DEAR BASKETBALL (USA/5 min/2017)
Director: Glen Keane
Basketball great Kobe Bryant collaborated with visionary animator Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams on an animated short film that explores what it means to achieve your dream, and then leave it behind. The animated film is an adaptation of Bryant’s NBA retirement announcement after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers. Narrated by Bryant, the film’s hand-drawn animation and emotional score will touch fans of all ages with its universal message about love and loss.
NEGATIVE SPACE (France/6 min/2017)
Directors: Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata
NEGATIVE SPACE tells the bittersweet story of a relationship between a father and his son, Sam. Always leaving on business trips, the father connects with Sam by teaching him how to pack a suitcase efficiently.
LOU (USA/7 min/2017)
Director: Dave Mullins
When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
REVOLTING RHYMES (UK/29 min/2016)
Directors: Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer
REVOLTING RHYMES interweaves Roald Dahl’s retellings of classic fairy tales with playful twists and surprising endings. The all-star voice cast comprises of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rob Brydon, Tamsin Greig, Bertie Carvel, Rose Leslie, Bel Powley, Gemma Chan, and Isaac Hempstead Wright.
GARDEN PARTY (France/7 min/2016)
Directors: Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Théophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon and Lucas Navarro
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.
Lost Property Office (additional film) – Daniel Agdag, Australia, 10 minutes
Weeds (additional film) – Kevin Hudson, USA, 3 minutes
Achoo (additional film) – details TBD
While most of this year's Animated program should be suitable for all viewers, GARDEN PARTY contains imagery of a human corpse that could be upsetting to younger viewers.