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Chronic Youth 2021: Animation Short Film Programme (15*)

Cinema On Demand

An illustrated image, white lines on a black background. A collection of pictures stuck into a photo album, with the outlines of people in various poses you might expect in a photo album

Three powerful and heartfelt shorts use animation in different ways: to explore stories of complex identities, seeking and finding belonging, and overcoming loss and heartbreak.

Adekemi Roluga’s Fragments captures the complex experience of being biracial, combined with a fragmented home life. Pulling together moments with her British-Nigerian father, and at school and home for being ‘different’, Roluga’s narration speaks of loss, hope and resolution.

Marko Djeska’s All Those Sensations in My Belly champions self-love, supportive friendships and being authentic. Through animation, Djeska conveys Matia’s transition to female, going through frightening experiences and looking for love - an important story. 

And in John Summerson's Februarium, a group of twenty-somethings stage an annual play to process their grief, bringing them together in laughter – a powerful medicine. A reminder of the sense of freedom that being together in-person can bring.

Inspired by animation? Join us for a free online workshop on Sun 16 May

Animation workshop

If you're inspired by these shorts, love to be creative or want to try something new, join us for a free online animation workshop on Sunday 16 May, 3pm.

The workshop is led by Adekemi Roluga, director of Fragments. You'll learn about Adekemi’s personal creative process and about using animation as a tool to bring imaginations and personal stories to life.

All abilities are welcome, whether you're just curious, starting out or a pro.

Space are limited to 30 to keep the class size useful for everyone. To register, please email [email protected], and you'll be emailed the Zoom link to join. 

How to watch

Please note this rental is only available within the UK

1.    Choose the film you want to watch.
2.    Add to basket and proceed to purchase.

3.    If you already have an account, you can log in during the purchase. If not, create an account as you buy. 

4.    Once your purchase has gone through, you can click on the button to click to ‘Watch your films', or click on the link in your email, or go to your account.
5.    Start watching your video. From purchase, you have 48 hours to start and finish watching the film. Enjoy! 

If you have any issues, please contact our Box Office team via [email protected] between 9.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or browse our help centre.