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7 lbs 8 oz
USA / Animation / 7 minutes

Director/Writer: Yoo Lee

Producer: Xin Li, Evelyn Angelica Martinez

Cast: Frank Thon, Michelle Sohn, Robin Daniels

When a young mother moves into 8th street, Jersey City, NJ, she learns about the value of the community and how her own perception determines her own experiences.

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A Howling Dog
Netherlands / Comedy / 21 minutes

Director/Writer: Stijn van Gorkum

Producer: Kelsey Kriens, Stijn van Gorkum

In a life that has been put on hold, the isolated human being is observed in all his loneliness and ignorance. Just when it becomes clear that this situation can also bring about something beautiful, things take an unexpected turn which changes everything.

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Annah la Javanaise
Indonesia / Animation / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Fatimah Tobing Rony

Producer: Fatimah Tobing Rony

Cast: Rosana Nur Cikita, Oom Umiyati, Imam Wahyudi, Karen Strassman, Jean-Michel Richaud

In 1893, a 13-year-old girl came to work for French painter Paul Gauguin as his maid and model. They called her Annah la Javanaise. This is a reimagining of her story.

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Funny Animals: Honey Bear
Canada / Animation / 12 minutes

Director/Writer: James Nadler

Producer: James Nadler

Cast: Scott McCord, Aidan Devine, Collette Micks

Devout church-goers Helmuth and Hanna Buxbaum marry and build a multimillion-dollar chain of nursing homes. But after six kids, Helmuth no longer finds his honey bear attractive. He escapes to the sleazy taverns of London Ontario where he finds comfort in cocaine and prostitutes and hires seven amateur hitmen to take out Hanna. An animated true crime story played out by bears, flamingos, a ferret and lawyer ducks.

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Grizz
USA / Animation / 5 minutes

Director: Cameron Staley, Shivnil Lal

Writer: Cameron Staley, Brandon Berrera

Producer: Heath Grant

Cast: Avery Grant, Jennifer Grant

After a young boys father passes away, his gift to his son comforts and looks after him in his fathers absence.

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Marco & Polo Go Round
Canada / Animation / 14 minutes

Director: Benjamin Steiger Levine

Writer: Gregory Kaufman, Benjamin Steiger Levine

Producer: Audrey Pacart, Paul-E. Audet, Pierre Even, Alain-Gilles Viellevoye

Cast: Léane Labrèche-Dor, Emanuel Schwartz

On the morning of his birthday, Marco discovers the cake Polo has lovingly made and left for him on the kitchen table. He also notices that every object in the kitchen has been battened down with tape and twine as if to safeguard against an oncoming storm. What begins as a beautiful morning for the young couple takes a surreal turn when their world literally falls apart around them.

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Mezosoïque Alternatif
France / Animation / 5 minutes

Producer: Esma

In the Mesozoic area, Rex and his dinosaur friends are going to be disturbed in their peaceful life by a tribe of annoying humans. A meteor shower will crash on the Earth. But dinosaurs are strong and humans will beg them to protect them. Rex will accept and save the humans. Dinosaurs and humans will evolve and coexist through the ages: antiquity, the Middle Ages and contemporary times. Are dinosaurs going to cope with the annoying and invasive behavior of humans?

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Mr. Spam Gets a New Hat
United Kingdom / Animation / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: William Joyce

Producer: Shelley Smith

A man with a head full of dreams is beaten down by the foremen in the factory where he works. Then he meets the Woman in the Polka Dot dress who brings meaning, love, and dreams back to his life.

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Pinocchio
France / Animation / 6 minutes

Producer: Esma

PINOCCHIO, a young animated wooden child, wants to escape the creepy toy factory of his father, GEPETTO. But GEPETTO is a bossy, narcissistic pervert who dangerously tries to stop PINOCCHIO in his emancipation and locks him in his bedroom. In his run, PINOCCHIO breaks some machines in the factory and GEPETTO, in a burst of outrage, destroy PINOCCHIO in his wood shell. But PINOCCHIO comes back as real boy and escapes his father. The factory falls apart and PINOCCHIO leaves GEPETTO in the wreckage.