The 13th edition of The World Festival of Animated Film will be held in Varna between the 13th and 17th of September!
WFAF Selected Features 2017
Ethel & Ernest
United Kingdom, 2016, 94 min.
director Roger Mainwood
producers Camilla Deakin, Ruth Fielding
scriptwriter Roger Mainwood
music Carl Davis
This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
USA, 2016, 75 min.
directors Jim Lujan, Bill Plympton
producers Bill Plympton, Wendy Cong Zhao
scriptwriter Jim Lujan
music Jim Lujan
A low-rent bounty hunter named Rod Rosse, The One Man Posse, gets entangled in a web of danger when he takes on a job from an ex-biker/ex-wrestler turned U.S. senator named “Deathface.”
Teresa and Tim
Spain, 2017, 75 min.
director Agurtzane Intxaurraga
producers Elena Gozalo, Ricardo Ramón
scriptwriters Joseba Beristain, Juan Luis Carreras
music Joseba Beristain
Every year, the elves bring us a new spring. TIM is a new one this year. Distracted by the attractive sound of the fair, he wanders away from the other elves. And he will be captured by SAMUEL and VLAD, who will exploit him as a circus attraction.
TERESA, a 6-year-old girl, is jealous of her little brother. When visiting the fair, she will discover TIM while he is being exhibited and she will become infatuated with him. TIM, at the same time, will see in her an opportunity to escape.
The Girl Without Hands
France, 2016, 76 min.
director Sébastien Laudenbach
producer Jean-Christophe Soulageon
scriptwriter Sébastien Laudenbach
music Nicolas Sacco
In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes but is deprived of her hands. Walking away from her family, she encounters the goddess of water, a gentle gardener and a prince in his castle. A long journey towards the light…
Made in Brachycera
Bulgaria, 2017, 70 min.
director Nikolay Todorov
producer Nikolay Todorov
scriptwriter Viktor Samuilov
music Iva Todorova, Danko Yordanov, Elena Todorova
The characters in this film are the flies.
Their leader – The Mother Fly – is determined to change the way of life of her citizens as she is about to die. She tries to remove the shameful public opinion that the flies are the grossest insects among the Brachycera.
Bulgaria, 2017, 100 min.
director Sotir Gelev
producer Penko Gelev, Sotir Gelev
scriptwriter Sotir Gelev
music Roumen Boyadjieff
Two robots – Primus and Decimus have to go through a labyrinth that is full of extraordinary objects. To find the right way or sometimes just to satisfy their curiosity, they examine and recover the stories of the objects. Thus they face strange characters, pursuing their aims. Sometimes the pursuing is impetuous; sometimes it is painful and desperate. The robots gradually realize that their efforts are accompanied by some kind of hopelessness.
Selected Short Films
United Kingdom, 2016, 2 min
director Stuart Pound
producer Stuart Pound
This video contrasts the moving and the still image. A sequence was taken from the iconic film L’Avventura made in 1960 by Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti . The soundtrack is a train trundling at night through the Carpathian mountains towards Bucharest.
Bulgaria, 2016, 6 min
director Dimitar Dimitrov
producer Dimitar Dimitrov
scriptwriter Dilyan Elenkov
music Samuel Pocreau
I asked my teeth if they’ll withstand a drink, says the main charecter in ’20 KICKS”. He lives in a world, in which exchange system is slaps and fists. In this way the film is raising the question of the price we pay for the small pleasures, and the sacrifices we make, to attain true happiness
9 Ways to Draw a Person
Russia, 2016, 6 min
director Sasha Svirsky
producer Nadezhda Svirskaia
scriptwriter Sasha Svirsky
music Alexey Prosvirnin
Nine short and unexpected stories that tell us, how a person can be depicted. By mixing abstraction, collage, drawing animation the author invites us into a spontaneous and unsystematic research of potential of the animation and leads us into the world of irrepressible imagination.
A Better Situation
Chile, Germany, 2016, 4 min
director Francisca Villela
producer Francisca Villela
scriptwriter Francisca Villela
music Francisca Villela
How to find a better situation, asks the potato caught up in a sinking Sunday feeling: drop out, modify yourself, turn into something else or by dissociation be someone else for the night — or just keep going on?
A Husband & Wife. A Voitan Story
Estonia, 2016, 4 min
director Mait Laas
producer Kalev Tamm
scriptwriter Mait Laas
music Oudekki Figurova
A wife went out to cut the rye, while the husband was at home sick. The man asked if the work would soon be finished and the wife replied that it would. The husband went out to check and saw that his wife was asleep and the work had just begun.
United States, 2016, 2 min
director Evelyn Ross
producer Evelyn Ross
In the beginning of them She created us.
Croatia, Switzerland, 2017, 10 min
director Michaela Müller
producers Ruedi Schick, Ankica Juric Tilic
scriptwriters Michaela Müller, Aleksandar Battista Ilic
music Hrvoje Stefotic
Airports – the pinnacle of modern society, places where the limits of borders, security and tolerance are constantly tested. While for some the journey starts, for others it abruptly ends.
All The World Is A Stage
Germany, Singapore, 2016, 1 min
director Hannes Rall
producers Hannes Rall, Daniel Keith Jernigan, Seah Hock Soon
scriptwriter Daniel Keith Jernigan
music Daniele Martella
An animated adaptation of the famous Shakespeare poem “All The World’s A Stage” narrated by the renowned Shakespeare actor and director Samuel West (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Switzerland, 2016, 9 min
director Anete Melece
producer Saskia von Virág
scriptwriter Anete Melece
music Ephrem Lüchinger
In the park Anton is looking for someone to play chess with. For someone who plays a better game than his dog. The gardener is looking for a mysterious serial vandal who has lost a yellow boot. But what if they both are looking for the same thing?
And The Moon Stands Still
Belarus, Germany, United States, 2017, 11 min
director Yulia Ruditskaya
producer David Lindner Leporda
scriptwriters David Lindner Leporda, Yulia Ruditskaya, Helen Simon, Katharina Köster
music Izzy Gliksberg
The presence of the moon affects all under its glow. The film explores the lunar cycle and the energies invoked by its radiance. Based on the motifs from the fairy tale “The Witcher” by Aleksey Tolstoy.
Denmark, 2016, 11 min
director Moe Koyano
producer Tim Leborgne
scriptwriter Moe Koyano
music Amos Cappuccio
A boy is fascinated by a girl who knows how to do magic tricks. He follows her. Through a blur of dreams and reality he gets jealous as he realises she has feelings for someone else.
Artist & Hooligans
Russia, 2016, 12 min.
directors Ivan Maximov, Anna Romanova
producer Liubov Gayukova
scriptwriters Ivan Maximov, Anna Romanova
music Alexander Muravyev
Mischievous manipulations with the artist’s Voitsekhovsky paintings.
Before & After
South Korea, 2016, 8 min.
director Min-Ji Kang
We sculpt ourselves based on other people’s opinions. The heroine decides that the key to changing her life for the better is to get plastic surgery. She builds up her courage and lies down on the operating table, looking forward to her bright future…
Poland, 2016, 5 min.
director Karolina Specht
producer Narcin Małatyński
scriptwriter Karolina Specht
music Michał Kawecki
One day, She notices, that something strange is going on with Him… Beside oneself it’s a short animation film about confrontation between ideas of things and a real world. Do we live with real people, or only with our imagination of them?
Bulgaria, 2017, 9 min.
director Ivan Veselinov
producer Pravda Kirova
scriptwriter Ivan Veselinov
music Alexander Ribitsov
Black chronicle – a short monologue for the transient and discordant life: strange, trepid and touching, and dark, and sad, drowned in the darkness of the fatal unpredictability. Black Chronicle – an animated essay on the light and dark side of life that inevitably accompanies us as our shadows. The World – an irreconcilable mystery.
Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck
Germany, 2016, 7 min.
directors Volker Schlecht, Alexander Lahl
producers Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch
scriptwriters Alexander Lahl, Max Mönch
music Hannes Schulze
Based on interviews with former prisoners, this animated documentary provides a glimpse into the most notorious women’s prison in East Germany. A film about political imprisonment, forced labour, and enormous profits on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
United States, 2017, 6 min.
director Bill Plympton
In this film our plucky hero – the dog – has a new occupation: patrolling our airports sniffing for illegal drugs. You know that’s not going to end well.
Argentina, 2016, 9 min.
director Pablo Polledri
producer Pablo Polledri
scriptwriter Pablo Polledri
music Pablo Polledri
Ambition, exploitation of labour, environmental pollution, human degradation, surplus value, corruption and much more in the amazing world of free market!
United States, 2017, 2 min.
director Gina Kamentsky
producer Gina Kamentsky
music Noah Creshevsky
Jiro and his Friends are attending a birthday party but The Cupcake has other plans.
Spain, 2016, 3 min.
directors Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes
producers Daniel Martínez Lara
scriptwriters Marc Briones, Alan Carabantes
Exchange of glances in the metro. How many opportunities have you let slip? Darrel will do everything possible to not let escape this one…
Spain, 2016, 6 min
directors Marc Riba, Anna Solanas
producer Anna Solanas
scriptwriters Marc Riba, Anna Solanas
music Xavi Lloses
In an isolated and unknown place during a war a child is forced to flee. On his way, horse corpses everywhere. Only dead horses. Why? Why horses have decided to kill themselves?
Austria, 2017, 2 min
directors Paul Wenninger, Susan Young
producer Paul Wenninger
music Elektro Guzzi
„Dead Reckoning” is a ride around Vienna’s Ringstrasse boulevard and from there to go into the city, to fall, to eat, and finally to end up on the toilet. Death is always there, always in front of us. The film follows the cycle of life, the rhythm of the city. The filming locations show how Vienna has been influenced by cultures from around the world. An animated skeleton symbolizes the morbid humor of the Viennese and even appears as a grumpy waiter…
Drop By Drop
Portugal, 2017, 9 min
directors Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires
producer Rodrigo Areias
scriptwriters Carolina Freitas, Laura Gonçalves, Alexandra Ramires
music Nico Tricot, Ricardo Santos Rocha
The last habitants of a village refuse to let themselves sink into oblivion. In a world where the idea of progress appears to be above all, this home floats.
Slovenia, 2016, 6 min
director Leon Vidmar
producer Kolja Saksida
scriptwriter Kaja Balog
music Tomaz Grom
Lovro is tired and sad.He fills the bathtub with water, looking at droplets dripping from the tap. As one hits the water surface, Lovro is reminded of the day he first went fishing with his grandpa: putting a worm on the hook, catching a fish for the first time and seeing it die.Memory and reality merge.
United States, 2017, 3 min
directors Elyse Kelly, Dan Fipphen
producers Elyse Kelly, Dan Fipphen
music Brooke Blair, Will Blair
Fired Up depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant. With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 14 artists from around the world.
Fishes, Swimmers, Boats
China, Russia, 2017, 9 min
directors Dmitry Geller, Andrey Koulev
producer Liguo Zheng
scriptwriters Andrey Koulev, Dmitry Geller
music Artyom Fadeev
Fishes, swimmers, boats Transform the water. The water is soft and moves Only for what affects it.
Bulgaria, United States, 2016, 10 min
director Vladimir Todorov
producers Vladimir Todorov, Ivo Venkov, Boriana Todorovа
scriptwriter Vladimir Todorov
music Vladimir Todorov, Ivo Venkov
In a world, where everyone can defy gravity and fly at will, being stuck on the ground is no fun. If all you can do is shuffle on your own two feet, then loneliness, depression and despair will come knocking on your door. Letting them come in is an option. Finding the courage to soar is priceless.
Poland, 2016, 7 min
director Marta Magnuska
producer Marcin Malatyński
scriptwriter Marta Magnuska
music Patryk Zakrocki
A foreign body lives its own life. You’re not able to get rid of it, it’s always with you, you need it. Caress that odd part of yours, don’t try to shave its long tousled fur. This is a story about something that’s considered to be strange at first but turns out to be the dearest thing to us. About the transformation of inside and outside.
United Kingdom, 2016, 2 min
director Elizabeth Hobbs
producer Elizabeth Hobbs
scriptwriter Elizabeth Hobbs
music Elizabeth Hobbs
Amy Johnson worked as a typist for a firm of solicitors before her record- breaking solo flight from Croydon to Australia in 1930. This film has been created with an Underwood 315 typewriter as a celebration of her journey.
Hate For Sale
Netherlands, 2017, 3 min
director Anna Eijsbouts
producer Anna Eijsbouts
scriptwriter Neil Gaiman
A short film about the world we live in and some of the choices we make.
I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore
Belgium, Canada, 2016, 9 min
directors Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens
producers Marc Bertrand, Delphine Cousin, Delphine Renard, William Henne
scriptwriters Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens
music Pierre Yves Drapeau
He’s a magician. She’s a firefighter. Isolating themselves from the chaos of a world in turmoil, the two lovers live in a crane basket high in the sky. Their challenge is to keep their heads, here up above it all, while everything’s falling apart down below. But when reality calls—when fires need quenching and people need entertaining—how can they best make themselves useful in a world gone off the rails?
Japan, 2016, 2 min
director Xi Chen
producer Xi Chen
music Setsu Tanaka
A small bird couldn’t fly. She steals feathers and stabs him in its arms. This bird believes that you can grow wings if you can meet the God of the birds.
Belgium, 2016, 7 min
director Atelier Collectif
scriptwriter Atelier Collectif
In the twentieth century, 5 inventions were dismissed or not be generalized: the durable nylon stocking, the ‘Aerotrain’, the ‘safe cigarette’, the water engine and the ‘bio-resonance’.
Japan, South Korea, 2016, 8 min
director Hakhyun Kim
producer Sayaka Omodaka
scriptwriter Hakhyun Kim
music Miki Sakurai
The taxi driver picks up an unwelcome fare in the jungle. He does as he’s told and takes his customer to fetch the man close to death on the beach. Arrived at the destination, the cabbie reaches inside his jacket for a gun.
Russia, 2016, 9 min
director Dina Velikovskaya
producer Vladimir Gassiev
scriptwriter Dina Velikovskaya
music Artyom Fadeev
Kukuschka is a bird, who follows the sun. It seems to her as if she already could touch It, but the Sun is still far away. Suddenly she is not alone anymore, but for two it’s even more difficult to keep going so fast. She will reach the Sun, may be tommorow may be the day after.
Portugal, 2016, 5 min
director Joana Silva
producer Joana Silva
scriptwriter Joana Silva
Lemon tree is a film about a fictional character whose body is assembled from memories embedded in an abandoned space.
Let’s Play Like It’s 1949
Canada, 2016, 1 min
director Janet Perlman
producer Janet Perlman
scriptwriter Janet Perlman
The issue of fairness arises when two brothers play with plutonium. This is a reminder that Donald Trump should not have access to a chemistry set. This film was made using archival footage from a 1949 educational film called “Let’s Play Fair”.
United States, 2016, 4 min
director Steven Subotnick
producer Steven Subotnick
scriptwriter Steven Subotnick
A little girl rides her bike.
France, Hungary, 2016, 14 min
director Réka Bucsi
producer Gábor Osváth
scriptwriter Réka Bucsi
music David Kamp
LOVE is a short film describing affection in 3 different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet, caused by the change of gravity and light. This pulsing planet makes the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.
United Kingdom, 2016, 2 min
director Gervais Merryweather
producer Gervais Merryweather
This is a love letter to the 1980’s
Canada, Croatia, Estonia, 2017, 13 min
director Chintis Lundgren
producers Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
scriptwriters Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
music Terence Dunn
Manivald, a fox, is turning 33. Overeducated, unemployed and generally uninspired, he lives with his overbearing, retired mother. It is an easy life, but not a good one. This unhealthy co-dependence changes when the washing machine breaks down and Toomas, a sexy wolf repairman, arrives to fix it, and them.
Slovakia, 2015, 11 min
director Marta Prokopová
scriptwriter Marta Prokopová
music Adam Dekan
I feel emptiness around me. The night is cold and dark. I am looking for a light, wherever it may be. After two years. Mila is coming.
Mr.Night Has A Day Off
Lithuania, 2016, 2 min
director Ignas Meilunas
producer Ignas Meilunas
scriptwriter Ignas Meilunas
music Marius Meilunas
Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.
My Mum’s Bonkers
South Africa, 2017, 3 min
director Naomi van Niekerk
producer Naomi van Niekerk
scriptwriter Jeanne Goosen
My mum’s bonkers. Out of one eye she cries Puccini, out of the other she reprimands me.
Croatia, Slovenia, 2016, 8 min
director Špela Čadež
producers Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež, Vanja Andrijević
scriptwriters Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
music Tomaž Grom
A badger lies motionless on a local road. A police patrol approaches the body in the dark. They soon realise that the animal is not dead; the badger is dead drunk! When the police attempt to drag the creature off the road, he wakes up and things take a strange turn.
Denmark, France, 2017, 12 min
director Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
producer Marie Bro, Emmanuel-Alain Raynal
It’s freezing cold in the city suburbs. Yet some people are gathering. I watch them form a row across the horizon. We are all waiting for something to happen. But nothing does… We have gathered to witness an event. To participate in being seen. The spectacle of watching and being watched.
Nutag – Homeland
Canada, 2016, 6 min
director Alisi Telengut
producer Alisi Telengut
music Bulgarian Voice Angelite and Tuvan Music Group Huur-Huun-Tu
A visual poem and surrealist requiem for the Kalmyk people that were mass-deported by USSR from 1943-1957 and half of them died before they were allowed to return home. The film brings back the eternal theme of diaspora and the loss of homeland and poses a critical resistance to the current social political situations.
Israel, 2017, 11 min
directors Osi Wald, Ricardo Werdesheim, Moran Somer
producers Osi Wald, Ricardo Werdesheim, Moran Somer
music Eyal Talmudi – MALOX & Ori Kadishay
A trippy animated journey through the hundreds of catalogues printed by the Israel Museum over the last 50 years. We scanned, cut, filed, tore and read – art, archaeology, words. We reorganised the catalogues over and over again, Recognising connections and dismissing them. The film became personal, dealing with the way we observed the catalogues not with their content.
Japan, 2016, 6 min
director Koji Yamamura
producer Koji Yamamura
scriptwriter Koji Yamamura
music Erik Satie
A Parade for 3 managers & 4 performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyond reality.
Bulgaria, 2017, 8 min
director Andrey Tsvetkov
producer Andrey Tsvetkov
scriptwriter Slav Bakalov
music Cefei MC
A dark jungle full of fallen trees and bushes..Somethig terrible is happening in that jungle. Somebody or something is destroying all living creatures. The creatures themselves are scary but not so dangerous – someone may say they’re cute. A mysterious beam slides through the jungle and sweeps everything on it’s way. After that we see that this is concentrated sunlight, passed through a magnifying glass that turns it to a terrible weapon of mass destruction.
Netherlands, 2016, 1 min
director Arjan Brentjes
producer Arjan Brentjes
scriptwriter Arjan Brentjes
music Arjan Brentjes
A man tries to relax on a bench in the park, but he’s constantly bothered by the latest innovations. As his life slows down, technology speeds up. And that whole story wrapped in exactly one minute.
Mexico, 2016, 11 min
director León Fernández
producer Lariza Melo
scriptwriters Salvador Delgadillo, León Fernández
music Sofía Orozco, Yolihuani Curiel, Fernando Arias
A tribe survives in the middle of the desert on the meager pickings of a barren landscape. Soo´goh, the weakest member of the clan, seeks to overcome all obstacles and to reach the green pastures of the paradise that they all yearn for.
The Battle Of San Romano
Switzerland, 2017, 2 min
director Georges Schwizgebel
producer Georges Schwizgebel
scriptwriter Georges Schwizgebel
music Judith Gruber-Stitzer
A movement within a painting, which begins with the savagery of a battle and comes to a halt in a rendition of a masterpiece of the 15th Century; The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello.
The Eyeless Hunter. A Khanty Story.
Estonia, 2016, 3 min
directors Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn
producer Kalev Tamm
scriptwriters Priit Pärn, Olga Pärn
music Timofei Ketšemov
A Khanty man went hunting but did not bring home any catch. A wife stealthily followed her husband into the forest. The hunter lay down, took his eyes out and said, “Semlek re-rem-rem”. The wife seized the husband’s eyes.
The Full Story
UK, 2017, 7 min
directors Daisy Jacobs, Christopher Wilder
producer Elliott Tagg
scriptwriter Daisy Jacobs
music Huw Bunford
Toby is selling his childhood home; he walks through its empty rooms, assailed by kaleidoscopic memories: a family unraveling, break-down, divorce, and all the helplessness and rage of being child. Why do close ties break and loved ones leave? Can we ever know the full story?And what do you do when your family’s gone?
France, 2016, 10 min
director Laurène Braibant
producer Richard Van Den Boom
scriptwriter Laurène Braibant
music Pierre Caillet
Full of complexes because of his size, a giant holds on eating terrified at the idea of revealing his ogresque self and so compromising his place in the society. During a business banquet, his true nature will be put to the test.
Traces of Ephemeral
Poland, 2016, 8 min
director Agnieszka Waszczeniuk
producer Agnieszka Waszczeniuk
scriptwriter Agnieszka Waszczeniuk
music Joanna Wabik
The film is the story of man and his relationship with nature – the nature of which we are the part; which has the ability to renew itself, dying and returning to life. Unreal atmosphere and constantly blowing wind that can destroy, but it also gives hope for the birth of something new, raises the question – do we watch the moment just before awakening of the main character, or the moment of collapsing in the deepest sleep with no return?
France, 2016, 1 min
director Thibault de Fournas
producer Thibault de Fournas
music Samuel Barber
During the summer of 2016, We created and directed a video about unsatisfying situations: the frustrating, annoying, disappointing little things of everyday life, that are so painful to live or even to watch. We quickly realized that there are a lot of other situations that would be fun to see animated, so we decided to run an animation challenge around this idea.
France, Turkey, 2017, 8 min
director Ayce Kartal
producer Damien Megherbi, Justin Pechberty
scriptwriter Ayce Kartal
music Tarik Aslan
S., 8 years old, is a little Turkish girl with an overflowing imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. While she is looking back on the good old days in her grand parents village from the hospital room, dark and terrifying memories emerge and, little by little, begin to make sense.
Belgium, 2017, 10 min
director Nicolas Fong
scriptwriter Nicolas Fong
music Emile Sornin
Surrounded by several couples, a god becomes bored, because he is on his own and jealous of the others’ happiness. He breathes out, creating a whirlwind of molecules, which resolve into a flat disc. In its centre is a single mountain. The creator places various elements on the disc to complete his work. He installs Yin and Yang, the man and the woman. The two of them try in vain to meet.