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Animation / Canada / 12 min.

Mixing animated sequences and archival footage, Oscar paints a heartfelt portrait of the famous Montreal pianist. Looking back on his beginnings as a young local prodigy to his triumphs on the international scene, Oscar Peterson mediates on the impacts of his exceptional career on his family life.

Director: Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre
Producer: Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre, Marc Bertrand
The Head Vanishes

Animation / Canada / 9 min.

Jacqueline isn't quite in her right mind anymore, but she's determined to take the train to the seaside, as she does every summer. Only this year, she's constantly being followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter, and the trip takes some unexpected, phantasmagorical turns. Franck Dion’s gentle, poetic film invites us to share the journey of an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia, as her confused mind leaves her open to danger.

Director: Franck Dion
Producer: Franck Dion, Julie Roy
Writer: Franck Dion
Disney Cartoon Camera

Documentary / USA / 23 min.

Disney Cartoon Camera, hosted by acclaimed historian Leonard Maltin, tracks the history of animation cinematography from the origins of crude 'down shooters' to the first multi-plane camera fashioned out of old car parts, to the latest digital camera capture systems through the eyes of the camera operators and technicians.

Director: Dave Bossert
Producer: Dave Bossert, Brian Briskman
Writer: Dave Bossert, J. Elizabeth Martin

Animation / USA / 2 min.

A charming film about two dogs, Lucy & George, best of friends but sadly kept apart by the perils of winter, and the discomfort of rock salt, Morton Safe-T-Pet is a strong, silent hero that reunites. Neighbors is a nostalgic film with a stylistic nod towards classic cartoons.

Director: Studio AKA London, Marc Craste
Producer: Blacklist New York, Studio AKA London
Writer: Morton Salt
Dear John

Animation / United Kingdom / 4 min.

'Dear John' is award winning director Peter Vacz second collaboration with band James. In this spellbinding promo telling the story of two characters on a surreal life-changing journey, Péter evolved his style further to include some linear 2D animation alongside the emotive and richly textured stop motion characters and sets.

Director: Peter Vacz
Producer: Sam Hope
Writer: Peter Vacz (story), James/the band (lyrics)

Animation / United Kingdom / 3 min.

On a dream-like journey through nature, a glimpse of the circle of life and the connectedness of everything is explored from the serenity of a meadow to the unknown depths of space.

Director: Daniel Hojlund
Producer: Sam Hart
Writer: Daniel Hojlund
To Build A Fire

Animation / France / 13 min.

'To Build a Fire' is an animated short film in 4K Cinemascope that tells the tragic tale of a man and his dog trying to survive in the overwhelmingly freezing and hostile nature of the Yukon Territory. Enter our polar western and experience the bitter cold while embarking on a sensory journey.

Director: Fx Goby
Producer: Samuel François-Steininger
Writer: Fx Goby
Moon of a Sleepless Night

Animation / Japan / 26 min.

One day, a guardian of the moon shows up and says to a boy the moonfs got stuck on a tree. They decide to go off on adventures to search and free the moon in hopes to help time move forward again.

Director: Takeshi Yashiro
Producer: Masaaki Oikawa, Takayuki Toyokawa
Writer: Takeshi Yashiro

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