Submission Countdown: Animation

Stephen McNally blends CG 3D and 2D drawn animation for Meanwhile, a multi-narrative short film about a series of strangers aligned by fate. 

While an older, angry man peddles through busy streets, a teenage boy navigates through a sexual awakening, a woman lists groceries in her mind while dealing with tragedy, and a lonely gentleman reflects on a life that wasn’t as he first remembered it was. 

Through this unique hybrid of animation and a vibrant, sharply contrasting palette, McNally ensures that no frame goes unwasted in this short film, allowing time for narrative and character development that only compliments the other aspects of the story.

McNally is an award-winning Irish director working in animation with a distinct identity embedded in his work. His commercial projects have included collaborations with the BBC, HSBC, and YouTube, and he has won countless awards for both his branded and personal projects and received a UK Music Video Award nomination for his animated vision of Elton John’s Rocket Man

Mastermind was featured in the animation programme of Aesthetica Short Film Festival in 2015, at the brink of McNally’s continuing success. The strand is a longstanding celebration of creativity across a range of visual mediums and largely appeals to audiences young and small. Over its ten-year lifetime, ASFF has welcomed animated work from across the world that varies from the whimsical to the weighty, spun from the minds of artists who invariably go on to wide critical acclaim. 

Submissions are now open for the 10th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

BAFTA-qualifying ASFF 2020 takes place from 4 – 8 November with an unrivalled programme of short films and immersive media showcases, networking opportunities, career development initiatives and interactive talks, Q&As and workshops. Submit your work here.

Watch Meanwhile by Stephen McNally here.