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TITLE “Battle Deadline”
CREDITS John Cody Kim
STUDIO/SCHOOL CalArts California Institute of the Arts
SYNOPSIS "This is an art school where students bring their animation to life. In order to graduate each students must create an animated short within given amount of time. But meeting that deadline is not a simple task.."
CREDITS Davor Bujakovic, Junaid Chundrigar, Tom Mourik, Erwin Langstraat and Anna Engels
STUDIO/SCHOOL KLOMP! Animation
SYNOPSIS "Haring tells the tale of Diederik, a guy who makes the mistake of eating a herring right before a date. When he finds out his fishy breath destroys everything in its path, he does his best to get rid of the smell, while also trying to reach his date in time.."
CREDITS Michael Fragstein
STUDIO/SCHOOL Büro Achter April
SYNOPSIS "Are fears our friends or they just worsen people’s existence?"
TITLE “Infinity Train” by Owen Dennis*
STUDIO/SCHOOL Cartoon Network
The story is set on the eponymous Infinity Train, one of possibly infinite length and internal dimensions. Some of the cars, while of relatively normal size, are filled with puzzles that need to be solved to open the entrance to the next car; others contain entire kingdoms and vast landscapes. The train cars are inhabited by various kinds of creatures, from robots to talking dogs.
Tulip, a young girl, has been trapped on the train for about a week when the story begins in medias res, without directly explaining how she came to be there; she is trying to make her way through the train in hopes of finding a way off and getting home. She is accompanied by a robot companion she met on the train, One-One – the size and shape of a basketball. He is actually two separate hemisphere-shaped robots that can combine to roll around: the "Glad-One" is utterly exuberant and optimistic, and the "Sad-One" is utterly morose and pessimistic. Tulip also has a glowing green number "53" on the palm of her right hand, but she has no idea how it got there or what it means. Despite the surreal nature of the infinity train, Tulip is adamantly rational and logical, insisting that there must be some underlying explanation for her predicament.
The whole of the pilot focuses on Tulip and One-One’s journey through one particular train car, which houses a kingdom of Corgis known as Corginia. Though Tulip hopes to pass through to the next car swiftly, the king Atticus asks for her help in warding off a shadowy monster that has been causing the kingdom's river to flood into their city for about a week, the same amount of time the glowing number has been present on Tulip's palm. She decides to help Atticus in the hopes of finding answers.
Tulip, One-One and Atticus cross the water and, searching for the monster, discover it to only be a spider's shadow cast by a floodlight, with the door to exit the train car nearby. While initially happy to have progressed further, Tulip becomes much more upset when she realizes the number on her palm has not changed, implying she is no closer to going home. Atticus attempts to comfort her, suggesting that she just needs the right push.
Her mood lightened, Tulip begins to suspect that Corgenia's problem hasn't been solved at all - a spider's shadow should not have caused any change in water level, and there was no apparent reason for the presence of the floodlight on which it resided. Upon investigating a light in the distance, the trio discovers a broken pipe and an odd being (referred to as "the Steward" in the credits) composed of a coiling mass of metal tentacles with a motionless mask for a face. Glad-One cheerfully greets the creature, hoping to talk to it, and the Steward opens fire on them through machine guns placed behind its eyes. Atticus charges at the creature and is swiftly knocked away by it into the broken pipe. Tulip attempts to help him, but is attacked and restrained by the Steward, who orders her to "return to [her] seat." Atticus shuts off the broken pipe, momentarily distracting the Steward, which gives Tulip a chance to hit it with the door. After a short struggle, just before it can resume its attack on Tulip, the Steward sees One-One and inexplicably flees through a hole in the "sky" of the train car. As it goes, the number on Tulip's flickers rapidly and changes from "53" to "49". Realizing this, Tulip remarks that she thinks she has received her push.
TITLE “Rhapsodie pour un Pot-au-feu”
CREDITS Charlotte Cambon, Soizic Mouton, Stéphanie Mercier and Marion Roussel
SYNOPSIS "Three generations, with their own disagreements, live together under one roof. The mother, a central pillar of this family, strives to unite all of them around a pot-au-feu"
TITLE “Que Dalle”
CREDITS Caroline Cherrier, Hugo De Faucompret, Eva Lusbaronian, Arthus Pilorget and Johan Ravit
SYNOPSIS "Four children devise a plan to avenge Elliott on the lunch lady"
TITLE “The Cabinet Decision”
CREDITS Mayan Engelman
STUDIO/SCHOOL Bezalel - Academy of Art and Design
SYNOPSIS "Ena, a passionate firefighter and wife, is very involved in her profession. Her fascination with fire reveals itself as it impacts her family life.."
TITLE “Make Them Giants”
CREDITS Elliot Dear
SYNOPSIS "The story features England rugby players (including captain Chris Robshaw) literally becoming giants. All animated characters have some trouble going about their normal lives: travelling by Underground, saying goodnight to their wives and kids, until they realise their enormous form is there for a purpose when they spot a little boy with an England rugby poster in his bedroom.."
CREDITS James Stewart
SYNOPSIS "When young Emily is kidnapped by foxes and forced to work in the mysterious underground Blue Goo Mines, she must use everything she's got to get back home and uncover the foxes' secret plan!"
CREDITS Hugo Moreno
TITLE “Commuter Glitch”
CREDITS Various Artists
STUDIO/SCHOOL Blue Zoo
SYNOPSIS "An experimental animation made collaboratively by 30 Blue Zoo artists, but without seeing what each other has done!"
TITLE “Le dernier jour d’un condamne”
CREDITS Yannick BOIREAU, Pierre BUTET, Magali GARNIER, Clémence MARET
SYNOPSIS "Rachelle his spending her vacations in the country. One night, as she is watching a silly reality tv wedding show, she decides to plan the most magical marriage.."
CREDITS Hugues Opter, Pierre Pinon, Nicole Stafford Valentin Stoll, Arnaud Tribout and Shang Zhang
SYNOPSIS "Ena, a passionate firefighter and wife, is very involved in her profession. Her fascination with fire reveals itself as it impacts her family lif.."
CREDITS Liang Huang, Mansoureh Kamari, Julie Robert, Juliette Peuportier and Tony Unser
SYNOPSIS "1950: on the coast of Japan, an American woman is visiting a village with her military husband and a group of friends. Breaking away from the group, she meets with Namiko, a young ama fisherwoman.."
TITLE “Weird Simpson VHS”
CREDITS Yoann Hervo, Hugo Moreno, Florian Calmer and Valentin Ducloux
SYNOPSIS "This opening is just a small part of a collaboration project made up by Charles Huettner, Ivan Dixon and James Hatley. The original idea was to invite some animators to produce, in their own style, a short story in the Simpsons universe. Despite the fact that the project hasn't been achieved, I wanted to finish what I started.
- Yoann Hervo
TITLE “Made in China”
CREDITS Vincent Tsui
SYNOPSIS "Figurines try to imitate the human everyday life but they are facing limitations due to their toy situation.."
CREDITS Matthias Hoegg
SYNOPSIS "An inexplicable sound from the flat above leaves Jeff sleepless and anxious to find out the truth about what's really going on upstairs.."