Animation is such an engaging art form – perfect for inspiring the wide-open imaginations of our youngest NZIFF audience members.
This selection alternates big themes and existential musings with essential hilarity, showcasing a dozen terrific short films from all corners of our big wide world.
Certain to stimulate and charm both sharp young minds and indie animation-loving grown-ups.
France | 2018| Nicolas Deveaux
At an airport, on the wing of an aeroplane, a troupe of snails perform a magnificent choreographed dance.
The Netherlands | 2017 | Bastiaan Schravendeel
When Esra misses her train, a discarded classic cube tries to get her attention.
Germany | 2017 | Robert Löbel
Two characters are intrinsically linked as they influence each other with every move they make.
Russia | 2019 | Olga Poliektova & Tatiana Poliektova
A letter from a boy to his father shares all that had once been kept unspoken.
Best Laid Plans
USA | 2017 | John Morena
Follow the ups and downs of a Rube Goldberg contraption.
Russia | 2017 | Anton Dyakov
The world is about to perish, everything seems hopeless. But then a real hero steps forward – a brave musketeer without fear!
Do Not Touch!
Czech Republic | 2017 | Pavel Endrle
One room. One button. And one sign that clearly says, ‘do not touch’. What to do?
Lost & Found
Russia | 2018 | Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe
A dinosaur must unravel itself to maintain a tight-knit friendship.
A Good Heart
Russia | 2018 | Evgeniya Jirkova
The life of a prehistoric family is upset, little by little, by the arrival of numerous uninvited friends.
The Skellingtons of Wellington
New Zealand | 2019 | Ruth Templer
The Skellingtons ride – but if you look closely there is nobody there.
UK | 2018 | Joe Wood
A successful gym session is all about maintaining excellent rhythm.
Finland / India / Lithuania | 2017 | Gediminas Siaulys
A magical transfer of glowing energy and life is set in motion when one creature departs its earthly form.