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OFFICIAL SELECTION (17th Edition)
December 12, 2023

EXPERIMENTAL
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Two One Two
Directed by: Shira Avni

Category: Experimental

Year & Country: 2023, Canada

Duration: 4 min
 
Synopsis: Two One Two, by award-winning filmmaker Shira Avni, combines shimmering clay on glass animation with personal archives in this deeply intimate, experimental animated documentary love letter to motherhood, parenting on the spectrum, and two headed monsters everywhere.
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From the water
Directed by: Diana Menestrey

Category: Experimental

Year & Country: 2021, Germany

Duration: 11 min

Synopsis: A person wakes up. Due to a constant and symbolic metamorphosis, they gets the head of different animals. Through these metamorphoses, they is led intuitively to the search for a secret. This secret is generated in water and a fish is the only trace that can reveal to Them the consciousness of Their own origin.
The Sad Messiah
Directed by: Alice Worthington

Category: Animation, Experimental, Student, Short

Year & Country: 2023, United Kingdom

Duration: 2 min
 
Synopsis: A satirical advert for a mysterious cult. Whether your problems are spiritual, emotional, or financial, The Sad Messiah will lovingly exploit them all. Will you join him in his psychedelic mansion?
The Flow
Directed by: Wenwen Zhu

Category: Animation, Experimental, Student, Short

Year & Country: 2023, United States

Duration: 5 min

Synopsis: In countless days and nights, we wander amidst wakefulness and chaos. In moments of bewilderment, we often hear distant songs emanating from our vacant souls, and in a trance, we may witness the sudden blossoming of peach blossoms and the rushing tide approaching. The drizzling rain washes away the traces of urban life, stripping off the glamour. Is all of this an invitation from a dream?.
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Movie That'll Make Mom Cry
Directed by: Alexis S. Johnson

Category: Experimental

Year & Country: 2023, United States

Duration: 6 min

Synopsis
Movie That'll Make Mom Cry is an experimental home video documentary intertwining the filmmaker's trips to Ukraine in 2021 and 2004, creating an emotive tribute to family, love, and cherished memories, especially of a beloved late grandfather.

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ERA
Directed by: Gabe Imlay

Category: Animation, Documentary, Experimental

Year & Country: 2022, United States

Duration: 11 min

Synopsis
This film is a time capsule of a particular moment in 2020 many of us called “the bubble,” a summer spent in isolation and unknowing… 
Over the summer of 2020 Gabe Imlay asked 10 friends in Los Angeles to interview themselves for three months. Imlay emailed a series of questions every day and asked the subjects to record their answers.
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