Tete A Tete A Tete
Tete A Tete A Tete
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 2005
This short animation film tells the story of three heads who share a single body. The heads live in perfect harmony until one day, one of them begins to have a mind of its own. The…
12:00
MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
A Hen
A Hen
dir. Alejandra Arboleda
Spain, 2015
While looking at a recipe for chicken soup in a cookbook, a girl remembers her grandfather. Food and family photographs turn into a mix of nostalgia that conjures thoughts about death…
4:42
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
After the End
After the End
dir. Sam Southward
UK, 2015
For Rene Fustercluck, life was bad. The Apocalypse was awful, and then Gordon arrived. After the End is the world's first post-apocalyptic rom-com that explores the possibility that…
11:00
STUDENT SHORTS
Ama
Ama
dir. Emilie Almaida, Liang Huang, Mansoureh Kamari, Julie Robert, Juliette Peuportier, Tony Unser
France, 2015
1950: On the coast of Japan, an American woman is visiting a village with her military husband and a group of friends. After breaking away from the group, she meets with Namiko, a young…
3:24
STUDENT SHORTS
Anijam
Anijam
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 1984
The bizarre adventures of the cartoon character Foska, drawn by 22 animators working in collaboration. Each animator worked on his or her own sequence only, and did not know what action…
10:00
MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Antelope Richards
Antelope Richards
dir. Gary Ye
Canada, 2014
Man + Woman = Savannah Dwelling Herbivore
3:08
STUDENT SHORTS
Ape
Ape
dir. Eustace Ng, Anita Yen
Canada, 2015
Change is the only constant for this Ape.
1:41
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Aurora
Aurora
dir. Nicole LaCroix
USA, 2015
Left alone in the Arctic, Tomkin has set a series of traps to catch food. As he checks them, they all come up empty. Just as he is about to give up, he finds a baby fox caught in one…
2:18
STUDENT SHORTS
Bambi Meets Godzilla
Bambi Meets Godzilla
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 1969
Unaware of the big lizard's approach, the little deer happily munches on grass. Not until the end will we learn what shall result of their meeting.
2:00
MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Bird of Prey
Bird of Prey
dir. David de Rooij, Jelle Brunt
Netherlands, 2015
In this super-short spaghetti western, two cowboys are in a standoff regarding a precious bag. While tensions rise, they keep their hands on their revolvers. Meanwhile, a hungry vulture…
2:30
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Black Hula
Black Hula
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 1988
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MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Blue Honey
Blue Honey
dir. Constance Joliff, Daphne Durocher, Fanny Lhotellier
France, 2015
A small bee who is allergic to pollen discovers an extraordinary product that will dramatically impact the life of the hive.
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Build Up Anger
Build Up Anger
dir. Guy Shahaf, Nadav Faibish
Israel, 2014
The story of a man who got tired being surrounded by horrible neighbors.
0:50
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Camry Cattle Herder
Camry Cattle Herder
dir. Fluorescent Hill
Canada, 2015
Based on a TRUE STORY, Cheryl uses her 1991 Camry to save the day at the farm.
0:53
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Cassette Girl
Cassette Girl
dir. Hiroyasu Kobayashi
Japan, 2015
In the year 20XX, the world has been encased in deep snow. And in that dark, cold world of eternal winter, all of its citizens and mediums are being monitored.
7:13
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Celebration
Celebration
dir. Nina Bisyarina
Russia, 2015
The old lady is preparing for a celebration. Will the guests arrive on time?
6:20
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Changeover
Changeover
dir. Mehdi Alibeygi
Iran, 2014
A badminton shuttlecock has fallen in the corner of the pitch. A tiny bird comes along and mistake the shuttlecock for his mate.
1:58
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
CMYK
CMYK
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 2011
This short animation is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Here, multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of cereal boxes and other common printed materials,…
MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Cooped
Cooped
dir. Mike A. Smith
USA, 2014
A sofa-bound dog is shocked to learn that a huge world lies outside the door – the maddening, unbreakable door.
9:03
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Cowboyland
Cowboyland
dir. David Stumpf
Slovakia, 2015
According to Wild West justice, thievery must be punished. But when the sheriff's horse breaks, and there is no one to ensure that justice is served, will justice stay just?
4:46
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Cuerdas
Cuerdas
dir. Pedro Solís García
Spain, 2014
María’s school routine is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.
10:52
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Damn Those Crows
Damn Those Crows
dir. Rotem Hermoni
Israel, 2014
An ancient ceremony is taking place in a ghost town in the middle of the desert. Human indifference leads to the end of natural growth.
5:28
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Dawn
Dawn
dir. Mario Rico
Spain, 2015
Latest news: a walking dead invasion is sweeping the nation.
3:30
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Electrofly
Electrofly
dir. Natalia C. A. Freitas
Germany, 2015
In a bathroom, a small fly hovers around a lamp. Suddenly, the fly receives an electric shock! The fly lands on the wall, and as it touches it, some drawings and advertising posters…
2:45
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Fulfilament
Fulfilament
dir. Rhiannon Evans
UK, 0
Travel around the brain with a little lost thought, and discover what it takes to make a great idea.
7:33
STUDENT SHORTS
Head
Head
dir. Stav Levi
Israel, 2015
A man decides to separate himself from his head. Unfortunately, his decision has serious consequences.
4:20
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
I'm Afraid
I'm Afraid
dir. Kate Reid
Canada, 2015
An exploration into teenage fears and anxiety – as shared by a Grade 12 Drama class from Markham, Ontario, Canada. Created in May 2015, this work was originally combined with live voiceovers…
1:22
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow
If The Cuckoo Don’t Crow
dir. Steve Kirby
UK, 2015
If the cuckoo don’t crow, then you know there’s wind coming…" Brian from Melton recounts how his mother, Doris, was the woman who famously predicted the October 1987 hurricane and phoned…
1:50
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Ivan's Need
Ivan's Need
dir. Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter
Switzerland, 2015
When kneading incredibly soft dough, Ivan gets lost in daydreams. He forgets that sooner or later, the master baker will turn all of the dough into horribly crispy bread. Until he sees…
6:20
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Junction
Junction
dir. Nathan Jurevicius
Canada, 2016
For generations, the Face Changers have made the clay tokens that alter the winds and faces of their kin. This month, the youngest is tasked with taking the 10,000 footsteps to the…
7:07
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Junk
Junk
dir. Walter Tournier
Uruguay, 2015
Memories of life in an apocalyptic world.
5:00
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Last Act
Last Act
dir. Daphné Chabrier, Laura Hottot, Cécile Peyron
France, 2015
In a theater, a man will do everything it takes to save this magical place from destruction.
3:49
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Lune
Lune
dir. Toma Leroux, Patrick Delage
France, 2014
At night in a sleepy town in a deserted kitchen, a microwave turns, a bottle is warming up, a hungry baby is babbling. Who's gonna feed her?
6:16
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Mirrors
Mirrors
dir. Yali Herbet, Lee Dror
Israel, 2015
The relationship between a young girl and her father is reflected as they spend time together in a car, while driving on an endless road.
7:00
STUDENT SHORTS
MOOM
MOOM
dir. Daisuke 'Dice' Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo
Japan, 2016
Have you ever wondered what happens to your forgotten objects? Those objects end up rising from the waters of the magical lake, with their 'memories' still attached. Scared and lost,…
13:49
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Nascent
Nascent
dir. Jerrold Chong
USA, 2014
Nas·cent: beginning to exist or develop. An unusual pair of twins must learn to adapt to a strange new relationship and make a decision that will change their fates forever.
4:20
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Nova Seed
Nova Seed
dir. Nick DiLiberto
Canada, Japan, 2016
Beneath the decay of a dying world lives the Mad Doctor Mindskull. Using the planet’s power of creation he has created the ultimate Weapon. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil…
64 minutes
NOVA SEED
O+AB-
O+AB-
dir. Reza Hadiani
Iran, 2015
Circle of blood between little blue fish and huge red fish.
3:30
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Otto
Otto
dir. Salvatore Murgia, Dario Imbrogno
Italy, 2015
Otto is a video that was created with the intention of speaking, in a metaphorical and abstract way, about the natural circle of events. This often changes the rules of the characters…
1:57
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Paper Key
Paper Key
dir. Jenaro González
Colombia, 2015
While working in a colossal building, where hundreds of people go through their daily routines, a streak of light catches Hector’s attention. His curiosity pushes him to follow the…
22:46
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Pink Komkommer
Pink Komkommer
dir.
Canada, 1991
MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Possessed
Possessed
dir. Sam
Spain, 2015
Trini, the world famous flamenco dancer, has been deeply depressed and has abandoned the stage. Damian, her 8-year-old son, is possessed by a malicious devil that makes him do the most…
82 minutes
POSSESSED
Postalolio
Postalolio
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 2008
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MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Quacksalver
Quacksalver
dir. Jorn Leeuwerink
Netherlands, 2015
It seems just like a regular day at the quack's office. Suddenly, things get out of hand when one of the wonder doctor's patients decides to give him a taste of his own medicine.
3:26
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Que Dalle
Que Dalle
dir. Hugo de Faucompret, Eva Lusbaronian, Caroline Cherrier, Johan Ravit, Arthus Pilorget
France, 2015
Steven, Sandrine, Joel and Thomas are pretty bored. From the soccer stadium to the garbage dump, the playground and the supermarket parking lot – nothing seems to amuse them.
2:25
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Rainbow: A Story About Life
Rainbow: A Story About Life
dir. Eduardo Wahrhaftig
Brazil, 2015
A couple's last moments are told through the colours of the rainbow.
2:47
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Scent of Geranium
Scent of Geranium
dir. Naghmeh Farzaneh
USA, 2016
Immigration is a new chapter in one's life. Unexpected events can take a person's life down different paths than those imagined. This film is an autobiographical account of the director's…
4:41
STUDENT SHORTS
Shift
Shift
dir. Cecilia Puglesi, Yijun Liu
USA, 2015
Shift is a story about self-discovery. The interaction between characters that appear to be antagonists – a woman from a city and a wild woman from the forest – forces the civilized…
5:23
STUDENT SHORTS
Shudo
Shudo
dir. To-Anh Bach, Charles Badiller, Hugo Weiss
France, 2015
Two samurais face each other on a battlefield ravaged by war. Absorbed by their pride, they clash in a duel fuelled by deep emotions.
1:30
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Sing Beast Sing
Sing Beast Sing
dir. Marv Newland
Canada, 1981
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MARV NEWLAND MEETS HIS RETROSPECTIVE
Spark
Spark
dir. Aaron Woodley
Canada, 2016
Thirteen years ago, the power-mad General Zhong seized control of Planet Bana and tore it to pieces in the process. Now splintered into hundreds of shards, Zhong is Bana's evil overlord,…
90 minutes
SPARK AND TAAFI 2016 OPENING CEREMONIES
Starboard & Stern:
Starboard & Stern: "SOS"
dir. M.R. Horhager
Canada, 2015
Two shipwrecked cast-aways, Starboard and Stern, live on a small remote island within swimming distance of the Bermuda Triangle.
3:35
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Steadfast Stanley
Steadfast Stanley
dir. John Kim
USA, 2014
In the break of an apocalypse, Stanley, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is left behind. All he wants to do is get back to his owner.
4:11
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Stripy
Stripy
dir. Babak Nekooei, Behnoud Nekooei
Iran, 2015
All the workers in a factory have been instructed to paint stripes on boxes. The work is getting done in the usual, mundane way. Until one of the workers decides to paint the boxes…
3:33
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Super Science Friends - Episode 1:
Super Science Friends - Episode 1: "The Phantom Premise"
dir. Brett Jubinville
Canada, 0
Super Science Friends was created by Brett Jubinville. Animated by a lot of talented people at Tinman Creative Studios, it was successfully Kickstarted in November 2014. It features…
15:57
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
Symphony of Two Minds
Symphony of Two Minds
dir. Valere Amirault
France, 2015
An outstanding opera, a gorgeous banquet, and two strange characters are having a go at it. But today, it seems the universe doesn’t want to take them seriously, and the truth catches…
6:40
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
Taking the Plunge
Taking the Plunge
dir. Thaddaeus Andreades, Nicholas Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Marie Raoult
USA, 2015
When a young man’s ideal wedding proposal is placed in jeopardy, he is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans.
6:43
STUDENT SHORTS
Tako Faito!
Tako Faito!
dir. Giant Ant
Canada, 2015
A modern samurai encounters a huge tentacle. They fight.
1:00
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
The Casebook of Nips & Porkington
The Casebook of Nips & Porkington
dir. Melody Wang
Canada, 2015
The Casebook of Nips & Porkington is about two members of the Constabulary and their quest to restore a stolen egg to its distraught parents.
2:27
STUDENT SHORTS
The Eye of the Storm
The Eye of the Storm
dir. Masanobu Hiraoka
Japan, 2015
Make yourself comfortable in the eye of the storm.
4:59
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
The Forest Paper
The Forest Paper
dir. Sipparpad Krongraksa
Thailand, 2015
In a world that is made of paper, everyone in the city focuses on technology while forgetting to care about Mother Nature.
4:12
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The Legend of the Crabe-Phare
The Legend of the Crabe-Phare
dir. Alexandre Veaux, Benjamin Lebourgeois, Gaëtan Borde, Mengjing Yang, Claire Vandermeersh
France, 2015
The Crab is a legendary crustacean. The legend says that he captures ships of lost fishermen and adds them to his collection. But the Lighthouse-Crab is getting older, and his collection…
6:45
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
The Orchestra
The Orchestra
dir. Mikey Hill
Australia, 2015
In a word filled with beautiful, harmonious music, Vernon always seems to strike the wrong note.
15:00
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
The Popcorn Machine
The Popcorn Machine
dir. Romain Borrel
New Zeland, 2015
From the makers of Jack of All Trades come this little film about a movie theatre, a girl and some popcorn.
1:17
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
The Seven Red Hoods
The Seven Red Hoods
dir. Leo Verrier
France, 2014
After stealing a fabulous treasure, a bunch of gangsters are on the run. As they go deeper into the forest and become lost, they slowly become legendary figures.
8:45
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
The Shutterbug Man
The Shutterbug Man
dir. Chris Walsh
Canada, 2014
The Shutterbug Man tells the tale of a twisted man whose only passion in life is taking pictures. This passion takes him to dark and terrible places.
4:36
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
The Story of Gin
The Story of Gin
dir. Daniel Cantwell
Ireland, 2015
The story of the popular spirit, Gin's appeal throughout the decades, and particularly during in the cocktail era of the early 1950s.
1:20
SHORTS 1: STRAIGHT-UP TOONS
The Valley Below
The Valley Below
dir. Joel Hofmann
Switzerland, 2015
That which is disguised in the haze can only be viewed from a closer distance. On top of a mountain, a soldier protects his town from the threats that lurk beneath the fog. One day,…
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SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Trying to Connect
Trying to Connect
dir. Stefan Bürkner
Germany, 2015
In a world without organic sounds, a guy flirts with a girl via chat – even though she is sitting right next to him. When he suddenly loses reception, he can’t answer anymore and she…
4:30
STUDENT SHORTS
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
We Can't Live Without Cosmos
dir. Konstantin Bronzit
Russia, 2014
During training, two friendly cosmonauts attempt to turn their common dream into a reality. But this story is not just about that dream.
15:00
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL
Wedding in Hell
Wedding in Hell
dir. Yannick Boireau, Pierre Butet, Magali Garnier, Clémence Maret
France, 2015
Rachelle is spending her vacations in the country. One night, while watching a silly reality TV wedding show, she decides to plan a most magical marriage.
2:46
SHORTS 3: HILARIOUSLY DARK & INCREDIBLY STRANGE
White
White
dir. Elodie Ponçon
France, 0
Souls of a white world create light until one of them becomes faulty.
4:53
SHORTS 2: THE REFLECTING POOL