SHORTS: Animation: Jumping the Line

Working in stop motion, traditional 2D, digital 3D, cutout, paint, and more, these short films from around the world tackle topics of love, identity, gender, and death.

Curated by Janice Chun, 2017 SDAFF Winner of Best Animated Short.

In this program


Sister

Directed by Siqi Song

Gorgeous felted stop-motion animation dedicated to the what if’s in life and the siblings we never had.

My Mother Told Me

Directed by Yasmin Rai

Positive or negative, our mothers’ “loving” advice will never leave us.

Umbilical

Directed by Danski Tang

Through striking visuals, a Chinese mother and daughter reassess their lives, uncovering in a beautifully candid conversation what obstacles they have overcome.

Shattered

Directed by Suyoung Jang

Don’t conform to the male mold. Let’s SHATTER the glass…wall!

Kingdom

Directed by Wei Keong Tan

With a peculiar blend of photography, frame-by-frame drawings, and photocopies, a lone naked man wanders through a forest with a suitcase, slowly falling apart.

The Wheel Turns

Directed by Sang Joon Kim

When a subway driver falls into the mind-numbing routine of a life, a trippy frog-induced awakening may have just pulled him out.

Les lèvres gercées

Directed by Fabien Corre & Kelsi Phung

White noise and scraping plates sound as a mother and child struggle over the child’s gender identity.

Grandpa

Directed by Ellis Kayin Chan, Marine Varguy, Tena Galovic, Yen-Chen Liu, Zozo Jhen

Struggling to come to terms with the death of his grandpa, a young boy meets a new friend who may just give him hope.

Jesa

Directed by Kyungwon Song

A filmmaker’s parents’ vastly different feelings about the traditional Korean memorial ceremony are humorously captured in stop motion.

Movements

Directed by Dahee Jeong

The notion of time and space can be tricky, from different movements to different perspectives.

A Dog’s Story

Directed by Jill D'Agnenica

Claymation meets slideshow as the arc of a dog’s rise and fall from badass guard dog to Chardonnay is watched by a stitched-together canine spectator in a comfy living room chair.

The Dawn of Ape

Directed by Mirai Mizue

A psychedelic animation made for chimpanzees is finally offered for humans to view.

Adorable

Directed by Cheng-Hsu Chung

Using hand drawn and acrylic painting techniques, an experimental exploration of identities, sex, and drugs within the queer community.

The Three Talismans

Directed by Matsusaki Kimiko

A resourceful young boy must fend off a man-eating demon lady after a day of chestnut harvesting forces him to seek refuge in her hut.

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