LA Shorts Fest


PROGRAM 22
MONDAY - SEPTEMBER 9 - 3:15 PM

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Butterflies

Animation / Australia / 13 min.

A young artist sits on the sidewalk, struggling to make a living. She sells drawings to passersby. A businessman who recognizes her talents offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting but the reality threatens to kill her imagination.

Director: Isabel Peppard
Producer: Warwick Burton
Writer: Warwick Burton, Isabel Peppard
 
Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Nicholas Hope
It's a Dog's Life

Animation / Canada / 8 min.

An urban fable about learning to live together, "It’s a Dog’s Life" tells the tale of Fifi, a scholarly pooch who, while trying to please his masters, craves newspaper articles on his favorite subject, science.

Director: Julie Rembauville, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Producer: Jacques-Remy Girerd, Corinne Destombes, Julie Roy
Writer: Julie Rembauville, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Everything I Can See From Here

Animation / United Kingdom / 7 min.

A game of football turns deadly as an uninvited player joins in

Director: Sam Taylor, Bjorn-Erik Aschim
Producer: Fritzi Nicolaus
Writer: Sam Taylor, Bjorn-Erik Aschim
The Collectors Gift

Animation / USA / 9 min.

“The Collector’s Gift” is a modern day fairytale about a young girl who discover the key to creating a new world.

Director: Ryan Kravetz
Producer: Ryan Kravetz
Writer: Ryan Kravetz, Jonathan Auxier
Mirage

Animation / USA / 9 min.

A young Inuit boy reaches waters no one has ever reached before while trying to fish in the Arctic wilderness.

Director: Iker Maidagan, Dana Terrace
Producer: Iker Maidagan, Dana Terrace
Writer: Iker Maidagan
 
Cast: Veronica Taylor, Marc Diraison
Shelved

Animation / New Zealand / 6 min.

It's just another boring day in the most boring job in the world. The robot workers will do anything to get out of work, even take one of those over-sized "you're leaving" cards around the factory. That's when they discover the sinister intentions of the humans. A clever comedy comes out of nowhere, shot in one day with actors replaced by animated robots.

Director: James Cunningham
Producer: James Cunningham, Oliver Hilbert
Writer: Kathryn Burnett
 
Cast: Simon McKinney, Peter Rowley
Trusts and Estates

Animation / USA / 5 min.

Trusts and Estates is a hand-drawn animated documentary satire adapted from a conversation overheard in a Santa Monica restaurant in 2011. Four lawyers engage in a bantering dinner conversation that quickly devolves into a grotesque and brutal comedy of cruelty and hypocrisy.

Director: Jeanette Bonds
Producer: Sandra Chanis, Km Blickenstaff
Writer: Jeanette Bonds
 
Cast: Juan Riedinger, Jess Iglehart
Sleep Walk

Animation / USA / 3 min.

Set in 1959, a homeless doomsday enthusiast learns that it is never too late for redemption as a mysterious black hole destroys Manhattan and humanity. Scored to Santo and Johnny's infamous 'Sleep Walk', this film uses traditional 2d animation techniques and 3d visual effects to achieve a haunting and beautiful character study. Directed by Hey Beautiful Jerk.

Director: Mark Szumski, Gina Niespodziani
Producer: Rob Meyers, Danon Hinty
Writer: Mark Szumski, Gina Niespodziani
Tome of the Unknown

Action/Adventure / USA / 7 min.

"Tome Of The Unknown" is an animated short about Wirt and Gregory who get tired of walking so they borrow a car from a romantic songster made of vegetables. This film was produced by Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, CA.

Director: Pat McHale
Producer: Nate Funaro
Writer: Pat McHale
 
Cast: Elijah Wood, C.W. Stoneking, Natasha Leggero, Warren Burton
Some Other Cat

Animation / USA / 4 min.

Set in the American Southwest and tightly synched to an antique 78rpm song recording, "Some Other Cat" tells a tale of love, betrayal, jealousy and anger. Filmed the old-fashioned way, on painted cells under an animation camera, we watch the romantic travails of our hero, The Cat as he trips off with a cactus bouquet to visit his beloved girlfriend Pearly.

Director: Mark Kausler
Producer: Greg Ford
Writer: Mark Kausler
Bridge Wish Love

Animation / USA / 3 min.

A couple's attempt to display their love on the Brooklyn Bridge turns into an argument.

Director: Jonathan Hance
Producer: Jennifer Whitley, Jonathan Hance
Writer: Jonathan Hance
 
Cast: Sarah Silk, Jonathan Hance
A Cautionary Tail

Animation / Australia / 14 min.

A little girl is born with a tail that expresses her emotions. As a child, her tail inspires magical make-believe adventures with her friends but when she grows up, the young woman must choose between conformity and self expression. "A Cautionary Tail" was made using CG animated characters in hand-made miniature sets.

Director: Simon Rippingale
Producer: Pauline Piper
Writer: Erica Harrison
 
Cast: Cate Blanchett, David Wenham, Barry Otto

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