Select Shorts: This block has mixed ratings up to PG.
Approximate Running Time: 40 minutes
Streaming in this year's Virtual Festival available only from June 9-26 on
Jeremy Speed Schwartz
A writhing, complex, organic mass. Is it evolving? Is it breaking down? Does it strive for stability?
Olivia Coucci and Juliet Brown
A lonely lobster with destructive claws searches for love on the beach by holding hands with anything red she can find.
The monster that devoured the planet turned out to be... A UFO?
A timid American asks his Thai girlfriend’s father for his blessing in their marriage, but when he realizes the only way to gain his approval is by eating insanely spicy Thai food, his imagination thrusts him into a heated fight with her hot sauce father.
Isabella Calderon, Victoria Thompson
St. Petersburg, Florida
Debut, Group or Class
A woman gets overwhelmed by the claustrophobia of her daily train ride.
Root is a magical journey about Hana, exploring the world and struggling to expand her boundaries. Hana and the characters all face difficulties accepting each other over their difference. However, they all come to accept one another after realizing what they all have in common.
Rufina Madeleine Lusida, Seyoung Jang
Jonah, a high school drama club enthusiast, has a crush on his class mate, Beth; the school volleyball captain. Feeling uneasy to reach out to her as himself, he fantasizes acting in different personas to catch her attention. Little does he know, they both share the same feeling until an unexpected incident brings them together.
Order gives way to chaos. Chaos generates ferment. Ferment spurs fecundity.
Whisper, Rustle is a product of the Covid-19 pandemic, born of long walks in the forest spent memorizing poems by W.B. Yeats. Emergency measures disrupted regular patterns of human behavior and fear upended all normal interactions. The disequilibrium unsettled everyone but also brought a new understanding of the fragility of our sense of order.
Whisper, Rustle depicts this cycle with animation of natural and stylized elements drawn primarily from Yeats’s poems and prose. Stop motion animated objects include sand, pebbles, flower petals, oak bark, leaves, gravel, sponges, seeds, egg shells, a rotting log.
A Journey Through Hell
A skeleton traverses the depths of hell in search of companionship.
Living on an alien planet, is a tiny aquatic creature. It’s peaceful life is interrupted when a mysterious spaceship lands on its world and it meets an astronaut. The astronaut brings the creature back to his home world to be displayed as a scientific specimen and the creature longs for its home. Knowing that it will never see its home again, the creature can only cherish the memories of its previous life.
Cave Ablaze follows the story of a cowardly caveman who must learn to make fire with the help of his living cave paintings in order to survive.
Not included in virtual streaming.
Remains an Official Selection in Competition for overall awards.
Space travel takes a long time. It gets lonely out there. One could only wish for a companion on the long journey…