Category: Fantasy

My Strange Grandfather

Though puppet animation is no longer popular in Russia, the 28-year old artist taught herself to make puppets and created this heartwarming stop-motion film. Running over eight minutes, My Strange Grandfather tells the story of a little girl who can’t understand his weird grandfather and his eccentric habit of picking up trash, only to discover something magical that will make him appreciate the old man.

Cupidon

Follow Cupid as he lives his worst day ever in Cupidon, a CG graduation short film for ESMA co-directed by Simon Bau, Clémentine Choplain, Marie Ecarlat, Benoit Huguet, and Julien Soulage. The film tells the story of Cupid and how a major mistake in a pair-up leads him to an unforgettable roller-coaster adventure.

Haoma

Harmony. Pain. Love. Cycle of Life. Haoma reaffirms ESMA artisans' gift for imaginative and highly creative filmmaking. Originally a 2008 ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) graduation project, this short film was directed by students Matthieu Deltour, Melissa Lafon, Elodie Legros and Yann Moalic. The music was composed by Martin Romberg and performed by the Orchestre National de Montpellier.
Nothing special

Nothing Special

Treat yourself with this award-winning short by Helena Brooks entitled Nothing Special. Nominated to the Cannes Film Festival, this 11-minuter short tells the story of Billy who becomed the reluctant subject of worship when his delusional mother decides that he is a Jesus reincarnate. It's a rare thing to be mesmerized by a single film, but that is exactly what happened upon watching Nothing Special. Kip Chapman is a delight to the title role, making us laugh and feel empathy in a natural manner. Heather the eccentric mom played by Alison Routledge adds a quirky flair to the film.

Birdboy

Based on the 2007 graphic novel PSICONAUTAS, Birdboy by Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vásquez offers a dark fairytale on love and suffering. With positive reviews after its release, the 13-minute animation has already garnered awards and recognition such as being pre-selected for the 84th Academy Awards. The short film tells the story of transformation of a beautiful island to a graveyard due to an industrial accident. Birdboy, an outcast of society, tries to escape the god-forsaken place with his fantasies of flying with the one he loves.