TICKING AWAY tells the story of a solitary watchmaker, who seeks comfort and meaning in his daily routine. Then, one evening, a strange man brings him a very special watch to repair…
When Tyn waywardly urinates on the pregnancy test of one of his fellow students in the bathroom of the student house where he lives, he turns out to be pregnant. He is shocked, but when he passes a baby shop he is moved by all the lovely and cheerful baby items. He clicks with the female shop assistant, Jip, and from then on everything suddenly goes super-fast.
2016 Academy Award ® nomination – Best Documentary Short Subject
When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision — should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day- racial bias, veteran’s rights, mental health care and criminal justice.
Created from over 32,000 hand-drawn images, the film has garnered international film attention and won numerous awards since its premiere at Full Frame Film Festival in April 2015 where it won Best Short Documentary. Last Day of Freedom recently won the IDA Award for Best Short Documentary.
Jonas and the Sea is an animated short film about a man who casts aside everything in pursuit of his dream. A dream we all share: the quest to find a place we can call home, even if it’s underwater.
SELECTED FOR THE BERLINALE 2016
Peter is being followed by killer bees, Elsa collects exotic flowers from all over the world. To be together, they both have to overcome their fantasies.
But what if love itself is nothing but fantasy?
SELECTED FOR TIFF 2015
Voltaire is an insignificant weather cock living on a countryside chapel. One night, he takes his chance to move to a beautiful cathedral, but unknowingly stumbles into a murder scheme.
Best Animated Short @ SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival 2015
Paradise is the story of people heading for a better place on either side of the ocean. Although at times their paths do cross, they never really seem to meet.
Selected for Cannes, TIFF, Anima, Ghent and many others!
The seclusive retirement home Afterglow is a depressing end station. Fortunately, feisty elderly Gerda has one spark of joy: the weekly Bingo night. When she is one blank short of winning the game and the tiny ball suddenly disappears, she starts an absurd search in which she is willing to go to extreme lengths in order to get the outcome of that night’s bingo game.
A measly little worm finds himself homeless, for all the apples are taken by other worms. He’s an outcast in the stormy night, until he discovers the biggest apple of them all. It’s vacant and it’s… mobile!
Meanwhile… An apple farmer, haunted by worms, commits suicide and is buried by his hated neighbor and brother, the priest. Worms inhabit the corpse and discover they have full control over it. The dead farmer awakens and keeps his brother very much awake at night.
Under The Apple Tree is an animated stop motion horror comedy about worms, apples and death. But also a film about family troubles. A film with a heart, although it might not be beating any more.
In their sixties, seven women have decided to learn how to swim. Taking themselves out of their comfort zone, they reveal their determination to strive for survival, understanding and belonging. Combining visually arresting underwater imagery with informal interviews, the film immerses the audience in a world of exploration and wisdom.
Music composed by the award winning Julia Pajot.
An original metaphore of life visualized by the short life time of water droplets, surviving as long as they can, until they are exposed by their toughest natural enemy.
FROM THE 2015 ACADEMY AWARD ® NOMINATED DIRECTORS!
A woman who can’t have children steals the imaginary friend of a little girl and keeps this a secret from her husband. While the woman enjoys life with her imaginary child the gap between her and her husband grows bigger. When the little girl comes to claim back her imaginary friend, it’s the power of imagination that brings everyone together.
SELECTED FOR TIFF 2015
& Cilla Holm
Throughout the years, 82-year old Marja has been marinating her frustration about always ending up last in line. When she gets disconnected from a call waiting service, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Armed with a rifle, she steps into a custom service office to execute revenge. With the cold barrel to hes head, the bumtious Jens, and hes collegues are fighting against the clock, as Marja executes her grand plan, – to for a couple couple of minutes make the world a better place.
On a summer day Julia gets on a plane, on the way to her destination, not knowing what awaits her. Eduard is in a barbershop where the Barber is annoyed by a fly. The Barber tries to chase the fly away.
CLERMONT-FERRAND PRIX CANAL+
The brothers ‘De Smet’ are helping each other to make their lives as singles as enjoyable as possible. When a new woman moves into a house in their street, their synergy turns out to be a house of cards.
Ferry Bertholet has a fascination for the Far East, and especially China. Over the past 30 years he has specialized in collecting Chinese erotic art, which is no longer to be found in China itself, where it has been banned and destroyed.
As a result, Bertholet now owns a big part of this cultural heritage. His collection is one of the largest in the world. It has also dominated his life: day and night, all he thinks about is his collection.
At odds with this is the realization – which has steadily grown over the years – that his collection is basically just things. This why he is now contemplating the idea of selling everything. He has already made contact with potential buyers in China. If all goes well, this cultural heritage will return to its country of origin.
Will he later regret having sold everything or will it be a relief?
Little did Mark Janse know that what had started as a spinoff from his doctoral thesis would, more than a decade later, lead him to discover a Greek-related language that most of his fellow linguists had for decades written off as extinct.
In 2005, a couple of years after he first presented his research, Janse in 2005 received an astonishing email from a colleague at the University of Patra. Attached was a recent recording of a man saying: ‘Pateram doeka fesa epci’ (My father had 12 children). Immediately recognizing that these four words were Cappadocian, Janse found himself in tears. ’The next day, I booked a flight to Greece, and with my colleague I travelled to the village of Mandra. We really thought we were going to find the last speaker of Cappadocian.’
To their surprise they discovered that the whole village spoke Cappadocian.
In 2006 Janse spoke at an annual reunion, in Greek and a little in Cappadocian. ‘There were 5000 people there. Whenever I started saying something in Cappadocian, there was great applause. At the end, many old people were in tears, hugging and kissing me afterwards.’
He says that the sight of a foreign professor telling them that they ought to be proud of their language and culture moved them deeply, as for years Greek society had made them feel ashamed of their language because of its marked Turkish influence.
51' & 58' & 6 x 9' min.
Six remarkable stories of survival from eyewitnesses of Nazi atrocities during World War 2, brought to life for a young audience through animation and a series of follow on interviews to camera.
Ruth, Martin, Trude, Heinz, Arek and Suzanne. All well spoken elderly survivors who recount their childhood experiences of Nazi atrocities; their escape from occupied mainland Europe to Britain; adapting to life in the UK; and the impact on their lives subsequently.
We also get a chance to meet the real-life survivors today in short, on-camera interviews, which reflect on the effect these experiences have had on their adult lives. They discuss why it is important to keep alive the memory of those who were murdered by the Nazis and the need for Holocaust education, and they appeal for humanity to stay vigilant so that the world may never see these horrific events repeated.
The program works as a one hour program, as well as individual shorts, combined (or not) with the live action interviews.
George and Bella are confronted with graphic symbols and letter-forms that have come to life. These apparitions infiltrate their world, disrupt their relationship and become a strange and threatening obsession for them.