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Fresh from the Festivals: November 2008's Reviews

Andrew Farago reviews four short films: Drux Flux by Theodore Ushev, The Old, Old, Very Old Man by Elizabeth Hobbs, Sandbox by Avi Ofer and The Waif of Persephone by Nick Cross.

Within the world of animation, most experimentation occurs in short-format productions, whether they are high-budgeted commercials, low-budgeted independent shorts or something in-between. The growing number of short film festivals around the world attests to the vitality of these works, but there are few other venues for their exhibition, and are they rarely reviewed. As a result, distribution tends to be difficult and irregular. On a regular basis, Animation World Magazine will highlight some of the most interesting of these films.

This month:

Drux Flux (2008), 4:45, directed by Theodore Ushev (Canada). Contact: Johanne St-Arnauld, Director General, Distribution, National Film Board of Canada. [T] 514-283-2703 [F] 514-496-1895 [W] [E]

The Old, Old, Very Old Man (2007), 6:38, directed by Elizabeth Hobbs (U.K.). Contact: Elizabeth Hobbs, Spellbound Animation. [W] [E]

Sandbox (2006), 3:10, directed by Avi Ofer (Israel). Contact: [W] [E]

The Waif of Persephone (2006), 12:17, directed by Nick Cross (Canada). Contact: Nick Cross, Do It For Me Productions, 1618 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K2C1X6, Canada [T] 613-228-7253 [W], [E]


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