Animation Special Selection

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To celebrate the Animation Competition being accredited by the Academy Awards, we select wonderful animations.

Academy Awards® nominated animator Bill Plympton's latest short film
Demi’s Panic

Bill Plympton / 0:09:43 / United States / Animation / 2021

“Demi’s Panic” follows the story of Demi, a young Latina professional living in NYC, whose prophetic dreams become all too real when an invisible danger causes catastrophic loss. She turns to her boyfriend Omar for support, but a safe harbor is hard to find when the world is being buffeted by an unprecedented storm.

The 50th (1978) Academy Awards® Winner of Best Animated Short Film
The Sand Castle

Co Hoedeman / 0:13:15 / Canada / Animation / 1977

This short animated film features the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. These lively creatures build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an uninvited guest. Cleverly constructed with nuance, the film leaves interpretation open to the viewer. The film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film.

U-25 Project Best Short Award

Yuki Kusama / 0:03:12 / Japan / Animation / 2021

Beautiful weather is the best for having a picnic outside in the open field. Bunny, the rabbit, came to have a picnic on this invitingly warm and beautiful day. Let’s have lunch here. And so Bunny’s disastrous day began.

Commissioned by the BBC to adapt The Promise award winning & New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year [2014]
The Promise

Chi Thai / 0:06:42 / UK / Animation / 2020

The Promise is an dystopian fairy tale that plays out on the mean streets of a mean city. Here, a young thief tries to snatch an old woman’s bag but she cannot have it without giving something in return: The Promise.

Save the Earth! J-WAVE Award

Hugo Caby, Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Lucas Lermytte & Zoé Devise / 0:08:17 / France / Animation / 2020

Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They will encounter brown bears along their journey, with whom they will try to cohabitate.

Directed by maestro of pinscreen animation Jacques Drouin who recently passed away in August 2021

Jacques Drouin / 0:07:35 / Canada / Animation / 1976

A particularly creative example of the pinscreen animation technique, this film is about an artist who steps inside his painting and wanders about in a landscape peopled with symbols that trigger unexpected associations. Film without words.

Directed by Sawako Kabuki who wins various awards at the international and Japanese festivals

Sawako Kabuki / 0:01:15 / Japan / Animation / 2018

I synchronized the irritation of baby cries and the frustration I have ever experienced.
Everyone was born while crying, and grew crying.
I grew up to be an adult, but I strongly want to be a baby again.

Winner of the Best Film in Croatian Competition, Animafest Zagreb, 2020

Natko Stipanicev / 0:14:40 / Croatia / Animation / 2020

A grandiose transoceanic cruise ship sailing the seas.

CG Animation Competition Best Short Award
I, Barnabé

Jean-François Lévesque / 0:15:06 / Canada / Animation / 2020

During a night of stormy drunkenness, a man receives a visit from a mysterious bird and is forced to reconsider his life.