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Brooklyn Film Festival Animated Shorts Revealed

Brooklyn Film Festival is returning for its 22nd edition from May 31- June 9, with this year's theme being The Gathering. The festival has revealed its line up for this year, which among 133 features and shorts from over 30 countries includes 28 animated shorts. This year's films include the acclaimed shorts Bird And The Whale and Brexicuted, which have already had considerable success elsewhere on the festival circuit.

The shorts will be screened across four programs- From 6pm On June 5 and 7pm on June 8  at the NY Media Center and from 10.30PM on June 7 and from 4PM on June 9 at Windmill Studio.

The full line up of animated films are listed below. For more details and tickets see here.

ANACRONTE (Dir: Raúl Koler, Emiliano Sette, Argentina, 15 min, 2018)
Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, they put to test humanity's happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers.

ATHLETICUS: COURSE DE DEMI-FOND (Dir: Nicolas Deveaux, France, 5 min, 2018,)
Animals competing in summer sport games.

BARBAER (Dir: Luzia Schifferle, Switzerland, 2 min, 2018) 
Viking chief Ulf has lost his desire to be a Viking and his best friend Berth tries to reignite his passion for the axe. After some failed attempts Berth accidentally inspires Ulf to pick up a new occupation. The chief opens up a hair saloon for his fellow Viking warriors and hence they all plunge into battle perfectly styled.

BIRD & THE WHALE, THE (Dir: Carol Freeman, Ireland, 7 min, 2018)
The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.

BREAK THE FIRE (Dir: Mei Li, China, 5 min, 2018) 
Break the Fire is a five-minute 2D computer animated short about a young queen who lost her father when he fought a dragon to protect his kingdom. In order to save her people and revenge her father, she sets foot on the same journey, only to discover, and then break, a cycle of violence

BREXICUTED (Dir: Chris Shepherd, France, United Kingdom, 6 min, 2018) 
This satirical animation considers why Brexit is happening. A variety of British characters, interviewed the day after the UK voted to leave the EU, speak about what motivated their decision.

BRISTLED (Dir: Scott Farrell, United States, 5 min, 2018) 
After countless blind dates that have gone poorly, Bernard swears that his next date will be ""the one."" But could her flaw be too much for him to overcome? Bristled is a hand drawn comedic short film that deals the way we perceive others as well as ourselves.

CATERPILLARPLASTY (Dir: David Barlow-Krelina, Canada, 5 min, 2018) 
Caterpillarplasty is an otherworldly take on beauty ideologies blown out of proportion. In an advanced technological society where the caterpillar has special significance, the people desire metamorphosis.

CURCUIT  (Dir: Delia Hess, Switzerland, 8 min, 2018)
On a small planet, caught up in their own little private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop. That they are all part of a complex little ecosystem which can only function if each of them plays his or her role, is something they are unaware of.

FILUMENA (Dir: Joe Garber, United States, 8 min, 2018) 
A strange portal appears in Filumena's closet, she enters and finds a danger she doesn't understand.

FREAKS OF NURTURE (Dir: Alexandra Lemay, Canada, 6 min, 2018) 
Freaks of Nurture is about a neurotic mother-daughter relationship, told with sitcom-style humour and a young punk-rock attitude. Directed by rising star Alexandra Lemay, the story is based on her own life growing up with her eccentric mother: a single parent to 5 biological kids, 6 foster kids and a gaggle of family pets. Self-deprecating and hilarious, the film invites us to love each other and ourselves, warts and all.

FRIDGE (Dir: Eugene Kolb, United States, 2 min, 2019)
A woman is overcome by her carnivorous desires.

GOD I NEED A GIRLFRIEND (Dir: Stefan Janoski, United States, 4 min, 2018)
From the mind of Stefan Janoski, God I need a girlfriend, a musical short story, that gives the background to the sculpture of the same name.

GOOD BIRD (Dir: Jacob Watson, United States, 4 min, 2018)
Good Bird is a stop-motion short with live action elements. The main character, a young girl, opens up the door to her backyard to let her dog out. The dog sprints outside towards some off-screen object. When the dog returns to its owner she discovers that the dog has a poor innocent bird in its mouth. The female character screams and the dog drops the bird. We see that the bird is bleeding and that it is going to die. The girl tries to figure out how to best make the birds last moments as pleasant as possible: she joins the bird on the ground, she pets it, she sings Amazing Grace, and she sits still. She then has to go inside and finish doing her laundry.

HUNT, THE (Dir: Mateusz Jarmulski, Poland, 8 min, 2018) 
North-eastern Polish village, surrounded by forests and lakes; with only a few houses, several farm households, and a small baroque church. That’s where the main character – an 11 years old boy spends his last month of summer. He is fascinated by adventure books about the Wild West and craves adventures and experiences. He explores the surroundings, equipped with a cassette recorder and a bow. His innocent adventure suddenly stops being a childish play – what the boy will live through one summer night, will stay for long in his memory.

I'M OK (Dir: Elizabeth Hobbs, United Kingdom, Canada, 6 min, 2018) 
Following the end of a fiery and passionate love affair with Alma Mahler, Austrian Expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka enlists to fight in the First World War. During battle he suffers serious wounds, and as the medics rush the injured Kokoschka through the forests of the Russian front, he is overtaken by a fever of fleeting memories and visions. Playful, imaginative and audacious, I’m OK explores the visible and invisible wounds of heartbreak and trauma.

IAN, A MOVING STORY (Dir: Abel Goldfarb, Argentina, 9 min, 2019) 
Ian was born with cerebral palsy. Like all kids, he wants to have friends, but discrimination and bullying keep him from his beloved playground. Ian won't give up easily, accomplishing something that will surprise everyone.

MONSTERS WALKING (Dir: Diego Porral, Spain, 1 min, 2018)
"Monsters Walking" is a short film about monsters that walk.

MUM'S THE WORD (Dir: Khris Cembe, Spain, 12 min, 2018) 
Every night a boy watches his father unloading a cargo of contraband tobacco. But that night it’s not tobacco…

MY STRANGE ELDER BROTHER (Dir: Julia Orlik, Poland, 12 min, 2018) 
A movie about a specific relationship between a young woman who really wants to succeed in her working life and her eccentric brother. They are complete opposites. She is a workaholic and despite the fact that this way of live doesn’t make her happy, she believes that this is the only right way. Her brother and his original behaviour really makes her crazy and also is the cause of many uncomfortable situations in her workplace. He really wants to persuade her to change her life, but she has enough of his importunity and feels ashamed. Unfortunately, after one of the many arguments they break off their contacts with each other.

PIROUETTE (Dir: Adina Cohen, United States, 4 min, 2018) 
In the one-of-a-kind stop motion animated short “Pirouette”, an anxious clown auditions at his local dance company for the role of prima ballerina. Surrounded by the talent of others, the clown’s anxiety consumes him in a thought-driven tornado of doubt. When the lights dim, the clown falls from his safety bubble and lands face to face with the only thing holding him back.

RAYMONDE OR THE VERTICAL ESCAPE (Dir: Sarah Van den Boom, France, 16 min, 2018) 
Raymonde is really fed up with peas, aphids, dirty panties and her kitchen garden to dig. After all, she would prefer sex, and love, and the immensity of the sky...

SELFIES ( Dir: Claudius Gentinetta, Switzerland, 3 min, 2018) 
SELFIES is a fireworks display of grinning people who lose themselves in the abysses of human existence. A selfie race around the world.

SHY & KETCHUP (Dir: Teresa Romo, Chile, 4 min, 2019)
A shy girl obsessed with ketchup has to get out of her comfort zone when she runs out of her beloved ketchup.

SILHOUETTE CITY (Dir: Poulomi Mukherji, United States, 5 min, 2018) 
Silhouette City is an animated tale that follows a shadow that accidentally detaches from the boy it belongs to and ends up far from home. Over the course of several years, the shadow goes on adventures in New York City but struggles with the desire to reunite with it's human form and the need to be its own being in its new home.

TANGLE (Dir: Malihe Gholamzadeh, Iran, 7 min, 2018) 
A life of a girl in war.

UNDER COVERS (Dir: Michaela Olsen, United States, 7 min, 2018)
On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. From a pigtailed psychopath to naughty nuns and everything in between, this stop motion animated film conjures a comforting thought: that weird is relative.

WHEEL TURNS, THE (Dir: Sang Kim, United States, 12 min, 2018) 
The jaded subway operator in NYC finds his life repetitive and tedious. Once he and fellow passengers turn into toads, the operator explores through portals to find what causes the transformation.