The programme consisted of curated screenings and a series of interviews with animation directors conducted by Holly Murtha, festival director, and Alex Widdowson, festival producer.
Director: Yuval Haker
A contagious virus shows us just how connected we truly are. Each panel of the comic is a vignette – separate locations linked through character contagion. The animation ultimately forms a loop for the next wave to begin.
It express that there is a connection between water and even the smallest unit of humankind – its cells.
Director: Adriana Monteforte Lahera
United Kingdom, Mexico
Who knew him best? A seemingly lost poem on a note found in one of my grandfather’s old books triggers a magical journey through unreliable memories and half made up stories. An animated documentary portrait of my absent grandfather (a writer) through the charged objects he left behind, the stories of those who knew him, and the imagination of those who didn’t.
I Want To Be Bored
Director: Magda Kreps
Germany, United Kingdom
I Want To Be Bored is a hand-drawn short film, visualising a wandering mind during the experience of doing absolutely nothing.
Bridging the Gap
Director: Nina J. Ross
“Age 18 Meg started hearing a voice. She tried ignoring it, didn’t tell a soul, yet the voice grew. More abusive, more delusional and often completely out of her control. Eventually, her paranoia wore her down. She experienced “an explosion of mental health”, followed by years of medical intervention and institutions.
Bridging the Gap offers a snapshot of Meg’s world as she grapples with the boundaries between her internal delusions and her everyday life. This film will challenge your perspective on hearing voices, open your eyes on medicalisation, and beg the question ‘what even is reality?’”
Director: Laurent Leprince
An old man of Maori origin crosses the world between dream and reality in the footsteps of his grandfather killed in Belgium during the First World War.
Drawing on Autism
Director: Alex Widdowson
Drawing on Autism is an exploration of the ethical issues that arise when a non-autistic filmmaker attempts to represent an autistic documentary participant. Through a cycle of dialogue and reflection, the filmmaker and participant discuss autism tropes, unconscious bias, and the risks and rewards of using animation as a documentary medium.
Cystinosis – A Rare Disease
Director: Tobias Knipf, Andreas Kronbeck
“Cystinosis is a rare, genetically determined lysosomal storage disease.
Unfortunately, Cystinosis often affects young children.
This film was developed to encourage them to take their vital medication on a regular basis.
Animation, Illustration & Art Direction: Musclebeaver, Andreas Kronbeck, Tobias Knipf
Additional Animation: Christian Effenberger
Sound Design & Music: Akkordarbeit / Thomas Süssmair
Production & Concept: Peter Amann / Super Monaco
The Things Around Us
Director: Tobias Knipf, Andreas Kronbeck
“My mother collects things. Now I understand, she is a memory collector.
A hand-drawn animated short-film, in which I explore my relationship with my mother and her belongings. ”
Director: Zsuzsanna Ács
“The film’s main character is Betti Forgó, who was a freedom-loving punk in the ’80s. She found her independence in driving a cab, and she’s been doing it ever since. The film presents an interview with animation. Betti tells us her reflections on the last
25-30 years’ events related to cabbing. The topics include the negative stereotypes people attribute to taxi drivers, the ’90s blockade, the demonstrations against Uber, and her role in these events. Because she always had a role in them and always will.”
Ëdhä Dädhëcha̧ / Moosehide Slide
Director: Dan Sokolowski
The Dawson City landslide is a dominant feature of Dawson City, Yukon’s city-scape. It is a pre-historic rock-slope failure at the northern edge of town. It is known by the local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in as Ëdhä Dädhëcha̧ or Moosehide Slide. This film examines the scientific reasons for the occurrence of the slide versus the legend that the local Indigenous people say was the actual creation event.
Director: Richard O’Connor
Stefan Lynch was raised by gay parents in the early eighties. He was cared for and loved by a group of adults, largely gay men, who he called his “aunties.” Stefan remembers the succession of AIDS-related illnesses in his family, including the death of his father in ‘91. Even in the face of terrible sickness and loss, his aunties showed him how to survive and care for one another.
Director: Prashanti Aswani
Growing up with her four siblings in Indonesia back in the 70’s, my mother tells me of the years she spent being cared for by Machi, her caretaker at the time.
Forest of Fears
Director: Rebecca Thomson
“Forest of Fears weaves together the self-recorded Voices from the Island community of lutruwita/Tasmania during COVID-19 lockdown, into a strange, beautiful landscape animated from the paintings of Elizabeth Barsham.”
The Beauty of Mathematics Ep1
Director: Sarah Gorf-Roloff
“Mathematicians have feelings too! – In this animated web series professors of mathematics tell us about their emotional experiences and how mathematics indeed is beautiful.
This short series was created by Sarah Gorf-Roloff aka Studio Ranokel. It was commissioned by the science communication department of Universität Hamburg. The series’ goal was not to classically explain maths, but to create an emotional connection.”
Skeleton of a Moth
Director: Emma Kay Smith
Skeleton of a Moth’ is a short documentary animation made by Emma Kay Smith about the emotional difficulties and social pressures that affect teenage girls of today. The film is a collective narrative going back and forth between multiple girl’s perspectives as they talk through problems surrounding body image, mental health, and sexual assault. Emma hopes that the film will show anyone who has or is experiencing any of the issues discussed, that they aren’t alone, and that they have other people around them who will understand what they are going through.
Director: Céline Ufenast
An experimental short about our love-hate relationship with Instagram and our photo-editing mania.
Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Director: Meredith Binnette
A data driven exploration into the universal capacity for growth.
Director: Ying-Fang Shen
Breastmilk comes quietly into the world at the time of birth to raise newborns. Sometimes they go even further and nourish more little lives through milk banks.
There were two awards presented at FAFF this year: Best Student Film and Best Animated Documentary Film
In Absentia, Interview with Adriana Monteforte
I Want To Be Bored & The Things Around Us, interview with Magda Kreps
Skeleton of A Moth, interview with Emma Kay Smith
Moosehide Slide – Interview with Dan Sokolowski
The Beauty of Mathematics, an interview with Sarah Gorf-Roloff
The award for Best Student film went to Magda Kreps for I Want To Be Bored
The award for Best Film went to Laurent Leprince for Waka Huia
Magda Kreps getting the award for the Best Student Film “I Want To Be Bored”