The first of two international animation round-ups, this batch concentrates on the art of storytelling, with unusual people and curious circumstances as the bedrock. The UK premiere of Tom Brown and Daniel Gray’s brilliant if slightly unsettling Teeth, chronicling the life of a misguided man through his oral obsessions, is a bittersweet joy from start to finish.
There’s more obsessive behaviour in Flatpack 2014 award-winner Leonid Shmelkov’s perfectly-toned My Own Personal Moose, in which young Misha’s elk-fixation (despite never actually having seen a real one) provides the catalyst for an unexpected encounter. And Kasia Nalewajka’s quirky graduation film, Pineapple Calamari, about a pair of inseparable women and their race-horse is a pricelessly funny tale of love, loss, and cross-dressing animals.
(dir. Tom Brown and Daniel Gray) UK/USA, 2015 – 6min
(dir. Antti Laakso & Simo Ruotsalainen) Finland, 2014 – 6min
(dir. Marcus Armitage) UK, 2014 – 6min
Hopkins & Delaney LLP
(dir. Sean Buckelew) USA, 2014 – 4min
(dir. Francesco Rosso) Estonia, 2014 – 7min
(dir. Stephen McNally) Ireland, 2014 – 5min
(dir. David Jansen) Germany, 2015 – 15min
Grace Under Water
(dir. Anthony Lawrence) Australia, 2014 – 8min
My Own Personal Moose
(dir. Leonid Shmelkov) Russia, 2013 – 16min
(dir. Kasia Nalewajka) UK, 2014 – 9min
A Life Less Ordinary is one of our Short Film Competition screenings. A Short Film Competition pass can be bought here to see all five screenings.