Cut-outs, paint-on-glass, puppetry, watercolour on tile, scratch films and hand-drawn work all feature in this year's selection of the best animated shorts from around the world.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2008
Believe it or not, animation remains very much a hands-on art form. Cut-outs, paint-on-glass, puppetry, watercolour on tile, scratched films and hand drawn works all feature in this year's selection. All these films showcase the glorious detail and scale that only the big cinema screen can offer.
In a happy lab the animals busy themselves with loony experiments while the monkey in charge looks on.
An over-caffeinated avalanche of imagery dedicated to the chronic non-starters of the world.
Although wrapping us in its painterly beauty, Beton brings home the complex horrors of war and the simple desire for peace in all its forms.
What doesn't kill you can only make you stronger
– except when it kills you. A very old man dies revealing the secret of his longevity.
Documentary impressions of people succumbing to the slow onset of memory loss and dementia.
A truly odd tale featuring a couple of worldly dogs and a sailor who must be prevented from reaching the sea.
Somebody once said that writing was easy – one simply had to sit down and open up a vein.
An intriguing pan across a strangely active sepia-hued panorama.
A Pythonesque landscape populated by hundreds upon thousands of hands.
Imagine if Ralph Steadman went bestially surreal and dragged a certain famous mouse into this gnarled cauldron of visuality? Contains images which may offend some viewers.
A little film about the filmmaker's daughter. Just when he thinks everything is going well, Evan gets chicken pox.
In a sumptuous palace in a Montreal working-class neighbourhood, Princess Betty sleeps in a narcoleptic stupor. A wonderful gagfest unfolds as everybody and his uncle tries to awaken her.
As John Lennon holed up in a Montreal hotel room waiting for clearance to enter the USA, an intrepid 14-year-old managed to talk his way into Lennon's room and record a 20-minute interview perfectly capturing the ex-Beatle's views on the world.
Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train. As day descends into dark , she finds herself alone, caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure.