Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth. These films – a selection of stylish and compelling short documentaries contain beautifully realised sequences and some of the most stunning animation in the festival.
After the screening there will be a ScreenTalk with some of the filmmakers who’s films are featured in the screening: Carla Mackinnon director of Devil in the Room, Matthew Brookes of SPD and Me, Maryam Tafakory of Visa, Salvador Maldonado, animation director of Drawing From Memory and From A to B and Back Again, and GemmaAtkinson and Fred Grace the directing and producing team behind Act of Terror.
Old Man Animated to snippets of phone conversations with helter-skelter serial killer Charles Manson, this reaffirms his ‘down to the bone’ madness. US 2012 Dir Leah Shore 6 min
Irish Folk Furniture In Ireland, old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times, with poverty and with a time many would rather forget. In this sumptuous film we see 16 pieces of traditional folk furniture are repaired and returned home. Ireland 2012 Dir Tony Donoghue 9 min
Drawing For Memory (Ali’s Story) During the war in Afghanistan, Ali, now ten, fled the country with his grandmother, leaving behind his parents who were unable to leave. An exploration of Ali’s pain of being separated from them, as well as living for years without knowing whether they were alive. UK 2012 Dir Andy Glynne/Salvador Maldonado 4 min
SPD and Me A true and honest look at the symptoms and effect of Semantic Pragmatic Disorder and how the film’s Director has learnt to live with it. UK 2013 Dir Matthew Brookes 4 min
Seams and Embers Young Jim follows his coalmining forefathers into a rough working life underground, while die-hard miners tell of how a rugged industry died hard. UK 2013 Dir Claire Lamond 7 min
Britain Eric and Lyn, two elderly people, are a pair of armchairs discussing the politics around Britain today. UK 2011 Dir Bexie Bush 3 min
Visa Produced for the Migrants’ Right Network, a film about recent immigration changes in the UK which is tearing many families apart. UK 2013 Dir Maryam Tafakory 3 min
American Homes An animated history of residential architecture in America unfolds while notable figures in the world of design and architecture weigh in on what a house is and can be. US 2011 Dir Joel Fox 12 min
From A to B and Back Again (Rachel’s Story) Rachel, a young child, escaped her country of origin having suffered years of persecution because of her religion. After settling in to life in the UK, Rachel describes how she was suddenly taken to a detention centre, as her and her family were told they had to return to their country. UK 2012 Dir Andy Glynne/Salvador Maldonado 6 min
Eyes Closed We don’t normally talk about death with children, but they know that everyone has to die – even their parents, and themselves too. What perceptions do children have about death and how do these perceptions change over time? Germany 2012 Dir Samo (Anna Bergmann) 6 min
Act of Terror While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest. ‘Act of Terror’ tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again. UK 2013 Dir Gemma Atkinson and Una Marzorati 7 min
Good Grief Five real people share their true stories of losing something precious and what it has taught them about living. Australia 2013 Dir Fiona Dalwood 8 min
Devil in the Room Have you ever woken in the night unable to move, certain that you are not alone? An examination of what happens when dreams leak into waking life. It is about what is real, what is not, and if it even matters. UK 2013 Dir Carla MacKinnon 8 min