Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013

The shorts are split into the programmes are listed below. Those that are in competition for the inaugural shorts award are marked accordingly. Which programme a short falls into is listed in itallics.

  • International Animation: Narrative - Short stories from around the world.
  • International Animiation: Overture - Musically motivated short animated films.
  • McLaren Animation 1 and McLaren Animation 2 - Films in competition for the 24th McLaren Animation award - voted for by you, the audience.
  • Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years Celebration of the award-winning animator's work to celebrate his 80th birthday. Williams will be in attendance.

View other Edinburgh International Film Festival Films by strand: American Dreams, Black Box, Directors' Showcase, Fantastic Voyages: The Films of Richard Fleischer, Films on Film, Focus on Korea, Focus on Sweden, Galas, International Feature Film Competition, Michael Powell Award Competition, New Realities, Night Moves, Not Another Teen Movie, Shorts, Special Screenings, Symphonies Of Life: The Films Of Jean Grémillon, World Perspectives

Monsters University Monsters University
Monsters University and Fear Of Flying
Bydlo (Country: Canada; Year: 2012; Director: Patrick Bouchard; Writer: Cynthia Tremblay)
Inspired by the forth movement of Mussorgsky's Pictures in an Exhibition.
International Animation: Overture
Christmas Carol (Country: US; Year: 1971; Director: Richard Williams; Writer: Charles Dickens; Stars: Alastair Sim, Michael Redgrave, Michael Hordern, Diana Quick, Joan Sims, Paul Whitsun-Jones, David Tate, Felix Felton, Annie West, Melvyn Hayes, Mary Ellen Ray, Alexander Williams)
Animated version of the Dickens classic about a man who is haunted by ghosts on Christmas Eve.
Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years
Circus Drawings (Country: UK; Year: 2010; Director: Richard Williams)
This short personal film, inspired by Williams’ drawings of a small Spanish circus, began production in 1953 and was completed in 2010.
Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years
Elysian Fields (Country: Singapore; Year: 2013; Director: Ina Conradi Chavez), Official Site, Trailer
Expanding upon an exploration of the Second World War, Elysian Fields fuses fantastical and historical into a surreal reconfiguration of the present.
International Animation: Narrative
Everything I Can See From Here (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Sam Taylor)
A game of football turns deadly as an uninvited player joins in.
McLaren Animation 1.
Fear Of Flying (Country: Ireland; Year: 2012; Director: Conor Finnegan; Writer: Conor Ferguson, Conor Finnegan; Stars: Mark Doherty, Aoife Duffin)
A bird with a fear of flying deads the forthcoming winter migration.
International Animation: Narrative
First Light (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Wing Yan Lilian Fu; Writer: Akshay Singh), Official Site
When Daniela opens her door one evening to find her home gone, she takes a journey that changes her view of her city forever.
McLaren Animation 1.
Fuga (Country: Spain; Year: 2012; Director: Juan Antonio Espigares), Trailer
Sara will discover that there are more ways of interpreting each side of the lens through which perceive her reality and talent.
International Animation: Overture
The Gravedigger's Tale (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Min Young Oh; Writer: Maurice Caldera; Stars: Duncan Roberts), Official Site
The gravedigger leads a solitary existence, so far from the living, yet so close to the dead. This is her story. A love story.
McLaren Animation 1.
Happily Ever After (Country: Israel; Year: 2012; Director: Yonni Aroussi, Ben Genislaw; Writer: Yonni Aroussi, Ben Genislaw, Omri Givon)
Two young and in love puppets, move in together for the first time prompting a crazy journey of the couple's life together.
International Animation: Narrative
Hart's Desire (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Gavin C Robinson)
The story of an aspiring hermit, an aspiring socialite, and a shared flask of tea.
McLaren Animation 2. In competition
Here and the Great Elsewhere (Le grand ailleurs et le petit ici) (Country: Canada; Year: 2012; Director: Michèle Lemieux; Writer: Michèle Lemieux; Stars: Louis Champagne)
Lost in a reverie, a man reels with sudden, piercing awareness of his own state of being.
International Animation: Overture
The House With No Doors (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Oana Nechifor)
Jon's routine life between his dull room and an imaginary shadow world. So fresh from Edinburgh College of Art you can smell the paint.
McLaren Animation 1. In competition
The Hungry Corpse (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Gergely Wootsch; Writer: James Pout; Stars: Bill Nighy, Stephen Mangan), Official Site, Trailer
In London’s bustling, yet desolate Trafalgar Square, an ancient, rather hungry corpse meets a pigeon.
McLaren Animation 2. In competition
In Sight (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: http://alexandrunechifor.com/)
An introverted observer tries to attain spiritual intimacy with the people that pass by him.
McLaren Animation 1.
In the Air Is Christopher Gray (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Stars: Andy London, Peter Ahern, Justin Cassano, Carolyn London, Ian Miller and Erica Perez.), Official Site, Trailer
Christopher Gray has been in love with Stacey for quite some time, and no amount of lemonade can cool his desire. Meanwhile, Barry Flint has just bought his son a five-foot python from the pet store.
McLaren Animation 1. In competition
I Love You So Hard (Chocolate Covered Almond) (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Ross Butter)
A bizarre and terrifying fantasy seduction featuring a mid-air battle with a rhinoceros.
McLaren Animation 1. In competition
The Kiosk (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2013; Director: Anete Melece; Writer: Anete Melece; Stars: Hans Ruchti, Anette Herbst)
People come to Olga for newspapers, lottery tickets, advice, hope or just a smile.
International Animation: Narrative
Lagan (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Peter Shaw)
The post-apocalyptic tale of a hungry fisherman and son who catch a very unusual fish.
McLaren Animation 2.
Last Breath (Country: UK; Year: 2013), Trailer
An account of events when Yeuk Seng slowly grasps the fact that he has become a social outcast as a breathing person.
McLaren Animation 2.
Left (Country: Ireland, UK; Year: 2012; Director: Eamonn O'Neill; Writer: Eamonn O'Neill), Official Site, Trailer
'We got older, we drifted apart. Neill changed and so did I.'
McLaren Animation 1.
Linear (Country: Brazil; Year: 2012; Director: Amir Admoni; Writer: Amir Admoni)
A line is a dot that went for a walk.
International Animation: Narrative
The Lion (Country: UK ; Year: 2013; Director: Peter Baynton)
The troubled and redemptive family history of a singer/songwriter is told using a pride of cardboard lions. Pop video for Escapist Papers.
McLaren Animation 2.
The Little Island (Country: UK; Year: 1959; Director: Richard Williams; Writer: Richard Williams)
The struggles of three characters obsessed with their visions of Goodness, Truth and Beauty leads to all out conflict.
Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years
Love Me, Love Me, Love Me (Country: UK; Year: 1962; Director: Richard Williams; Writer: Stan Hayward; Stars: Kenneth Williams)
Described by Williams as a ‘private joke’ on commercials he was producing at the time, featuring the mercurial voice of the late Kenneth Williams.
Richard Williams: 80 Animated Years
The Magnificent Lion Boy (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Ana Caro ; Writer: Jonathan Carr; Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Andy Serkis, Yahsaint Benjamin Kowouvi)
A strange feral child raised by lions is discovered by a Victorian anthropologist who takes the boy back to London to civilise the creature.
McLaren Animation 2.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (Country: UK; Year: 2013), Trailer
Using only charcoal and three sheets of A1 paper, this film visualises one of Oliver Sacks’ seminal works, describing a unique neurological oddity.
McLaren Animation 2. In competition
Marcel, King of Tervuren (Country: US; Year: 2012; Director: Tom Schroeder; Stars: Ann Berckmoes)
In this Greek tragedy – as acted out by Belgian roosters – Marcel survives the bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son, Max.
International Animation: Narrative. In competition
Marilyn Myller (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Mikey Please), Official Site
The torment of the artistic soul.
McLaren Animation 2. In competition
Monsters University (Country: USA; Year: 2013; Director: Dan Scanlon; Writer: Robert L Baird, Daniel Gerson, Dan Scanlon; Stars: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Steve Buscemi, Nathan Fillion, Peter Sohn, Joel Murray)
Mike and Sulley get some scary life lessons.
Family gala
The Nether Regions (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Maria Lee; Writer: Lesley Farrow; Stars: Brian Blessed), Official Site
There's no escape from bureaucracy, even in Hell.
McLaren Animation 1.
Sandy (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Joseph Mann; Writer: Joseph Mann), Official Site
Stop frame animation with cheeky seaside postcard charm.
McLaren Animation 1.
Seams And Embers (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Claire Lamond), Official Site, Trailer
Young Jim follows his coalmining forefathers into a rough working life underground, while die hard miners talk of how a rugged industry died hard.
McLaren Animation 2.
The Search For Inspiration Gone (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Ashley Michael Briggs), Official Site
Combining animation, special effects, and live action, this silent film asks: will a writer who searches for inspiration find it in help or hindrance?
McLaren Animation 2.
Shri Hanuman Chalisa (Country: India; Year: 2013; Director: Charuvi Agrawal)
The film provides a metaphorical visual meaning to the verses of an ancient spiritual composition that has been sung and chanted across the globe.
International Animation: Overture
Sleeping With The Fishes (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Yousif Al-Khalifa)
Sonja lives a lonely life as a fishmonger until one day a delivery man turns up who looks like a rainbow trout.
McLaren Animation 2.
Sweetie & Sunshine (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Will Anderson), Trailer
Two Chinese Pandas gifted to Edinburgh Zoo take up residence.
McLaren Animation 1.
Villa Antropoff (Country: Estonia, Latvia; Year: 2012; Director: Kaspar Jancis, Vladimir Leschiov), Trailer
Once there lived a man who had nothing besides himself and an immense and dangerous sheet of water spread out between him and his dream.
International Animation: Narrative
Wind (Country: Germany; Year: 2012; Director: Robert Loebel; Writer: Robert Loebel)
A windy country and its residents.
International Animation: Narrative. In competition
Woody (Country: Australia; Year: 2013; Director: Stuart Bowen), Trailer
Stuck in a job he doesn't want Woody daydreams of being a concert pianist. His dreams are big…but they're about to get out of hand.
International Animation: Overture. In competition
X (Country: UK; Year: 2012; Director: Max Hattler)
This work is a version of a water screen projection commissioned by KXFS and Vauxhall, presented on Regent’s Canal in London in September 2012.
McLaren Animation 2.
Yellow Sticky Notes (Country: Canada; Year: 2007; Director: Jeff Chiba Stearns; Writer: Jeff Chiba Stearns), Official Site
Animated self-reflection on to-do lists.
International Animation: Narrative
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