Edinburgh Short Film Festival: Best of Animation Series 1

  • Short
  • 12 Episodes

For our 10th Year Anniversary celebrations, we’re screening our 10 Years Best Animation, online only, this November.

10 Years of our best animation short films including stop-motion and 2D animation, our best animation award-winning shorts and award winners from across the globe!

Over the years we’ve screened some outstanding animations, including Oscar winners, Palme D’Or nominees and the programme includes the best animation ever screened at the ESFF! There’s some amazing Claymation and Stop-Motion films including ‘Butterflies’ by Isobel Peppard, a multi award winning steampunk Claymation from Australia, that follows the life of a struggling young artist. Beasts by Sandra Schiessl, is an absurdist claymation comedy, witty and poignantly amusing with a humane touch.

‘Muedra’ by Cesar Diaz Melendez won our Best Animation Award in 2019, an award-winning Spanish film, shot entirely outdoors, Muedra is an outstanding achievement in stop-motion.

‘Fly Me Baby’ by Segolene Romier was also shot entirely outdoors with a stop-motion cast of dozens of characters, a remarkable achievement, and a cute and charming stop-motion, depicting the anarchic goings on of the surreal wildlife in a park in Geneva.

We’re delighted to present ‘Tis’ by Chloe Leseur, our 2017 Animation winner. A paper world is explored by paper characters, the stop-motion film conveys the sense of the paper world’s weightlessness and is a hugely impressive and multi-award-winning animation.

There’s also a showcase of some outstanding 2D animation, including the Oscar-nominated ‘Coda’ by Alan Holly. ‘Coda’ follows a dying soul that meets Death, and the film manages to instil real emotion into the theme of life and death. Beautifully executed and deceptively simple. We’re excited to screen ‘Fox & The Whale’; Robin Joseph’s visually arresting tale of pursuit and longing, that follows a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale. An Oscar-nominated journey of longing and discovery. There’s also ‘Selfies’ by Claudius Gentinetta, A brilliantly inventive, multi-award-winning Swiss Animation. Selfies is a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing, and disturbing selfies arranged in a unique short film composition.

‘Wicked Girl’ by Ayce Kartal is an imaginative and engrossing 2D animation, multi-award winning and winner of the Jury Prize at the Annecy Animation Festival. A dark and gothic fairy-tail underpins the story of a young girl in hospital, alone with her memories. Experimental animation is also popular at the ESFF and ‘Films To Break Projectors’ by Iloobia, glues and splices 35mm, 16mm, and super 8 filmstrips together to create impossible-to-project celluloid sculptures, the result is an amazing whirlwind of the senses.

We’re also delighted to screen ‘The Bird & The Whale’ by Carol Freeman, A beautiful, paint-on-glass animation that took 14 months to complete. Each frame was painted with oil paint and shot top-down. After each frame was shot, the paint was wiped away and the next frame repainted almost entirely from scratch. An incredible achievement and a stunning animation.

Our 10 Years Best Animation showcases the work of some of the best animation ever screened at the ESFF!

Episodes

1m
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5m
Beasts

Dir: Sandra Schiessl Germany

A sensitive creature takes care of a plant. Everything is good until the beasts are coming back. Absurdist claymation comedy, witty and poignantly amusing with a humane touch.

9m
Muedra

Dir: Cesar Diaz Melendez Spain

Life can arise anywhere; nature behaves strangely, and days can last for minutes. Nothing is what it seems, the cycle of life seen from a different perspective. Award Winning Spanish stop motion following some extraordinary goings on in the natural world.

12m
Fox and the Whale

Director: Robin Joseph Canada

Robin Joseph’s visually arresting tale of pursuit and longing follows a curious fox who goes in search of an elusive whale. An Oscar-nominated journey of longing and discovery.

3m
Fly Me Baby

Dir: Segolene Romier Switzerland

An extraordinary labour of love, Fly Me Baby is a stop motion animation featuring dozens of large puppets filmed outdoors. A cute, witty, and charming stop motion depicting the anarchic goings on of the surreal wildlife in a Geneva park.

8m
Wicked Girl

Dir: Ayce Kartal Turkey

S, 8 years old, is a little Turkish girl with an overflowing imagination. She is keen on nature and animals. As she is in hospital, she is looking back on happy holidays in her grandparents’ village, but dark and terrifying memories emerge and, little by little, begin to make sense. Imaginative and engrossing, multi-award winning 2D Animation and winner of Jury Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival.

12m
Butterflies

Dir: Isobel Peppard Australia

A young artist sits on the sidewalk, struggling to make a living. She makes drawings for the passersby. A businessman recognises her talents and offers her a paying job. The prospect seems inviting, but the reality threatens to kill her imagination…

9m
Coda

Dir: Alan Holly Ireland

A lost soul stumbles drunken through the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things. This Oscar-nominated 2D animation manages to instil real emotion into the relatively cliché theme of life and death. Beautifully executed and deceptively simple.

5m
Films to Break Projectors

Dir: Iloobia UK

Approaching the process of making films in a literal sense and creating visual music through imagery, ‘Films to Break Projectors’ glues and splices 35mm, 16mm, standard and super 8mm filmstrips together to create impossible-to-project celluloid sculptures, the result is an amazing whirlwind of the senses.

9m
Tis

Dir: Chloe Lesueur France

A sheet of paper. The contours of a character take shape. Tis. He extracts himself from the sheet, but remains attached to it by his feet. In the distance, a stream of characters similar to him. Tis tries to join them but must cope with the large sheet of paper that he drags with him, and which handicaps him.

4m
Selfies

Dir: Claudius Gentinetta Switzerland

In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dread-fully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

A brilliantly inventive, multi-award-winning, Swiss Animation.

7m
The Bird & The Whale

Dir: Carol Freeman Ireland

The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers its sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea. A beautiful, paint-on-glass animation that took 14 months to complete. Each frame was painted with oil paint and shot top-down camera, after each frame was shot, the paint was wiped away and the next frame repainted almost entirely from scratch. Each new frame created, destroys the last.