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Powerful Short Animation: 5 to Watch

Here are five animations from previous editions of the festival. They use a mixture of drawing and painting techniques to explore themes of love, loss and everything in between. Immerse yourself in these imaginary worlds and enjoy some of what Aesthetica has to offer.

Apart | Diana Cam Van Nguyen, 2020 

This is about life after the loss of a loved one. The film explores how one navigates the world when left with only the memory of someone. This difficult topic is dealt with using both live-action and animated film. Real experiences are combined with reconstructions.

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John and Iris | Oscar Lewis, 2013

A short illustrated animation inspired by an interview with an elderly couple – married for 61 years – John and Iris reminisce on the most poignant moments of their lives together.

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Double Portrait | Ian Bruce, 2018 

Double Portrait is a touching hand-painted animation which portrays the ill-fated relationship between Geraldine Peacock and Bob Gannicott. The film was created using frame by frame techniques.

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Life Cycles | Ross Hogg, 2016 

This black and white illustrated animation is an observational exploration of routine, monotony, attention and distraction. Will we continue to let events pass by us uncontested, or will we decide to break the cycle? Find out in this short.

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The Shipping Forecast | David Blanche, 2014 

A short animated drama which follows the lives of Tomas and Alis: a retired couple in a small, quiet British coastal town dealing with the harsh realities of dementia and growing old.

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Discover more short films from ASFF alumni directors on our film library.