04.09 | 18:00
The title of this non-competition section coincides with the main theme of the 2021 festival – Presence. Intimacy. Touch. We’ve been reflecting on the meaning of body and physical contact ever since we were abruptly deprived of them. How could the intelligent and digitalized creatures that we are, the conquerors of the Earth and space, suddenly end up face-to-face with the banal truth that only the energy of intimacy, the simplicity of presence, and the impulse of touch make us really alive? This is a collection of animations about complicated and fascinating relations with our own and the strangers’ bodies that always turn out to be something more than just a physical frame.
Running time 70 min.
Switzerland | 10:40 | 2020
An electrician follows his nightly routine setting up signs in the city. He goes through life unnoticed and out of touch with the world, until he realises which signs he should be paying attention to.
China | 04:29 | 2020
Based on the research, interviews and records of the three conditions of Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, Chondropathy, Marfan syndrome, I made these three personal pseudo-documentary animations. "He She He" not only represent the three of them, but also represent all of us who are neglected and need to establish emotional connections around us. I tried to use the body as a common medium for establishing empathy, to achieve the transformation from perceptual empathy to personal cognitive empathy.
France | 05:46 | 2020
Coming back to his hometown in hopes of reconnecting with his past, a young man finds the place completely stopped in time. Moving through the familiar streets, memories disorient him as he faces what he once left behind.
Russia | 14:40 | 2019
Somewhere in Eastern Europe due to an accident in a laboratory, the hero gains superpowers that he does not want. The hero does not want to be a superhero, to save the world from villains, he wants to live as before without changing anything. The situation is complicated by the fact that while he gains the awareness of his power, it causes problems in his everyday life. While he is stuck in the elevator, he meets a girl who likes him and wants to help him.
Taiwan | 04:09 | 2020
A father’s daily life of taking care of a baby. He took the baby out and always was nervous when facing the neighbor’s greeting. Sometimes father’s behavior is like a baby. For some reason, the knife could not cut the food while cooking, but it continued to cut the fingers. The boiling water in the pot is bubbling all the time, just like constantly facing chaos every day. The father seemed to be able to temporarily cut off outside sounds only when he was helping the baby to bathe…
Belgium, Turkey | 04:30 | 2020
A modern day love story, in the right place but at the wrong time.
Portugal | 10:08 | 2020
A large group of people gather around a table for a meal. It is not clear whether they are family or friends. Food is served under a noisy, atmosphere. Throughout the meal we discovered the various figures of the group, listened to their conversations and we can guess the connections between them. Toasts are made and congratulations are sung. At some point there are already those who sleep, who read, who date. The environment is increasingly fragmented. In the end there is only dirty dishes and silence.
Switzerland | 05:04 | 2020
In a constant search for closeness, C experiences emotions in all their highs and lows. Even if a familiar phase of togetherness is followed by a rejection of the other person and, accordingly, a sad loneliness, C does not give up. Again and again, new ways are found to find the longed-for closeness and tenderness. And to lose.
Canada | 04:23 | 2021
Forgotten is an animated short film that offers a window into the isolation the elderly face when living alone. Drawn using traditional and digital media, the film presents and explores one person’s loneliness, sorrow, and deteriorating grip on reality
China | 05:33 | 2021
In recent years, Japanese office workers put forward a new word "social animal" for self mockery. Because they feel like animals at work, they are just being used as tools, repeating things that are not important day after day without soul. This is a thought-provoking thing. Why do we get emptiness and pressure from our hard work? Line 0 is an attempt to simulate human beings as various tools in life in the form of real person posing. It shows a very regular and boring way of work, just like an industrial production line, which leads a repetitive and monotonous life every day. Zero represents nothing, which can be compared to the psychological state of work, nothing, no sense of achievement and satisfaction. This sense of emptiness will eventually overwhelm us. Only after work is over can we get a little breathing space in our dreams and fantasies.