Featuring: I am Dyslexic, Crack’d, My Man (Octopus), Magic Box, Digital Romance, Lockbox, Hope, Hugo Bumfeldt, A Little Grey, this is Not an Animation, Money Time.

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Directed by Mads Johan Øgaard and Katie Wyman

United Kingdom

Runtime - 6 minutes

English language

The film expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system. The film uses strong metaphors to portray these emotions, as we follow a little boy in his journey to climb a mountain in a world made of books.

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Directed by Stéphanie CADORET

WORLD PREMIERE

France

Runtime - 9 minutes

A young woman comes back home. She gets undressed, puts on her swimsuit, and sinks into the underwater depths of her apartment. Overcomed by a baroque aquatic flora, her home has become the ecosystem of her spouse: an octopus. Until the following morning, she complies with this hostile, wet and suffocating environment that is now her everyday life with her man (octopus). 

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Directed by Raed Alshaikh

WORLD PREMIERE

Saudi Arabia

Runtime - 4 minutes

In a unique turn of events, a person discovers a magic box that can provide him with everything he wishes for, but, all of the sudden, his life turns into a living hell due to hands of greed. 

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Directed by Michael Helmuth Hansen

UK PREMIERE

Denmark

Runtime - 11 minutes

English language

One cold winter evening the computer game Brutal Bullet becomes infected by a destructive virus; a virus of burning red two’s hitting the computers binary number system of white zero’s and one’s. Kane Skullhead, the main character of the game, can suddenly feel a beat inside his chest; a beat of life that activates the antivirus in the computer and starts a chase of life and death, which will eventually reach beyond his own world and have him collide with the world of a beautiful ballerina. 

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Directed by Sebastian Brown

UK PREMIERE

USA

Runtime - 12 minutes

English language

A story about MeeGGo, who lives in a village of eggs, on a distant planet, who do nothing but lay around, never trying to discover what exists outside of their shells. This story is of MeeGGo's struggle to break free of his shell to reach the world beyond. The moral to never give up to become who you are and want to be. No dialogue just animated action. 

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Directed by Glen Johnston and Peter Cotter

UK PREMIERE

United Kingdom

Runtime - 2 minutes

A loving mechanical puppet looks for a way to save his makers business through the ultimate sacrifice.

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Directed by Michael Scherrer

Switzerland

Runtime - 6 minutes

After an unsuccessful escape a mother and her son are deported to a prison camp. The mother sees her child hunger and secretly gives him some left-over seeds, the last food she has. Shortly after, they are separated.

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Directed by Éva Katinka Bognár

Hungary

Runtime - 12 minutes

Hugo is an alien boy living on a tiny far-away planet. One day he gets his first pet as a present - it's a real scuba diver taken from Earth. Swept away by his childlike excitment Hugo doesn't recognize his plaything is an actual human being.

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Directed by Simon Hewitt

United Kingdom

Runtime - 5 minutes

English language

Featuring the vocal talents of Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat) and Richard Attlee (The Archers), A Little Grey takes us on a journey to save a soul, via bars, churches, doctor’s surgeries, tattoo parlours and beyond. A collaboration between writers Simon Hewitt and Stuart Royall, and animation studios Beakus and Mighty, this lyrical short story is about losing your spark and finding redemption.

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Directed by Federico Kempke

Mexico

Runtime - 5 minutes

English language

Student Film

A group of pretentious animators are followed through the process of creating the “ultimate animated film”. But do they really have the skills to back up their claims?

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Directed by Yuanyuan Qiu

UK PREMIERE

Runtime - 8 minutes

Student Film

Playing as part of Animated Shorts on Sunday 5th March at 1pm in the City Suites Screen. 

Troubled in love, Mr.Y embarks on a fantastical journey -- will he succeed on this quest in search of love?

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Directed by Ludovic Houplain

France

Runtime - 11 minutes

 In the icy steppe, a bear and her cub discover a plane that has been there for some time and their glacial tranquility will soon be disrupted by a train… And then more trains. Silent mechanical monsters converge toward a military base. A strange orbital spaceflight is being prepared.

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