ASFF BAFTA Nominations 2020
Dir. Garth Jennings | France, 2018
Set inside a grand Parisian apartment, the film’s lead is embroiled in a petty stand off with a workman who is renovating the building. The battle gradually intensifies. Stoked by the hallucinations of her deceased father, Madame concocts a bloody trap for the workman, to be done with him once and for all.
Dir. Sasha Rainbow | UK, 2019
Kamali is the titular subject of the film – a young girl from a fishing village in southern India. The only female skateboarder in the village, Kamali strives to express herself against the backdrop of traditional values and stereotypes within the male-dominated world that surrounds her.
Supporting Kamali’s ambition to become a champion skateboarder is her mother, Sunganthi, who is determined to offer a taste of freedom that she could never have.
Originally from New Zealand, Director Sasha Rainbow is undoubtably a director to watch, telling intimate stories which are beautifully captured. In 2019, two of Rainbow’s projects were part of ASFF’s official selection; Kamali and Kofi & Lartey – the latter of which won the prestigious Best of Fest award.
Creepy Pasta Salad
Dir. Lauren Orme | UK, 2019
The film follows the muddled and mundane lives of three characters: a call centre employee who is anxious about her health; a ghost with low self esteem who is worried about paying his gas bill; and a lonely witch who awaits the coming of the end.
A quirky and funny animated short, this film was three years in the making. It included painstakingly painted scenes by numerous skilled animators.
Grandad Was a Romantic
Dir. Maryam Mohajer | UK, 2019
Maryam Mohajer is an Iranian filmmaker. With a background in painting, she discovered animation upon relocating to the UK in 2000.
Grandad was a Romantic is told through the eyes of a child – documenting her grandfather’s boundless love for her grandmother. The film chronicles their first interactions – falling in love, getting married and starting a family along a winding road.
Grandad was a Romantic is told delicately through bold painted animations, offering a childlike sense of intimacy and candid storytelling.
Maryam’s previous film – Red Dress. No Straps. – screened at ASFF 2017.
The Magic Boat
Dir. Naaman Azhari | UK, 2019
Naaman Azhari’s heartbreaking film The Magic Boat depicts the devastating migrant crisis first-hand through the eyes of a mother and her son who are fleeing a war-torn homeland.
This intimate insight examines the relationship between mother and child as they embark on a perilous journey on board one of the many boats that attempt dangerous ocean crossings. Like so many, they are underprepared, scared and desperate.
Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, The Magic Boat brings the harrowing plight of refugees to the screen through minimal and honest animation.
Naaman Azhari is an ASFF alumnus, having screened at ASFF in 2018 with The Sunshine Boy.