Around the world in eight shorts

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An eccentric grandmother reminisces with her adventurous grandson in Little Cosmonaut by Ari Alex Magnusson. Revelling in the emotive strength of memory, interpersonal relationships and sense of place, Adventures Close to Home prove how far you can travel by staying in the same place.

Heleri Saarik’s promising Tale of a Nixie, a spirited grandmother’s relation of the deep and dark secrets of the sea to her granddaughters is a stylish and atmospheric work from a young artist. Part of Realms of the Unreal which also features Guy Maddin’s Night Mayor and Tom Chick’s retelling of the Scottish fable of the Selkies.

Desierto is the tale of a groom who learns patience in searching for his lost bride in a magical desert. This is the work of Christian Rivera who was the Director of Photography for Iyari Werrta’s incredible La Pantera Negra which was shown at EIFF last year. Featuring as part of Animated Mythologies which celebrates imaginative reinterpretations of folktale from across Europe, the UK and Australia.

Rarely are form and content more perfectly matched than in Nina Sabnani’s The Stitches Speak. The evolution of Kutch artisan tradition in Pakistan and India is ‘woven’ in this fabric art animation accompanied by haunting music. This is one of several Animated Realities including the beautiful and wistful My Mother’s Coat which was screened alongside Mourning for Anna.

A girl’s tears threaten to flood an entire village, who hasn’t been there? Thankfully in Jadwiga Kowalska’s The Girl & The Hunter, there’s a woodsman to the rescue. Animated Interactions also features a Danish black comedy, local talent from ECA and Digicult and a Student Academy Award finalist from the USA.

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Young Billy’s imaginative attempts to prevent burglars from stealing his grandfather’s medal from his mum’s bookshop provide an appealing and playful story for this James Barr short, Koro’s Medal. This selection of Family Shorts also includes Jaime Snyder’s adaptation of popular Australian children’s book, There’s a Hippopotamus On Our Roof Eating Cake. What’s not to like?

The intriguing premise of Olivier Treiner’s The Piano Tuner, where Adrien feigns blindness in order to gain the trust of his clients thereby drawing him into a series of sinister events, is one of selection of Murder Ballads. Grisly events from Spain, Austria and Australia also feature.

Forget Home Alone, Murilo Hauser’s My Fear, about a boy frightened by the strange noises in his empty house is a crisp animated caper. Part of the Animated Extremes screening which includes Paul Rice’s Let Me Come In, an offering from this year’s ECA Graduate Show, dubbed as a ‘fusion of Quentin Tarantino and the Three Little Pigs.’ Be intrigued.

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