The hazy days of lovingly creating mixtapes for our super-best-friends or first crushes might be far behind us, through the fault of time or technology, but that hasn’t stopped animation and music remaining perfect partners.
We present an eclectic programme of music videos, animated music documentaries, and short films that tell stories through music. From moving orchestral tragedy, through absurd comic opera, around Scottish electronic music and even Argentinian garage punk rock. Cardiff, we’ve made you a mixtape, and we invite you on an animated musical journey with us!
(S) - Student film
(W) - Welsh premiere
(UK) - UK premiere
CONAN O'BRIEN DISCUSSES "WE'RE GOING TO BE FRIENDS" BY THE WHITE STRIPES
Dir. Moth Studio | UK | 2:40
An animated interview with Conan O'Brien about his last Late Night Show and friendship with Jack White.
CUIDACOCHES - TALL JUAN
Dir. Dante Zaballa | Germany | 1:49 (W)
A song dedicated to all those people who live in the street. Made with acrylics, pastels and pencil on paper.
FARFISA SONG - LOOPER
Dir. Iain Gardner | UK | 3:13
Mustard & Ketchup are tasked with creating a music video for Scottish Indie band Looper on a very tight budget.
WHERE THE WIND BLOWS TALL
Dir. Laurie Kirkwood | Australia | 4:44 (W)
A carnival clown dreams of heading out west to seek fame and fortune in Hollywood.
JUSTICE - RIVE
Dir. Marion Castéra, Kelzang Ravach (Maké) | France | 3:12
It begins in a retrofuturistic urban jungle, where humans turn in a loop in their everyday actions that dehumanize them slowly.
DEATH OF A FRUIT FLY
Dir. Lukas von Berg | Germany | 4:30 (S) (UK)
A tiny fruit fly gets swatted. Against all odds, it defies death in its very own way.
Dir. David Mendes, Gautier Guillot, Marcia Laforce,
Marylene Sun | France | 2:13 (S) (W)
An amusement park spreads its light among the stars. A wild child decides to restore the true brightness of the sky.
EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) - SPARKS
Dir. Joseph Wallace | UK | 3:45
Sparks find themselves in 1930s Paris in pursuit of something just beyond their grasp.
HAPPY - MARK LOTTERMAN
Dir. Alice Saey | Netherlands | 6:35
People should be happy. Even this Egyptian goose, who tries to cast a spell on us with a seductive dance.
THE JUNCTION - CHILLY GONZALES AND PEACHES
Dir. Patrick Doyon | Canada | 4:42
Chilly Gonzales and Peaches are complete opposites, but it hasn't stopped them collaborating and being friends.
Dir. Joe Wood | UK | 1:50 (UK)
A successful gym training session is all about maintaining a good rhythm.
Dir. Vincent Tsui | USA | 3:54 (W)
An inflatable portrait of adolescence.
EVERYBODY DANCES TO TECHNO - DOT
Dir. Prateek Sethi | India | 2:35 (W)
The artist loves salsa and doesn't find a dancing partner, whom she doesn't fall in love with at the end of every dance.
THE THIRD SCRIPT
Dir. Mohammad Javad Khajavi | Singapore | 5:45 (S) (W)
A celebration of the movement, rhythm, dynamism and the animated-ness of the art of Persian calligraphy.
WOODLAND TRUST - THE GUARDIAN
Dir. Moth Studio | UK | 1:26
Moth Studio worked with Guardian Labs to create a film for the Woodland Trust to support their 'Free Trees' campaign.
THE BIRD AND THE WHALE
Dir. Carol Freeman | Ireland | 7:09
A baby whale separated from his family discovers a caged bird; the sole survivor of a shipwreck.