‘Uncanny Valley’ is the term coined to describe the revulsion we feel when we’re aware that something isn’t quite right, specifically something that isn’t quite human.
Venture with us into the darker side of animation. These disturbing and unsettling animated short films in competition will turn your stomach and set your teeth on edge. Psychological hand-drawn horror meets shocking and visceral CG dystopia in this provocative programme that shows animation definitely isn’t just for kids.
Dare you venture into the Uncanny Valley?
(S) - Student film
(W) - Welsh premiere
(UK) - UK premiere
Dir. Kilian Vilim | Switzerland | 5:29 (S) (W)
A lonely elevator boy gets to the limits of his mind, through the lack of human proximity in his profession.
ALL YOU CAN EAT
Dir. Jose Manuel Perez Dominguez, Paulina Galindo Figueroa | Mexico | 7:44 (S) (W)
When Tommy realizes his life meaning is to be a meal for humans, it will be kill or be eaten.
Dir. Nikita Diakur | Germany | 11:54 (W)
An ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief.
SPIDER VS. THE LIVING DEAD
Dir. Scott DaRos, Alexis Deprey | USA | 0:46 (UK)
Who will get the last bite in a battle between the world’s most terrifying, flesh-craving beasts!?
SNOW WHITE COLOGNE
Dir. Amanda Eliasson | UK | 6:20 (S) (W)
A visual poem post-rationalising the struggle and recovery of a younger sister's addiction. There's love and loss, good and bad.
DON'T THINK OF A PINK ELEPHANT
Dir. Suraya Raja | UK | 7:20 (S) (W)
Layla fights daily against urges and compulsions, until challenged to face her darkest fears.
Dir. Jonatan Schwenk | Germany | 10:14 (S) (W)
A people of humanlike creatures lash out viciously against a shoal of fish that unintentionally entered their desolated land.
Dir. Thomas White | UK | 2:40 (S)
On a wet little rock we meet an unfortunate creature.
Dir. Anaïs Voirol | Switzerland | 4:25 (S) (W)
In search of perfection a city obeys to selection.
FIVE THIRTY FIVE
Dir. Alex Dunford | UK | 5:25
It's 5.35. A swarm of office workers flee their cube farm and set off on a nightmare commute through a dystopian London.
Dir. Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard, Matthieu Druaud, Adrien Zumbihl | France | 7:42 (S) (W)
An ant is plunged into a dark and cold place. We follow its journey through this fascinating world, and its quest to escape.
Dir. Aram Sarkisian | USA | 6:23 (W)
Through series of letters we get inside the mind of Winston, who slowly falls into his own hell, by his own means.