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Black Island
Switzerland, Animation, 2014, 7′
Director: Nino Christen
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On an island, at the edge of the woods, a watchman and his bird live a miserable and isolated life. One day a deceptive chance came up to escape the boredom. A truck loaded with a dangerous freight tries to get into the forest. At the checkpoint the watchman has to be bribed with a radio. In his hut he listens to sounds from all over the world. Totally distracted by the new music he neglects his hungry bird as well as his work. Meanwhile a great danger approaches outside the hut. In the night fleeing animals wake him up. The next morning ends this tragic story.

 

Amias
United Kingdom, Belgium, Fiction, 2013, 10′
Director: John Giordano
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Amias develops two subsequent relationships. Only when his heart breaks twice, he realizes he can’t run away anymore. Its a story about a young boy who feels something that he doesn’t understand but he thinks he does.

 

Hope?
United Kingdom, Animation, 2013, 4′
Director: 
Simone Giampaolo
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HOPE? is a humorous, entertaining but also educational animated comedy which sarcastically shows how Gaia, our planet Earth, met humankind years and years ago, and all the problems which followed. A criticism of our modern society and of the way we’ve been “evolving” over the centuries. Apart from having a quite original visual style, HOPE? is also the very first 3D animated film fully dubbed in Esperanto, a beautiful universal language created over a hundred years ago to foster peace and international understanding between people. This is a three people project created by Simone Giampaolo, Yifan Hu and Henrik Linnes.

 

Humanexus
USA, Animation, 2014, 10′
Director: 
Ying-Fang Shen
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Humanexus is a reflection on mankind’s long search for ways to connect each other, from cave drawings to tweeting. With significant changes in methods and tools, from very subtle processes of exchange, conversations, and to today’s mass communication and shiny new technologies, the sharing of messages, ideas, and thoughts has become easier. Piecing humankind’s memories of searching, Humanexus tries to explore the nature of such journey. Are we promised with a perfect future? Or, all our adventures will lead to a disastrous and shattering destination? Humanexus tells a mysterious story by representing mankind’s continued voyage to get connected and stay involved in the social web of expressions.

 

Pandas
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Animation, 2014, 12′
Director: Matúš VIZÁR
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After millions of generations they have a good chance of becoming another extinct species. But one day, an all too active primate called the human being found them and they became a pawn in man’s game.

 

Vigia
Switzerland, Animation, 2013, 8′
Director: Marcel Barelli
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My grandfather is telling me a story that he invented and asks me to make a film out of it. Because of pollution pesticides and other toxic substances a bee decides to leave her hive looking for a more comfortable place for her to live in.

 

 

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