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Twenty-six short films from all four corners of the world, in less than 110 minutes! The program this year pays homage, to begin with, to Chinese animator Lei Lei, who with a distinctive style and colour palette has crafted a unified body of work. Come discover his latest short, 2010’s THIS IS LOVE, as well as the Canadian premieres of two of his earliest works, THE UNIVERSE COTTON and PEARS OR ALIENS. From Spain comes the world premiere of César Urbina Vitoria’s AKERBELTZ: LAS BRUJAS Y EL INQUISIDOR, a magnificent animated film recalling a singular incident in Logrono in 1610. Another world premiere is EYE OF THE STORM by American Christopher Alender — a dizzying head trip. Sweden brings us three films this year. In SEVEN DAYS IN THE WOODS, a North American premiere, a series of strange vignettes are realized with unsettling music and refined stop-motion work. There’s also the nightmarish world of Jacob Stålhammar and his expressionist short, NIGHT SOUNDS, a Canadian premiere. Jonas Odell offers TUSSILAGO, a blend of comics, drawings and rotoscoped live action that energetically revisits a terrorist act perpetrated in 1977. Phil Tippett, from the U.S., shares his savage MUTANT LAND, a Canadian premiere. From Denmark comes TO VENNER by Paw Charlie Ravn, also a Canadian premiere — in a post-apocalyptic future, two ophans struggle to survive in a world without women or children.
Pat Boivin works his little miracles again with his OFFICIAL CARS 2 – TRAILER IN LEGO and OPTIMUS 7. DIMANCHE, by Patrick Doyon, poetically evokes the childhood games that battle boredom one Sunday afternoon. With LA CITÉ ENTRE LES MURS, Alain Fournier creates a universe with its own set of rules and delicately wrought detailing. Laurence FG summons up a dreamworld with his LE CINQUIÈME DOIGT. From the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema come four animators to watch out for — Han Li Han (TIGER MOUNTAIN), Guay Monserrat (ENTITY), Tina Nawrocky (DESERTED) and Pascal Huyhn (COURIR DANS LES ESCALIERS). As well, a new wave of talented animators issues forth from CEGEP du Vieux Montréal, with À SEC by Karina Briones, DU HAUT DU PLACARD by Gabrielle Dubois, ALERTE METERORE by Guillaume Gaudet, SOUVENIRS À VENDRE de Marie-Hélène Hébert, AS-TU ÉTEINT TON ROND DE POÊLE by David Lalonde-Lavoie, ALBERT AS DE L’AIR by Yves Paradis, and OSHANA by Xavier Trudeau Deschênes.