Thursday, September 23, 3:00 pm (National Gallery)
Saturday, September 25, 3:00 pm (NAC Southam Hall)  
Running time: 80:00 mins.

La Piccola Russia [2003]
Gianluigi Toccafondo
Arte France, Studionino, Fandango / France, Italy / 35 mm / 16:30
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Photocopies, ink on paper

The characters and events are imaginary, the locations are real and make up the centre of Italy, crossing the regions of Marches, Romagne, the Apennines and the Adriatic sea, called: Little Russia.

Gianluigi Toccafondo studied at the Urbino Institute of Art. His many short films have been screened at internationally recognized festivals such as the Annecy Animation Festival. He has also created animated portraits of political figures for Avanzi, as well as several television logos. He has made commercials for such companies as Levi jeans and is also an artist, showing his work regularly in Europe.

Reese's Pieces 'Center of Attention' [2003]
Chel White
Bent Image Lab / USA / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Advertising Film
Clay, puppets, cut-outs, pixilation, 3D computer

Like a sugar induced daydream, this commerical is a rollercoaster ride of animation.

Chel White has a BA in Visual Arts from Antioch University. He has been working as an independent filmmaker for twenty years. From Sundance to Berlin to Hiroshima, his films have been exhibited in film festivals all over the world, and recognized with many awards.

Puleng, Bringer of Rain [2004]
Ali Taylor
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 3:07
C. Television Special
3D computer

Puleng struggles to take care of her ailing father as a terrible drought comes to an end with the arrival of rain.

Ali Taylor graduated from The Surrey Institute of Art and Design (Animation BA Hons). She regularly exhibits as an illustrator and gained the Channel 4 commission to make Puleng following an artists residency with the BFI. She is currently an animation director with Sherbert. Puleng is her first film as a graduate.

Chiclets 'Kung Fu' [2004]
Mike Overbeck & Phil Robinson
Wild Brain Inc. / USA / Betacam SP / 0:15
C. Advertising Film

Animated commercial for Chiclets gum.

Michael Overbeck graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with two films that travelled the festival circuit. Mike has since been a freelance animator in New York completing Atlas Gets a Drink (1999), Tongues and Taxis (2000), and Frog Dreaming (2002). Currently, he is doing commercial work for Wildbrain in San Francisco.

Whisper of the Fur-Cones (Allerleirauh) [2004]
Anja Struck
Academy of Media Arts / Germany / Betacam SP / 7:55
D. First / Student Film
Puppets, animated objects, pixilation

Based on a Brothers Grimm fairy tale dealing with child abuse.

Anja Struck studied graphic design at the University for Applied Science Aachen and media design at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She has received many awards and recognitions including a nomination for best editing at the Film Editing conference in Cologne 2001 and 1st prize at the International Festival for University cinema.

Robinsons ‘Barleydino' [2003]
Alan Smith & Adam Foulkes
Nexus Productions / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Advertising Film
3D computer

Smith & Foulkes take us inside the mind of a quick-witted child. A leather dinosaur and a plastic rabbit try to keep up.


Fish on a Hook [2003]
Andy Glynne
DFG Films / United Kingdom / Betacam SP / 3:00
C. Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film

Mike describes in visual detail how he suffers from panic attacks and agoraphobia.

This is the first film for producer/director Andy Glynne. Andy Glynne is a trained psychologist and was responsible for setting up the Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG) a comprehensive resource for documentary filmmakers in the UK. He is also Co-Producer of the Reel Madness Film Festival (UK), a mental health film festival which launched in 2003.

Glass Crow [2004]
Steven Subotnick
USA / Betacam SP / 6:20
D. Non-Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes
Ink on paper, pencil on paper, 2D computer

A meditation on the Defenestration of Prague, the spark which began the Thirty Years War.

Steven Subotnick came to animation from studies in painting, anthropology and film. He has taught animation at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, at Rhode Island School of Design, and at Harvard University. He has written a book for Focal and is designing interactive animation.

Brush the Teddy's Toes [2003]
Yvonne Eckersley
North West Wales Institute / Wales / Betacam SP / 4:33
C. Television Special
Ink on paper, pigments on watercolour paper

This short animation follows Louis and his family on a journey to find help for the developmental problems he is experiencing.

Yvonne Eckersley has Graphic Design BA at Liverpool Polytechnic and an MA in Multimedia Design and Productions at Liverpool JMU. She was a founder of Jackdaw Media and joined NEWI as a Senior Lecturer in Animation. Her animated films have been exhibited at animation festivals internationally and she has produced animation for gallery exhibition.

Domo Kun-1 ‘Why the Tears?' [2002]
Tsuneo Goda & Shigeru Ohno
NHK, TYO Productions, Inc. / Japan / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Station-Programme Identification / Title Sequence

The short stories from the series of Domo-Kun. This series shows various episodes of daily lives of a rabbit, bat mother family, and Domo.

Domo Kun-6 ‘Watching' [2003]
Tsuneo Goda & Masaki Unno
NHK, TYO Productions, Inc. / Japan / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Station-Programme Identification / Title Sequence

The short stories from the series of Domo-Kun. This series shows various episodes of daily lives of a rabbit, bat mother family, and Domo.

Domo Kun-3 ‘Baseball Game' [2003]
Tsuneo Goda & Shigeru Ohno
NHK, TYO Productions, Inc. / Japan / Betacam SP / 0:30
C. Station-Programme Identification / Title Sequence

The short stories from the series of Domo-Kun. This series shows various episodes of daily lives of a rabbit, bat mother family, and Domo.

Tsuneo Goda graduated from Japan Academy of Moving Images. He made a number of animated commercials, music videos and an animation short, Komaneko.
Shigeru Ohno joined Dentsu, then SKY Perfect Communications, Japan's first digital satellite broadcaster, as programming manager for SKYPerfectTV!'s promotional channel. He joined the Satellite Broadcasting Department of NHK as a program director. He is now working in the Production Division of the Public Relations Department.
Masaki Unno worked for the NHK Broadcasting Center in Tokyo and joined the Current Affairs Programs Division of the Program Production Department. He has been responsible for producing programs and spots featuring the NHK's BS-channel promotional character Domo-Kun.

Suite for Freedom [2004]
Aleksandra Korejwo, Caroline Leaf & Luc Perez
Acme Filmworks / USA / Betacam SP / 12:00
C. Educational, Scientific or Industrial Film
Salt, pencil, graphite powder, paint

Suite for Freedom encompasses three short animated films directed by award-winning animators dealing with the cruelty and bondage of slavery and a history of the Underground Railroad.

Aleksandra Korejwo graduated from the Department of Graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan with a degree in painting and animation film. She has worked for the Television Studio of Animation Films since November 1984. She has received many awards from the Association of Polish Film Artists.
Caroline Leaf was a student at Radcliffe College, Harvard University. In her senior year of college she enrolled in an animation class. Her numerous films have garnered international recognition and awards including ranking in the American Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences ‘Olympic' competition. Her films have won 5 OIAF awards and was honoured with the Norman McLaren Heritage Award in 1994.
Luc Perez graduated from the National Fine Arts School of Lyon in 1986. He has directed commercials, education programs, and show reels for French Television along with directing experimental videos and videos for museums. His short film entitled 23, rue des Martyrs has been recognized at 18 European Film Festivals.

Queens of the Stone Age 'Go with the Flow' [2003]
The Directors Bureau / USA / Betacam SP / 3:07
C. Music Video
3D computer, 2D computer


Shynola was conceived at the College of Art and Design in Maidstone, Kent when Gideon Baws, Jason Groves, Chris Harding, and Richard “Kenny” Kenworthy began working together on joint projects. They have created music videos and campaigns for Radiohead, Stephen Malkmus, and Morcheeba. They have done advertising campaigns for Nike Presto, Footlocker, and Sony PlayStation.

MTV 'Son of the Blob' [2004]
Hisko Hulsing
Hisko Hulsing / The Netherlands / Betacam SP / 0:40
C. Station-Programme Identification / Title Sequence
Cel, pencil on paper, cut-outs, 2D computer

The MTV logo is the indestructable son of the Blob and conquers the world till it's all covered in slime.

Hisko Hulsing's debut film, Harry Rents a Room (1999), was successfully released in Dutch cinemas together with David Cronenberg's Existenz and in Czech cinemas with Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. His second film Seventeen that will be shown in the Best of the Rest program, is released in the Netherlands together with American Splendor ( Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini).

The Red Tree [2003]
Nam-Sik Han
South Korea / Betacam SP / 10:29
D. First / Student Film

The story of Korean Comfort women who suffered under the Japanese occupation of Korea during WWII

Nam-Sik Han was born in 1972. The Red Tree has received acclaim including the 2nd Int'l Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart, the Anima 2004 Brussel Int'l Animation Festival, and the 2003 Pisaf-Puchon Int'l Student Animation Festival.

Frank and Wendy ‘Hungerburger' [2003]
David Snowman
Eesti Joonisfilm Studio / Estonia / Betacam SP / 9:00
C. Television Series for Adults

The world around the super-agents is filled with black humor, surrealism and the absurd.

David Snowman was born in 1956 in Birmingham. Son of the famous Edward Snowman – the head of the Snowman Corporation. He studied law, macroeconomics and cultural anthropology at Oxford. After a successful career in economics he became involved in literature. He has published a collection of poetry called Bacon, two novels and a science fiction book “Multi-national corporations Invading Eastern Europe.” Shortly after completing the TV series Frank and Wendy David was arrested and sent to the Guantanamo army base. Because of this tragic fact he is being represented at various festivals by: Priit Pärn, Priit Tender, Kaspar Jancis or ülo Pikkov.

Through my thick glasses (À travers mes grosses lunettes) [2004]
Pjotr Sapegin
Pravda Animation, National Film Board of Canada / Norway, Canada / 35 mm / 13:00
D. Narrative Short Film under 35 minutes

An animated documentary from the perspective of a nearly blind five-year-old girl. The story, the historical background, and the characters are all based in reality.
Pjotr Sapegin worked for 15 years as a set designer for various theatres and in Oslo, he founded Pravda Productions, where he began making animated films with clay and puppets. He has made over a dozen highly personal works, which have delighted audiences and garnered numerous awards at international festivals. At OIAF 1996 his film Katten Mons (Mons The Cat) was awarded Best Children's Animated Production.