Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

From the family-friendly to the deeply dark. The programme includes several shorts showcases. The showcase featuring each short below, is indicated in itallics.

  • International Animation 1: Echoes Of McLaren - A selection of films which reflect Norman McLaren's life and practice.
  • International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame - Showcase from across the globe.
  • The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1 - In the centenary year of UK-born McLaren, this animated competition notches up its 25th year.
  • The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2 - Reflections on identity, memory and remembrance. In competition.

View other Edinburgh International Film Festival Films by strand: American Dreams, Border Warfare: John McGrath's Work in Television, Theatre and Film, Directors' Showcase, Films On Film, Focus On Germany, Focus On Iran, For The Family, Interrupted Revolution: Iranian Cinema, 1962 to 1978, New Perspectives, No Limits, Opening and Closing Galas, Secret Master: Dominik Graf And The Hidden History Of German Cinema, Shorts, Special Screenings, Teen Spirit, Wicked And Wild

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? and Monkey Love Experiments
1000 Plateaus (Country: Canada; Year: 2014; Director: Simon Beaupré; Writer: Steven Woloshen; Stars: Steven Woloshen)
Short film made entirely in the front seat of a car.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
365 (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod; Writer: Greg McLeod), Official Site
One year. One film. One second a day.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Avocado Bear (Year: 2014; Director: Thomas Fraser)
After losing his precious stone, an Avocado Bear tries to fill the hollow left.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Bath House (Simhall) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2014; Director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr)
Six characters meet at a swimming pool. Something goes wrong.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
The Bigger Picture (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Daisy Jacobs; Writer: Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka; Stars: Anne Cunningham, Christopher Nightingale, Alisdair Simpson)
Darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
The Blue Marble (La Bille Bleue) (Country: Canada; Year: 2014; Director: Co Hoedeman; Writer: Co Hoedeman; Stars: Michel Mpambara, Koumba Ball, Syntiche Nsona Nkiesa, Moussa Koné)
Animation about child soldiers.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Canis (Country: Spain; Year: 2013; Director: Marc Riba, Anna Solanas; Writer: Marc Riba, Anna Solanas)
A man is besieged by stray dogs.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
The Chaperone 3D (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone; Writer: Fraser Munden, Neil Rathbone; Stars: Ralph Whims, Stefan Czernatowicz, Fraser Munden, Chris McMahon, Fred Nguyen, Yue Qi, Darius Russell, James Watts, Bobby Ross, Sam Abravanel, Ohannes Bedrossian, Kwan-Teau Benjamin, A.J. Bouchard, Adil Boukind, Ferrer Bruce)
Animation retelling the true story of a lone schoolteacher who fought off an entire motorbike gang while chaperoning a school dance.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Confusion Through Sand (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Danny Madden; Writer: Danny Madden; Stars: Will Madden)
A teenager is stranded in a hostile desert.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
The Country Of Summer Insects (Country: China; Year: 2013; Director: Bohua Tang; Writer: Lei Xiong, Lei Xiong)
Animation of a Chinese legend.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
Cruise Patrol (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2013; Director: Bobby de Groot, Arjan van Meerten; Writer: Bobby de Groot)
Animation sees a routine cruise patrol spiral out of control.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Domestic Appliances (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Writer: Lewis Bolton)
Seemingly catastrophic situations occur inside mundane domestic appliances.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Fallt (Country: US; Year: 2013; Director: Chadwick Whitehead; Writer: Chadwick Whitehead; Stars: Joseph Bennett, Jeff Harden, David Toomey)
A farmer struggles to keep his farm when Mr. Fall's fault finding goes too far and a judge must question his judgment.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
Foreign Bodies (Corps étrangers) (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Nicolas Brault; Writer: Nicolas Brault)
Examination of the myth of the 'transparent body'.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Forgot (Country: UK, Ireland; Year: 2013; Director: Stephen McNally; Writer: Stephen McNally, Stephen McNally; Stars: John Paul O'Connell)
Animation dealing with themes of regret, loss, emigration and memory.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Fruit Fruit (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Peter Millard; Writer: Peter Millard)
Lemon cranberry apple banana cucumber orange lime are a selection of fruit fruit.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Goodness Newness Oldness Badness (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Mikey Please; Writer: Mikey Please)
Animation.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Hollow Land (Terre d'écueil) (Country: Denmark, Canada, France; Year: 2013; Director: Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot; Writer: Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot, Michal Pfeffer)
A couple arrive in a new land, but is it the utopia they hoped for?
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Impromptu (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Bruce Alcock)
3D film taking a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of protagonist Chuck.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Improvisation No. 1: Cumulative Loops (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Luigi Allemano; Writer: Luigi Allemano)
Hand-drawn animation.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (Country: France; Year: 2013; Director: Michel Gondry; Writer: Michel Gondry; Stars: Michel Gondry, Noam Chomsky)
Hand drawn animation illustrating a series of interviews with philosopher Noam Chomsky.
Koo! Kin-dza-dza (Country: Russia; Year: 2013; Director: Georgiy Daneliya, Tatiana Ilyina; Writer: Georgiy Daneliya, Andrey Ysachev; Stars: Aleksandr Adabashyan, Georgiy Daneliya, Nikolay Gubenko, Vakhtang Kikabidze, Aleksey Kolgan, Polina Kutepova, Igor Kvasha, Andrey Leonov, Ivan Sokolov, Evgeniy Steblov)
A classical cellist and an aspiring DJ find themselves transported to an alien world.
Leopard (Hyou) (Country: Japan; Year: 2013; Director: Nozomi Sakimura; Writer: Nozomi Sakimura)
Animation.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
Lost Property (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Asa Lucander; Writer: Asa Lucander), Official Site
When you lose something dear to your heart, there is only one place it can be found. The Lost Property office.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Mend And Make Do (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Bexie Bush; Writer: Stefan Kaday)
Stop-motion animation about wartime memories.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
The Missing Scarf (Country: Ireland; Year: 2013; Director: Eoin Duffy; Writer: Eoin Duffy, Richard Duffy; Stars: George Takei)
Black comedy about life's common fears.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
Monkey Love Experiments (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Ainslie Henderson, Will Anderson; Writer: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)
A misguided monkey believes he is destined for the moon.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Mr Plastimime (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Daniel Greaves; Writer: Daniel Greaves; Stars: Lesley Evans)
Story of a man who faithfully practices a dying art, a man whose timing is a bit off, a man whose skills aren’t recognized, a man who is unlucky in love.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
My Stuffed Granny (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Effie Pappa; Writer: Miranda Ballesteros, Katerina Giannakou, Melissa Iqbal, Nina Kouletakis, Effie Pappa; Stars: Jo Ann Kaplan, Effie Pappa, Agis Pirlis), Official Site
Times are hard for little Sofía, as the Greek recession is taking its toll. With her Father out of work, they rely solely on Greedy Grumpy Granny´s pension. Desperate times call for desperate measures; to what extremes will they go, when Granny is no more?
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Nest Of Stone (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Kim Noce; Writer: Jonathan Carr, Kim Noce; Stars: Penelope McGhie)
A collection of memories set in stone.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Non-Euclidean Geometry (Country: Lithuania; Year: 2013; Director: Skirma Jakaite, Solveiga Masteikaite; Writer: Solveiga Masteikaite)
A love triangle.
Showing in International Animation 2: The Universe In A Frame.
Norman McLaren: Boogie Doodler (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Jenny MacLeod)
Documentary about the animation pioneer.
Norman McLaren: Now Is The Time (Director: Norman McLaren)
Showcase celebrating the work of the animation pioneer. Key members of the National Film Board of Canada who carried out these restorations will be in attendance to discuss McLaren's legacy.
Penismouse (Myszochujek) (Country: Poland, UK; Year: 1957; Director: Kristof Babaski; Writer: Kristof Babaski)
Restored animation about a mouse facing censorship.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Port Nasty (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Rob Zywietz; Writer: Rob Zywietz)
In the midst of a world where every person, every action must be held accountable, a young man must prove his worth - not only to the ship's crew he dreams of joining, but to himself.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
A Recipe For Gruel (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Sharon Smith; Writer: Frank Key), Trailer
Life... one meal at a time.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Sea Front (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Claire Lamond)
When you put your ear to a shell what do you hear?
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Separate Lives (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Mayra Hernández Ríos; Writer: Mayra Hernández Ríos)
The growing distance between a pair failing to find a moment to meet.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Spectators (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Ross Hogg; Writer: Ross Hogg), Official Site
Watchers at a football match.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Tears Of Inge (Country: Canada; Year: 2013; Director: Alisi Telengut; Stars: Qirima Telengut)
Animation about a camel's emotion.
Showing in International Animation 1: Echoes of McLaren.
Terra Infirma (Country: UK; Year: 2013; Director: Betsy Dadd)
A still life painting becomes charged 
with motion as the earth is disturbed.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Through The Hawthorn (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt; Writer: Dictynna Hood; Stars: Louise Breckon-Richards, Dominic Cannon, Michael Sarne), Official Site
Sam has stopped taking his medication - he still doesn’t think he is ill.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 2
Two Films About Loneliness (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Will Bishop-Stephens, Christopher Eales; Writer: Will Bishop-Stephens, Christopher Eales; Stars: Detlef Bierstedt, Tim Key), Official Site
A split-screen divides the worlds of Jonathan Smallman, who is recording his dating-profile, and Philip Button, the Internet chef. But will the irritating sound from the real world stand in the way of their search for companionship and acceptance.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
Wallflowers (Country: UK; Year: 2014; Director: Bjorn-Erik Aschim)
Tribute to people on a terrible night out.
The McLaren Award: New British Animation 1
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