Short Film Program: Animation Sensation

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Wednesday, April 17 | 10:00 & 11:45 am | Roundhouse Community Centre
This program of films is quirky, beautiful, and hilarious. An international array of animators bring us stories that are touching, enchanting and at times just completely bizarre!

Themes: fantasy, insecurity, resilience, interconnectedness, death, friendship, isolation and approval.

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.



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.



Karen Aqua & Ken Field USA 4min

The animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, reflecting a world of transience, mutability, and impermanence.  Through the metaphor of transformation, this film explores the themes of malleability, instability, and interconnectedness.


The Goatherder and his lots + lots + lots of goats

Will Rose UK 8min

This film follows a day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats as they travel up and down the mountains of Spain.


The Sardine Tin

Louise-Marie Colon Belgium 10min

Eva is a tiny mermaid who has a crush on Emile, a single fisherman. She jumps in his fishing net, and Emile finds Eva in a sardine tin…



Reinier Petersons 10min

A bear working as a motorcycle acrobat in a traveling circus is tired of feeling like a buffoon. He yearns for the wilderness that should be his home. But has it disappeared? Stunning and sensitive hand-drawn animation illuminates this lovely allegory of wildlife issues.



Tony Dusko USA 1min

Although built for battle, when two robots meet, they begin to wonder if there isn't a better way to relate.