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Billy's Balloon

USA, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Animation)

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Billy, the stick figure boy, holds in one hand a balloon and shakes a rattle with the other - a happy scene. Or so it seems until his balloon begins to have a sadistic mind of its own. The latest animation from this popular cult filmmaker is dark, twisted, relentlessly funny and is sure to give audiences guilty pleasure - leave your morals at home and enjoy!

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Meaning of Life, The

USA
Acclaimed animator Don Hertzfeldt's latest offering, which premiered at Sundance, is made from tens of thousands of drawings and constructed entirely in camera. An exploration of time, life, death an… More »

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* [Pinata] (Mike Hollands, Australia) * [Appeal] (Asteria Widarini Setiono, Australia) ... * [Clara] (Van Sowerwine, Australia) ... * [Bikini] (Lasse Persson , Sweden) ... * [His Passionate Bride]… More »

Genre

USA, 1996
In our modern digital world it's a relief to see somebody actually using paper. A live animator and a cartoon rabbit battle for supremacy through sex, romance, children's parties and The Last Supper.… More »

Lily and Jim

USA, 1997
A quirky and oddly charming short that plays with the overly melodramatic struggles of dating and heartbreak. A blind date between two hopelessly naive, neurotic romantics goes from very bad to much … More »

It's Such A Beautiful Day

USA, 2011
MIFF favourite Don Hertzfeldt (The Meaning of Life, MIFF 05; Billy's Balloon, MIFF 99), returns with this mixed-media stick figure animation about a man with acquired brain damage. Hertzfeldt's most … More »

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