Bradford Animation Festival

Bradford Animation Festival - November 17 - 22 2014

What's on

= in competition

All Short Films

365

One Year. One Film. One Second a Day.

8 Bullets

"My name is Gabriel and I live in Taipei. I lost my wife during an assault. A red-haired man entered my home, smelling of dried fish. He was carrying a weapon; he used it on my family."

A Blue Room

A man wakes up in a blue room. He's stuck inside. He can't escape.

A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time

A Very Large Increase in the Size, Amount, or Importance of Something Over a Very Short Period of Time. Or maybe not at all.

Ain't No Fish

An environmental message about the protection of our oceans.

Arek's Story (Children of the Holocaust)

Animated series based on interviews with 6 elderly World War Two Holocaust Survivors and their escape from the Nazis as children.

Argument

People often make arguments out of nothing.

Awakening

Awakening shows everyday life in a fur farm. A mother fox and her cub are fighting for their lives.

Balloon Birds

Two Balloon Birds meet each other, when suddenly another comes...

Bath House

Six animals meet at the swimming pool.

Bear's Day (The Day of the Bear)

About a girl called Lisa who was afraid of bears.

Beauty

An examination of the most important emotions of life, from birth to death, from love to sexuality and from pain to fear.

Between Times

From the wall of a small town bakery, a cuckoo clock recounts a day where bread was sliced one second thick.

Bigeety

"Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Quotation of Bill Watterson)

Bigmundial

"Intelligence, is like a parachute, when we don’t have one, we flop." (Quotation of Pierre Desproges, French humorist)

Black Rectangle

This film documents a tedious process of dismantling and reassembling 16mm found footage.

Black Tape

Exploring the theme of domination, the victim and victimizer dance in an entangled tango.

Boudica a Norfolk Story

Set against beautiful watercolours of Norfolk, the film looks at Boudica the woman, what motivated her to keep her freedom and what her story means to us now.

Brutalism

An allegory expressed with the architectural style, Brutalism, which is compared to political/social tactics prevailing in recent decades.

Brutus

Brutus always glanced into human eyes only for a moment and immediately turned away so as not to see a change, to keep what he was given and carry away what he received.

Bully Beef

An attempt to reconnect two histories that continue to be held apart – the invasion of Belgium by Germany in 1914 and the colonization by Belgium of Congo some forty years earlier.

Canuck Black

A murder mystery with an eloquent and engaging protagonist, Canuck Black questions animal liberation and how we determine our identity.

Caterpillar and Hen

A caterpillar and a hen are best friends. They both know that the time to part has come...

Charles Bukowski Uncensored and Animated

In 1993, candid conversations between Charles Bukowski, his wife, and his producer took place.

Coast

An old woman confronts the ocean and comes undone.

Consumption

A lone Victorian inventor, ostracised from society and stricken with consumption, must race against time to complete his greatest invention.

Coupe

Cruising through a neon city, drifting between black empty shadows and vibrant pools of color, our hero surveys his urban landscape from behind the gleaming windows of his 1963 Buick Riviera.

Decorations

Everybody has thought at some time about their own death and what it will cause to our loved ones.

Dimitri: Tears of Crocodile

Dimitri the little bird from northern Europe has landed on the plain of Ubuyu in Africa. Every day he learns to overcome his fears and discover a world full of surprises.

Dogshaped

Join us on a marvellous mission, a querulous quest, a tale of tails

Don't Hug me I'm Scared II - Time

Make some time to go on a journey, a journey through directorial duo Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling’s existentialist universe of temporal confusion, TV guides and bathtime.

Dr Brené Brown - "The Power of Empathy"

Dr Brené Brown talks about the difference between sympathy and empathy.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The script is compiled from creative writing from our Year 5, adapted from the classic Victorian novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Etoile

Etoile is an 11 year old Jewish girl who lives with her family and her dog Rex in Morocco, Casablanca.

Ex Animo

An animated impression. Images conjured up by the animator form a two-dimensional reality of their own.

Fakofbolan: Always or Never?

Everyday routine can be a good retreat but what happens when we realise that safety is only a cover-up?

Fight!

Two friends fighting dirty.

Forever Mime

Two mimes fight over the romantic affection of the girl who runs the house of horror.

Gift

Gifts are always good aren't they? Yes they are. Except animal gifts perhaps.

Giving me a Chance

Giving me a chance is a surreal journey into a love relationship, exploring longing, idealisation and frustration.

Gli Immacolati

In a town in northern Italy, a young man returns home as he does every evening to find his 16-year-old sister in tears in front of their house.

Good Night Rainbow

Every day, a group of rainbow sheep crosses the river, or at least they do their best. Two wolves and a fox support them as a jury.

Grandpere

The granddaughter of Fritz Hürlimann lovingly tells the story about the act and the motives behind his fire assault on the PTT Hottingen in 1969.

Half Bábka

Life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

Happily Ever After

A shadow tries to bring his life to an end.

Hasta Santiago

On this legendary adventure, Mapo will pass through cities and meet other walkers who may be carrying more than just their backpacks...

Heir to the Evangelical Revival

The film is about religious-historical baggage.

Hipopotamy

A few naked women and children are bathing in a river. They are being secretly observed by a group of men, who, at one point decide to approach them...

Holiday Books (New York Times)

An animation to accompany the New York Times' annual 'Holiday Books' supplement. The idea was to show what books get up to when we step out of the room.

Horse

Five chapters about horse are cut up.

Hotzanak, For Your Own Safety

"I told her I was a filmmaker... and nothing has changed. " - Izibenen Oñederra

How to Write a Blackwood Article

A young, ambitious journalist woman strolls forth in the street of Blackwood in search of some horrific inspiration for her new article...

Hubrecht

The life of A. Hubrecht, man of glass and wax, and hedgehogs.

Hypnagogic Hallucination

The story takes place in a block of flats where two very different persons live.

I Am as I Am

A collection of 13 animated short films matching 13 poems from the French poet Jacques Prévert

I Have Trouble Concentrating

An 11 year old boy attempts to make an animated film despite having a very very short attention span.

I'm a True Reader

A musical animation to promote reading books for the Doncaster Book Awards.

Imperium Vacui

In a dystopian future, a man fights against a regime where any traces of humanity has been lost, but his act of rebellion seems framed in the System.

Imposter

Late at night, a deer helps a man lose his head and then steals his identity.

Interview

A dimwitted young man is interviewing for the most important job of all time and doesn’t even know what the job is.

IOA

A vowel reciting speaking machine describes in a soliloquy its miserable existence as a tool of a despotic singing-teacher.

Jorka

Everybody has thought at some time about their own death and what it will cause to our loved ones.

Kamienica [The Tenement Building]

A black comedy dealing with the problem of a world without love. The tenants of dilapidated tenemen are not very well-off and the biggest problem the is the lack of food.

Katachi

Made with silhouettes extracted from PVC plates using computer-controlled cutter, it's an everlasting chain of convulsive memories.

Kuvva - Illustration Licensing

An advert for Kuvva explaining the marketplace.

La Testa tra le nuvole

A child’s daydream during a school lesson is abruptly interrupted by the teacher.

Lakomstwa Endemita

At the seaside the fates of a balding sailor, a young girl, a bee and a crab become entwined. An animated story about primal desires, which are present in human nature.

Lego Heist: Barnsley Museums

Lego thieves attempt to steal civic silver in a madcap heist through Barnsley Town Hall.

Life

A reflection on life, illustrated and inspired in football moves. Fiction work, without any documentary or reality link.

Life Begins At Breakfast (Dorset Cereals)

An animated live action film set in a Dorset woodland with animals waking up to the sound of Dorset AM - a radio station run by a small blue bird called Mike and a squirrel called Colin.

Longing for Sheep

Hats and scarves made of 100% wool, nice and warm! But who cares about the consequences for the sheep that lost their fur?

Loop

Exercises, eating, exercises, eating, counting calories, look. Never ending loop of people seeking to be ideal.

Loop Ring Chop Drink

The mundane story of a heartbroken man, an online gambling addict, an alcoholic kleptomaniac and an anxious loner living in the same apartment building.

Lost Property

When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found.

Lumberjacked

A reformed lumberjack must harness the power of nature to save his friends and home.

Malevich at Tate Modern

Short trailer directed and animated at Nexus Productions for the Malevich exhibition at the Tate Modern. A Nexus & Tate co-production.

Man on the Chair

A film that seriously questions one's existence while it only shows animated pictures drawn by me... Am I not a picture drawn by someone else?

Mario

This paint on glass animation tells this dark tale of a soldier who returns home from war to find his girlfriend has left him.

Me and My Moulton

A 7 year-old girl whose parents are unconventional modernist architects, wants her family to be like other Norwegian 1960s families.

Mend and Make Do

Come and take a seat in Lyn's cosy front room, hear her story of love during wartime and watch as her belongings come alive with the hope, fear and humour of one spirited lady.

Missing U

An animated tale about the letter I who goes on a perilous adventure to find the missing U.

Moving On

Death as a birth in a world of string.

Mr Toti and a Rattle

Mr. Toti comes across a rattle in the mine and when he gets home he shakes it and starts to shrink, becoming a child again.

Mute

In a world populated by people without a mouth, a gory accident leads to the discovery a mouth can be created by cutting yourself.

My Dad

A short film depicting a dad's influence on a young boy's life.

My Stuffed Granny

Little Sofía loves her grumpy granny, even though she is always hungry and eats what little food they can buy.

Nain Geant

According to tradition, Petite Neige, a young inuit, needs to capture a low flying bird in order to pass into the world of grown-ups.

Natural Disaster

Mark has just lost his job and his day is about to get a whole lot worse.

Nobody Beats the Drum

A man leaves his stressful work life to go on an adventure through Planet Tropicana.

Nuggets

Kiwi tastes a golden nugget. It´s delicious.

Old Habits

The day to day routine of an elderly couple is all that life has to offer.

One Easy Child

Ludo was born with a drawer instead of a belly button. His parents, an alcoholic father and a depressive mother, use him as a dustbin.

One of a Kind

Exploring various aspects of history and the human species including war, love and sex, all with a playful, tongue-in-cheek humour.

Onemoretime

ONEMORETIME is an autobiographical story about Vualá! de Animaciones. Anybody involved in creativity will relate to it.

Orlando's Book

A book of English landscapes was awarded to a boy who grew up on mission stations in southern Africa in the 19th century

Padre

Day by day, the daughter of a retired military commander takes care of her bedridden father. The dictatorship has come to an end in Argentina, but not in this woman's life.

Patch

Abstract paintings are used to explore the tension between what is abstract and what is identifiable.

PeloMono - Cortocircuito en la Selva

This a story from a surrealist point of view, about a bunch of monkeys who want to impose the the terror and their own law in the jungle where they live.

Perth+6hrs

Perth+6hrs is a personal reflection on the transience of family, the fleetingness of childhood, and inevitable separations.

Pik Pik Pik

There is a tree in the woods. Ants and a birdie are living there, but one day a wood-cutter comes to cut down their tree...

Plastic Bertrand

One moment of inattention and your phone ends up in the water...

Poker

The baby bird flies around the world to transform.

Pommes Frites

It is Halloween and three kids go out for 'tricks or treats' on a windy night.

Rainy Days

As a Japanese man in his twilight years is on a ferry. The rain falling on the water brings back a memory from his childhood and another from a fleeting encounter.

Robin

This is a story about a bird being saved despite its destiny to die prematurely in a fragile organic world that wobbles between blooming and withering.

Schifffahren

Captain Petersen stays the course - wherever.

Sea Front

Connected by the sea between them, soldiers, friends, musicians fighting in the trenches in WWI reach out to those battling back home.

Shackleton: Death or Glory?

A traditional stop-frame animation made using only antique maps of the Antarctica to tell the story of Shackleton's 1914 rescue mission.

Slumberless

Night after night sleep will not come. Grief presses in on the mind that cannot slumber.

Sound of Horns

Official video for Candice Gordon’s Sound of Horns from her debut EP Before the Sunset Ends.

Spectators

An observational animation that inverts the expected focus of a football match, turning attention to those on the periphery.

Stop the Show

Visual artist Max Hattler and advertising agency Contrapunto BBDO have collaborated to create abstract political short film Stop the Show (aka WAR).

Study No 2

Visual music Robot sent you a message. " Don't worry / Forget it / You are beautiful / Love yourself" Robot is rooting for running girl. The running girl is you and me.

Supervenus

A plastic surgeon is creating in real time the new goddess of beauty.

Teamwork

Working as a team brings results.

The Adventures of Yoyo

Pierre releases Yoyo, his grandmother’s parrot. But the animal has to learn to fly before joining other parrots in Amazonia...

The Bear and the Hare

There once was an animal who had never seen Christmas.

The Bigger Picture

Life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.

The Black Isle

On an island, at the edge of the woods, a watchman and his bird live a miserable and isolated life.

The Elephant and the Bicycle

An elephant lives in a town among people and works as a street cleaner. One day, he sees a big billboard advertising a bicycle. It seems the perfect size for him!

The House of Dust

A previous owner rushes into the rubble of an old tower and begins a strange journey into the heart of the "house" which shelters so many memories...

The Key

When the residents awake to find the key missing to the Town gate frustration soon sets in.

The Long Night

In a sequence of startling images, this experimental stop motion animation threads through the intervals and spaces of "The Long Night".

The Mead of Poetry

Immersed in the stories of the Vikings, this piece explores a personal translation of the Gods of Asgard and the Jotuns.

The Obvious Child

Somebody broke the girl's parents. The rabbit was there when it happened. It was an awful mess.

The Sense of Touch

Chloé and Louis are secretly in love with each other. Every word is a move, every sentence is a choreography.

The Wright Argument

The Wright brothers bicker before aviation is born.

Through the Hawthorn

Three characters, three perspectives, three directors. A session between a psychiatric, a schizophrenic patient and his mother.

Tiger is Gun

When the cruel King is killed by his own pet tiger, it escapes wreaking violent revenge on humanity and gaining unearthly powers.

Tiki Tiki

A young man explores the native flora and fauna of different Latin-American landscapes.

Timber

A group of logs is about to freeze to death in a cold, icy desert. When they realize that the only fuel for a warming fire is their own body, things start heating up.

Uncedo - Where Everything Starts

Motion graphics video-presentation for Uncedo, a spanish nonprofit association that fights to eradicate child poverty and illiteracy in the townships of major South African cities.

Unordinary Journey in an Ordinary Day

An abstract chain of unordinary events occurs in one old woman's ordinary day

Utö

On Utoe, the most southern inhabited island of Finland, an uncommon love triangle is taking place.

Vol au Vent

A boy tries to keep a paper plane up in the air as long as possible. Carried by the wind, and despite some emergency landings, the plane takes us along through the four seasons.

When the Tree Grows

A little boy with very weak heart befriends a tree.

Why do Clouds Cry

In the city named Bradford it was constantly raining. The Bradford people needed to solve this problem somehow!

Women of the Working Class

Marking the 30th anniversary of the 1984/85 Miners’ Strike, young women from the youth panel at Experience Barnsley Museum re-wrote verses of the anthem, 'Women of the Working Class'.

Wurst

A sophisticated white sausage wants to enjoy her bottle of Chardonnay on the beach. Disgusted by the raunchy and noisy meat around her, she seeks refuge on the water.

Yew "Between Up and Down"

A man is standing in front of a burning house before jumping into his car to run away...

BAF Kids

Films for Children

This is a specially selected set of films for all the family to watch that all played in competition for this year's Best Film for Children Award.

Official Selection: Films for Children

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film for Children Award.

Feature Films and Screenings

Animal Farm (U) + Introduction

Halas and Batchelor have greatly influenced the development of international animation and the revival of Animal Farm is a fitting tribute to their remarkable work.

Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest (PG) + Introduction

Brothers and ruthless rivals Azur and Asmar, search for the Fairy of the Djinns, in a medieval Maghreb full of danger, magic and marvels.

Fantoche Presents: Girls on the Run

Fresh from its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Voyage Extraordinaire reveals the thrill, fantasy and romance of Zheng He’s voyage.

Films for Children

This is a specially selected set of films for all the family to watch that all played in competition for this year's Best Film for Children Award.

Kirikou and the Sorceress (U)

Kirikou and the Sorceress is a picture book in motion, with beautiful images taken from the art and nature of West Africa.

Official Selection: Commissioned Films

The official selection of commercials in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Commissioned Film.

Official Selection: Films by Young Animators

These films are playing in competition for the Best Film by Young Animators Award.

Official Selection: Films by Young Animators + Award Presentation

The winner of the Best Film by Young Animators Award will be announced at this special screening.

Official Selection: Films for Children

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film for Children Award.

Official Selection: Music Videos and Commissioned Films

These two Official Selection categories played side by side.

Official Selection: Professional 1

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film by a Professional Award.

Official Selection: Professional 2

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film by a Professional Award.

Official Selection: Professional 3

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film by a Professional Award.

Official Selection: Short, Shorts

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Short, Short Award.

Official Selection: Student 1

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film by a Student Award.

Official Selection: Student 2

These films are playing in competition for the BAF 2014 Best Film by a Student Award.

Panorama 1

Professional films we'd like to share with you, but couldn't quite squeeze into the Official Selections for BAF 2014.

Panorama 2

Professional films we'd like to share with you, but couldn't quite squeeze into the Official Selections for BAF 2014.

Panorama 3

Professional films we'd like to share with you, but couldn't quite squeeze into the Official Selections for BAF 2014.

Sing Along Frozen (PG)

Join us for this special Saturday afternoon fancy dress sing-along screening of Frozen.

Tales of the Night + The Three Inventors

Tales of the Night weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead.

The Boxtrolls (PG)

The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses.

The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (U)

The prize vegetable plots are under attack by a beast that attacks at night so the call goes out to Anti-pesto, Wallace and Gromit’s pest control company.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (U)

From BAF special guest Peter Lord and created by Aardman Animations, come and watch this rollicking adventure film with buckets of humour and verve.

Voyage Extraordinaire

Fresh from its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Voyage Extraordinaire reveals the thrill, fantasy and romance of Zheng He’s voyage.

Special Guests and Events

Animation at the RSA

The RSA’s Sarah Wishart presents an exciting opportunity for students working in animation.

ASIFA 2013 Prize Award and Screening

We're delighted to be announcing the winner of ASIFA 2014 prize and featuring a selection of their work.

BAF 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award: Claire Jennings

We’re delighted that award-winning producer Claire Jennings is the recipient of BAF 2014 award and will take to the stage to talk with Professor Paul Wells.

BAF Celebration Evening - The Adventures of Prince Achmed + live musical accompaniment

Join us to celebrate the opening of BAF 2014 with a drinks reception followed by a special screening of Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Bradford Animation Festival 2014 Awards Ceremony

Find out who goes home with a coveted BAF Award at the BAF 2014 Awards ceremony, hosted by stop motion legend Barry Purves.

Bradford Animation Festival 2014 Awards Reception

Find out the result of the juries’ decision and discover which films from our official selection go home with a much-coveted BAF Award with the prestigious Bradford Animation Awards Ceremony.

Bradford Animation Festival 2014 Closing Night Party

It ain't over 'til it's over...

Bradford City of Film Illustrated Talk - Women in Animation with Jez Stewart

Jez Stewart unlocks the history of British Animation from 1930s to 1980s using the careers of women who worked in the industry to bring to life key events and developments.

Charles Cecil – Broken Sword 5

Charles’ presentation looks at crowd-funding and the way that changed the animation/art in Broken Sword 5 plus give a general overview of the style in his latest game.

Double Negative - Chris McLaughlin

We are delighted to welcome Chris McLaughlin from award-winning visual effects studio Double Negative.

Fee Stewart – Formerdroid

Fee Stewart will be looking at how to make things fun and iconic for mobile games plus offer an invaluable insight into how to get into the games industry.

Independent Irish Animation Panel

Gary Timpson, Paul O’Flanagan and Mark Cumberton from leading animation studios will talk about how independent companies are formed as well as the pleasures and pitfalls of production.

Joanna Quinn Life Drawing Workshop

Joanna joins us at BAF 2014 to lead this adults-only life drawing workshop.

Joy Batchelor - Centenary Celebration and Screening

Joy Batchelor’s daughter, Vivien Halas will introduce a retrospective screening and take part in an on-stage discussion of her mother’s work and career.

Kaye Elling – 100 Things Every Games Student Should Know

100 Things Every Game Student Should Know is a light-hearted, frank and informative missive on the pitfalls of industry ignorance among the student population.

Lindsay Watson – Toon Boom & Animated Women

In this session she'll be talking about the aims of the organisation, Animated Women and revealing the benefits of Toon Boom – their programmes, tech support and training.

Mark Shapiro – Behind the Scenes of the Hand-Crafted Animated Feature The Boxtrolls

Mark Shapiro gives you a unique opportunity to learn about the film-making process, take part in a question and answer session and see the production puppets fromt The Boxtrolls up close.

Meet the Filmmakers: You win some, you lose some

Join some of the speakers and filmmakers from BAF 2014 competition selection in Cubby Broccoli to argue the toss and have your say.

Meet the Studios

Leading studio figures bring their expertise to the table as they sit down with Paul Wells to reveal the secrets to the success of running their world renowned studios.

Official Selection: Films by Young Animators

These films are playing in competition for the Best Film by Young Animators Award.

Official Selection: Films by Young Animators + Award Presentation

The winner of the Best Film by Young Animators Award will be announced at this special screening.

Peter Lord - Aardman Animations

Peter Lord joins us at BAF for this exclusive screentalk to present a portrait of award winning studio Aardman Animations.

Screentalk with Michel Ocelot

French Director Michel Ocelot will talk about his career, influences and his creative process and with screening of a selection of his work.

Simon Smith – thumbfood Ltd

Simon will discuss his recent games developments for Manchester City, his earlier career and offer invaluable advice for those who are looking at making the first steps into the Games industry.

Skwigly Animation Quiz

Join Steve Henderson from Skwigly Online Animation Magazine as he invites you to pit your wits and test your animation knowledge in a fiendishly fun Animation Quiz.

Strange Hill High

Mark Oswin scriptwriter and Tim Jones puppeteer of this highly successful CBBC kids’ series take us through the creative process from script through to character/puppet design.

The Track is My Canvas, My Car is my Pencil – McLaren Animation and ‘Tooned’

Professor Paul Wells hosts an on-stage discussion with Framestore’s Henry Trotter director of the Tooned series made for the McLaren Formula One motor-racing

Watch Dogs - Colin Graham

Colin Graham, animation director at Ubisoft Montreal will talk about the joys and challenges of developing and directing the sequences in this best-selling open world game Watch Dogs.