This is 3D animation. Young Livio can’t stand being too close to other people and lives in a bubble which gives him 46 cm of safety. He works as a supermarket security officer and one day in the store notices a sweet girl – Gaia- on the CCTV cameras. Something profound changes in Livio’s life, who tries clumslily to confront the change. The bubble is probably not the solution to his problem.
Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, the animated short 55 Socks, by Oscar-winning director Co Hoedeman, pays tribute to the ingenuity of the Dutch people during a dark period of their history – the winter of hunger of 1944-45. It’s the closing months of the war in occupied Holland and some women unravel a beautiful bedspread in order to knit 55 socks to barter for food. Reaching back into his childhood memories, Hoedeman has made a simple, poetic film of rare beauty.
This story is about little Dedh Footiya, a boy who is very short. Since he is very chotu, he is always made fun of in school and by all his friends. Everyone thinks they can just tease and make fun of him. He explains the different problems one faces being short, where one cannot reach anything and has to always struggle to do what others do so easily. He also describes all the things he has tried to make himself taller, but to no avail. But just when things seem so difficult, he tells us how he managed to overcome his shortcoming and convert it into his strength! He shows what problems tall people have in their life and how ultimately in the end, its about the confidence and self-esteem you have inside. And once you know that being tall or short have nothing to do with it – fantastic things can happen!
Duel of Angels
Anjali begrudgingly takes care of her elder sister Manjari, who is always unwell. She feels that Manjari gets all the attention and a better deal for nearly everything. She is even denied of a sports cycle that she has always wanted. Anjali tries to earn it herself by participating in a fancy dress competition with Manjari’s encouragement and support, however she loses the competition. Understanding Anjali’s desire Manjari takes part in a chess competition and buys the sports cycle with the prize money. Anjali is extremely excited with her new cycle but does not know that Manjari has bought it for her. She blames Mnjari for being jealous and damaging her cycle. She stumbles upon the tuth and realizes how she has misjudged Manjari. The truth brings the two sisters closer.
Many of the ideas expressed in Footprints emerged from a student and staff think tank about environmental issues. Student comments, questions and misconceptions became the foundation for the final product that uses strong visual metaphors to communicate ideas. The film doesn’t try to explain a concept but rather open it up for discussion with a question – “What is a carbon footprint?” – a very difficult concept for children to grasp.
Two girls explore their friendship and the joy of a juicy mandarin in the dry Australian landscape.
Awards:Nominated Best International Short, International Film Festival Breda, The Netherlands 2010
Minnie Loves Junior
Junior loves the ocean. Minnie loves Junior. A beautiful love story about a little girl, a little boy and a big, blue sea.
Awards:Best Indigenous Film, Shorts Film Festival of Adelaide, 2011
Of Forests and Men
The United Nations mandated Yann Arthus-Bertrand to produce the official film for the launch of the International Year of Forests, 2011. Following the success of his film Home , seen by 400 million people, the photographer created a 7-minute short film on forests filled with aerial images from Home and the Earth from Above television series.
Adele has to face her first day at a new school. She’s shy and during playtime she sits on her own watching the others playing football. But her shadow is not nearly as shy as she is, and is desperate to join in with the others……
The Formation of Clouds
Childhood is a private, fragile terrain in which the marks of our explorations are inscribed. A delicate, sensitive evocation of burgeoning desire, The Formation of Clouds follows the steps of a young girl in the midst of transformation, clearly delineating that odd moment when one is no longer a child, exactly, but not yet an adult either.
Awards:Opera Prima Award, Festival Internacional de Cine para Ninos of Uruguay 2011
Golden Horseman (Animated Film), Dresden International Festival for Animation and Short Films 2011
The Gift of The Magi
A heartwarming story about Jim, an apprentice magician, and his wife, Della, set on Christmas Day. Della has her beautiful, long hair cut off and sells it in order to buy Jim a present. In the evening, Jim arrives home in high spirits, but is stunned to see Della looking so different.
Awards:2nd Place Animation, Los Angeles International Film Festival 2010
To Be a Child In Iran
To Be a Child in Iran consists of three different stories taking place in Iran. In the first, Packing, you see two children who have a problem and how they come up with a solution for it. The second film is about children in a mosque. Although they are under pressure, they find ways to relieve themselves by making jokes and amusing each other. The third story shows a young girl who is a afraid to leave her house, but does so in the end.