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Viewing films where genre is Animation
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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Diverse new animated shorts from around the world and closer to home.
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Are You Still Watching?

Are You Still Watching?

Zoe Terakes voices a sex-crazed twentysomething in this lurid fever dream of queerness in lockdown.

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Bach-Hông

Bach-Hông

A young Vietnamese-French woman is faced with the communist takeover of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

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Best MIFF Shorts

Best MIFF Shorts

A collection of the best short films of the festival, as chosen by the MIFF Shorts Awards Jury and the MIFF Shorts Programmer.

Biolum

Biolum

Director Abel Kohen

Charlotte Rampling guides you through underwater caves filled with bioluminescent creatures in this SXSW Virtual Cinema Competition Audience Award winner.

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Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

After 18 months and however many lockdowns later, bodies tremble for movement. But there is another performer on stage: the camera.
Bodyless

Bodyless

Military rule fuses with ultra-modern digital technologies to open up an ethereal portal that transcends time.

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Bonanza!

Bonanza!

Commissioned by Chunky Move, this playfully experimental work traverses ritual, body modification and algorithms.

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Cryptozoo

Cryptozoo

Director Dash Shaw
Lake Bell and Michael Cera lead the voices in this animated oddity that takes a surprisingly emotional trip through eco-activism, nature and mythical creatures.
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Flee

Flee

This award-winning, stylistically bold documentary tells the story of an Afghan refugee’s coming home – and coming out – via animation and archival footage.

Fortune!

Fortune!

Enter the mind of the world’s greatest con man – and get that dough.

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Freedom Swimmer

Freedom Swimmer

Olivia Martin McGuire parallels a grandfather’s journey to safety during the Cultural Revolution with his granddaughter’s fight for freedom in Hong Kong today.

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Gravedad

Gravedad

In a world with extremes of gravity, Rosa must navigate what it means to feel emotional ups and downs.

IOPU

IOPU

Moment and memory blend as you bear witness to a Samoan rite of passage.

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KKUM

KKUM

Prayers by day, dreams by night – a mother keeps her son safe.

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Nestor

Nestor

Routine is the only thing keeping Nestor afloat.

Nightsss

Nightsss

Dive into this erotic, sensorial experience that transforms spoken word into audiovisual landscapes.

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Ninjababy

Ninjababy

A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.

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O Black Hole!

O Black Hole!

Director Renee Zhan

Loneliness is operatic in the latest film by Renee Zhan.

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Oldboy's Apples

Oldboy's Apples

Director Brad Hock

Join a demon, a puppy and a rat in this stop-motion headtrip about a mysterious, magically summoned apple tree.

Paper Birds

Paper Birds

A short-sighted boy uncovers family secrets in an intricate, Tim Burton–esque world.

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Poise

Poise

Stuck in a holding pattern, two men attempt to break the cycle.

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The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night

This ultra-gory animated fantasy is a chaotic ride perfectly calibrated for your inner 1980s teenage dirtbag.

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Step Into the River

Step Into the River

Director Weijia Ma

This DOK Leipzig Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated Film winner grapples with China’s one-child policy through a story about two friends.

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Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

A family unravels while road-tripping near Death Valley in the California desert.

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Wolf Children

Wolf Children

Just your ordinary story of a girl who falls in love with a wolfman and raises their children – this anime classic celebrates difference and unconventional families.

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Year of the Everlasting Storm

Year of the Everlasting Storm

Jafar Panahi, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Laura Poitras and other global cinema heavyweights reflect on 2020 in this sweeping anthology film for the COVID age.