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US Competition

  • 140 mins

A showcase of animated shorts from both students and professionals made from filmmakers across The United States.

Immediately following the screening is a Q&A with the filmmakers in this screening moderated by Ankita Panda.

Films: 80 minutes
Q&A: 60 minutes
Available Worldwide

In this program


Directed by Noah Malone

Barnyard Martyrdom.


Directed by Nata Metlukh

A day full of socially awkward moments.

Chasse Galerite

Directed by Brian Hawkins

Chasse Galerite is a passionate hunter whose untamed desire often leads him into trouble. Set in the Illinois Country in the late 17th century, this humorous and imaginative folktale, cherished by Missouri’s French Creole community, is told in the local dialect by one of its last native speakers.

The Midnight Sun

Directed by Connor Radding

A park ranger is disoriented by her internal desire to find a missing boy. An animated short film about isolation, loss, and a search for meaning.


Directed by Michelle Brost

A dream; a meditation upon the interconnectedness of all things and the role in which the human animal finds itself indelicately balanced.


Directed by Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma

An emotionally haunting and visually beautiful experience, ‘Ciervo’ tells the story of a young girl who holds violence, submission, and independence in an uneasy balance as one morphs into the other.

A Family That Steals Dogs

Directed by John C Kelley

Strange experiences and realizations lead a grieving artist to reconsider his identity and beliefs in this meditation on grief, family and mental illness.


Directed by Ryan Paterson

Transport yourself to a world of ethereal chrome. A place free from judgement, free from thought. A transcendent state of hypnotically shifting patterns, dreamy colors, and calming weightlessness. Ride along as we go up, up, up. Now doesn’t that sound nice?

You Are Here

Directed by Dena Springer

You Are Here is an experimental animation that plays on the idea of an instructional video. Through a series of montages, the film breaks down ideas around success and identity between Eastern and Western perspectives.


Directed by Erick Oh

OPERA is a massive 8K size animation installation project which portrays our society and history, which is filled with beauty and absurdity. This ambitious piece can be simply defined as a contemporary animated edition of the Renaissance fresco mural paintings. Driven by the spirits of Bosch, Michelangelo, Botticelli and more, Erick enables viewers to experience the range of in-depth emotions through this epic reflection of human life : it is hopeful, funny, thoughtful, yet scary and sad. This piece is not only a living piece of art but an invitation to question the mechanisms of your society and behavior. The universality of its message will move everyone’s heart and thoughts.