Under This Luminous Sky
In a Kingdom that is increasing control onto its citizens, two friends share a bittersweet goodbye in this year's Critics’ Choice. This award is granted to the film that received the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories.
Zhen Liu and Jesseter Wang
Our tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2022, it's an animation from the student category that combines 2D and 3D motion graphics. In this story, a girl is trapped in an uncertain romantic relationship.
An antique music instrument dealer recieves a magical vinyle record from a traveller: “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories”. Obsessed by this endless record, the antique dealer listens to it again and again, and the memories reemerge until one last and most painful memory is revealed: how he got separated from his mother on the Swiss border during World War II.
This experimental film combines motion graphics, 2D and 3D animation. The conflict comes from a girl’s recurring dreams that keep her stuck in her past, back at school. As she melts into her dream, she’s content to linger but signs and symbols appear, urging her to wake up. The dream space collapses and she realizes her isolation, but with no escape, she falls into even deeper into her dreams.
The film that struck a chord with our audience this year is a bittersweet story of a boy letting go of his beloved bird.
The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. This year's winner is a story about two Gemini brothers' journey on the earth. The older brother wants to enjoy the trip himself, but his younger brother always follows him and makes a lot of trouble.
Our tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2018, this distinction goes to a film full of magic, mayhem, and mischief, all in one rapid-fire round of western flair!
In My Particular Case
It seems to be an endless question: how to do we choose the best idea among so many others? Through an eclectic mix of animation techniques, this winning film parodies our imaginative yet indecisive minds.
The winner of our Best of Independent Award for 2021 is about a normal dog waiting for his master's return. But high above the earth on the International Space Station, Tom's everyday is far from routine.
The Dog Who Brought Home the Sun
The 2021 Audience Choice is Inspired by a popular Chinese folktale. In the dead of winter with no food and resources, a dog seeks to catch the sun.
The Critics’ Choice award is given to the animation that receives the highest marks from the festival judges across all categories. This season's winner is from student animator Michelle Cheng, and was created in her first year at California Institute of the Arts. It is the story of a boy forced to confront his fear of the dark.
Our tradition is to award the runner up in the category from which came the Critic's Choice. For 2020, it's an animation from the student category — A man who feels like he has lost all reason to live. As he stands on the precipice of life and death, he faces an unexpected situation that may just save his life.
In the middle of the night… Sarah wakes up as she wants to go to the bathroom. This is an adventure story familiar to all of us, to overcome your fear of the dark when nature calls!
Mimi Says No
Mimi’s mother wants to help Mimi navigate various life situations, but Mimi insists on doing everything herself. It conveys momentary beauty, warmth and thought through a simple story. Finally, because the titular tag line is expressed solely from the child’s standpoint, it abounds with childlike charm and righteousness!
Gustavo J. Agosto Laureano.
A happy family is struck by tragedy. A mother struggles to reach out to her son as he grieves their loss, until an encounter with a new friend changes his life and helps him overcome his sorrow.
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