Best of International Student Animation I

A student animation programme does not mean amateur animation. Far from it. But because animated film-making is still a fairly underfinanced field, school is the best place for experimentation and self-discovery, testing one’s mettle and executing crazy ideas, as a result of which – believe it or not – student films can often seem fresher and more full of life than the masterworks from more established major studios. This programme was put together from the vanguard of world student animated films, including some deemed worthy of competition programmes.

Time/Place:
Journey to the Sunflowers Field

Voyage au champ de tournesols
France 2010
Director: Alexandre Siqueira
Producer: La Poudrière

Nicolas, a five year old boy, has an accident while playing with his kite.

Shattered Past

Shattered Past
Belgium 2011
Director: Sverlow Boris
Producer: Hogeschool Gent – KASK

A man is writing down his memoires. In the middle of this he suddenly suffers a stroke. This catapults him back into his childhood during the Russian revolution and his family's ensuing escape.

Vovô

Vovô
Brazil, Great Britain 2010
Director: Luiz Lafayette Stockler
Producer: University of Wales

He was bald with some liver spots on his head...

Nomads

Nomads
Great Britain 2011
Director: Tom Senior
Producer: Royal College of Art

Four travellers come to rest in a bountiful land where food is plentiful. They have the opportunity to live comfortably but rather than sustain the land they are overcome by an insatiable desire for more. This inherent human flaw leads to the eventual destruction of their newfound home and forces the travellers to move on in search of new pastures.

The Visit

Der Besuch
Germany 2010
Director: Conrad Tambour
Producer: Film Academy Baden-Württemberg

A tragicomical story about an old woman, who, to the horror of her son, is cooking up a meal in the middle of the night for her long-deceased friends. Fantasy, dream or reality? What is the difference? When people get old...

Crossed Sild

Crossed Sild
Norway 2010
Director: Ivana Bosnjak, Lea Vidakovic
Producer: Volda University College

Crossed Sild It is a story about a woman and a man whose life's and daily rituals are shaped by fear and illusions. They would be a perfect match and complete each other if they would ever get the chance to meet. Once it was almost about to happen…

House Wanders, Bird Water Full

Wandernd Haus voll Vogelwasser
Germany 2011
Director: Veronika Samartseva
Producer: University Of Film And Television

On a plunge into the inner world and a peculiar guest.

In Between Shadows

In Between Shadows
United States of America 2011
Director: Tianran Duan
Producer: University of Southern California

While the sunshine casts on buildings, either on walls, stairs or floors, shadows will appear and form infinite space and mysterious structures, a combination of memories, subconsciousness and past time.

Meian

Meian
Denmark 2010
Director: Maremi Watanabe
Producer: National Film School of Denmark

Searching for the perfect balance in one existence, a monk creates the Siamese twins of light and dark. A story of water & fire, creation & destruction, and light & dark unfolds...

The Streets of the Invisibles

The Streets of the Invisibles
Austria 2011
Director: Remo Rauscher
Producer: Anna Spitzbart

Mike Stone (Karl Malden) and Steve Keller (Michael Douglas) are back on today's streets to catch a homicidal maniac who should have been incarcerated thirty years ago. The famous police drama of the 70s in today's Google Street View.

Zaliger

Zaliger
Netherlands 2010
Director: Nina Gantz
Producer: AKV|St.Joost

A widower is facing the difficulties of being alone. Without his wife everything seems out of place. The table is set, but there’s no breakfast. He found his trousers but where’s his shirt?

A Life Well-Seasoned

A Life Well-Seasoned
Great Britain 2011
Director: DAN RIELEY
Producer: The Arts University College at Bournemouth

A man looses the most important person in his life, but as the story unfolds we see how he overcomes this loss. Through a series of extraordinary events, the man deals with his grief in a way that may seem absurd to others.

In a Clear Mind

In a Clear Mind
Israel 2010
Director: Ofra Kobliner
Producer: Bezalel Academy of Arts

Swimming as an allegory to the experience of city life challenges. The private world of the main character is represented by means of a line. The reality in which she “swims” is represented by still pictures.

The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling

The Man Who Was Afraid of Falling
Great Britain 2011
Director: Joseph Wallace
Producer: University of Wales

Ivor’s life is turned upside down after a falling plant pot sparks a series of paranoid reactions.

The Storyteller

Kahanikar
Great Britain 2011
Director: Nandita Jain
Producer: National Film & Television School

7 year old Nirmala attempts to grapple with the demons of her grandfather's dementia when he forgets the details of her favourite story.