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!