|It takes skill and a
very specific ‘determination to animate’ to even begin
making a puppet film. The first signs of a re-emergence of classic
style Russian puppet animation, the staging of a wildly successful
international puppet animation conference in Estonia and the release
of record numbers of wonderful indie puppet films inspired us to
focus on this most hands-on of techniques.
UK, 2007, 7'00
A bizarre, uber imaginative little
garden filled with arguing apples, tiny elephants bred to vacuum
under furniture and a masked, crime fighting butler called to
action by a buzzer in his tie.
||The Pit And The Pendulum
Canada, 2006, 7'00
Produced with the help of puppet animation
legend, Ray Harryhausen, this film depicts Poe’s classic tale
of one man’s attempt to survive the torments of the Inquisition.
||Park Bench People
Czech Republic, 2007, 9'00
If only the park bench could talk it’d
have some stories to tell. A film reflecting on the comings and
goings of people who meet in the park.
||Sequence 01 - Plan
Belgium, 2007, 7'00
The underground metro becomes an unlikely
point for the time to suddenly come to a screeching halt.
UK, 2007, 8'00
An immensely absorbing, richly textured
film set in St Petersburg and inspired by Russian poet Daniil Kharms.
Japan, 2006, 3'30
A damn funky little music video jam
packed with raw energy.
Bjorn Verloh, Henning Thomas
Germany, 2007, 5'45
In a world made of paper a man struggles
to keep his face.
Denmark, 2007, 8'00
A clown-like figure with something
beating ominously in its chest is transfixed trying to perform a
task he seems to have no hope of achieving.
Australia, 2006, 3'45
On a desert planet, a medieval jester
unfolds his portable stage and compels his puppets to perform an
old story of transformation.
Claudia Rothlin, Adrian Fluckiger
Switzerland, 2006, 3'45
A kidnapping of almost comical incompetence.
South Africa, 2006, 8'15
A gorgeously animated, contemplative
film capturing the very soul of a proud Africa.
Isreal, 2007, 5'30
Great advice from Mr William Shatner
– “live life like you gonna die, coz you’re gonna”.
Featuring an all star (although less than alive) cast including
Johnny Cash, Albert Einstein, that guy from the Stones and Joey
Ramone all sitting in on a special church service in The Ossiary,
a church made famous by Svankmaijer because of the 40,000 human
bones that decorate it.