Program
87 minutes
Unclassified 18+

A tasting platter of the best animations from around the world.

Animation Shorts presents the full spectrum of the past year in independent animation. From the bold to the bright, this program showcases a wide expanse of styles and techniques. Highlights include the Berlinale winning Genius Loci by Adrien Mérigeau in which an eventful night in Paris is captured through masterfully crafted imagery, and a new animation from Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Dev Patel in a special hometown screening of Roborovski. For the experimental lovers the program also includes Crab, from Iranian animator Shiva Sadeghasadi, in which an unnerving portrait of a young boy is created through individual oil pastel images. These stellar shorts screen with Symbiosis by Nadja Andrasev, YOLO Crystal Fantasy Planet Horoscope by Michael Cusack, Hudson Geese by Bernardo Britto, Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu and My Galactic Twin Galaction by Sasha Svirsky, in an all-star cast of animations curated by local animator Emma Hough Hobbs.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts, Short Film Programs

Screens with: Crab

Director: Shiva Sadegh Asadi
2020
Iran
11 minutes
Unclassified 18+

From Iranian animator Shiva Sadeghasadi, Crab is animated through individual oil pastel images presenting an unnerving portrait of a young boy who longs for acceptance.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language Farsi
Subtitles English
Director Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Producer Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children & Young Adults
Screenwriters Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Cinematographer Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Editor Mohammad Nasseri, Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Music Amir Pourkhalaji
Genre Art, Avant-garde, Independent, Surreal

Screens with: Genius Loci

Director: Adrien Mérigeau
2019
France
16 minutes
Unclassified 18+

The 2020 Berlinale winner for Best Short Animation, in which an eventful night in Paris is captured through masterfully crafted imagery.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language French
Subtitles English
Director Adrien Mérigeau
Producer Amaury Ovise
Screenwriters Adrien Mérigeau, Nicolas Pleskof
Cast Nadia Moussa, Georgia Cusack, Jina Djemba
Genre Fantasy

Screens with: Hudson Geese

Director: Bernardo Britto
2019
United States
5 minutes
Unclassified 18+

A charming goose shares his life story, speaking of his last migration and how the world has transformed. 

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Language English
Director Bernardo Britto
Producer Seth Nicholas Johnson
Screenwriters Bernardo Britto
Cast Bernardo Britto
Accolades Sundance, 2020
Genre Black Comedy, Environmental

Screens with: Kapaemahu

Director: Hinaleimoana Wong-kalu, Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer
2020
United States
11 minutes
Unclassified 18+

A special slice of Hawaiian culture, Kapeamahu tells the story of 4 magical stones on Waikiki beach, imbued with the power of transgender spirits. 

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts, Queer as Film
Language Hawaiian
Subtitles English
Director Hinaleimoana Wong-kalu, Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer
Producer Hinaleimoana, Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer
Music Dan Golden
Accolades Tribeca, Special Jury Mention, 2020
Genre History, Transgender

Screens with: My Galactic Twin Galaction

Director: Sasha Svirsky
2020
Russia
7 minutes
Unclassified 18+

Sasha Svirsky creates an elaborately organic narrative in this experimental collage of fantastical happenings.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Sasha Svirsky
Producer Alexander Gerasimov
Screenwriters Sasha Svirsky
Cinematographer Sasha Svirsky
Editor Sasha Svirsky
Music Alexey Prosvirnin
Genre Avant-garde

Screens with: Roborovski

Director: Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dev Patel
2020
Australia
14 minutes
Unclassified 18+

In this wickedly charming short set at a pet store, a dejected Roborovski hamster who just wants a forever home takes matters into its own hands…

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Premiere Hometown Screening
Language English
Director Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dev Patel
Producer Jomon Thomas, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dev Patel
Screenwriters John Collee, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dev Patel
Genre Action, Comedy

Screens with: Symbiosis

Director: Nadja Andrasev
2019
France, Hungary
13 minutes
Unclassified 18+

An evocative migration of envy. A wife stalks her husband to understand the women he’s cheating with. Grand jury award SXSW.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language No Dialogue
Director Nadja Andrasev
Producer Emmanuel-Alain Raynal, Pierre Baussaron, József Fulop, Orsolya Sipsos
Screenwriters Nadja Andrasev, Rita Domonyi
Editor Judit Czako
Music Mads Vadsholt
Genre Drama, Erotic

Screens with: YOLO Crystal Fantasy

Director: Michael Cusack
2020
Australia, United States
11 minutes
Unclassified 18+

Australian party girls Rachel and Sarah journey to Planet Horoscope. Sarah meets Capricorn, her own star sign, and decides to help her find a boyfriend.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Animation Shorts
Premiere Australian
Language English
Director Michael Cusack
Producer Michael Cusack, Mike Cowap
Screenwriters Michael Cusack, Greta Lee Jackson, Lena Moon
Cast Todor Manojlovic, Sarah Bishop
Genre Comedy