2017 Programs

Brief Summary

In the mood for a little bit of everything? Why not immerse yourself in a sampling of the year's best shorts; both live action and animated, ranging from the comic to the dramatic, and all of them guaranteed fantastic! In this bifurcated programme, you'll learn about alien movies and the risks of spontaneous combustion, all before witnessing the live-action world be enveloped by cartoons (quite literally). And we haven’t even mentioned the animated castration.

Films in this program:

  • MOVIES IN SPACE
    The axiom that in Hollywood "nobody knows anything" also rings true in the rest of the galaxy, so Earth Ambassador Travis Shepherd discovers when he inadvertently becomes a movie mogul on an alien planet. An infectiously hilarious marvel in its comic escalation.
  • THE GUESTS
    The guests have begun to arrive, only Anna didn't invite them. An exquisitely eerie nightmare of manners.
  • TRYING NOT TO EXPLODE
    The spontaneous combustion of his parents has Leonard concerned that he might be next, so he's not taking any chances. Fortunately, someone is prepared to take a chance on him.
  • ENHANCED
    Moments before taking the stage, a performer is contacted by his estranged sister and confronted with his stubborn decision to abstain from participating in their society's "brave new world". A dystopian tale with a refreshingly low-key, yet emotional expression of resistance.
  • TOONOCALYPSE
    Two cartoon characters become privy to a video documenting the invasion of the Earth by fiends hailing from the second-dimension! A thrilling and hilarious reinvigoration of the found footage genre through a delightful marriage of live-action and animation.
  • DETECTIVE TROUSERS IN THE BEAT GOES ON
    The Gold Watch Murders have put a damper on Captain Padlilly's Retirement party in this witty stab at an animated police procedural that intermingles humans with anthropomorphic animal gumshoes and will leave you jonesing for more.
  • GROWING PAINS
    After years of living under his mother's thumb, a sexually repressed teenager finds his body undergoing some unusual transformations upon catching the eye of a cute neighbor. A coming of age story complete with threat of castration, brilliantly animated against a backdrop of paper dioramas.
  • CHULYEN, A CROW’S TALE
    A rapscallious man-crow indulges his selfish whims and courts the wrath of the spirits of the forest in this simply sketched, but elegantly animated chiaroscuro adaptation of Northern Native American folklore.