2017 Programs

Brief Summary

Surveyors of the short fantastic will relish the gems to be mined in this year's deposit of short-subject cinema. Igniting with a delirious animated spectacular, the program digs into a loose triptych of disparate existential crises realized through unique modes of animation, from stop-motion to bunraku puppet theater. From there, audiences can expect further probing of the human condition as they witness a man's transformation into an animal in order to secure his freedom, a body-hopping assassin’s loss of self, a middle-class lifestyle interrupted by Satanists, and a bureaucrat's desperate mission to appease the whims of a tyrannical dictator during the Earth's final hours. Concluding with one of the most endearing and inspiring performances of the whole festival, this sidebar is the proverbial goldmine, and we've just given you the deed.

Films in this program:

  • THE NIGHT I DANCE WITH DEATH
    The consequences of saying "hell yeah, I'll try that" at a party. A marvelously animated kaleidoscope that collides liberating euphoria with crippling anxiety.
  • DEAD HORSES
    A child caught in a war zone innocently grapples to understand his horrifying surroundings in this grim stop-motion parable.
  • KAIJU BUNRAKU
    The Japanese art of bunraku puppetry dramatizes the existential crisis of a despondent denizen of a Kaiju-infested region of Japan; a rigorous theatrical tradition soaked in profound absurdism.
  • THE BURDEN
    Lonely fish, tap-dancing mice and telemarketing monkeys harmonize in their collective angst towards the apocalyptic banality of the modern age in this epic stop-motion reverie.
  • ANIMAL
    A desperate man adopts the guise of a ram in a plot to penetrate a heavily guarded border crossing.
  • LET THEM DIE LIKE LOVERS
    Fantastic Shorts award-winner Jesse Atlas (RECORD/PLAY) returns to the section with an arresting sci-fi character study about a body-hopping assassin.
  • FUCKING BUNNIES
    The comfortable routine of Raimo's middle-class life is interrupted when a Satan worshiping sex cult moves next door. A wickedly funny comedy of manners.
  • THE LAST SCHNITZEL
    The world is ending, but the president of The Grand Turkish Republic won’t let that happen until he has a chicken schnitzel. Gleefully silly science fiction satire with political bite.
  • JUST GO!
    Young Just may not have legs, but that doesn't prevent him from proverbially kicking ass in this remarkable slice of action inspired by the star's extraordinary life story.