Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019

This section comprises animated short films, split into the following strands (indicated after the film in italics)

  • International Animation
  • Modest Heroes - Ponoc Short Films Theatre
  • McLaren Animation 1
  • McLaren Animation 2
  • McLaren Animation 3

View other Edinburgh International Film Festival Films by strand: American Dreams, Best Of British, Beyond EIFF, Black Box, Cage-A-Rama, CineCuisine, Documentaries, European Perspectives, Film Fest In The City, Focus On Spain, Four Views Of Scotland, Galas, Night Moves, Once Upon A Time In Spain After Dark: A Retrospective Selection Of Cult Spanish Cinema, Once Upon A Time In Spain: A Retrospective Celebration Of Modern Spanish Cinema, Once Upon A Time In Spain: Icíar Bollaín, Phenomenal Women, Pre-Festival Previews, Shorts, Special Events, The Features Of Agnes, Unlocking The Archives, World Perspectives

Kanini And Kanino Kanini And Kanino
Kanini And Kanino and Life Ain't Gonna Lose
4:3 (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Ross Hogg)
Twelve animated films develop a rhythmic dialogue exploring the relationship between sound, image and movement using 16mm film, paint and a projector.
McLaren Animation 2
Almost There (Year: 2019; Director: Nelly Michenaud), Trailer
Strange goings on occur during an everyday train journey quite unlike any other.
McLaren Animation 1
Amaro And Walden Shotting (Year: 2019; Director: Tim McCourt, Max Taylor)
Short sees a pair of pals lament gentrification.
McLaren Animation 3
Archie (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Ainslie Henderson)
A tenacious dog goes on an incredible journey.
McLaren Animation 1
Bloomers (Country: UK, Austria; Year: 2019; Director: Samantha Moore)
Animated documentary about a Manchester based lingerie factory which employs local long term unemployed people.
McLaren Animation 3
The Call (Country: Romania, France; Year: 2018; Director: Anca Damian)
A phone call, a bathroom and a woman are at the intersection of the worlds.
International Animation
Chemicals: Parker Bossley (Country: Ireland; Year: 2018; Director: Joseph Wallace), Trailer
Animated pop video
McLaren Animation 1
Chin Up (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Joanne Salmon), Trailer
Animated documentary about self-acceptance
McLaren Animation 1
Cleaning In Progress (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Grant Holdon)
Tensions arise between a naive young car park cleaner and his old-timer talking brush, in their differences of approach and attitude. But ultimately one cannot do the job without the other.
McLaren Animation 1
Concrete (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2018; Director: Aira Joana, Luca Struchen, Nicholas Roth, Pirmin Bieri)
A backpacker experiences a mysterious encounter in a concrete building in the middle of swampland.
International Animation
Creepy Pasta Salad (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Lauren Orme)
A werewolf with an anxiety disorder, a ghost with low self-confidence and a lonely witch muddle through their everyday lives in this apocalyptic animation.
McLaren Animation 2
Dancing Frog (Country: South Korea; Year: 2018; Director: Kim Jin-man)
A frog goes on the run from a snake and comes to realise that everyone is connected.
International Animation
Dear England (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Marta Lemos)
A film about the director's present struggles to reclaim my cultural identity as an Immigrant in the UK.
McLaren Animation 2
The Fabric Of You (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Josephine Lohoar Self; Writer: Josephine Lohoar Self)
A tailor struggles to come to terms with the loss of his lover in an oppressive and unforgiving world where everybody wants to look the same.
McLaren Animation 2
The Flounder (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Elizabeth Hobbs)
Animated adaptation of the Grimm tale, The Fisherman And His Wife.
McLaren Animation 1
Frank's Joke (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Edward Bulmer; Writer: Edward Bulmer, Andrew Eu; Stars: Spencer Brown, Spencer Brown)
Frank told a bad joke at work... now it's 3am and he's obsessing about it.
McLaren Animation 1
Gold Fish (Country: Taiwan; Year: 2018; Director: Fish Wang)
Animated short.
International Animation
Good Intentions (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Anna Mantzaris), Trailer
After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things starts to happen...
McLaren Animation 3
Grandad Was A Romantic (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Maryam Mohajer), Trailer
The filmmaker says: "My grandad was a romantic. He once saw a picture of my granny and realised that she was the love of his life. One day he decided to go meet her."
McLaren Animation 3
Herman Brown Is Feeling Down (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Dan Castrol)
Herman's quiet, colourful world is suddenly interrupted by something loud and stressy.
McLaren Animation 1
Invisible (Tōmei Ningen) (Country: Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Akihiko Yamashita; Writer: Akihiko Yamashita)
The lonely struggle of an invisible man.
Ponoc Short Films Theatre
Kanini And Kanino (Country: Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi; Writer: Hiromasa Yonebayashi; Stars: Fumino Kimura, Rio Suzuki)
Two crab children go searching for their missing father.
Ponoc Short Films Theatre
Ladder To You (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Victoria Watson, Chris Watson; Writer: Chris Watson; Stars: Clive Russell)
Eric misses his Elsie, but in his darkest moment she shows him that true love never dies.
McLaren Animation 1
Life Ain't Gonna Lose (Samurai Eggu) (Country: Japan; Year: 2018; Director: Yoshiyuki Momose; Writer: Yoshiyuki Momose; Stars: Sôta Shinohara, Machiko Ono, Kentarô Sakaguchi)
A child learns to cope with being allergic to eggs.
Ponoc Short Films Theatre
Mad Dogs (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Steve Boot), Trailer
Stop-motion animated film inspired by the kitsch paintings of dogs playing pool that once hung in pubs across the country.
McLaren Animation 2
Le Mans 1955 (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Quentin Baillieux; Writer: Julien Lilti; Stars: Nathan Willcocks, Nathan Willcocks)
Animation considers motorsport's most worst disaster.
International Animation
Meteorlight (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Jonny Eveson)
In a world where light powers everything, a curious child is finally allowed to visit the factory that their parent owns. But the dark secret they uncover inside this factory threatens to tear their whole world apart.
McLaren Animation 3
Music & Clowns (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Alex Widdowson), Trailer
Despite being close to nonverbal my brother is funny, charming and perceptive. I discuss with my parents what it was like raising a child with Down syndrome.
McLaren Animation 2
My Best Friend (Ends) (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)
Third part of a trilogy about a couple of shape pals.
McLaren Animation 2
My Best Friend (Explodes) (Year: 2018; Director: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)
The clock is ticking on the relationship between two buddies.
McLaren Animation 2
My Best Friend (Rewinds) (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson)
A friendship goes backwards.
McLaren Animation 2
One Liner (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Matthew Lee; Writer: Melanie Barnes, Megan Cowley, Matthew Lee; Stars: Martin Trenaman, Neil Fitzmaurice, Emma Tate, Wayne Forester, Martin Trenaman, Neil Fitzmaurice, Emma Tate, Wayne Forester), Trailer
A has-been comedian attempts to make his comeback on board a cruise liner.
McLaren Animation 2
Quarantine (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Astrid Goldsmith)
A post-Brexit pagan dance fantasy about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers forced to confront the animals quarantined in a facility built above their burrow.
McLaren Animation 1
Short Changed (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Zoe Hutber)
A couple struggle against the system in a world where everyone is literally made of money.
McLaren Animation 3
Soy Una Tumba (Country: Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Khris Cembe; Writer: Khris Cembe)
Every night a boy watches his father unloading a cargo of contraband tobacco. But that night it’s not tobacco…
International Animation
Stitch (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Siobhán Smith; Writer: Siobhán Smith)
Stitch is an animated short film which highlights the need for change in the way we treat the sick and disabled in the UK.
McLaren Animation 2
That Boy Emil (Emil & Ida i Lönneberga ) (Country: Sweden; Year: 2013; Director: Alicja Björk, Lasse Persson, Per Åhlin; Writer: Hans Åke Gabrielsson; Stars: Elisabeth Carlsson, Siw Carlsson, Rebecka Englund, Gustav Föghner, Gustav Föghner, Hans Åke Gabrielsson, Hans Åke Gabrielsson, Lindy Larsson, Astrid Lindgren, Tilda Ramde, Tilda Ramde, EwaMaria Roos, Allan Svensson)
Little Emil just wants to help, but then everything always goes wrong. Banned to the shed, he’s supposed to think about his misdeeds – that is, until he gets into mischief again.
McLaren Animation 3
The Thing I Left Behind (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Chiarra Sgatti), Trailer
Two points of view clashing, a nostalgic, terminally ill patient, against a cold and pragmatic robot caretaker.
McLaren Animation 3
Under Covers (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Michaela Olsen; Writer: Michaela Olsen; Stars: Dylan Stephen Levers, Robert Kovacs, Jade Shames, Emily Collins, Dylan Stephen Levers, Robert Kovacs, Jade Shames, Emily Collins)
The spooky secrets of a small town are revealed on the night of a lunar eclipse.
International Animation
We Lie To Ourselves (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Owen Rixon)
A mouse, forced to work for a prey-killing corporate machine run by cats, takes drastic action against his oppressors.
McLaren Animation 3
What's Next (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Bunny Schendler), Trailer
Animated Piroshka pop video.
McLaren Animation 2

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