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Feb 25, 2014 7:00 PM

Beast, Us and Creatures In-between

Screening of international animated short films exploring the border between humans and animals.

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Curated by Peter Horak and co-curated by Kristyna Milde.
Presented in collaboration with iShorts.
Screening of international animated short films exploring the border between humans and animals.

/ CZ 2010 / Animation / 10 min /
A humorous and sweetly melancholic story about a lonely graffiti-tiger and his life on walls and facades of Prague houses and buildings. Full of dirty lanes and corners, the city serves as a wild jungle in which the tiger is searching for his lost love. Thrilling and humorous, the story is presented in an attractive form combining the elements of the 2D animation technology with film clips starring human actors.

(NOTES ON) BIOLOGY by Ornana / USA 2011 / Animation / 6 min /
An animated account of an organism adapting to its environment. Remember in high school when you spent hours perfecting your flip book skills? In (Notes on) Biology, winner of Best Animation at this year’s  SXSW festival, we follow a student, Mr. Ellis, who zones out during a dull Biology class and escapes into his own imagination. Etoecology what? Who cares!

CARN by Jeff Le Bars /France 2013 / Animation / 5 min /
Lost in the woods, a young boy makes a bloody pact with dying wolf. Taking a leaf from Kipling’s book and presenting the wolf in a much more positive manner, Carn from French animator Jeff Le Bars is the dark and atmospheric tale of a wolf mother who sacrifices her own life to save a lost young boy, in return for his promise to protect her young.

MOXIE by Stephen Irwin / Canada 2011 / Animation / 5 min /
A pyromaniac bear misses his mother.The film tells the story of a destructive, drug-fueled, mentally disturbed bear who did a “bad thing” and spends a week coping with the death of his mother. Stephen’s common theme of a corrupted innocence appears again as the young bear struggles with heavy issues beyond his control —a tragic seed cultivated   by a lonely world. 

THE EAGLEMAN STAG by Mikey Yes Please / UK 2011 / Animation / 9 min /
If you repeat the word 'fly' for long enough it sounds like you are saying 'life'. Peter has discovered that the longer we live, the faster time passes. This is of no help to Peter. His answers lie in the brain of the beetle.¨

SWIMMING POOL by Alexandra Hetmerova / CZ 2010 / Animation / 6 min /
Night lovestory of two outsiders, who meet in closed swimming pool in the middle of big city.A playful animation about two strangers who, instead of shying away from each another, take a risk to embrace a magical moment that leads to an amusing and truly fantastic discovery.

BOTTLE by Kirsten Lepore / USA 2011 / Animation / 5 min /
An elegiac animation of minimalist perfection about transoceanic conversation.
Bottle, the greatest achievement of Kirsten Lepore yet, is the winner of the Vimeo Audience Award for Animation this year. It tells the story of two unlikely penpals; one a mound of sand, the other a pile of snow. Each are endowed with sentience and mobility and come to know each other by trading details of their lives through a floating bottle. The result is visually inventive, yet also emotionally affecting.

THUMB SNATCHERS FROM THE MOON COCOON by Brad Schaffer / USA 2011 / Animation / 7 min /
This 100% hand-made, action-packed short film tries to keep up as a Texas Sheriff hilariously massacres a race of clumsy aliens.
Texas has a rich, bordering on mythical, history of gun-slinging lawmen. We thought this legacy reached it apotheosis with internet-meme/actual person Chuck Norris, but we hadn’t yet met the Sheriff of Bradley Schaffer’s CalArts student film.

Awards: Best Animated Film – Tacama Film Festival; Best Nod to the Republic of Texas - Couch Fest Films 2012; Platinum Remi Award – WorldFest, Houston; Best Animated Horror Short Film – Tabloid Witch Awards; Best Animated Film, Audience Choice – Oceansdie Int’l Film Fest; Best Animated Film, Jury Award – Oceanside Int’l Film Fest; Nom for Best Animated Short – Sacramento Horror Film Festival; Best Animated Film – Catalina Int’l Film Festival; Best Student Animated Film! – First Glanc

SEED by Ben Richardson, Daniel Bird / UK 2010 / Animation / 11 min /
An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio. With its complex characterization and narrative of animal evolution, competition and reproduction, SEED is a beautiful and sinister stop-motion story about the struggle to survive.

THE LAST BUS by Martin Snopek, Ivana Laucikova / SK 2010 / Animation / 15 min /
It’s the start of the hunting season. The animals of the forest board a small bus and flee to safety. When hunters stop the bus in the middle of the night, its passengers reveal their true natures in fear for their lives.


iShorts is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote short films together with their authors. Our main activity is organizing regular short film screenings in Czech and Slovak cities. Each screening night has a specific program. On regular basis, we screen films that were awarded at major festivals: Cannes, Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance and many more. We were the first in Central and Eastern Europe to showcase all the finalists of Academy Awards for short films. We cooperate with European Film Academy and yearly we hold screenings of short horror films for Halloween, we organize an annual competition for cinematography in short films and we present films from various big cities: New York or London.


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