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Breaking Bread in the Holy Land

Garin Nalbandian Vancouver, Canada 2012 9min

Three major religions have at least one thing in common - bread. Bread has always been historically significant, particularly to the three main religions found in Jerusalem. This documentary provides a brief history, and looks at the significance of, bread in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Note: for the 6:30 pm screening on April 13, and 12:00 pm screening on April 17Breaking Bread in the Holy Land precedes: Wunderkinder


Happy Life

Xin Sun and Yun Li Germany/China 6min

On a stormy night, a boy named EGG lays an egg from which a monster is born. The boy, terrified, throws her into the forest. When this bizarre incident repeats night after night, EGG begins to feel like a monster himself, and becomes more isolated...

RATING: G (Nudity)

I Saw Mice Burying a Cat

Dmitry Geller China 6min

This is a story about a group of mice who try to bury a sleeping cat.



Cindy Mochizuki & Emma Hendrix Canada - Vancouver 5min

This stop motion animated short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö performed by Emma Hendrix and Cindy Mochizuki directed by James Long. The film features one of several interviews that the artists have collected from Vancouver residents on the topic of 'monsters'.  In this short claymation a conversation with Lennox Johnston-Yu leads us into getting to know an imaginary monster by the name of Kudok.


Directors Cindy Mochizuki & Emma Hendrix will be in attedance

Cindy Mochizuki is an interdisciplinary artist with a practice that moves across several forms including drawing, animation, multi-media, collaborations and performance. She is interested in the place between the documentary and the imagined; often integrating archival materials and interviews through the process of her work. Emma Hendrix is a sound designer and a media artist. His work is focused on creating environments through sound, investigating the delicate state of equilibrium we have with our sonic environment.

Mere Phantoms Interactive Shadow Workshop



In this 45-minute workshop participants will work with paper and light to explore how three-dimensional objects become two-dimensional shadows. Each participant will create a three-dimensional paper cut-out modeled after the techniques employed by Mere Phantoms in their interactive shadow installations.

In the first segment of the workshop, Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process. The pieces made by the group will be combined with previously made examples to create a small-scale paper-based installation.  In the second segment of the workshop participants will use Mere Phantoms hand-held light wands to explore how their pieces translate in light and shadow.

The workshop will be hands-on and experiential, and will play on scale, light and shadow, and the creative use of negative and positive space.

Recommended for Grades 2-12

This workshop is offered in French or English and is available by pre-registration with a film booking only. Space is limited.
Please contact education@r2rfestival.org or call 604-224-6162


Moon Man

Stephan Schesch - Ireland, France, Germany, 2012 92min


PRECEDED BY: The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk

If only Moon Man knew just how much children loved him. But he's not even remotely aware, he's just sitting on the moon, bored stiff, in his lonely silver sphere. One night, a shooting star appears, whizzing through outer space towards the moon. Moon Man seizes his chance, grabs the speeding comet by the tail, and hitches a ride to earth. Earth's arrogant president regards this as "an attack from outer space." He is absolutely furious. He has only just conquered the last speck of earth, and defeated all his enemies. Now aliens from another planet are attacking his dominion. The only traces they find of the intruder are silvery footprints near the edge of the crater’s impact. Meanwhile, the world's children are unable to sleep without seeing the Moon Man in the night sky, leading him to seek help from a kindly scientist who lives in a castle by the sea full of charming Rube Goldberg-like devices. While escaping the president and his soldiers, Moon Man sets off on a long journey, where he marvels at the many wonders the earth has to offer and realizes how much children love and need him.

Based on the bestselling book by Tomi Ungerer, the film's well-chosen moon tunes include Louis Armstrong’s Moon River. Moon Man is co-produced by Le Pacte and the Oscar-nominated Irish production company Cartoon Saloon, responsible forThe Secret of Kells (R2R, 2009). The animation - by Irish animators Fabian Erlinghauser (The Secret Of Kells), Sean McCarron (Song Of The Sea) and Marie Thorhauge (Old Fangs) – is impressively true to Ungerer’s style.

Themes: lonliness, adventure, difference, understanding and acceptance

Rating: TBA

Recommended for ages 7 to adult

Moon Man is also our Opening Night Gala. Following the film Gala presentation the audience is invited to contribute 3D shadow puppets, paper cut-outs, and your own body's shadow to the Mere Phantoms' Installation in the Atrium. This interactive shadow installation is designed to engage young audiences in animating and illuminating space adventures.  Paper cut-outs and giant projection screens will be suspended inside the lobby of the Vancity Theatre. The Mere Phantoms artists will demonstrate one of the paper-cut techniques they use in their work, and will guide participants through a design and creation process.  Then watch it grow over the weekend.

This film is also offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Stephan Schesch was born in Munich, studied at Munich Academy of Film, and began his career as a writer for television. He decided to specialize in animation during an internship at Film Roman (The Simpsons) in 1995. He has produced animated television series and feature films, including Hood (2001), The Cave of the Yellow Dog (2005) and The Three Robbers (R2R, 2007). He has produced over a dozen animation films and television series, and headed the animation studios Odeon, Ellipse and Animation X. Moon Man is his feature directorial debut.

Petra's Poem

Shira Avni Canada 5min

With candor and grace, Petra Tolley describes what it's like to live with a developmental disability in today's society. Written and performed by Tolley, this intimate portrait reveals her innermost fears and doubts, illuminating the reality of her existence. Beautifully crafted animation by Avni combines with deeply personal poetry to give voice to one woman's journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.



Eric Bates Canada 4min

A young man named Charles, who has just lost his home, spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before saying goodbye and moving on.  Eric Bates' website is an outlet for his thoughts, creative ideas, and work.



Eric Bates graduated from the animation department at the Emily Carr University of Art (Vancouver, Canada) in 2003. Since then, he's travelled in Canada, England, and Australia, and worked in some great studios doing animation/VFX. At the moment he's completing a Masters degree in experimental animation at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (Japan), where he's had the chance to experiment, work on some personal projects, experience life in Japan, and become a ninja.

Snore Train

Kamil Chajder Canada - Montreal 2min

This is the story of a man who can't fall asleep on a train.


Stick up for Your Friends

Tony Dusko 1min

A short film about a friend sticking up for another friend who just wants to dance.