Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Autour de Minuit 

An action-packed sampler from Autour de Minuit, one of the most dynamic animation production houses in Europe whose eclectic stable of animators include the crew who put together this year’s Academy Award-winner, Logorama.

78 minutes

Autour de Minuit is one of the most dynamic animation and production houses in Europe. Their modest, cramped Parisian office is home to an eclectic stable of animators, including Edouard Salier, BIF and H5 – the crew who put together this year’s Academy Award-winner Logorama. Autour de Minuit also acts as a distribution hub for an outstanding roster of European animators. Adept at balancing the tasks of harnessing resources and unharnessing the explosive creative potential of those around him, Autour de Minuit’s creative producer, Nicolas Schmerkin, has created an alternative universe and put his company right at the centre of it. The tools are digital, the brief is to push technical and creative boundaries, and sky is the limit. From this incredible treasure trove we have sourced a collection of some of the most interesting, uncompromisingly indie animation in Europe today. — MT

Face 2007

6 minutes

A twisted, spectacular piece of grotesquerie focusing on a face trapped in a dangerous prison of the mind.

Postman 2006


2 minutes

Beware, the incoming PP01 is bound to cause some problems when it unleashes a pack of giant, mutant digital dogs.

S.I.T.E. 2008


France / Mexico
5 minutes

Search for International Terrorist Entities – anarchic computer animation style.

Plasticat 2003

10 minutes

Night time in the Metropolis. A pocket full of money. A beggar in a busy avenue. Life is about to be turned upside down.

Tyger 2006

4 minutes

Based on the William Blake poem. A giant tiger reveals the hidden reality in an otherwise ordinary night when it mysteriously appears above the city.

Raymond 2006


5 minutes

Raymond, a lazy swimming instructor, would like to discover lost oceans and the mysteries of the life beneath the surface. But first, he must be strapped to a spinning wheel.

Obras 2004

12 minutes

A single-take, technical tour-de-force. A poetic journey through the crumbling ruins of Barcelona’s irreversible destruction.

4 2009


17 minutes

Four letters. 400,000 possibilities. Only one is real. The latest masterpiece from the enfant terrible of French animation.

Logorama 2009


15 minutes

An over-marketed world built of logotypes. This year’s copyright-exploding Oscar winner is an Internet sensation well worth experiencing on the cinema screen.