paint. Because of the amount of material in my sketchbook, and trying to cover the whole of London, I felt it best to make this film the 'starting point', or introduction, in a planned series of shorts. I have already scripted future episodes; one on the history of St James Park, and another on Crystal Palace.
12. YOU WERE SO PRECIOUS (France) - Directed by Mi-Young BAEK (Website: )
Synopsis: A poetic animated short film about lost belongings: There is an underground world, different from the world that ordinary people live in. Things that have been forgotten float down to this world, where Dong-Ja and two rabbits live. They are the first and the last beings to listen to the stories told by the forgotten items. One day, a strange glass bottle floats down to this world. There is a letter in the bottle, and Dong-Ja decides to return it to the owner.
13. HANDI & V (United States) - Directed by Fenway Fan (Website: )
Synopsis: After grandma Handi passed away, grandpa V lived in sadness. One day he finds a picture missing from their photo album, he started either his illusions or a wander journey through time capsules
14. LAYA (Brazil) - Directed by Juliana Machado (Website: )
Synopsis: In a imaginary world, many characters where created based on musical instruments. Together they form other characters and build the conflict on the turbulent search search for itself.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FILMS LIST IS PURELY RANDOM AND THEREFORE DOESN'T REFLECT A SPECIFIC NUMERIC/JUDGING ORDER.