Animated Shorts: Program 1

Titles in this program include: Curiosa, Drone, Europe by Bidon, Island, Kafka’s Doll, Letter to a Pig, Ninety-Five Senses, The Record, and Zoon.


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Curiosa tells the story of overly curious Mary, who visits her boyfriend’s flat for the first time, just to discover it’s been stripped bare of all personal belongings. After being denied an explanation, she climbs into his head. Directed by: Tessa Moult-Milewska




A malfunction at a CIA press event causes a Predator drone installed with an ethical AI personality to go rogue as it attempts to understand its purpose in the world. Directed by: Sean Buckelew




Europe by Bidon

In this animated documentary, Biodun, a Nigerian immigrant, tells the story of his journey on foot from Lagos to Paris and how he survives with a container, a “bidon,” and his courage. Through his words, he transforms the events into extraordinary adventures. Directed by: Samuel Albaric & Thomas Trichet





Island recounts the history of a small, secluded island over the course of several millennia, to reveal a telling lesson about human nature. Directed by: Michael Faust





Kafka’s Doll

Inspired by an unproven myth, Kafka’s Doll is an animated short film that blends factual research, fiction, fantasy and myth into a single heart-warming story about loss. Directed by: Bruno Simões




Letter to a Pig

A Holocaust survivor reads a letter he wrote to the pig who saved his life. A young schoolgirl hears his testimony in class and sinks into a twisted dream where she confronts questions of identity, collective trauma, and the extremes of human nature. Directed by: Tal Kantor




Ninety-Five Senses

An ode to the body’s five senses, delivered by a death-row inmate with little time left to enjoy them. Tim Blake Nelson and a diverse team of animators from Latin America and the U.S. bring to life this bittersweet tale of regret and redemption from visionary duo Jerusha and Jared Hess. Directed by: Jared Hess & Jerusha Hess




The Record

An antique music instrument dealer receives a magical vinyl record from a traveler: “It reads your mind and plays your lost memories.” Obsessed by this endless record, the antique dealer listens to it again and again, and the memories reemerge until one last and most painful memory is revealed. Directed by: Jonathan Laskar





Small shimmering animals are in heat. A two-legged forest dweller encounters the lustful group. He and his companions snack on the little creatures and soon a feast begins. Directed by: Jonatan Schwenk







RUN TIME: 102 Minutes