Sundance Festival Announces Slate of Animated Shorts

The Sundance Institute has announced the short films selected for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. In the categories of Animated Short Films (U.S. and International), the films are:

U.S. ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
38-39° C (Director and screenwriter: Kangmin Kim) – A man with a big birthmark on his back enters an old public bathhouse. He falls into a dream where he confronts his father who has the same birthmark.

Avocados (Director and screenwriter: Kataneh Vahdani) – A journey with many characters in one day through a city.

Dr Breakfast (Director and screenwriter: Stephen Neary) – One day at breakfast, a man’s soul bursts out of his eyeball. A surreal meditation on the quirky but rejuvenating nature of friendship.

It’s Such a Beautiful Day (Director and screenwriter: Don Hertzfeldt) – Bill wakes to find himself in a hospital struggling with memory problems, in this third and final chapter to Don Hertzfeldt’s Everything Will Be OK.

Night Hunter (Director and screenwriter: Stacey Steers) – In this handmade film, composed of more than 4,000 collages and shot in 35mm color, the actress Lillian Gish is seamlessly appropriated from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new and haunting role.

Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise (Director and screenwriter: Kelly Sears) – Terrifying and strange happenings descend on a 1970’s high school.

INTERNATIONAL ANIMATED SHORT FILMS
663114 / Japan (Director: Isamu Hirabayashi) – I am a 66-year-old cicada. There was a big earthquake. There was a big tsunami. There also was a big accident.

Belly / United Kingdom (Director: Julia Pott) – Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.

BOBBY YEAH / United Kingdom (Director: Robert Morgan) – Bobby Yeah is a petty thug who lightens his miserable existence by brawling and thieving stuff. One day, he steals the favorite pet of some very dangerous individuals, and finds himself in deep trouble. He really should learn, but he just can’t help it.

A Morning Stroll / United Kingdom (Director: Grant Orchard) – When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we are left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.

Robots of Brixton / United Kingdom (Director: Kibwe Tavares) – The trials and tribulations of young robots surviving at the sharp end of inner city life, living the predictable existence of a populous hemmed in by poverty, disillusionment and mass unemployment.

Slow Derek / United Kingdom (Director: Dan Ojari) – The tale of Derek, an office worker, as he struggles with the true speed of planet earth.

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