Audience Award 2014
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MY STRANGE GRANDFATHER
2011 Russia
Dina Velikovskaya
8 min

A creative person often seems weird, funny and a little bit crazy. Even his friends and family do not always understand him and often feel ashamed of him. But sometimes he can create a real miracle – merely from garbage. A beautifully crafted stop motion animation.

Finalists 2014
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ESPERO? (HOPE?)
2013 Switzerland
Simone Giampaolo, Yifan Hu, Henrik Linnes
4 min

This is a humorous, entertaining but also educational animated comedy which sarcastically shows how Gaia, our planet Earth, met humankind years and years ago, and all the problems which followed. A criticism of our modern society and of the way we’ve been “evolving” over the centuries.

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BRENVILLE’S ANIMATED LONDON SKETCHBOOK
2013 UK
Nathan Brenville
3 min

A whirlwind introduction to Nathan Brenville’s London sketchbook – a comical tour of London and the reasons why you might want to sketch it, narrated by Nathan, in a (mostly true) animated documentary.

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THE INSURANCE CALL
2012 UK
Michael Hearn
5 min
A wonderfully funny film with a very simple idea – Batman tries to insure his car!

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THE DRAGONFLY AND THE LITTLE FROG
2013 Brazil
Carlos Avalone
2 min
Mom frog encourages her baby to catch a dragonfly to serve as afternoon snack. However baby frog is about to find out the meaning of ‘fast food’!

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THE PIPER
2013 UK
Daniel James
3 min
When the children are bored in a rundown playground there appears The Piper to take them away. A modern day reimagining of The Pied Piper character, told in a darkly humourous stop motion animation.

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A LIFE WITH ASPERGER’S
2013 USA
Jaime Ekkens
4 min
An animated documentary that explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome.  It is a voice over narrative that demonstrates that Asperger’s is not simply “being a little awkward”, rather it is about adapting to one’s limitations in the face of anxiety and isolation. The technique is a collage of photography, rotoscope, animated characters and live action footage.

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MOTHER’S SONG
2012 UK
Linda McCarthy
4 min
Mother sits and drinks on the deck of her shack. Her son has gone and he ain’t coming back. Oh mother did you kill your son? A powerful and disturbing animation featuring the song by the band The Long Dead Sevens.

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THE BLUE TREE
2013 Poland
Ania Przybyłko
6 min
A story of friendship, and how a little incident can result in a rift which grows between friends. A heartbreaking short, blending a variety of techniques.

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LIFE OF SNOBS
2013 UK
Oli Putland
3 min
This wry parody of nature documentaries looks at the plight of the Snob Bird. A combination of stop motion and live action.

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DARK PLACES
2013 MALTA
Matthew Stroud
4 min

An animated short film that tells the story of a young boy named Lucas who must venture through a dark landscape. Armed only with his lantern to guide the way, he seeks to reach his destination and leave the eerie dimension behind but all might not be as seems.

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TECHNICAL HITCH
2013 UK
Joe Blaxland
5 min
Stop motion animation– how hard can it be? This poor fellow is about to find out!