Before language, humans communicated in a myriad of visual signals.
These carefully selected animated short films in competition are masterpieces of visual storytelling, to be enjoyed in any language. From a Stranger Things-style portrait of childhood and illness, to a punky Garden of Eden escape story, these films will enchant and immerse you, delight and enlighten you, all without saying a word.
(S) - Student film
(W) - Welsh premiere
(UK) - UK premiere
AND THE MOON STANDS STILL
Dir. Yulia Ruditskaya | Belarus | 10:43 (W)
The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. Based on the motifs from the fairy tale “The Witcher” by Aleksey Tolstoy.
Dir. Juie Caty | France | 5:21 (W)
E and A are bored to death in the Garden of Eden. One night, they run off in God's cabriolet.
Dir. Matthew Incontri | USA | 9:41 (S) (W)
A boys love of action movies becomes his only outlet after facing a far more difficult battle in reality.
Dir. Nathan Jurevicius | Canada/Australia | 5:04 (W)
Two skaters looking for their next big adventure help an old person with their groceries.
Dir. Anne Breymann | Germany | 5:19 (W)
At night the forest creatures gather to gamble, putting their innermost at stake.
BENDITO MACHINE VI - CARRY ON
Dir. Jossie Malis | Spain | 13:57 (UK)
An inevitable and enigmatic bio-technological interweaving is just around the corner. What can go wrong?
Dir. Evelyn Jane Ross | USA | 2:27 (S)
In the beginning of them She created us.
Dir. Fernando Pomares | Spain | 15:07 (UK)
A man dressed as a cowboy rides his horse down the path of his dreams.
Dir. Dina Velikovskaya | Russian Federation | 8:45 (W)
Kukuschka is a bird. She follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch It, but the sun is still far away.
Dir. Ben Steer | UK | 5:59
A mother and her child are forced to leave their home when mysterious, dark shadows envelop the light in which they exist.