Clip from director Saschka Unseld's new short, The Blue Umbrella, which opens in front of Pixar's Monsters University.
Soft strokes of color and sharp cuts to the cranium come together in Hisko Hulsing's long short Junkyard, (preview clip). Shocking, sudden action slices through dark memories and visions, as a man reflects on the subway following a moment of violence.
Alberta, 1909. The wide open prairies of the wild west. Enter a well-tailored young Englishman, fresh from the old country. He’s been sent to try his hand at ranching but his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. As the golden prairie summer turns to fall, it becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. Borrowing playfully from the western, the nature documentary and eyewitness reportage, this short animated film offers a fresh, wry take on the Canadian frontier experience. By contrasting details as delicate as a teacup with the immensity of the prairie sky, the clash between civilization and wilderness is starkly rendered. Wild Life is about the beauty of the untamed prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.
Magic Piano by Martin Clapp, 30’, is a 3-D puppet aniÂ¬mation adventure about two kids in Warsaw in Poland who discover an old piano in amongst a pile of junk that transforms into a magical flying machine. The kids, Anna and her cousin Chip Chip, use the Flying Machine to fly across Europe to find Anna’s father in London. But first they have to learn how to fly the magical machine…. On their way they have to navigate an obstacle course of hot air-balloons, swoop into Paris on a mission of the flying machine, weather a fierce storm in the English Channel, and with sunset fast approaching find dad in the big darkening city of London. Before they reach him they are torn from the flying machine by a magic storm, and find themselves back in the pile of junk in Warsaw. However maybe the Dad saw something in the stormy skies of London, because the next day he comes home to his daughter. Pushing the boundaries of 3-D cinema and animation this is a truly immersive and thrilling experience for a family audience. The emotional story of a girl missing her father brings tears to the eyes- both adults and kids, and every child wants to be on the flying machine. A real visual and audio treat, the film features Etudes 1, 3, 7,9, from Chopin’s Opus 10, and Etudes 1,5,6,11,12 from Chopin’s Opus 25, all performed with virtuosity by maestro Lang Lang.
Inspired, in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, “Morris Lessmore” is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of story. Using a variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, 2D animation) award winning author/ illustrator William Joyce and Co-director Brandon Oldenburg present a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals. “Morris Lessmore” is old fashioned and cutting edge at the same time.
After mass, the family gathered at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, as they did every Sunday. With everyone talking at once, it sounded like a family of crows cawing while perched on hydro lines. The town factory has closed its doors and, naturally, the adults can't stop fretting about their money problems. On this particular Sunday, one of the village boys places a coin on the train tracks. Imagine his astonishment when, picking up the coin after a train has run over it, he discovers some amazing changes. Sunday, young filmmaker Patrick Doyon's first film, is a magical tale that imparts important lessons about life as seen through the eyes of a child.
During Japan's siege on Nanking, a Western poses as a priest and protects a group of women in a church.
A war hero sees his people betray him and turns to his sworn enemy for help in exacting revenge in this modern adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play.
An assistant to Sir Laurence Olivier strikes up a relationship with Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl.
Set in 1950s Puerto Rico, American journalist Paul Kemp gets tangled up between island culture and ex-patriots.
The story of a young man and his horse that is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War I.
A young woman struggles to deal with her haunted past and troubled future after escaping from a cult.
A man convinced a giant tornado is coming builds an expensive storm shelter in his back yard against the concerns of his family.
The film begins in the 1950s when a young boy loses his innocence and his search for meaning over his life.
A love triangle forms between a young vet, a circus animal trailer and the trainer's wife, the star of the show.
Take a trip behind the scenes of how the Oscar-nominated short "Madagascar, A Journey Diary" came to be.
Watch the trailer for the Oscar-shortlisted student film about a son who wants to move and a mother who wants to stay.