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WIA Presents ‘Songs of Love and Death’ at Animation Is Film

The thematic short film program by women creators will screen Oct. 22,  the final night of the Hollywood festival’s inaugural edition.

Sandra Desmazieres’ short film ‘Bao’ will screen Oct. 22 in the ‘Songs of Love and Death’ program at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival in Hollywood.

LOS ANGELES -- Women in Animation is pleased to co-present at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival a curated short film program called Songs of Love and Death, featuring new and recent animated works from women filmmakers from around the globe.

Songs of Love and Death is a collection of adult-oriented short films that speak to the universal themes of love and death, two topics that provide everlasting inspiration for thoughtful, powerful filmmaking.

“As part of our ongoing mission to advance women in the field of animation, WIA is proud to be collaborating with Animation Is Film to showcase this diverse, amazing lineup of films from an inspiring group of women directors from all over the world," says Chris Waters, chair of WIA Shorts.

“As a longtime lover of short films, it has been very exciting to get to work on this program together with Women in Animation. This collection showcases some of my favorite short animation from around the world and exemplifies the kind of filmmaking our festival champions,” adds Eric Beckman, founder of Animation Is Film.

The screening will take place Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. at the TCL Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood, followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Lucrèce Andreae’s short film ‘Grandpa Walrus’ will screen Oct. 22 in the Songs of Love and Death program at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival in Hollywood.

The lineup for the shorts program is as follows:

  • Airy Me, Yoko Kuno, Japan, 2013, 5.5 min. In a hospital, an ethereal connection between nurse and patient triggers a strange transformation.
  • Bao, Sandra Desmazieres, France, 2011, 11.5 min. Bao loves taking the train with his sister. It’s the highlight of his day. But after today, nothing will ever be the same.
  • Blankfillers, Celeste Lai & Peyton Skyler, USA/Taiwan, 2014, 3 min. A short animation about the meaning of life.
  • Grandpa Walrus, Lucrèce Andreae, France, 2017, 15 min. On a windy and cloudy beach, granny is praying, mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care and Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, and now he’s dead.
  • Hate for Sale, Anna Eijsbouts, Netherlands, 2017, 2.5 min. A stop-motion cutout animated film about the world we live in. Based on an original poem by Neil Gaiman.
  • Hey Stranger, Kirsten Lepore, USA, 2017, 3 min. It’s okay, you can look at my butt.
  • Jamón, Iria Lopez, Spain, 2012, 8 min.As the only pig in a human family, José has trouble fitting in. But after an encounter with the neighbor next door, he begins to come to terms with who he really is.
  • Mythopolis, Alexandra Hetmerova, Czech Republic, 2013, 11.5 min. Single mom Medusa is dating a creepy Satyr, while little Minotaur makes friends with a sweet-hearted Cyclops.
  • Rabbit’s Blood, Sarina Nihei, Japan, 2017, 4.5 min. A story about a society of two rival groups; sinister cloaked men and neutralist rabbits who have human-looking bodies that live underground.
  • Through You, Lucette Braune, Netherlands, 2013, 8 min. A young woman struggles through the crowd on the way to the store. As she passes these strangers some leave a mark - but only one leaves a mark that sticks.

Animation Is Film is a major animation festival launched in partnership between GKIDS, Annecy International Animation Film Festival, ASIFA-Hollywood and Variety. 

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Source: Animation Is Film

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