Slamdance, the younger and more indie counterpart to Sundance, has announced the animation selections for their 22nd edition, taking place from January 22-28 in Park City, Utah.
Fourteen shorts were selected for the main animation competition and a couple other shorts snuck in through other categories. Slamdance generally favors hand-made approaches over CG, and personal animated films over big group productions. The Experimental MFA program at CalArts made a strong showing this year with four films in competition.
Check out all the animated shorts at Slamdance 2016:
Animated Shorts Program
- Bottom Feeders
Director & Screenwriter: Matt Reynolds (USA)
Two fictional species try to make it through the day in this bleak parody of the natural world.
Director: Josh Shaffner (USA)
An autobiographical, surreal rant about years spent in the service industry.
- Heila Ormur
Director: Rose Stark (Iceland, USA)
The slow savoring of horrible flavors in the body of a love gone bad.
- Here There
Director & Screenwriter: Alexander Stewart (Croatia, USA) US Premiere
A graphic form to memory’s malleable, straying lines.
- Lazy Daze
Director: Brian Smee (USA) World Premiere
Dog in the land where the good life takes you.
Directors & Screenwriters: Tibor Banoczki, Sarolta Szabo (France) US Premiere
Remains of food, remains of human relationships.
- Life is Rugged
Director & Screenwriter: Simon Schnellmann (Germany)
Five short sequences of line-drawing life are linked together by a black point.
- Mirror in Mind
Director: SeungHee Kim (South Korea)
A woman looks into her mind, chasing her ideals on a tightrope.
- My Dad
Director: Marcus Armitage (UK) US Premiere
A boy’s vividly-colored memories of learning everything from his dad, including racially-motivated violence.
Director: Wendy Cong Zhao (USA) World Premiere
Wading through bodily and emotional pangs.
- The Past Inside the Present
Director & Screenwriter: James Siewert (USA) World Premiere
An allegorical tale of a couple who attempt to renew their dying relationship by plugging directly into recordings of their memories.
Director: Conner Griffith (USA) North American Premiere
The shapes we make. An advertisement for planet earth.
- Still Life
Director: Kevin Eskew (USA) North American Premiere
Et tu doggy? Synchronicity strikes in the suburban Midwest.
Director: Becky James (USA) North American Premiere
Wrapped in chains, a worm languishes in prison.
The following animated short is in the Anarchy Shorts program:
- Double-Blind No.1
Director: The Double-Blind Experiments (Australia)
Five VFX artists set out to test the theory that a fine-art technique relying on chance could be applied to a motion piece.
And this animated film appears in the Documentary Shorts:
Director & Screenwriter: Ainslie Henderson (UK) US Premiere
For a brief moment, stop motion puppets crafted from found objects make beautiful music and then as quickly as they came to life, return to being inanimate objects.