By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 5, 2014 at 1:59PM
An assortment of stories told using a mix of traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.
Director: Alexandra Barsky
Two creatures are trapped together in a swamp. Tension escalates between them when an alligator haunts the waters outside.
Cavierão (Brazil / France / USA)
Director: Guilherme Marcondes
Caveirão imagines the secret night activities of São Paulo's spirits. Inspired by the darker side of Brazilian pop culture, the film crosses over genres and techniques. Fantasy, horror and cartoon meet through live-action and animation.
Director: Skyler Page
Clarence is an optimistic boy, who is excited by life. He wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing.
Director: Alan Holly
A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Confusion Through Sand
Director: Danny Madden
A 19-year-old kid finds himself alone in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.
The Construction of ANSTALT3000 (Austria)
Director: Helmut Munz
The Construction of ANSTALT3000 is about the construction of ANSTALT3000.
Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 2 - Time (UK)
Directors: Becky Sloane, Joe Pelling
Following up from the award-winning Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, the gang are back to discover the meaning of time.
Director: Allison Schulnik
Eager is a traditional, stop-motion and clay-mation film ballet by painter/animator Allison Schulnik.
Director: Mikey Please
Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayeth. Marilyn is trying really hard to create something good. For once, her expectation and reality are going to align. It will be epic. It will be tear-jerkingly profound. It will be perfect. Nothing can go wrong.
Queenie (New Zealand)
Director: Paul Neason
An animated film following Danny, a university Geography tutor in his 30s, as he embarks on a cutting edge academic project which has nothing to do with his ex-wife.
Through the Hawthorn
Director: Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt
Three characters, three perspectives, three directors: A session between a psychiatrist, a
schizophrenic patient and his mother.
The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 (Australia)
Director: Steve Baker
His name is Desmondo Ray, and this is his video dating tape.
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, genre, and hilarity needs.
Box Room (Ireland)
Director: Michael Lathrop
A strange and solitary boy discovers a seductive creature growing in his bedroom wall.
Director: Harrison Atkins
Owen never learned about sex or relationships from his parents, since they turned into cats. But today, with the help of a human girl, Owen is going to learn a lot.
Director: Brian Crano
A butcher loses his dog.
Happy B-Day (Germany)
Director: Holger B. Frick
Happy B-Day is a black comedy showing us how a well-planned birthday surprise can go horribly wrong.
Kekasih (Malaysia / USA)
Director: Diffan Sina Norman
In pursuit of his late wife, a botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him forever.
Kids and Explosions - Swear Words (France)
Directors: Thomas Vernay, Yann Wallaert
Inspired by GIF, this video clip is about the clichés of American antagonisms: Christian thought,
homeland love and excesses of the USA.
late for meeting
Director: David Lewandowski
My summer vacation.
Director: Tony Wash
Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last... or so she thought! The Muck will leave you never wanting to take a bath again!
Pumpkin & Bubby Get in a Fight
Director: Will Carsola
Two friends find themselves defending themselves against the forces of nature.
Rat Pack Rat
Director: Todd Rohal
A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rites at the boy's bedside.
Violent Florence (Australia)
Director: Jaime Snyder
Florence rescues a stray cat from a gang of teenagers. After taking the feline to an isolated building, her true intentions emerge.
Directors: Steve Girard, Josh Chertoff
Wawd ahp! I'm throwing both birds up. Stick a stick of dynamite up your ass. Now I'm blowing turds up.