Break Down – Christopher Winterbauer

Beaking up. Yup, that universal feeling of rejection. Considering it’s such a “done” topic (from movies to books to essentially every country song), it’s a tough subject to pull off in an innovative way, let alone one that uses minimal cinematic resources or pizzazz. But, director and writer Christopher Winterbauer has pulled off such a cinematic magic trick with his film, Break Down, a low-key, darkly comic, but also poignant take on a couple who has reached the end of their path together.

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Blik – Bastiaan Schravendeel

Even then, this story of a boy, new to the neighborhood and who falls for the older girl next door, manages to be one of the most wonderfully expressive short animations to come around in a while. Read more…

Your Hands – Georgia King

If you’ve ever been dumped before, you’ll appreciate how much Your Hands captures the feeling of trying to look fine on the outside but feeling like your life is falling apart on the inside.

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Dear mr. Shakespeare – Shola Amoo

Shakespeare’s plays are to a lot of people the pinnacle of literature and theatre. Generation upon generation grew up with his stories and poems, and no doubt read the morals purveyed and found them either fitting or outdated the present. Shola Amoo created a short film providing visuals along Phoebe Boswell‘s poetry on Othello, one such play that has received criticism for it’s blatant racism, according to today’s standards. The question is though if it was Shakespeare’s racism that offends us, or is it our racism still? Read more…

Mynarski Death Plummet – Matthew Rankin

Mynarski Death Plummet is a short about Andrew Mynarski, a Canadian Airforce soldier in WWII, who was posthumously awarded the Victorian Cross for sacrificing himself in the attempt to save his fellow soldiers. Not only is Mynarski Death Plummet a touching dramatization of events, it is also a visual coup de force concerning filmic techniques on celluloid. Read more…

Dream – Zombie Studio

A promofilm for Wildlife Conservation Film Festival that was held 17-23th October, “Dream” is a tearjerking reminder of mankind’s influence on animal life. Especially the cartoony style of the animation is in shrill contrast with the shocking consequences of atrocities against animals. Read more…