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Young at Art

Select Shorts: This block is rated G - PG-13.
Debut and Debut Junior Animators (under 18, click here to learn more!)
Approximate Running Time: 70 minutes

Streaming in this year's Virtual Festival available only from June 9-26 on

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A Slice of Life

Max D'Aniello, Mattie Kueter, and Gray Tracey

Charlottesville, Virginia

Debut, Group or Class 



An animated look at a family's growth over a generation.

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Destination Disquiet

Isabella Calderon, Victoria Thompson

St. Petersburg, Florida

Debut, Group or Class



A woman gets overwhelmed by the claustrophobia of her daily train ride.

**This short is also included in our Southeast Delights program**

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Walter Duncan & Marie-Pierre Bonniol


Debut Junior, Group or Class



"Confined in their flat in Berlin during the first Lockdown, March 2020, a Mother and her 7-year old son collaborate on a playful testament to creativity — a fantastical short made using only a clothes horse, a shiny hula hoop and a lamp. In the process, they transform their ordinary corridor into a ghostly and experimental place marked by gamelan sounds and transfixing light imagery."
— Long Distance Film Festival programme, June 2020

“In the experimental corridor, to the sounds of a gamelan, objects become fantastic spectres.”
— Festival International du Film de Nancy, 2021

“An inspired use of a lamp, a clothes horse and a hula hoop create an amazing game of confronting shadows dancing to a brilliant original soundtrack.”
— Tvrtko for DUFF Dubrovnik Film Festival, 2021

This work is also part, since April 2020, of the collections of Stadtmuseum Berlin (Berlin jetzt! Sammlung) with a still image.

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Kerala, India

Debut, Solo



Story based on our natural environment, where a bird and its family lived on a neem tree in a forest. Once when the mother bird went out for searching food , suddenly fire broke out in the forest , so it fly back to its nest where children are cared by the neem tree. But before he reached , her kids were saved by a squarel and group of elephant . The captain of elephant passing by the area of help the squrel from falling down in the water and help to put out the fire around neem tree with their teem work putting water together on fire around neem tree. There after by seeing their unity the mother nature sent cloud for the rescue of forest by raining itself. The story tell us unitedly we can overcome any difficulty.

*This short is also included in our Green Light for Good program**

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Isabella Calderon

St. Petersburg, Florida

Debut Solo



Sickly boy struggles to come to terms with the recent passing of his mother.

*This short is also included in our Tuneful Toons & Droll Drawings program**


Lilith Joerg

Schramberg and Buehlertal, Germany

Debut, Solo



The barriers are in the mind. Everyone has fears and often for this reasons avoids situations that are important in order to deal with them better. Leonhard sticks to his usual daily routines. He is anxious and overprotective. Until one day he decides to hike to a
mysterious waterfall he read about in the newspaper. The trail begins as a normal hike, but more and more courage and overcoming is required. Finally he made it and is about to leave when he suddenly hears cries for help from the deep ravine below the waterfall. To help and possibly save a life, he would have to jump from the cliff into the roaring waters...

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Piotr Kaźmierczak

Legnica, Poland

Debut, Solo



A short story about struggling with lack, emptiness, loneliness.

**This short is also included in our A Couplet of Deep Thoughts program**

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Isabella Calderon

St. Petersburg, Florida

Debut, Solo 



Mary May shows us her flower field, everything seems to be fine but the flowers seem to be giving more than "superpowers."

**This short is also included in our Green Light for Good program**

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REKKER Studio workshop children, age 8 - 12, Antwerp

Antwerp, Belgium

Debut, Group or Class



Sport is healthy, but for Pinnemuts and Spinnekop it mainly causes a lot of 'ball-last'. Not to mention the sad fate of the balls, Ping and Pong...

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Brawl of the Beasts: The 10 Minute Cut

Tyler Herren

Snellville, Georgia

Debut, Solo



After 59 years of peace, two larger-than-life monsters awaken to settle a chaotic rivalry. Between a gargantuan reptile of unknown origin and a humongous ape with great intelligence, not even a highly specialized fleet of trained soldiers can stop the enormous battle from breaking out. All the while, five lab coworkers have prepared for this moment for a long time. They've constructed a mech suit that is able to withstand and hold back the mighty power of the two alpha creatures. The mech suit, the driver and the coworker's efforts are the only thing standing in the way of New York's ultimate demise. No one is going down without a worthy fight.

**This short is also included in our Inconceivable! program**

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Bread Fight

Cory Champion

Star, Idaho

Debut, Solo 



Simple, yet creative and a modern day moral story of sorts story line.

1. Nothing unites two enemies like a common enemy.

2. You never know what can happen when you're minding your own business.

3. Stealing doesn't pay.

4. Sometimes opportunity knocks when you least expect it.

5. Fighting for what you want doesn't always work out.

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REKKER studio workshop children, age 8 - 12

Antwerp, Belgium

Debut Junior, Group or Class



Due to circumstances, a very small Toucan egg ends up with a family of flies. The Toucan struggles to live up to the expectations of her adoptive family. Things that are quite normal to flies seem strange and dirty to a Toucan's eyes. Can the Toucan still find its place in the family?

Project : Buitenbeentjes (Misfits) put children at the helm of studio REKKER. Together we look for stories in reality and fiction about characters who dare to be different. We cover our ideas with a sauce of fantasy, let them simmer for a while in the stop motion pan and then steam them into 8 animated films that color outside the lines.

**This short is also included in our Yearning for Learning program**

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Cry of the Corals

Sakina Murtuza Mandsaurwalla

Mumbai, Maharashtra 

Debut, Solo



Cry of the Corals is a cut-out animated film directed by Sakina Mandsaurwalla. The designs, characters, background set was all created by her. This is a short movie of 4min and 57sec. It is about a girl name Sakina and Captain Mr John. They talk about the importance, problems n solutions of the Corals.


We are aware that Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence.They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. But then I wonder how we have not been responsible enough and managed to cause tremendous damage to these precious resources. It's time we think. It's time we take action to protect this precious resources. Just because this precious resources and the various species that lay within cannot speak, it's absolutely unfair to that we leave them unattended, when they need help




We all share the planet and thus have a responsibility in striking a balance and maintaining harmony. We are in some way interdependent so it's our duty to protect, and preserve the beauty of nature to any extent. We must protect them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world.

**This short is also included in our Green Light for Good program**

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Her Mission

Alma Humphreys

Seville, Spain

Debut Junior, Solo



A girl meets a time traveler who shows her the future of planet Earth. The girl thus accepts a great mission that will change her life.

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The Collecter

Mikaela Carde, Aiden Kingry, & Sofia McClarnon

Tallahassee, Florida

Debut, Group or Class 



A stop motion video about a crow's collecting endeavors and love for music.

**This short is also included in our Sophisticated Moods program**

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Mia Anne Spataro

St. Petersburg, Florida

Debut, Solo



This animated short tells the story of a disgruntled businessman, living out his normal nine to five life. But one day, he finally realizes the gravity of his situation, and snaps.

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Ruth & Nick: A Confectionery Tale

Carter Rostron

Kansas City, Missouri

Debut, Solo



This stop-motion animated short tells the bittersweet story of Nick, a piece of candy who falls in love with a girl who seems out of reach. This film was made by 15-year-old Carter Rostron of Kansas City, using cardboard, construction paper, and a bunch of candy.

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Clumsy Cop's Day Off

João Paulo Dohler Kohler


Debut Junior, Solo



Not included in virtual streaming.

Remains an Official Selection in Competition for overall awards.

Clumsy Cop takes a day off and goes swimming in the lake, but there's someone who doesn't want to let him rest.

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