Imaginaria 2019 – Official Selection

Imaginaria – Int. animated film festival
17th Edition | August, 19-24
Selezioni Ufficiali / Official Selection

Categoria/category: Int . Animated Short Film

Spirit of the Drowning Girls by Runze Cao
11’ | China | 2019
The ghost story is inspired by a letter of the famous ancient Chinese poet / scholar Dongpo Su (1037-1101). A young Kongfu master falls into the trap of an evil old spirit who enslaves dead little girls drowned by their own parents.


Bavure by Donato Sansone
4′ | France |  2019
Bavure portrays the evolution of a human being from his creation to his awareness of the mysteries of the universe. It is a metaphor of the creation of the world and a parable of the artistic process.

  Uncle Thomas, accounting for the days by Regina Pessoa
13′ | Portugal |2019
From Regina’s personal and visual memories, a tribute to her uncle Thomas, a humble man with a simple and anonymous life.
This is my acknowledgment how one does not have to be « somebody” to become
exceptional in our life.

Albatross by Nenad Janković
4’40 | Croatia | 2019
On an old steamship, sometime around the beginning of the 20th century, sailors are amusing themselves by mocking a captured albatross, which waddles helplessly across the ship’s deck.

Jebeer by Reyhane Mirhashemi
9’55 | Iran | 2019
The wildlife ranger is patrolling the protective area, while his soul is intertwined with the nature and all the creatures he is protecting. He runs freely and lives with the animals, surrounded by beauty. But, as fate would have it, he is confronted with some poachers.

Selfies by Claudius Gentinetta
3’40 | Switzerland | 2018
Whether we want it or not: selfies have become a major, cross-cultural aspect of everyday life.

Around the stairway by  Die Wimmelgruppe
5’ | Switzerland | 2018
In a fantastic town, many mysterious things happen at once. A collaborative film produced for the 50 years jubilee of the Association of Swiss Animation Filmmakers.

The Levers by Boyoung Kim
9’24 | Korea | 2018
A guy accepts a job offer from a stranger on the street. He is satisfied with the wages for this simple job, until he hears strange sounds behind the curtains.

Circuit by Delia Hess
8’41 | Switzerland |2018
On a small planet, caught up in their own little private universe, the inhabitants perform their poetically surreal actions, which repeat themselves in an endless loop. That they are all part of a complex little ecosystem which can only function if each of them plays his or her role, is something they are unaware of.

Sister by Siqi Song
8’02 | China |2018
A man remembers his childhood memory of growing up with an annoying little sister in 1990s China. How would his life have been if things had gone differently?

The Elephant’s Song by Lynn Tomlinson
7’38 |USA | 2018
“The Elephant’s Song” tells the true and tragic tale of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America, as recounted in song by her friend the old farm dog. Their story is portrayed in colorful, handcrafted animation, created frame by frame with clay-on-glass and oil pastel animation.

The Feather Pillow by Joseph Specker Nys
12’17, Brazil, 2018
Shortly after her honeymoon Alicia contracts an inexplicable illness, while her husband Jordan bear witness seemingly indifferent. Something hidden is driving her insane. The disease makes the young woman mix reality with gruesome hallucinations

Carlotta’s Face by Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
5’ | Germany | 2018
As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around here to have faces. She even doesn’t recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art, after all, that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.

Hedge by Amanda Bonaiuto
6’05 | USA | 2018
A singularly comical/surreal vision of a family visiting a funeral home. 

Per tutta la vita by Roberto Catani
5’20 | Italy/France | 2018
Through a journey back in memory, a woman and a man retrace the more important moments of their love story.

Entropia by Flóra Anna Buda
10’30, Hungary, 2019
Entopia is a container of three parallel universes where three girls are living in different circumstances. One of them represents the animalistic side of human nature, one of them is a consumer fulfilled with her own frustrations, and the third one is living in a futuristic room where she has to run to keep the system work.

Ariel by Kleopatra Korai
2’25 | Greece | 2019
An animated short film, part of Wandering Stories, a music and video animation performance work by Greek composer and vocalist Savina Yannatou in collaboration with filmmaker Kleopatra Korai. An ode to the spirits accompanying the refugee souls lost in dark waters. 

Between the shadows by Alice Guimarães and Mónica Santos
13’25 | France / Portugal | 2018
Natália, trapped in a tedious job, engages in a search for a stolen heart. In a world where hearts can be deposited in a bank, the protagonist faces a dilemma: give her heart or keep it to herself. 

The Hunt by Mateusz Jarmulski
8′ | Poland | 2018
North-eastern Polish village, surrounded by forests and lakes; with only a few houses, several farm households, and a small baroque church. That’s where the main character – an 11 years old boy spends his last month of summer.  

The blue of salt by Alice Bohl
10′ | France | 2019
The blue of the salt is the journey of a young woman bruised by a mourning who tries to find peace in her memory. The train on which we embark with her is a night crossing until dawn, between dream and reality. She finds there the desire to live and be present to the world. 

Reneepoptosis by Renee Zhan
9’55 | USA | 2018
Three Renees go on a quest to find God, who is also Renee. As they traverse the great mountains and valleys of Renee, they discover all the sadnesses, joys, and mysteries of being Renee.

The Person in Crevice by Lu Tingting
3’49 | China | 2018
This is a stream of consciousness animation about a non-male and non-female character who constantly wants to get involved in the rules of the game of the other gender. It imitates the flow of natural time in the way of the whole painting.

The boy and the owl by Mário Gajo de Carvalho
12’18 | Portugal | 2018
A young boy lives his life in a magical way, surrounded by the picturesque atmosphere of his village. A fable about love and the act of letting it go.

Passage by Anja Sidler
7′ | Switzerland | 2019
Two very different people set off on an adventure and leave their familiar environment behind them. Unexpectedly their paths cross. A film about yearning for change and the value of coincidence in a society shaped by individual development and the pressure to achieve.

Peace by Dimitar Dimitrov
6′ | Bulgaria | 2019
Since he was a child, Peace believed the fate of the world was in his hands. He took care of each poor and rich soul alike, of every one lost and found, of each brother and sister, of every one falling in love, breaking up, hating each other, killing each other. Peace touched everything. Such was his calling, his secret to safeguarding life.

Becolored by Maurizio Forestieri
4’50 | Italy |2019
When darkness seems to overwhelm the world, something unexpected happens.

Memorie di Alba by Andrea Martignoni and Maria Steinmetz
06’ | Italy/Germany | 2019
Alba remember how she felt in Love with Pierino, friend of his brother, in the early fifties in Italy.

Five minutes to sea by Natalia Mirzoyan
07’ | Russia | 2018
The mother issues her decree: before you get back in the water, you have to take a break and sit quietly for five minutes. For the little girl, these five minutes are an ocean of boredom that stretches on forever and ever. She starts to watch the other bathers and how they spend their five minutes.

The Call by Anca Damian
10’ | Romania/France | 2018
An aged woman is taking a bath. While entering the water, a new world reveals. The phone, on a chair, connects her with her son and is the only link to the real world.

Raymonde or the vertical escape by Sarah Van Den Boom
17’ | France | 2018
Raymonde is really fed up with peas, aphids, dirty panties and her kitchen garden to dig. After all, she would prefer sex, and love, and the immensity of the sky…

The Backward Astronomer by Jake Nelson
10’07 | USA | 2018
A privileged, young man falls in love with a wealthy woman and together they lead reckless lives of opulence in New York City. That is, until he finds something better—a doorway leading directly to the surface of the moon.

Untravel by Ana Nedeljkovic and Nikola Majdak Jr.
10’ |  Serbia |
A film about (local) patriotism, tourism and emigration.

Le nozze di Pollicino by Beatrice Pucci
6’ | Italy | 2018
From the darkness, six puppets pop up, suddenly dancing: a mysterious letter invites them to Pollicino’s wedding. Extravagant dances, fairy headdresses and a hungry wolf will make their journey complicated. The pollicino wedding is a rewrite for images and sounds from the fairy tale Marche Gallo Cristallo. animation is part of the FLIP project (Popular Imaginary Liberation Front), for a mapping of the fairy tales of the Italian oral tradition.

I Bleed by Tiago Minamisawa and Bruno H Castro
07’ | Brasil | 2019
Inspired by a true story, “I Bleed” is the intimate confession of a person living with HIV. Whirlwind of emotions. The first sensations. An animation film tries to demystify issues that, to this day, persist in society’s imagination about the virus.

Mimi by Lisa Fukaya
04’17 | Denmark | 2018
MIMI has a pimple for the first time. She is afraid of being different from other girls and is uncomfortable around those who are different from herself. Because of this, she begins to mimic other girls around her.

Mémorable by Bruno Collet
12’02 | France | 2019
Recently, Louis, painter, and his wife Michelle are experiencing strange events. Their world seems to be mutating. Slowly, furnitures, objects, people lose their realism. They are destructuring, sometimes disintegrating …

The Rain by Piotr Milczarek
5′ | Poland | 2019
The Rain’ is a simple animated film on collective consciousness. It talks about how no accountability for our actions pushes us to thoughtlessly follow the crowd, which may lead to a tragedy. The film also depicts a struggle of an individual with collective hypnosis and its consequences for both the individual and the crowd.

Categoria/category: Animated Student Short Film 

Oneself story by Géraldine Charpentier
4’53 | Belgium | 2018
Lou tells his story, the way he feels about gender. Girl or boy, he/she chose not to choose, for now.

Heat Wave by Fokion Xenos
7’13 | UK | 2019
In the midst of a heatwave of insanity, two children find a way to cool everyone down!In the midst of a searing heatwave, two little children find a way to cool everyone down! A playful stop motion short film animated in a hybrid techique between cut out, claynimation and thousands of replacements pieces.

The King Dom by Marco Raffaelli
6’12 | Italy | 2019
Little Dom, a child full of energy, lives peacefully on his island, with father the Fisherman mother the Hen. Until one day, hungry for adventure, Dom will cast off in the great ocean on his tiny boat.

Sunday Morning by Vinnie Ann Bose
4’ | France | 2018
Every sunday morning, Ann, a 7 year old girl, is forced to wake up early to go to church with her family. But this sunday mass ends up being a lot more eventful than expected.

Lemons by Daniela Godel
4’39 | Spain | 2018
Emerging from the water, Nadir, the blue man, goes on a bicycle journey through villages and arid mountains. He will cross paths with the mysterious Derina, creator of life.

Homesick by Hila Einy
7’15 | Israel | 2018

A crisis in a young woman’s life forces her to return to her parents’ home. Her reappearance shakes the delicate balance in the family nest.

The Porous Body by Sofia El Khyari
6’15 | UK | 2018
A young woman who lives in her thoughts goes back to the sea to centre herself. As she dives into the water, she dives under her skin and penetrates her psychological wrapping. A meditative poetic trip inside the skin.

Inanimate by Lucia Bulgheroni
8’40 | UK | 2018
Katrine has a normal life, a normal job, a normal boyfriend and a normal apartment in a normal city. Or at least thats what she thinks, until one day everything starts falling apart – literally!

Angel’s Trumpet by Martinus Klemet
2’15 | Estonia | 2019
Inspiration for the film came to me from the plant Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia). One of its many breeds can be pollinated solely by a very long billed hummingbird. Only this bird is able to reach the core of the blossom and drink the flower’s nectar. It took millions of years of evolution to develop such cooperation between the bird and the plant. I was amazed by this interesting synergy and I played with the idea of imagining what could be the next step in the evolution of hummingbirds.

Good Intentions by Anna Mantzaris
09’ | UK | 2018
After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things starts to happen… A small thriller about people that are not always the best at making decisions.

Grand Bassin by Héloïse Courtois, Chloé Plat, Victori Jalabert, Adèle Raigneau
06’37 | France | 2018
An afternoon at the swimming pool.

Hors Piste by Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet
06’01 | France | 2018
The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned…

The taste of loneliness by Laura Passalacqua
01’57 | France | 2018
The bedroom is an empty place while the garden is full of huge and weird familiar entities. In these spaces, the astonished character begins a disturbing self-analysis.

Do not Touch! by Pavel Endrle
49″ |  Poland | 2018
A short stopmotion film, which a have made during my Erasmus stay in Poland.

Sweet Sweat by Jung Hyun Kim
6’13 | Estonia | 2018
A child recognizes the erotic relationship between the parents. Curious but overwhelmed, the child takes control.

Alfred Fauchet by Georis Mathieu
6’41 | Belgium | 2018

Alfred wants to unclutter but scatters, his cars moves but too fast.

Blieschow by Christoph Sarow
9’38 ! Germany | 2019

Vast plains, colorful sceneries, a red dog, that seems to reach into the sky. This is how Tom experiences summer in Blieschow, his grandfather’s farm. He feels overwhelmed by the exuberance of nature and finds himself in a constant competition with his cousin, who is seemingly better at everything. Envy starts to grow in little Tom. Doing everything to be recognized and loved Tom soon reaches his limits.

Poetika Anima by Kriss Sagan
5’14 | Slovakia | 2018
Poetika Anima is a non-narrative animated film based on a lyrical poem created by the synthesis of director’s diary notes. Countless symbols and visual metaphors, along with the original atmospheric music by Frederic Robinson, create a story rich with interpretations about a woman who transforms her disheartenment within a fluid time and space.

Tango of longing by Marta Szymańska
5’22, | Poland | 2018
Tango is so much more than just desire -it can reveal our most intimate stories, innermost longings and needs, our secrets. Is it possible to find satisfaction and relief in this dance of constant longing?

Airship of unknown direction by Alexandra Galitskova
5′ | Russian Federation | 2019
This story is about Rain, who wants to learn how to fly.

Sink by Mahboobeh Kalaee
3′ | Teheran | 2018
A symbolic story of love and death. A man and woman in the form of coffee residue come out of two cups inside the sink. In the process of mixing with the water inside the sink, they fall into the sink hole… 

Rhizoma by Santiago Pérez Rodríguez
3′ | Belgium | 2018

Hounds and transmission towers. Frequencies of flesh and electric howls. A disturbing atmosphere where the animal, the organic and the industrial blend.

Bless you! by Paulina Ziolkowska
4’45 | Poland | 2018
Everyone gets sick of everyone. But things become really bad when you get sick of yourself.

Categoria/category: Animated Short Film for Kids – Children’s Film Competition

A Tiger with no Stripes by Raul ‘Robin’ Morales Reyes
8’40 | France | 2018
A little tiger decides to take a long journey in search of his stripes.

My Grandpa is Hiding by Anne Huynh
7’11 | France | 2018
A grandfather explains to his grandson that he’ll have to take care of his flower garden after he dies. There follows a touching and poetic discussion about losing loved ones and on the marks they leave behind.

The Little Ship by Anastasia Makhlina
5’31 | Russian Federation | 2018
This is a story about one little girl and her friend – an elephant. They carelessly play and have fun. However, childhood ends sooner or later, sometimes imperceptibly for us. No matter how good it is, it’s time to part. Adulthood is an inevitability in the life of every person.

ATHLETICUS: Anneaux en gymnastique artistique by Nicolas Deveaux
2’15 | France | 2019
“Athleticus”, an original TV series coproduced with Arte France and featuring animals competing in summer sport games.

ATHLETICUS: Gardien de gymnase by Nicolas Deveaux
2’15 | France | 2019
“Athleticus”, an original TV series coproduced with Arte France and featuring animals competing in summer sport games.

ATHLETICUS: Salle d’entraînement by Nicolas Deveaux
2’15 | France | 2019
“Athleticus”, an original TV series coproduced with Arte France and featuring animals competing in summer sport games.

ATHLETICUS: Course de demi-fond by Nicolas Deveaux
2’15 | France | 2019
“Athleticus”, an original TV series coproduced with Arte France and featuring animals competing in summer sport games.

ATHLETICUS: Synchronised Trampoline by Nicolas Deveaux
2’15 | France | 2019
“Athleticus”, an original TV series coproduced with Arte France and featuring animals competing in summer sport games.

The Bird & the Whale by Carol Freeman
7’03 | Ireland | 2018
The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.

Nö! by Christian Kaufmann
5’16 | Germany | 2018
A hiker arrives at a shielded cliff by the rocky whites of a rough coast. Here is where he starts building his new home, but wind and weather keep beating his back and his house over and over. Driven by his stubborn optimism, he takes up the fight against the windy circumstances.

Cycle by Sophie Olga de Jong, Sytske Kok
2’15 | Netherlands | 2018
A small round story about a girl who learns to cycle from her grandfather and discovers that where the road ends real adventure begins.

The Fox & The Pigeon by M. Chua, A. Dewhurst, S. Gabriella, V. Ivanovski, S. Lee, T.Pacana, S. Kevin Sung, M. Thompson, M. Walton, S. Wang, C. van Tol
6′ | Canada | 2019
“The Fox & The Pigeon” is a short film about a fox who must save his ice cream from a pigeon with a sweet tooth and a narrator with a wild imagination.

Nini by Yingzong Xin
5’10 |  USA | 2018
Cici’s good friend Nini was taken away. At midnight ,Nine returned to her friend and tried to tell here something.


The King Dom by Marco Raffaelli Melania Campanaro, Elena Sorrentino, Giacomo Bianchi,
6’12 |  Italy | 2019
Little Dom, a child full of energy, lives peacefully on his island, with father the Fisherman mother the Hen. Until one day, hungry for adventure, Dom will cast off in the great ocean on his tiny boat

What ever happened to Darwin by Leonardo Altieri, Sara Crippa, Giulia Manna, Maria Nocerino
6’38 | Italy | 2019
The rise in sea level is now unstoppable. A fox, already with his feet soaking, frantically studies the way to save himself from the effects of global warming. From the writings of Charles Darwin he will understand that he must undergo a process of “reverse evolution”.

Mr Indifferent by Aryasb Feiz
2’46 | Iran | 2018
A busy man who is always in a rush is reluctant to help others until one day he encounters an old woman in a crossroad…

Quirkistador by Laurent Witz
2′ | Luxembourg | 2018
A team of explorers is navigating the oceans in search of fame and fortune. Particularly incompetent and constantly out of luck, they are faced with every kind of unexpected obstacles and are plunged into the wildest and craziest adventures.

Sam’s Dream by Nolwenn Roberts
7’18 | France | 2018
By a sunny spring morning, a small mouse decides to make his dream come true, quite a crazy dream: flying with swallows. Sam has one year to the day to make it real by defying the laws of gravity and the lack of understanding from the other animals.


&Black&White by Darko Bakliza
1’30 | Croatia | 2018
&Black&White is a language agnostic multiplatform animated project for kids and adults that talks about diversity through history and humor while playing with visual perception. Join Bo, the main character and a curious problem solver whose challenges are always on the funny side.

Where do babies come from? by Valerie Chang
2’04 | Netherlands | 2018
A question parents rather not answer. Lets respond as vague as possible and let the imagination do the rest!

Space Yoghurt – The Moustache by Maria Avramova
2’ | Bulgaria | 2018
Something strange falls down from the sky. What could it be?! It looks like an eyebrow, or a butterfly or a moustache.

Space Yoghurt – The Swimming Pool by Maria Avramova,
1’33 | Bulgaria | 2018
Migol wants to swim. Popodom is not too keen on it. They soon find out why – Popodoms mouth is under the water and he can’t breath. Migol has a perfect solution. It almost works.

Wander by Daniela Monzon Leotaud
3’46 | Canada | 2018
Both playful and nostalgic, Wander is a love letter to Venezuela told by a giant child.

Magic Play by Natasha Cánepa
3’26 |  USA | 2018
A shy boy wizard-in-training is forced into a play date with a witch girl who is unpredictable with her magic.

Not Today by Jacob Marine
5’20 | Belgium | 2018
Mamy, a nice little lady, has not had a visit for a long time. So when one day, the Death comes ringing at his door, the old lady is determined to have fun.

PAT by Adriano Candiago
6’25 | Italy | 2018
As many unfortunate ones before him, PAT is a toy robot who want to put an end to his life, because of the bad treating by his young owner. But something will change his mind.

Ian, a moving story by Abel Goldfarb
09′ | Argentina | 2018
Ian was born with cerebral palsy. Like all kids, he wants to have friends, but discrimination and bullying keep him from his beloved playground. Ian won’t give up easily, accomplishing something that will surprise everyone.

My Life in Versailles by Clémence Madeleine Perdrillat and Nathaniel H’Limi
28’58 | France | 2019

Violette is an eight-year-old Parisian girl who is passionate about ancient Egypt, chocolate mousse and her best friend from kinder garden, Malcolm.  One evening in November, Violette loses her parents.  Orphan, she is supported by a social worker, the sweet Genevieve. From now on, Violette will live with her uncle Régis, maintenance worker at the Palace of Versailles. Shy, Violette hates him: she thinks he stinks, she decides then that she will not say a word to him. Then begins a difficult cohabitation because Violette wants to return home and she runs away often because to find her old apartment … Patients, Regis and Genevieve come to get her every time.Little by little, Violette gets used to her new home: the pavilion in which Régis lives, near the castle. She makes new friends and tames her uncle ogre. In the hustle and bustle of the Sun King’s castle, the stubborn little girl and the big bear tame each other, and live together in mourning.