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Lightning Bolt 'Blow to the Head'
One blow to the head and we’ll be lying on the floor.
Room with a Sea View
Herbert arrives in the seaside city on a long working trip. Accidentally he falls in love with a very strange beautiful saleswoman in a flower shop. He suffers from insomnia, which he treats by watching billiards on TV. But now it doesn’t help anymore. His obsessive passion keeps him awake…
Jo Goes Hunting 'Careful'
On the borderless map of a magical planet, little beings pick, brush, weave, fish and collect elements from their natural environment to sustain their life as a group. This essential balance turns to chaos once they misuse their findings to polish their individual appearance.
Mor visste ingenting (Mother Didn't Know)
Attempting to escape her realty, a desperate girl climbs down into a deep dark silo. She finds solace in an injured bird. In an intense but quietly told story, we see the struggle of a depressed young girl. We don’t always see what’s going on in mind of our children. A small thing can be enough to give them new energy to continue their lives.
A short opera inspired by Aesop’s fable ‘The Fighting Cocks and the Eagle’.
Pá kis panelom! (Bye Little Block!)
The protagonist learns that soon she will have to leave her blockhouse flat for good. After receiving the upsetting news she is overwhelmed with emotions. Her teardrop of farewell grows into a concrete monolith. When the drop hits the ground a surreal panorama of the blockhouse area she used to call home unfolds…
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Sh_t Happens
The caretaker exhausted by everything, his frustrated wife and one totally depressed deer. Their mutual despair leads them to absurd events, because… shit happens all the time.
In the Shadow of the Pines
In the Shadow of the Pines is a deeply personal animated documentary short about a difficult father-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own upbringing with her immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at the elementary school she attended. The film questions the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us while inhibiting who we can truly become.
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La mer à boire (The Sea Is Too Much to Drink)
« La mer à boire » is a french idiom that translates as « drinking the sea ». It means, a task too great to undertake, or asking too much of someone. I had some trouble with the sea that year.
My mother’s dreams have always been strong premonitions for important moments in my life. I rely on her dreams more than any religion.
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The Best of Ottawa touring program showcases audience favorites and award winners from the 2020 Ottawa International Animation Festival competition. The package offers a sampling of exceptional animated short films that explore moments of humor, profundity and inspiration. The works in this collection provide a unique cross-section of some of the best contemporary film artists from around the world. 

One blow to the head and we’ll be lying on the floor.

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    Caleb Wood