Last weekend I attended the StopTrik International Film Festival in Niepolomice, outside Krakow. It was a small festival, but with a good selection of animated shorts, and a dedicated team. My short The Whale Story played in the International Competition section, and that screening was very well attended. Here are some of the shorts I saw that I found particularly inspiring:
Lay Bare by British Paul Bush. This is a six minute film that uses composites of photos from many different people to show us the human body. Faces, eyes, mouths, noses. Just when you think it’s wrapping up there’s a whole additional section about moles. It’s beautiful and has a beautiful soundtrack. Here is an excerpt:
The Back Room, by Austrian duo Mirjam Baker and Michael Kren. This is a puppet stop-motion piece about a man trapped in a room who discovers that he can manipulate his surroundings by creating and destroying paper sculptures. Interestingly, The Back Room is a short film version of a music video for the band I AM CEREALS.
If you click here and scroll down you can find the full video.
Blok or Flip Flat by Polish Paulina Ziolkowska. This is a creative piece based on the grid of windows of an apartment building facade. Various scenes are peeped through the windows, and the paper structure is crumpled, destroyed, reformed. Fun and simple, but it just goes to show how a good structure or set of limitations can work well in a film.
Follow this link to view the full film.
Poisson Vert by Rogier Can Der Zwaag. Rogier was the director on this music video produced by the Dutch company 100% Halal. The band is Nobody Beats the Drum and the song is Poisson Vert. Another simple and ingenious idea – just lights going on and off in a forest, but timed beautifully to the music. It was great seeing it on the big screen. Watch it in full here:
Last but certainly not least this Hungarian short by Peter Vacz is called Rabbit and Deer. This is an ambitious (and student!) film about two friends whose friendship is tested when one of them becomes three dimensional. At 16 minutes it felt a little on the long side, but still mostly gripping throughout. You can watch the trailer here, but I feel this excerpt gives a better feel for it:
Looks like this was his MA graduation film for the Moholy-Nagy Univeristy of Arts and Design and if you follow this link you can see some nice production photos. Looks like he used a 3-D printer to create all the replacement mouths for the deer.