The thing that is nice about day two at this film festival is I get into a groove. A steady stream of burnt coffee kept me going for over eight straight hours. By midday, I got a feel for the festival. As far as animation styles, there are some really creative uses of fabric, although computers and clay are still going strong. And after a few films I could tell which animals are hot with the kids (it hippos and tigers, by the way). A big theme seems to be is family dynamics, including coping with death and divorce.
This is also the day I began watching live-action short film, which normally means a good number of tears. Some of the past films to make me leak buckets include Toyland, Angry Man, and Felix, just to name a few. So far this year, though I have been moved, I haven’t needed to pull out the tissues. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.
So here is today’s wrap up: 43 animated shorts and 19 live-action shorts.
I was not sure if I was going to end up crying or laughing during Franswa Sharl. At one point I popped off my headphones and buried my face only to put them back on rewind it so I didn’t miss a second. You can see a few bits of it here.
If you feel like you’re trapped in dead-end job, but lacking the motivation to do something about it, this one is for you. The entire film is avalible on NFB website.
Director Peter Baynton has a new cut-paper animation film this year called Save Our Bacon, which is about a struggling pig farmer. Since its not available on the web I thought I would share his equally funny film from a few years ago call Over the Hill.
And here is a hippo.
But next year, might the newest animal rage be The Gruffalo?