Anima 2015 : Best of Shorts – Editor’s pick

A while ago a friend invited me to Anima 2015 in Flagey. For some reason I started a post about it, but never finished it. So here it goes, though somewhat later as scheduled…

For those of you who do not know Anima, it’s the annual Animation Film Festival in Brussels. It’s impossible to review all highly original and inspired entries, so I picked my favorites from the selected professional shorts. Beware some are highly disturbing…

Small note : Not all short films are online available in their uncut, full-length versions. So some will only feature their trailers or behind the scenes footage. It will hopefully spark your interest and make you want to see more of the artists who created the film.

1. La Chair de ma chère, Calvin Antoine Blandin, FR, 2014, 12’40’’ – FULL

2. Beach Flags, Sarah Saidan, FR, 2014, 13’39’’ – TRAILER

Vida, a young Iranian lifeguard, is determined to fight and go the extra mile in order to be the one to participate in an international competition in Australia. However, when Sareh who is as fast and talented as her, joins the team, her luck changes. Vida will have to face an unexpected situation when ambition, opportunity, solidarity and being a woman in Iran come together.

3. The Dam Keeper, Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, US, 2013, 18’05’’ – Nominated for an Oscar!

Introduction to The Dam Keeper by the directors and thoughts on their Acadamy Award nomination.

For more behind the scenes footage go here and here to check their YouTube channel and their website.

4. Juste de l’eau, Carlos De Carvalho, FR, 2014, 4’42’’ – FULL

For the making of, go here.

Supposedly set in Lisbon, more specific during the time of the great maritime discoveries. The Great Explorers arrive in the harbor after a long voyage across the oceans. Greeted by loved ones, friends and family, joyous events spontaneously erupt in every corner of the town. Everyone and everything seems to be caught in a celebratory frenzy. Meanwhile, a young pig doesn’t quite feel included in the whole flurry of things and has the strange feeling of being completely isolated from the others in his own native city.

5. Rulletrappen, Christopher Nielsen, NO, 2014, 9’47’’ – TRAILER

I was lucky enough to see the whole thing. Too bad it’s not yet available online, or in English…

People(/trolls) are struggling upward on an escalator that is going down. Some run, some just keep going, some have worked out a specific step strategy… Until one of them starts to wonder why. The inevitable question that they refuse to ask themselves. Is the goal to fight their way to the top, or is it to relax and just go with the flow of the stairs to the bottom? Because nobody knows what’s at either end of the escalator.

Nielsen managed to create some kind of endless hell of not knowing, doubt, peer pressure, philosophy and mind tricks.

“The idea is to die young as late as possible”

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Profession/student?
Currently I am a graduate and I do not have a job for the moment because I have plans moving to the States in January. I was a business management student and after that I was an intern at the Fashion and Arts Academy Antwerp
What are you wearing?
most of it from A suivre
What if you would be an animal which one would you be?
If I would be an animal I would be a monkey because they are intelligent and they can hang out in trees everyday
What if you would a piece of clothing/accessory?
I would be a hat preferred  a Maison Michel hat
What if you would be a city?
City of preference is the vibrant city New York
What if you were a quote?
“The idea is to die young as late as possible”
Secret tips on where to get inspiration?
Upcoming artist, street style, new talent, Amsterdam/ Brooklyn most def the most inspiring cities

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Profession?
Recruitement consultant IT

What are you wearing & from where?
Blazer: Hugo by Hugo Boss
T-shirt: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Pants: H&M
Shoes: n.d.c made by hand
Watch: Calvin Klein
Bracelet: Maison Martin Margiela

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
Doberman
What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
Anastasia
What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
Blazer
What if you were a movie?
Factory girl
What if you were a city?
London
What if you were a song?
Depends on the mood of the day
What if you were a book/magazine?
Interview magazine
What if you were a quote?
I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
What’s your favorite place to hide from the world?
The Dominican hotel bar
If you met an interesting stranger, what would you whisper in his/her ear?
I am bored, wanna get out of here?
Secret tips on where to get inspiration
Virgin blak ! This is my best kept secret, well not anymore

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Profession?
hairdresser

What are you wearing & where from?
 Thé top Is Patricia field New York
Pants Is vintage
Victoria shoes

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
I would be a Greater Flamingo

What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
Cinderella


What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
a pretty shirt


What if you were a movie?
Mean girl


What if you were a city?
New York


What if you were a song?
Enjoy thé silence  of Dépêche mode


What if you were a Magazine?
Vogue


What’s your favorite place to hide from the world?
Empire State Building

If you met an interesting stranger, what would you whisper in his/her ear?
Nothing, I’m the interesting person


Secret tips on where to get inspiration:
My mum’s house

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Profession, student?
Student Scenography at La Cambre

What are you wearing & where from?
 Mesh shirt from Filles à Papa
Fluo Sweater Paradise from Filles à Papa
Shorts: Urban outfitters
Creepers: Balenciaga

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
Without hesitation I would be an English Bulldog

What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
Muchu from Mulan


What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
Shoes or a jacket


What if you were a movie?
Man on fire


What if you were a city?
Salvador de Bahia


What if you were a book?
White cube

What if you were a quote?
“Les copains d’abord”


What’s your favorite place to hide from the world?
My bed, exactly under my duvet

If you met an interesting stranger, what would you whisper in his/her ear?
I would tell him to find me a place in his suitcase


Secret tips on where to get inspiration:
I find inspiration by observing, listening and exchanging with people
I LOVE.

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Profession?
Hair Artist

What are you wearing & where from?
Jacket from Jeremy scott
Tshirt from Jeremy scott
Leather short vintage
Bling chain from 8O’s vintage Moschino
Sneackers: urly 80’s vintage Nike dunk terminator

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
Black panther

 What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
Donald Duck

What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
Underwear

What if you were a movie?
Movie from Tinto Brass (Paprika)

Secret tips on where to get inspiration
Inspiration is everywhere for me

varken1

Profession?
Creator of the label Retro Verse and the brand KAO.

What are you wearing & where from?

Shoes: GIVENCHY LEATHER HIGH TOP SNEAKERS
Snapback: Chicago Bulls
T-shirt: H&M
T shirt accessory: T-shirt KAO (MY CREATION)
Biker jacket: H&M TREND customised RETRO VERSE
Pants: KAO twist
ring: KENZO
Glasses: Moscot NY
Bracelet: Franck Montialoux

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
A dog, the most loyal animal. In this case, I would be an English bulldog: a sluggard! He does nothing all day, sleeps a lot, he snores, and everyone love him for what he is!

What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
I wouldn’t be a Disney character, rather a Marvel hero, like Superman


What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
Sneakers


What if you were a movie?
There are so many… I can’t make a choice


What if you were a city?
Brussels! Defo’!


What if you were a song?
Black Men United – U will know


What if you were a book/magazine?
GQ Magazine

What if you were a quote?
no comment


What’s your favorite place to hide from the world?
My bed

If you met an interesting stranger, what would you whisper in his/her ear?
no comment


Secret tips on where to get inspiration:
My dreams

koe

varken

Profession?
Fashion designer-sculptor-performer

What are you wearing and where from?
shoes: Loubi
dress: Takhoon
Jacket: Crooks & Castles
Flower  crown by me vanessa pinto

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
a Crysalyis….what is more beautiful than a Caterpillar turning into a Butterfly?! (and I’m in love with Ephemeral by the way….)

What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
 very “cliché” but I’d say Alice in Wonderland to be 100% honnest..

What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
SHOEEEEEES!!!!

4.What if you were a movie?
5. What if you were a city?
6.What if you were a song?
7.What if you were a book/magazine?
8. What if you were a quote?

4. 5. 6. 7. 8. can I not answer to these questions?! because I have too much repertories and I think just choosing one of them would denigrate the rest (if you asked me to give you a list of my favourite”s”, it would have been easier for me to quote my crushes on movies,cities,songs,…) p.s: not answering is an answer as well when you argue and explain why you choose not to answer….

 What’s your favorite place to hide from the world?
My room ❤

 If you met an interesting stranger, what would you whisper in his/her ear?
 “I Think I Just Fell In Love With You Artistically” (but maybe, this is the step after just meeting an “interesting stranger”….if he’s a musician for example and I see him on stage and feel what I just told you..maybe this is what I would say to him….)

Secret tips on where to get inspiration:
 My dreams

leeuw

student communicatiemanagement

What are you wearing?
track pants: Adidas
denim vest: think twice
t-shirt: self made
sneakers: vans

What if you were an animal which one would you be?
Mustached bird – Inca tern

What if you were a Disney or fictive character?
Lumière (candlestick)

What if you were a piece of clothing/accessory?
Bob hat

What if you were a movie?
Pulp fiction

What if you were a city?
London

What if you were a song? 
Do me baby live – Prince

What if you were a quote?
‘Binnen de perken zijn de mogelijkheden even onbeperkt als daarbuiten’

What’s your favorite place to hide from the world?
My mind

If you met an interesting stranger, what would you whisper in his/her ear?
 ‘chasing rainbows baby, chasing rainbows’ :p

Secret tips on where to get inspiration:
The past