Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Storytime (Gilliam, 1968)

Storytime, is the first cartoon, or series of cartoons, from Terry Gilliam. It is composed of 3 stories.

Director: Terry Gilliam
Country: USA
Year: 1969
Running time: 8 Minutes

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sisyphus - Jankovics Marcell (1974)

Marcell Jankovics (21 October 1941,-) is a Hungarian Oscar nominated graphic artist, cartoon director, animator and author. He received his Oscar nomination for the 1974 animated short movie "Sisyphus". He also received a Palme d'Or for the short movie "The Struggle" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1977.


Director: Marcell Jankovics
Country: Hungary
Year: 1975
Running time: 3 Minutes

Sunday, December 05, 2010

10 animated Short films for 2011 Oscar nomination

The Academy Awards announced today that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 2011 Oscars. 33 films were entered into this year’s race.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:
  • “The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger,” Bill Plympton, director (Bill Plympton Studio)
  • “Coyote Falls,” Matthew O’Callaghan, director and Sam Register, executive producer (Warner Bros. Animation Inc.)
  • “Day & Night,” Teddy Newton, director (Pixar Animation Studios)
  • “The Gruffalo,” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang, directors (Magic Light Pictures)
  • “Let’s Pollute,” Geefwee Boedoe, story-design-animation (Geefwee Boedoe)
  • “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary),” Bastien Dubois, director (Sacrebleu Productions)
  • “Sensology,” Michel Gagne, director-producer (GAGNE International LLC)
  • “The Silence beneath the Bark,” Joanna Lurie, director (Lardux Films)
  • “Urs,” Moritz Mayerhofer, director (Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oscar 2011 - 33 Animated Shorts

Οι 33 αυτές ταινίες μικρού μήκους  είναι υποψήφιες για την υποψηφιότητα  για Όσκαρ Καλύτερης Ταινίας Μικρού Μήκους 2011.  Από αυτές θα επιλεγούν 10 ταινίες και στη συνέχεια  μόνο 5 που θα είναι οι υποψήφιες.  

A Family Portrait
Director: Joseph Pierce
Great Britain, 2010, 4 min
Link to filmmaker website

Angry Man
Angry Man (Sinna Mann)
Director: Anita Killi
Norway, 2009, 20 min
Link to filmmaker website

Animated History of Poland
Director: Tomasz Bagiński
Poland, 2010, 8 min
Link to filmmaker website

Barking Island

Barking Island (Chienne D’Histoire)
Director: Serge Avédikian
France, 2010, 15 min
Link to filmmaker website

Coyote Falls
Director: Matthew O’Callaghan
United States, 2010, 3 min
Link to filmmaker website

Danny Boy
Danny Boy
Director: Marek Skrobecki
Poland/Switzerland, 2010, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Day & Night
Director: Teddy Newton
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

Divers in the Rain
Divers in the Rain
Director: Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn
Estonia, 2010, 23 min
Link to filmmaker website

Dust Kid
Dust Kid (Munjiai)
Director: Yumi Jung
South Korea, 2009, 10 min

Inherent Obligations
Inherent Obligations (Kaasuündinud Kohustused)
Director: Rao Heidmets
Estonia, 2008, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Let’s Pollute
Director: Geefwee Boedoe
United States, 2010, 7 min
Link to filmmaker website

Lipsett Diaries
Lipsett Diaries
Director: Theodore Ushev
Canada, 2010, 14 min
Link to filmmaker website

Directors: Jan Bitzer, Ilija Brunck and Csaba Letayat
Germany, 2010, 5 min
Link to filmmaker website

Madagascar, A Journey Diary (Madagascar, carnet de voyage)
Director: Bastien Dubois
France, 2009, 11:30 min
Link to filmmaker website

My Name is Maria
My Name is Maria
Director: Elio Quiroga Rodríguez
Spain, 2009, 4 min

Origin of Creatures
The Origin of Creatures
Director: Floris Kaayk
The Netherlands, 2010, 12 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: Michel Gagné
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: David Baas
Canada, 2010, 5 min
Link to filmmaker website

Stanley Pickle
Director: Victoria Mather
United Kingdom, 2010, 11 min
Link to filmmaker website

American Dream
The American Dream
Directors: Tad Lumpkin, Harold Uhl
United States, 2010, 30 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger
Director: Bill Plympton
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Gruffalo
Directors: Jakob Schuh, Max Lang
Great Britain, 2010, 27 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Incident At Tower 37
Director: Chris Perry
United States, 2010, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Krill Is Gone
Director: Jeffery Bost
United States, 2010, 4 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Lost Thing
Directors: Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan
Australia, 2010, 15 min
Link to filmmaker website
View film

Mouse That Soared
The Mouse That Soared
Director: Kyle T. Bell
United States, 2009, 5:45 min
Link to filmmaker website

Silence Beneath the Bark
The Silence Beneath the Bark (Le Silence Sous L’ecorce)
Director: Joanna Lurie
France, 2009, 11 min
Link to filmmaker website

Tick Tock Tale
Director: Dean Wellins
United States, 2010, 6 min
Link to filmmaker website

To Swallow A Toad
To Swallow A Toad
Director: Jurgis Krasons
Latvia, 2010, 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: Moritz Mayerhofer
Germany, 2009 10 min
Link to filmmaker website

Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
United States, 2010, 5 min
Link to filmmaker website

The Wonder Hospital
Director: Beomsik Shimbe Shim
South Korea, 2010, 12 min
Link to filmmaker website

Director: Chris Kezelos
Australia, 2010, 13 min
Link to filmmaker website

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Rabbit - Run Wrake / 2005

An animated childrens book with a difference
A selection of 1950s educational stickers, discovered in a provincial junkshop twenty years ago, provide the ingredients for this adult fairytale.
When a boy and girl find an idol in the stomach of a rabbit, its magical abilities lead to riches, but for how long?

Rabbit a film by Run Wrake, UK
2005, 8 min 30 sec

Monday, September 27, 2010

Photograph of Jesus - Laurie Hill, 2008

Looking for photographs of Jesus, yetis and Hitler in 1948? Help is at hand with this documentary-fantasy based on true stories of requests for impossible images. Real-life archives become the stage where fact and fiction collide, belief runs amok and unruly images have a life of their own.

Photograph of Jesus by Laurie Hill in association with the Getty Images Short & Sweet Film Challenge from Hulton Archive on Vimeo.

Short and Sweet has teamed up with Getty Images to launch a film challenge with a twist.
Getty Images approached producer Basil Stephens and Short and Sweet founder Julia Stephenson with the idea of setting up a film competition which would make use of images in Getty's Hulton Archive. Stephenson drew from her in-depth knowledge of the short film arena to suggest a selection of talented filmmakers.
After picking out ten up-and-coming directors, she gave them the opportunity to pitch. Four of the filmmakers made it on to the shortlist and got the chance to realise their ideas. They were given three months to create their films.
The challenges aim was to highlight the breadth and depth of content available at the Hulton Archive, which offers a unique resource to filmmakers and creatives alike. But rather than set a rigid brief, the challenge offered key words and phrases as prompters to guide the filmmakers creativity. Examples of these prompters included discover our past, images that shape our future, still & moving imagery, ordinary people, ordinary things and extraordinary people, extraordinary things.

Director: Laurie HILL
7 min. 2008
Animation: Laurie Hill
Music: Toolshed Music
Editor: Laurie Hill
Narrated by: Matthew Butson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Oktapodi - 2007

Και ένα παλιό αλλά πολύ καλό βιντεάκι για να αποχαιρετίσουμε το καλοκαίρι.

Oktapodi is a 2007 French computer-animated short film that originated as a Graduate Student Project from Gobelins L'Ecole de L'Image. The short is about a pair of love struck octopuses who through a series of comical events are separated and find each other. Oktapodi was directed by Julien Bocabeille, François-Xavier Chanioux, Olivier Delabarre, Thierry Marchand, Quentin Marmier, and Emud Mokhberi. Music was composed by Kenny Wood.

Oktapodi was well received, winning a number of awards, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Short Film (Animated) for the 81st Academy Awards. It was also included in the Animation Show of Shows.

Directed by     Julien Bocabeille

                       François-Xavier Chanioux
                       Olivier Delabarre
                       Thierry Marchand
                       Quentin Marmier
                       Emud Mokhberi
Music by         Kenny Wood
Running time    2 min 27 sec
Country           France
Language         French

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Met the Walrus-2008

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon's boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for 'New Approaches' (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).

Directed by Josh Raskin
Produced by Jerry Levitan
Starring John Lennon
Jerry Levitan
Running time 5 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

More information Official site

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Electropolis by Kevin McCullough

The product of roughly 7 months of work from 13 students in the 3rd year of the BAA Animation program at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

Electropolis from Kevin McCullough on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Art's Desire (2007)- Sarah Wickliffe

Art's Desire from Sarah Wickliffe on Vimeo.

A character from a cubist painting escapes her war-torn surroundings and explores the museum for a better place to live. Winner of the Gold Student Academy Award for 2007 in Animation, written, directed, and animated by Sarah Wickliffe.

Other Awards and Screenings:

•Winner of Gold Medal for Student Academy Awards, 2007 (screening at AMPAS Theater)

•Winner of Viewer’s Choice Award in Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, August 2007

•Finalist in The Angelus Awards Student Film festival, Los Angeles, California, October 2007

•NYU First Run Film festival- Semi-finalist for Wasserman Award

•ASIFA East Animation Festival- Honorable Mention, Student Films

•Screened at Lincoln Center with live orchestral accompaniment as part of "Toons, Tunes, and Trikfilms" Showcase

•NYU Haig Manoogian Screening at Directors Guild of America

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ark-(2007)-Grzegorz Jonkajtys

The Ark Film. Short animated film by Polish animator Grzegorz Jonkajtys and Marcin Kobylecki.

"An unknow virus has destroyed almost the entire human population.
Oblivious yo the true nature of the dicease, the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships, they set of in search of uninhabited land. So begin the exodus, let by one man..."

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Delivery -Till Nowak. (2005)

Delivery is an animated shortfilm written and produced by Till Nowak. The fantastic story about
an old man and the mysterious box has been screened at more than 150 filmfestivals worldwide
and won more than 30 international awards. "Delivery" is now also available on DVD.  

In a grey, industrial and uninhabited future, an old man lovingly waters a flower, perhaps the last flower to exist. In his home, across from a factory spewing gas, noise and bad vibrations, the vision of which constantly reminds him that the world isn‘t what it was, the man caringly tends the flower because he knows it‘s his last hope. Unexpectedly, he receives a surprising package that could change the world, at least his world, and perhaps a little more. A surrealistic fable on the world to come, the portrayal of a corrupt society infested by machines, that has forgotten the human being, a future in which there is still place for hope: flowers can grow again.

Director: Till Nowak
Running time:9 min