Ionian Contemporary
Animation Festival ICONA
December, 2nd-5th, 2021
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Professional Competition 7

Saturday 04/12/2021 17:00 - 19:00, Sunday 05/12/2021 05:00 - 07:00
Total Duration: 1:58:24

  1. Summer Nights 03:53 Argentina 2020
    Directed: Pablo Roldan, Ezequiel
    Screenplay: Pablo Roldan, Ezequiel
    Production: Pablo Roldan, Eze
    Dialogue Language: English

    Three old friends have a ritual to welcome a new member of the "cool kid" gang. A get together with past summers, that brings back childhood memories.

  2. Those We Are Forgetting / Aqueles que Estamos Esquecendo 10:00 Brazil 2021
    Directed: R.B. Lima, Rebeca Linhares
    Screenplay: R.B. Lima
    Production: Tais Pascoal
    Dialogue Language: Portuguese

    On a visit to his mother in the Paraiba hinterland, Reginaldo weaves ties through old photographs, trying to create connections with family members he has never met and with those whose memories are fading.

  3. Downfall 03:28 Lebanon 2021
    International Professional Short Animation - Audience Award
    Directed: Rona Fayad
    Production: Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts

    Enya's journey trying to make it as a dancer is hindered as her behaviors drag her downhill.

  4. LUNIK 1 11:20 Sweden 2020
    Directed: Eric Norberg, Halvar Wallman
    Screenplay: Eric Norberg, Halvar Wallman
    Production: Eric Norberg
    Dialogue Language: Russian

    July 17th 1969, three days before Apollo 11 lands on the moon. In an attempt to get there first, two Soviet cosmonauts crash on the lunar surface.

  5. Monorail 07:15 Japan 2020
    Directed: Shizuko Tabata

    This work examines the relationship between landscape and framing by featuring the changing Tokyo landscape from a monorail window within a picture frame. Each picture is framed individually and then becomes part of a stop motion animated sequence. By deliberately creating another frame and a blank space within the picture and moving it around, I was playing with the idea of re-framing a "landscape" that normally would have an infinite expanse. I also wanted to portray the psychology of changing perspectives through sound.

  6. Obervogelgesang 06:22 Germany 2020
    Honorary Mention - International Professional Short Animation- Jury
    Directed: Ferdinand Ehrhardt, Elias Weinberger
    Screenplay: Ferdinand Ehrhardt, Elias Weinberger
    Production: Malin Krüger
    Dialogue Language: German

    A teenager is confronted with a fresh rightwing extremist graffiti in the train and thus also with a grimace of her homeland.

  7. Forever 07:25 United States 2020
    Directed: Mitch McGlocklin
    Screenplay: Mitch McGlocklin
    Dialogue Language: English

    A life insurance company uses an AI algorithm to determine the risk of a new applicant. The subsequent denial sparks a period of introspection for the individual in question. "Forever" was created using the experiential technique of using LiDAR to capture real life moments. The LiDAR unit used to acquire the footage was originally created for self-driving cars. This junction of technology and film making intersects with the subject of the film. AI uses LiDAR to "see" humanity in accurate detail, but has resolution limitations. In both story and style, "Forever" explores the boundary of advanced technology and the human experience.

  8. Ma hingan lihtsalt rohkem - I Just Breath More 06:40 Estonia 2020
    Directed: Bruno Quast

    The film interprets through 3D and sand animation Viktoria Grahv's homonymous electroacoustic composition. Her music was inspired by the idea of breathing to break free of chains, envisioning a dragon sleeping in a cave. Its breath grows exponentially, disturbed by dreams and fluttering around creatures, almost to the point of awaking from the heavy slumber. The animation elaborates on these thoughts searching for the aspect of breathing and the heaviness of chains that block it, such as anxiety or panic, in the possibilities of different animation techniques.

  9. The Statue (Peykareh) 09:30 Iran, Islamic Republic of 2021
    1st Place - International Professional Short Animation - Jury
    Directed: Mohsen Salehi Fard
    Screenplay: Mohsen Salehi Fard
    Production: Internationa Youth Cinema Society (Najaf Abad Brunch)
    Dialogue Language: Persian

    The sculptor engages with the mud of his sculpture and shapes it

  10. The Cup - 3xiler ft. eMpReSs 03:57 Philippines 2020
    Directed: 3xiler
    Screenplay: 3xiler
    Production: 3xiler, eMpReSs, RNB - Rosalia Angeles
    Dialogue Language: English

    The Cup tackles current social issues and global crisis. The cup of suffering which is derived from the Bible scripture Mark 14:35-36, where Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane before He was captured, is the main concept of this music video. It aims to spread awareness about the issues of our society, promote equality, justice and peace. It also serves as a prayer.

  11. Death and the Winemaker / Le Vigneron et la Mort 18:59 France 2021
    2nd Place - International Professional Short Animation - Jury
    Directed: Victor Jaquier
    Screenplay: Victor Jaquier
    Production: Arnaud S. Gantenbein
    Dialogue Language: French

    A young winemaker devotes himself to creating the best wine in the world, to win the hand of his beloved Mathilde – the daughter of his rich neighbour. He creates a wine so exquisite, that even Death demands to taste it. As he learns the awful truth about Mathilde’s fate, he captures Death in a barrel, ignoring the consequences on the natural order of things.

  12. Hunting / Ehiza 04:58 Spain 2020
    Directed: Hauazkena Taldea - Begoña Vicario (Coordinator)
    Screenplay: Hauazkena Taldea
    Production: Patxi Azpillaga
    Dialogue Language: No Dialogue

    In 1969, artist Rafael Ruiz Balerdi made the short animated film “Homenaje a Tarzán” (“Homage to Tarzan”), which ended with an enigmatic ‘to be continued’. “Ehiza” (“Hunting”) is our continuation. In “Ehiza”, we accept Balerdi's aesthetic but step away from the colonial perspective of the films that inspired that work to depict the harshness of our own reality: harassment, violence and destruction.

  13. All At Sea 09:24 United Kingdom 2021
    Directed: Kasia Nalewajka
    Screenplay: Kasia Nalewajka
    Production: Joanna Wendorff-Ostergaard
    Dialogue Language: English

    Cornelius is a happy-go-lucky crab bachelor. A night spent drinking with his friends turns awry when the parasitic barnacle, Sacculina, spikes his drink and has his wicked way with him. In the days and weeks that follow, Cornelius experiences physiological and mental changes that transform his life. In fact he's been infected by a parasite that is controlling his mind so that he is the carrier of Sacculina's eggs. As Cornelius is getting more and more excited about his 'offspring', his health is gradually deteriorating. In a terrible climax, the parasite eggs hatch and Cornelius is left barely alive. Told as a nature documentary, this comic drama is based on real animal behaviours.

  14. Birth / NACER 09:00 Spain 2021
    Directed: Roberto Valle
    Screenplay: Roberto Valle Casas
    Production: Carlos Valle, Iván Miñambres
    Dialogue Language: Spanish

    Spain 1994. Carlos is a little boy who has just received some amazing news: his mother is pregnant with a baby boy... Over the next few months his whole world will be change... and when his little brother is finally born, Carlos is faced with emotions that he has never experienced before.

  15. ODDITY 04:00 Spain 2021
    Directed: Germán Chazarra Moreno, Anna Juesas García
    Screenplay: Anna Juesas García
    Production: Germán Chazarra Moreno, Anna Juesas García

    In Oddity, a quirky and ramshackle circus, Tom shows up for the casting of his life. He's determined to be the next pianist, but Irene and Irina won't make it easy for him. Ladies and gentlemen, let the show begin!

Department of Audio & Visual Arts