NEW SHORTS: Animation Selection at the London Short Film Festival is a chance to see some bite-sized, big concept animation, toying with the fantastical and breaking convention. Watch out for adaptations of Jack London, Siegfried Sassoon and William Shakespeare, and listen out for the voice of Ian Hart.
TO BUILD A FIRE
FX Goby 13 mins
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Jack London’s death, filmmaker Fx Goby adapts To Build a Fire, the famous novel of the American author. To Build a Fire is an animated short film in 4K Cinemascope that tells the tragic tale of a man and his dog trying to survive in the overwhelmingly freezing and hostile nature of the Yukon Territory. Enter our polar western and experience the bitter cold while embarking on a sensory journey.
Layla Atkinson 3 mins
Siegfried Sassoon wrote the poem “Aftermath” in 1919 shortly after he was de-mobilised. He had come to despise war and feared that most of us would forget it’s horrors. “Aftermath” was broadcast on every Armistice Day for many years after the war. This film is set in 1927 and explores one character’s reaction as he hears one of these broadcasts.
LOVE IN IDLENESS
Kim Noce 5 mins
Love in Idleness it is a short animated film exploring the fleeting delusional loves relationship between Titania and Bottom. There is no story, no time and no roles: only raw emotions and sensations. The film is made with charcoal on paper, the images are a series of drawings constantly erased and retraced.
A LOVE STORY
Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara 7 mins
A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.
Sue Dunham 4 mins
Klementhro may not have it all, but at least he has his paddle. A cautionary tale.
Chris Shepherd 12 mins
Despite having time to reflect upon his twelve years behind bars, he can’t shake off the ghosts of the past. If he could catch up with Johnno, the guy who put in him in prison. Make him understand what it was like to have entire life wasted… But the narrator’s obsession sets him on the path to his own destruction as he wreaks his revenge on Johnno.
WORLD WAR CUP
Simon Ellis 7 mins
A grim display of English nationalism, as experienced during a televised football match against Germany. Misguided patriotism, tribal thuggery, and the disallowed goal that brought goal-line technology to the game.
CHATEAU AU GO GO
Steve Gentile 4 mins
Chateau au Go Go is a kinetic romp that investigates the images imprinted onto wine corks. This animated, macro-photographed film becomes a sort of frenetic history lesson that alludes to the human impulse to tame nature.
Péter Vácz 5 mins
“Dear John” is award winning director Péter Vácz’s second collaboration with musical stalwarts James. In this powerful and spellbinding promo telling the story of two characters on a surreal and life-changing journey, Peter experimented with lighting and evolved his style further to include some linear 2D animation alongside the emotive and richly textured stop motion characters and sets.
KILL IT 4 THE KIDS
Chris Ullens 3 mins
A cute and colourful handmade town sees the arrival and consequences of capitalism hit the town in bold and comic stop-motion animated footage synced on “Kill it 4 the Kids”!
Patrick Blake 5 mins
Do Right is a music video that follows the story of an urban fox as he tries to escape the city of London. This one-man project was created over 7 months using a composite of photos, drawings and footage of my face. The photos were taken around London and my home town out in the countryside of Worcestershire. The song is an original written and performed by myself and recorded with a friend.
Nick Black 6 mins
In a bid to heal the rift in his society, a chicken sets out to build a machine with the purpose of finding out which came first… the chicken or the egg?
Astrid Goldsmith 21 mins
A stop-motion sci-fi action thriller about squirrel apartheid. When Dot, a lone renegade grey squirrel, finds herself trapped on a hostile and mysterious red squirrel island, she teams up with a reluctant hunted acorn. Together they uncover a horrifying red squirrel plot that threatens their future…can Dot and Mr Acorn survive Squirrel Island?
Tickets for this event (priced £7 – £11) are available at ica.org.uk