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Pixar’s 'Blue Umbrella' Heads to SXSW

The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announces its 2013 animated short film lineup, including the first U.S. screening of Pixar’s “The Blue Umbrella.”

The Blue Umbrella

Austin, TX – The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced its 2013 lineup, including 10 animated short films which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 8 – 16, 2013.

An assortment of stories told using a mix of traditional animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between, this year’s selections includes the first U.S. screening of the Pixar short The Blue Umbrella. See the full list of animated shorts at this year’s festival, below:

The Blue Umbrella

Director: Saschka Unseld It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.

Cicada Princess

Director: Mauricio Baiocchi Cicadas spend a long time planning...

The Event (USA/UK) Director: Julia Pott Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.

The Gold Sparrow

Director: Daniel Stessen In a black and white world artists must defend their color.

In Hanford

Director: Chris Mars In Hanford is artist Chris Mars's fantastic exploration of real incidents in Hanford, Washington, where the local environment was poisoned as a result of cold war era nuclear arms manufacture.

Kishi Bashi - ''I Am The Antichrist To You''

Director: Kishi Bashi A surreal stop motion collaboration between avante-pop/violinist Kishi Bashi and acclaimed animator Anthony Scott (Coraline, Paranorman). An abandoned puppy awakes in a post-apocalyptic world with vivid memories of his love and all that he lost.

Marcel, King of Tervuren

Director: Tom Schroeder Greek tragedy enacted by Belgian roosters.

Oh Willy... (Belgium/France/ Netherlands/Luxembourg) Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.

Old Man

Director: Leah Shore For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until Now.

The Places Where We Lived

Director: Bernardo Britto A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.

Shelved (New Zealand) Director: James Cunningham Two loser robots discover they are being replaced... by humans

For the complete SXSW Film Lineup, visit

The SXSW Film Festival will open on Friday, March 8, 2013 with the world premiere of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. In addition to nine full days of film screenings, SXSW Film will ultimately feature over 150 informative and entertaining featured conversations, panels, workshops and mentor sessions. Visit for more information and updates.

Source: SXSW Film Conference and Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.