57th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2019) – Animation

Ann Arbor Film Festival

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is one of the oldest experimental film festivals in North America. It was founded by George Manupelli in 1963. The film festival acknowledges independent filmmakers and artists. The festival has over 180 films from over 20 counties.  More than 3,000 films are submitted to the festival from more than 65 countries. You can also see a selection of films that might be nominated for an Academy Award.

Films in Competition – Animation

Quasi at the Quackadero (10min) San Francisco, CA | 1975

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Quasi at the Quackadero is a 1975 animated short by Sally Cruikshank. In 2009, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

TV (2min) Creston, Canada | 2018

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TV stands for “transformational vibrations.” This experimental animation was created by both sounds and pictures using a 35 mm film. Created by Richard Reeves. 

Confidence Game (6min) Oakland, CA | 2018 |

Photo Credit: Kathleen Quillian

Confidence Game depicts the motivations, methods, and impact of those who use persuasion and deception. Directed by Kathleen Quillian.

HEDGE (6min) Los Angeles, CA | 2018

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A comical and surreal vision of a family visiting a funeral home. Directed by Amanda Bonaiuto.

Intermediate Landscapes (9min) Paris, France | 2018

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Abstract and figuration. Directed by Richard Negre. 

32-Rbit (8min) Germany/Mexico | 2018

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My grandmother was convinced that the only animal that made the same mistake twice is the human being and I was convinced that everything can be fixed with CTRL+Z.
An essay short film about my very own Internet, a parallel world where memory loss, errors, surveillance, and addiction smear everything and everyone.A short essay film depicting the perception of the internet. Directed by Victor Orozco Ramirez. 

Sun Zoom Spark (2min) Somerville, MA | 2018

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The magnetic sun looms over lonely water towers and hidden spaces under a highway overpass. Inspired by the song “Sun Zoom Spark” by Don Van Vliet – aka Captain Beefheart – this film uses painting, drawing, and rotoscope on 70mm film. The sound was recorded using contact microphones on bridge structures. Directed by Gina Kamentsky. 

Cow Palace (2min) San José, Costa Rica | 2018

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A music video created by director Julian Gallese. 

Silver Seeds (7min) Germany/USA | 2018

Photo Credit: Kim Collmer

Silver Seeds, a stop-motion fantasy animation, depicting the existence of the universe.  Directed by Kim Collmer.

Rabbit Tracks (4min) Northampton, MA | 2017

Photo Credit: Luke Jaeger

An experimental journey that takes place between animal-like creatures. Directed by Luke Jaeger. 

Smoke’s Last Thought (16min) Los Angeles, CA | 2018

A wisp of smoke rises through Los Angeles while mourning her imminent disappearance. In the midst of her nervous breakdown, she encounters other disenfranchised beings, the Other bodies of the city, and the intervening self of a form that is no longer singular. Directed by Miranda Javid.

Shape of the moment (7min) Poznan, Poland | 2018

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During the realization of three-dimensional stop-motion animation, Sadowski experimented with film, sculptural, and photographic practice. Shape of the moment concentrates the complex experience of time and emotion, casting doubt on the habits of perception. Anaglyph red-cyan 3D glasses will be provided to enable perception of the stereoscopic 3D. Directed by Mateusz Sadowski.

Maze of Noumenon (6min) Beijing, China | 2017

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This film explores the limitation of our perceiving system in terms of symbols, motion, consciousness, and space. Directed by Tianran Duan.

Under Covers (7min) Brooklyn, NY | 2018

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On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. Directed by Michaela Olsen. 

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