THE MUSIC BOX
directed by Joe Chang
This animated short film is based on a real story and is set in China during the Cultural Revolution in 1967. A young boy, Liang Liang, and his family are suddenly taken to the countryside by Red Guards. He is able to grab the only thing he treasures which is a western style music box, and is careful not to expose it to the red guards since it was linked to western culture.
(Canada) (11 minutes)
LOST AND FOUND
directed by Shimon Engel and Ofer Winter
A young boy gets lost in a busy shopping mall, foreshadowing the story of his falling as a soldier in the Israel-Lebanon War of 1982.
(Israel) (4 minutes)
THE TREE OF LOST SOULS
directed by Laura Zamora
Lili's soul travels to a timeless world that is populated by lost souls, even as her body lays slumbering on the roots of the tree.
(Spain) (15 minutes)
directed by Ethan Wellin
In the aftermath of a deep space collision, a lone astronaut fights for survival. But to repair his critically damaged ship, he must cross through the malfunctioning Virtual Reality chamber. Therein lurk ghosts of a life left behind on Earth, and questions about the true nature of his secret mission.
(California, USA) (10 minutes)
THE MOTHER OF ALL FLOWERS
directed by Merve Caydere Dobai
The Mother of All Flowers is a Middle Eastern war story from the eyes of a little girl.
(Turkey) (7 minutes)
RACING THE SUNSET
directed by Nikolas Smith
Realizing that he has a date in a matter of minutes, a young traceur makes a desperate parkour rush through the city to make it to his rendezvous on time.
(Georgia, USA) (4 minutes)
THE SPIRIT SEAM
directed by Ashley Gerst
The Spirit Seam is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachain coal-mining town in the 1950s, the film takes the audience through the daily life of both characters.
(New York, USA) (15 minutes)
directed by Yi Ting Kristy Tsai and Jared Ettinger
An adaptation of the “Sirena of Guam” myth. A pious girl drowns and is saved by the love of the sea goddess, Tangaroa. She is liberated by the goddess, who transforms her into a mermaid.
(Pennsylvania, USA) (3 minutes)
directed by Li Zexi
A relaxed summer afternoon is interrupted when a group of children find a pistol.
(China) (4 minutes)