It’s a great year for animated shorts, and this year’s Ottawa International Animation Festival presented quite a few of the year’s strongest films. Below are four of my favorites from the festival, all of which are currently playing the international film festival circuit. Keep an eye out for them at a festival near you.
Impossible Figures and Other Stories II
Directed by Marta Pajek (Poland)
The rare 15-minute abstract narrative that actually leaves you wanting more, Marta Pajek’s Impossible Figures and Other Stories II is a gorgeous piece of hand-drawn animation. Pajek told me that the film is designed as a triptych, and this is the first installment.
The protagonist of the film is a woman who trips and falls, while rushing around the house. She gets up, only to discover, that her home has unusual features – it is built from paradoxes, filled with illusions and covered with patterns.
Nighthawk (Nočna ptica)
Directed by Špela Čadež (Slovenia/Croatia)
A surreal story that is perfectly matched with a surreal cut-out style that transfers uncomfortably familiar human characteristics onto a badger. The film doesn’t have a trailer online yet, but it does have a Facebook page.