Animation Programme Two: Special Selection (Cert 15) 13th May (6:00pm)

Poetic musings, an animal’s parental instinct; a film that encourages playing with matches, and one that stumbles upon some interesting distractions from life on Earth. A dark look at gender identity, and an even darker take on couple-hood. From making friends, to a masterpiece morality tale on the art of being stubborn, you’ll find it all right here. Enjoy the show!

Join us at the virtual theater on BingeWave at 6.00pm, Thursday 13th May.


IN AN EMPTY WOOD (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Chia-Hsin Lee
USA, 2018, 2 min 36 sec, Cert PG (F Rating)
The jealousy of seeing someone succeed on a path you once considered.

MATCHES (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Géza M. Tóth Prod: Éva M. Tóth
Bulgaria, 2019, 11 min 25 sec, Cert PG
A lonely boy is playing with his colourful matchsticks. While he talks about his dreams, fears and hopes, the matchsticks bring his visions to life.

MADRID-ATOCHA  (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Jorge Dayas
Spain, 7 min 05 sec, Cert PG
A commuter train departs at night from a dark, lonely station…

LE RENARD ET L’OISILLE (Regional Premiere)
Dir: Samuel Guillaume, Frederic Guillaume, Wri: Pagnon Christophe, Prod: FVP – FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION, Robert Boner
Switzerland, 2018, 12 min 06 sec, Cert PG
A solitary fox finds itself improvising fatherhood for a freshly hatched baby bird. Two paths cross and a family is formed, until fate reminds each of the life it is meant to lead.

Dir / Wri: Sarah Andrews, Wri: Aaron Hopwood  Prod: Matt Wight
UK, 2019, 1 min 39 sec, Cert PG (F Rating)
A lonely robot decides to try and build a mechanical friend.

Dir: Quentin Vien, Prod: Autoproduction
UK, 2018, 11 min 19 sec, Cert 12A
After falling asleep on the London underground, a man finds himself mysteriously spirited into the desert where he follows an illusive trail of a failed love affair.

Dir: August Niclasen, Prod: Michelle Ann Nardone
Denmark, 2019 4 min 02 sec, Cert 12A
A meditation on uniqueness.

THE BACKWARD ASTRONOMER (Greater Manchester Premiere)
Dir: Jake Nelson, Wri: Jade Shames
USA, 2018, 10 min, Cert PG
A privileged, young man falls in love with a wealthy woman and together they lead reckless lives of opulence in New York City. That is, until he finds something better—a doorway leading directly to the surface of the moon.

AT FIRST SIGHT (Regional Premiere)
Dir / Wri: Sjaak Rood  Production company: Heer en Meester, Paul de Heer
The Netherlands, 2018, 16 min 10 sec, Cert 12A
A man and a woman drive straight towards one another. They come to a standstill, both too stubborn to give way to the other. A life story begins.

Dir / Wri / Prod: Studio Job, Joris & Marieke
The Netherlands, 2018, 2 min 43 sec, Cert 15
UK Premiere
A deliciously dark comedy about a husband and wife whose different ideas of gender conformity lead to an unexpected confrontation. A short film from the animation trio who brought you the Oscar nominated short A Single Life.

Dir / Wri / Prod:  Sarah Schulz; Prod: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Germany, 2018, 5 min, Cert PG
UK Premiere
The Bear is rolling through the books / he doesn’t know them, and it looks / like everyone is so much taller / and he is getting even smaller! / He wonders while he’s tumbling / how strength and size don’t mean a thing.

Dir / Wri / Prod: Markus Ott, Bianca Scali, Esra Laske, Prod:  Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Germany, 2018, 4 min, Cert PG
A romantic ride in a ski gondola goes all wrong.

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