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Repeater
USA / Animation / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Ian Bradley

‘Repeater’ is the story of a world in which creatures speak in symbols and can turn those symbols into realities. A ruling class of Sayers forces Repeaters to only speak in squares, creating endless cubes with which the Sayers can build their towers. One Repeater, banished from their tower for creating a forbidden anomaly, wanders the wastelands and discovers a band of misfit rebels in the midst of a wild ceremonial ritual. Joining them, they discover the true potential of these forbidden forms to change their world.

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Saloon
USA / Animation / 16 minutes

Director/Writer: Jeffrey Wisniewski

Producer: Jeffrey Wisniewski

Cast: Kevin Dorman

In a dystopian universe populated with both harsh truths and contradictions, a grieving, directionless all-American cowboy maladaptively self-destructs, harming everything and everyone in his wake.

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Space Race
USA / Animation / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Shane Dioneda

Two competing Astronauts race to claim the moon for themselves.

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Spring Roll Dream
United Kingdom / Animation / 9 minutes

Director: Mai T P Vu

Writer: Chloe White

Producer: Thijme Grol

Cast: Binh Bai Bui, Elyse Dinh

When Linh's father visits her in America and insists on cooking a traditional Vietnamese meal for the family, the dinner takes on a life of its own, confronting Linh with her past and culture.

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The Chemical Factory
USA / Animation / 14 minutes

Director/Writer: Drew Leung

Producer: Drew Leung

Cast: Yee Chan

“The Chemical Factory” is a short animated documentary featuring a Chinese immigrant mother recounting her life growing up during the tumultuous 1950’s communist China to her American son during the COVID-19 pandemic. Faded memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution are brilliantly rendered using groundbreaking technology, while drawing striking connections to the spate of violence towards the Asian community in America.

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The Originals
USA / Animation / 10 minutes

Director: Cristina Maria Costantini, Alfie Kim Koetter

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The Truth Within
USA / Animation / 3 minutes

Director/Writer: Gaby Soto, Juan Camilo Rincon

Producer: Ringling College of Art + Design

Cast: Keith Miller, Maria Pendolino

In a Make-a-Bear Store, a hard-boiled teddy bear detective is alerted by his lover of a dead body that has been found. Upon arriving at the crime scene, he starts unveiling clues which set him on a path to discovering the truth: Danger lurks closer than he thinks.

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Vacant Spaces
USA / Animation / 5 minutes

Director/Writer: Joe Baughman

Producer: Andrew DeSelm

Joe finds himself trapped in a cave with a kappa, longing for the world above, in this stop-motion animated music video for "Vacant Spaces" by Joe Baughman + The Righteous Few.