Animation is Art is Animation: Short Films

Sunday, March 10th at The Carnegie Institution for Science
1:00pm – 3:00pm

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Alef b’Tamuz

Directed by Yael Reisfeld
Israel / 2018 / 5:58 mins

In the old jewish cemetery in Tzfat ) in the Galilee district in Israel) , there are numerous ancient graves of Jewish rabbis and saints. most notable are famous rabbis from the kabbalah golden era of the 16th century. It is a common custom among believers to go and pray on those tombs, and ask for assistance to help the prayers reach their destination.

Alef B’tamuz is a combination of documentary and fantasy, exploring the subject of worship in the Galilee in a mystical, psychedelic way. The connection between the dead and the living is explored in an animation technique that combines real footage from the location, with fictional animated characters based loosely on real people. The inspiration came from childhood nightmares Yael had when visiting her grandmother and scyzophrenic uncle in Tzfat.


Directed by Simon Duclos
France / 2018 / 1:35 mins

​BlueBrain, a little home device that responds when its head is tapped, is activated for the first time, discovering the world and the fate that awaits it.

Brainworm Billy

Directed by Emily Hubley
USA / 2018 / 2:36 mins

A young man is haunted by a famous comedian.

did you know?

Directed by Lynn Kim
USA / 2018 / 7:46 mins

An exploration in shared sites of queerness and sexuality between the spotted hyena and myself.


Directed by Cai YUANQING
China / 2018 / 8:36 mins


Directed by Kayu Leung
France / 2018 / 1:22 mins

In the world that’s already conquered by electronic devices, Human being is the best product for the new world. We are actually THE BEST HOME APPLIANCE EVER.


Directed by Beshr Idlbi
Turkey and Syria / 2018 / 2:55 mins

A 60 year old woman living a happy life between her sons and daughters, until the revolution starts, and everything changes. Left alone, the grandmother’s mind tries to adapt to her new life with different diffense mechanisms, all while trying to keep her sanity.

Little Skeleton

directed by Jennifer Levonian
USA / 2018 / 1:30 mins

“Little Skeleton” is the true story of an eerie coincidence that occurred after a family received a Day of the Dead figurine in the mail. The animation describes a moment when the uncanny interrupted everyday life to unsettling effects.  

Living Like Heta

Directed by Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu, and Kerstin Zemp  
Switzerland / 2018 / 6:12 mins 

Heta lives with her pet seal in her highly peculiar house full of curious rooms and endless corridors. Her entire life consists of carefully planned and conducted routines. When the latter get thrown into disarray, Heta‘s world begins to crumble, until she feels compelled to make an irreversible decision.  


Directed by Tom Bessoir
USA / 2018 / 2:52 mins

A very brief history of Morse code.

Natalie D

directed by Angele Beraud
France / 2018 / 5:26 mins

Panta Rhei

Directed by Wouter Bongaerts
France / 2018 / 10:14 mins

Like the beached whales he studies, introverted marine biologist Stefaan flees the ocean. But floods, leaking faucets and endless rain keep seeping into his life, and he can’t keep the water out…

Random Thoughts

Directed by Steven Vander Meer
USA / 2018 / 7:20 mins

An undaunted filmmaker searches for inspiration… and a bathroom.

The Stained Club

Directed by Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, and Béatrice Viguier
France / 2018 / 6:39 mins 

Finn has stains on his skin. One day, he meets a group of cool kids with different stains on their bodies. One day, he understands that these stains aren’t just pretty.

You used to bring me flowers

Directed by Nofar Schweitzer
Israel / 2018 / 4:44 mins

Male-female relations through the gesture of giving flowers.

Where I was born

Directed by Jungmin Cha
USA / 2018 / 4:26 mins

Sitting through insufferable rush hour traffic. People smoking in public places. Enduring pain by waxing our legs and putting on facial masks to take care of our beauty. Required company staff gatherings after work. Being pressured to drink more alcohol. People jumping in front of cars and feigning injuries for money. Hiding cameras around a public restroom and uploading the photos to the worldwide web. Random, unprovoked violence by drunk people. Through these short, humorous vignettes, one presents a critique of the diverse social issues permeating throughout South Korean culture.

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