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5 mètres 80 (2013)

5 mètres 80 is the creation of French animator Nicolas Deveux. Known for his skill in creating realistic and lifelike animations of animals, Deveux took a year and a half to create this mesmerising short featuring high-diving giraffes. Their graceful movements are soothing to watch, and the hyper-realistic rendering is impressive. Unsurprisngly, it won numerous […]

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Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

Created by Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski (Clyde Henry Productions). Madame Tutli-Putli is a 17-minute stop-motion animated short film about a woman taking a train journey. We don’t know where she’s going or why, but she has a fantastical and often terrifying ride, encountering all types of outlandish and menacing characters along the way. The film has a truly […]

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Metachaos (2011)

Created by Alessandro Bavari Music by Jeff Ensign aka Evolution Noise Slave Metachaos, by ‘Digital Artist’ Alessandro Bavari, is more like 8 minutes of visual and sonic art than a short film. Intense, overwhelming and immersive, it uses state of the art camerawork and CGI special effect technology to create what could be seen as a […]

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This Land is Mine (2014)

This Land is Mine is a remarkable animation set to a song in the style of a musical by artist Nina Paley. Beginning with the very first settlers in the land over time variously named Canaan, The Levant, Israel and Palestine, we see a succession of warriors and colonialists laying claim to what has proved […]

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The Machine (2010)

Directed by Rob Shaw Animated by Rob Shaw and Sarah Hulin (Bent Image Lab animation studio) The Machine is a story about a mechanical being built and released into the world by a bored human. Like a malevolent Pinnochio, greedy with power, the Machine takes everything he finds, destroying obstacles and people along the way. […]

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Sebastian’s Voodoo (2008)

Created by animator Joaquin Baldwin Music by Nick Fevola Sebastien’s Voodoo is the brief tale of one courageous voodoo doll in a collection, who decides to save his other imprisoned friends from the gruesome fate which awaits them at the hands of their (human?) tormentor. A dark, dark story with a bright ending, this superbly executed […]

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The Sinners – Los Pecadores (2007)

Created by Pablo Polledri Music by David Simons Los Pecadores, or The Sinners, is a short animation by Argentinian director and animator Pablo Polledri about the seven deadly sins. The Pecadores are represented as characters acting out their natures as they are all thrown together in a lord of the flies type situation. They interact […]

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Miracle of Flight (1974)

Written and directed by Terry Gilliam. Terry Gilliam, who began his career as a cartoonist, was part of the Monty Python team and his animations characterised the shows, appearing as vignettes in between sketches. The image of a huge foot coming down to crush everything is a well-known one, and typical of the surrealist style […]

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Astigmatismo (2013)

Created by Nicolai Troshinsky Music by Shogun Kunitoki Sound design by Pierre Sauze Character design by Gina Thorstensen Background design by Cecilia Ramieri Astigmatismo by Spanish filmmaker Nicolai Troshinsky is a stunning short film about – you got it – astigmatism. Beginning with the moment a boy’s glasses are taken from him as a prank, […]

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El Empleo – The Employment (2011)

Directed by Santiago ‘Bou’ Grasso Written by Patricio Plaza Animated by Santiago Grasso and Patricio Plaza Production company: Opusbou El Empleo is a wonderfully crafted, imaginative short about (in a nutshell) work. The film is somewhat surrealist, showing humans replacing everyday household items – and even machines, cars, elevator doors. The world of El Empleo […]

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