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- ANIMATED SHORT FILMS                                                             

Animated short films are narrative or abstract motion pictures, running less than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Includes, but not limited to the following techniques: hand-drawn animation, computer animation, stop-motion, clay animation, pixilation, cutout animation, and drawing on the film frame itself. 

Scout is delighted to share the official selection for this category.

Ámonos by Roxana Damaris Rocha González

(Mexico)


An older widow receives a visit from her deceased husband to remind her about the majesty of being alive.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 21, 2021

Because he is good by Marianna Kalina, 10 years old

(Russian Federation)


An old Teddy Bear who once felt lonely and unwanted has a surprise ending to his story.



Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 24, 2021

Blanket Talk by Samantha Chang, Jennifer Li, Peng Chia Wei

(Taiwan)


Two siblings, unable to fall asleep, travel in time  into an imaginary world while under their blanket.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 21, 2021

Crust by Isabella Avery

(United Kingdom)


An elderly woman is taking part in a baking competition.



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 26, 2021

Dear McCracken by CJ Jobelle, Casper Pirro

(United States)
NOMINEE

This is a story about two childhood best friends, one of whom always had a secret crush on the other, who meet again after two decades.


Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 21, 2021

Ékdúō by Matilde Camacho, Filipa Fernandes

(Portugal)


Ékdúō  is an animation film about overcoming our deepest fears.




Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 22, 2021

Fear by Luísa Bacelar

(Brazil)
NOMINEE

Fear is is an animation film that raises the question about what to do when two alternative realities clash and merge into a single decision. The fear of choosing will result in a different consequence depending not only on the course of action but also in which universe this decision is being made.

Disclaimer: Content in this contains information about death and dying, mental illness and mental health crisis, which some viewers may find triggering. If you need support at any time, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 23, 2021

Hearth by Max Shoham

(Canada)
NOMINEE

Hearth explores the connection between citizens in a village: it attempts to show the power of giving, and how each and every citizen can make a contribution to the greater good.


Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 23, 2021

Heroic by Gabe Schmidt

(United States)


A superhero faces a difficult decision concerning how best to use his powers.




Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 19, 2021

Just Like Our Lives by My Pockets

(United Kingdom)
NOMINEE

This short animation was made by children and young people in care and explores their experience of education.



Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 19, 2021

Kierat: The horse mill by Daria Melnikova

(Russian Federation)


A curious foal chases an insect and discovers a large and foreign machine. Awakened from sleep, it enslaves all the horses from the field to revive its old mechanisms.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 24, 2021

Long Meg and Her Daughters by Margaret Barry

(United States)


A congregation of vaguely feminine island critters and their leggy matriarch gather for a very special Harvest Ceremony.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 21, 2021

Lost Eye by Sarah Pannekoek

(The Netherlands)


Wanda travels through a strange world and meets amazing creatures in search of her horses' stolen eye which was taken by a flock of birds.  



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 19, 2021

Maraña by Brisa Sanchez

(Mexico)
NOMINEE

Tochtli, a broken rabbit is caught in the darkness of a huge forest, and persecuted by a being from which he has run away all his life. Tochtli will have to face his fears to reach the light that represents his bigger longing..



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 19, 2021

Mother by Gaurav Wakankar

(India)
NOMINEE

A mother and her boy find themselves pushed to ethical extremes when they stumble upon something sinister during a regular day of foraging.



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 18, 2021

Rats in the Walls by Miryana Sarandeva

(Bulgaria)


Inspired by one of H.P.Lovecraft’s most gripping horror tales, this film presents the story of a middle aged man who wakes up one night to horrific sounds coming from the walls of his own apartment.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 22, 2021

Snorri by Oliver Andersen, Katla Pálsdóttir

(Denmark)


Snorri pays tribute to Icelandic folktales. A boy bravely decides to go looking for his lost dog at night, despite the tales he's been told about monsters that only come out after dark.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 22, 2021

Stargazer by Kat Garrido

(United States)


A man becomes tired of the same mundane job of being a teacher and gets caught up in the idea of what could have been.



Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 23, 2021

Static by Zoe Huddleston

(United States)
NOMINEE

Static  is about the struggle of battling with mental illness told through the story of an unassuming man. 

Disclaimer: Content in this contains information about mental illness and mental health crisis, which some may find triggering. If you need support at any time, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 19, 2021

The Confession by Chelsea Pitti-Fernandez

(United States)


The love story of Officer Hodgepodge's attempt to get a confession from convicted felon, Warren Crime.



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 21, 2021

The Cut by Isabella Argent

(United Kingdom)


A girl recounts her memory of female genital mutilation at a young age and the effects it had on her.



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 21, 2021

The Little Red Headphones by Laura Lagová

(Slovakia)
NOMINEE

A reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale. In this retelling, the little girl in red turns into a satirical image mirroring modern society..



Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 21, 2021

The Moon's Not That Great by Mathieu Libman

(United States)
NOMINEE

An astronaut returns from her lunar mission to find that the public couldn't care less about the moon. The stories of the astronaut, a film director, and a bear intersect.



Age Category: 19-24

The Quiet by Radheya Jegatheva

(Australia)


An astronaut ponders on the quietude of space.



Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 23, 2021

The Widow's Mite by Mikayla Hotton

(Australia)



A poor widow donates the few coins she has for alms.



Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 24, 2021

To You on The Eve of Isolation by Óscar Ferreira

(Portugal)


A man who lives alone, with few resources to survive in a world of constant winter, meets a mystical creature which guides him on a path of self-reflection. He realizes that his actions have consequences.


Age Category: 18 and under

Screening Date February 26, 2021

Transparent Delusion by Haomin Peng

(United States/China)


An animated video poem that attempts to solidify the transient sensation of how the varied locations appear in our dreams could have connections with each other. 


Age Category: 19-24

Screening Date February 20, 2021

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