About This Shorts Program
Welcome to the Festival! We’re starting off with a selection of music videos and short animations from around the world. Come downtown to the Soo Theatre and help us kick off the festival!
Sight of the Sound
Director: Arvin Bautista
Music Video, United States, 2014, 4 mins, English
An original 1980s style music video tribute to Alison Blaire, the mutant pop star ally of Marvel Comics’ X Men.
I Will Steal Your Heart (Lila Cheney)
Director: Arvin Bautista
Music Video, United States, 2016, 6 mins, English
A music video tribute to X Men comics' Lila Cheney and the New Mutants, "I Will Steal Your Heart" is the rockin' sequel to 2014's Dazzler video "I Will Steal Your Heart."
Little Party Queen (Next is Best)
Director: Etienne Fu Le Saulnier
Music Video, France, 2016, 3 mins, English
In a world of glitter and skin tight Lycra, will Travis regain his honour during this final and reckless Chinese Finger Wrestling duel against Hogan, his sworn enemy?
Singing through the Storm
Director: Johanna Mateo
Music Video, United States, 2016, 4 mins, English
This is a daring story, one that involves the human connection of experiencing a love loss. You see, she didn't get to see her man make it big because her life was cut short by a senseless act of violence. A mass shooting has occurred and she was innocently caught in the cross fire.
The Life We Had
Audience Choice Award - Best Music Video
Director: Zoran Maslic
Music Video, Canada, 2014, 2 mins, English
An intimate and regretful ballad about love that disappeared in “substance abuse.” Music video of singer songwriter Chad Fontaine. (From the filmmaker: “The music video takes place in Toronto.”)
The Band Breakfast
Directors: Antonella Guido, Piero Schirinzi
Music Video, Italy, 2015, 7 mins
It's morning in the big city and someone sings and prepares breakfast, but someone else is spying on this scene.
A Single Life
Directors: Job Roggeveen, Joris Oprins, Marieke Blaauw
Animation, Netherlands, 2014, 2 mins
When playing a mysterious vinyl single, Pia is suddenly able to travel through her life. This was an Academy Award nominee for Short Film (Animated) in 2015.
Café Sultan Muhammad
Director: Zohreh Shayestehfar
Animation, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 2015, 6 mins
A poor girl enters a mansion and is welcomed by the hostile greetings of the owner. However, she continues on her path, aided by the food that she got from the mansion’s kitchen When she comes to a little pool, her life is changed forever.
A Space in Time
Director: Alexandre Athané
Animation, France, 2015, 14 mins, French
Claire, a little girl, and her grandfather share a dream seeing a man walk on the moon and their favorite pastime is playing astronaut. On the night of July 20, 1969, while the whole world is fixated on Neil Armstrong, Claire's thoughts are with her own personal hero.
Director: Pedro Solís
Animation, Spain, 2014, 11 mins, Spanish
María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.
My Mother Only Had One Eye
Director: Joseph Nason
Animation, Ireland, 2015, 3 mins, English, Student Project (Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland)
Short sad tale with a powerful moral.
Director: Olivia Pecini
Animation, United States, 2016, 3 mins, Student Project (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island)
A girl and her pet rooster grapple with starvation.
One Day in July
Director: Hermes Mangialardo
Animation, Italy, 2015, 2 mins
A child plays on a sandy beach, but a soldier comes with his gun...
Director: Seyed M. Tabatabaei
Animation, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 2016, 8 mins, Student Project (Tehran Art University, Tehran, Iran)
M.E., the character of the story, is born inside a room made of varied sized spheres and brightened by a floating light. While M.E. is greatly astonished by the light, the spheres start glittering with colorful displays and attract him to themselves. M.E. loses himself playing with the spheres.
Shades of Gray
Audience Choice Award - Best Animation
Director: Alexandra Averyanova
Animation, Russian Federation, 2014, 6 mins, English
Early 20th century Saint Petersburg. A boy and a girl meet at the Tsarskoselsky railway station, but get separated a few moments later. As they grow up, the two walk the same streets of Petersburg. However, twenty years later the mystical connection which emerged between them in childhood brings these young people back to the place where they had first met.
Director: Carlos Lascano
Animation, Argentina, 2014, 9 mins
Armed with her sketchbook, Lila walks off into the world, convinced that she has the power to make it a better place. Sitting at a bar, hanging out at a park, or walking down a street, Lila draws the lines that fill in the magic lost by those around her.
The D in David
Directors: Michelle Yi, Yaron Farkash
Animation, United States, 2016, 2 mins, English, Student Project (Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida)
The comic adventures of Michelangelo’s David.
Directors: Abbas Jalali Yekta, Mohammad Hossein Azam Pour
Animation, Iran, Islamic Republic of, 2015, 3 mins, English
Mr. Violet lives on a mug in a busy café. His life is boring and full of loneliness until a girl on another mug changes his life.