Cootie Contagion

Cootie Contagion

Kid’s Saturday Morning Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Cootie Contagion

Directed by Josh Smooha

Short Narrative
USA | 7 minutes | 2012


Warning: Code Red! Cootie Outbreak! The disease is spreading and Matt’s at risk because he likes Becca, his infected science partner. Cootieologist Connor has warned Matt and will quarantine him if necessary. Becca’s birthday party is off limits… Or we’re all doomed!



Cootie Contagion - Josh SnoohaJosh Smooha
Director/Writer

Josh grew up in the small town of Palm Coast, Florida.  His interest in movies sparked after seeing Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and continued to grow. Besides filmmaking, Josh in heavily into reggae and ska music. He has been playing the saxophone for ten years and played in his high school’s marching and jazz bands.  Josh recently recently earned a BFA degree from Florida State University’s film school. Now he plans to pursue a career in directing and producing and eventually start his own production company focusing on comedic films.

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Film Information


Director: Josh Smooha
Country: USA
Year: 2012
Language: English
Runtime: 7 minutes

Credits


Producers: Zachary Johnson
Cinematographer/DP:   Nick Reinhard
Original Music: Greg de Iulio and Daniel Hildreth  
Editor:
   Aaron Pagniano
Visual Effects:
   Marco Barreto and Adam Greenstein 

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Perfect Houseguest

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Perfect Houseguest

Directed by Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata

Short Narrative
USA | 2 minutes | 2015


A house is visited by a clean, organized and well-mannered guest.

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Perfect Houseguest - Ru Kuwahata

Ru Kuwahata
Director, Producer, Writer

Perfect Houseguest - Max Porter

Max Porter
Director/Writer/Producer

Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata are award-winning animation directors. Specializing in mixed-media narratives, they are particularly interested in marrying analog and digital animation techniques, often combining handcrafted art, CG animation, drawn animation, stop-motion, and photographic effects. Since 2003, their films have screened in over 250 film festivals worldwide, including Sundance Film Festival and Annecy Animation Festival, and have received 25 international awards.

In addition, their personal and commissioned works have been profiled in various publications including IdN, Stash, Computer Arts, Animation Magazine, and MotionGrapher.com. They were profiled in Variety‘s “Up Next” spotlight in 2011.

Max has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a full-time faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art. Ru earned a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and is a thesis advisor for an MFA candidate at the School of Visual Arts. They finished a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Animated Film and released their film, Between Times, inspired by their time there.

Film Information


Director: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 2 minutes

Credits


Director / Animator / Writer / Designer / Compositor / Editor: Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata
Music Composer / Sound Designer:
Bram Meindersma
Musicians:
Simone Aarnink, David Beukers & Tymen Bergman
CG Rigger:
Brian Horgan & Will Walker
Funding:
Marcella Brenner Grant

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Tiny Power

Tiny Power

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Tiny Power

Directed by Chen Chang

Short Narrative
USA | 2 minutes | 2015


Tiny Power tells the story of five microorganisms save a fruit fly’s life.



Tiny Power - Chen ChangChen Chang
Director

Chen Chang is a 2D and 3D animator. She was born in 1991 in Shandong, China. She received her BFA in Animation from Sichuan University in June 2013. During her time as an undergraduate, she won both the National Scholarship award from her homeland and the Excellent Graduate award from Sichuan University. She currently completes her MFA in Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, New York. On an artistic and personal level, she wants her work to bring laughter and warmth to people.

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Film Information


Director: Chen Chang
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 2 minutes

Credits


Music: Nancy Li
Sound Design:  León Bertone

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Rosso Papavero

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Rosso Papavero

Directed by Martin Smatana

Short Narrative
Slovakia| 5 minutes | 2015


Once upon a starry night, a small boy with the head full of fantasies witnesses dreamlike circus performances.
Dazed by endless chain of glittering attractions he realizes that the price for a ticket to the fantastic circus tent is too high and gate between reality and dream is closing.



Rosso Papavero - Martin SmatanaMartin Smatana
Director/Producer

Martin was born in 1991 in Zilina, Slovakia. Since 2011, he has been studying Animation at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2012, he was on a working residence in NUKUFILM STUDIO in Tallinn, Estonia. Since 2013, he has been working as a lecturer of animation at a Private Art School LADON in Bratislava. In September 2014 he finished his debut short puppet film Rosso Papavero.

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Film Information


Director: Martin Smatana
Country: Slovakia
Year: 2015
Runtime: 5 minutes

Credits


Producers: Martin Smatana  and Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava
Writer: Ivana Sujova
Sound:   Adam Kuchta
Post-Production: 
David Stumpf
Grading: Michal Sabik
Theme: Alzbeta Remencova

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We Cant Live Without Cosmos

We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


We Can’t Live Without Cosmos

Directed by Konstantin Bronzit

Short Narrative
Russia  | 15 minutes | 2014


Two cosmonauts, two friends, try to do their best in their everyday training life to make their common dream a reality. But this story is not only about the dream.



We Cant Live Without Cosmos - Konstantin BronzitKonstantin Bronzit
Director, Producer, Writer

KONSTANTIN BRONZIT (St. Petesburg, RUSSIA, 04/12/1965) In 1983 graduated from Art school. In 1992 graduated from High institute of Art and Design. In 1994 graduated from High Courses of directors in Moscow. During his career made about ten short films and won for them about 150 different awards. In 2001 was nominated for French Film Academy Award “Cezar” (for “At the Ends of the Earth”) and in 2009 was nominated for Oscar (for “Lavatory – Lovestory”). Member of French Film Academy and Academy of Motion Pictures.

We Cant Live Without Cosmos

Film Information


Director: Konstantin Bronzit
Country: Russia
Year: 2014
Runtime: 15 minutes

Credits


Script: Konstantin Bronzit
Design: Roman Sokolov
Animation: Vera Shiganova, Katya Ryabkova
Music: Valentin Vassenkov
Sound: Vladimir Golounin
Producers: Alexander Boyarsky, Sergey Selyanov

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Olilo

Olilo

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Olilo

Directed by Ao Li

Short Narrative
USA | 6 minutes | 2015


Olilo is a 2D animation that tells the story of an introverted girl held captive by her own semi-transparent personal space. Created through a combination of traditional frame-by-frame and digital drawing as well as key frame animation, the film focuses on love and its capacity to transform all things.



Olilo Ao LiAo Li
Director/Writer

Ao Li is a concept and storyboard designer from China, based in New York. She received her BFA degree in computer animation from Beijing Film Academy, and she obtained her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Computer Art, concentrating in motion graphics and 3-D animation. She has worked as a freelance illustrator, concept designer and animator on numerous projects. One of her collaborative animation shorts won the Sir Richard Taylor Award (Best Technique Application). She is a pictureholic and loves to collect and categorize beautiful things

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Film Information


Director: Ao Li
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 6 minutes

Credits


Writer: Ao Li
Composer:  Nancy Li

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The Red Thunder

The Red Thunder

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


The Red Thunder

Directed by Alvaro Ron

Short Narrative
USA – Spain | 6 minutes | 2015


Sarah (Allie Grant, “Weeds”), a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with Danny (Miles Heizer “Parenthood”), the boy she is in love with. Her mom, Dr. Thun (Karen Strassman, “Silicon Valley”), an absent minded Podiatrist is concerned about Sarah driving by the dangerous streets of downtown Los Angeles.

She tells her daughter she may need her car if one of her patients has an emergency, but Sarah doesn’t buy it. After all Dr. Thun is just a Podiatrist… Sarah receives a message from Danny asking if she is going to pick him up and she decides to disobey her mom and steal the car. Little does she know the vehicle is actually part of a secret Dr. Thun keeps and this discovery will change Sarah’s life forever…



The Red Thunder - Alvaro RonAlvaro Ron
Director, Producer, Writer

Alvaro Ron has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning short films around the world including “THE RED THUNDER” (Finalist at the 26th Producers Guild of America Awards) “To Kill or Not to Kill” (official selection PBS Independent Film Festival), and “Behind the Curtain” starring Emmy Award-winner Peter MacNicol. He has executive produced and directed critically acclaimed TV shows including the Spanish version of “Life on Mars”. He also developed “The Protected” for ABC Family.

Ron’s producer credits include feature films like “Mia Sarah” (directed by Gustavo Ron), “Americano” (directed by Kevin Noland; Starring Josh Jackson and Dennis Hopper) and “Green Zone” (directed by Paul Greengrass; Starring Matt Damon, Amy Ryan and Greg Kinnear). Alvaro Ron is a graduate of UCLA and The Los Angeles Film School. He is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Film Independent (FIND) and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP).

The Red Thunder

Film Information


Director: Alvaro Ron
Country: USA – Spain
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 6 min

Credits


Producer: Alvaro Ron
Executive Producers: Greg Haggart, Rosana Tomas
Writers:
Alvaro Ron, Rafael Alvarez and Clara Viola
Story:
Alvaro Ron & Valentina Pozzoli
Cinematographer/DP:
Patrick Rousseau
Editor: 
Vicente Perez

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Catwalk

Catwalk

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Catwalk

Directed by Ninja Thyberg

Short Narrative
Sweden | 11 minutes| 2015


Nine-year old Ella realizes the importance of fashion, and starts revolting against her childhood.



Catwalk - Ninja ThybergNinja Thyberg
Director

Ninja Thyberg studying film directing line at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts  and has previously gone Fridhem Folk High School’s two-year film education (2009-2011), and read a screenplay education BrobyGrafiska.

Ninja Thybergs films revolve around themes such as body, power, sexuality, and group dynamics. She was a production manager for a graduation film at the Film School and has worked in Film in Skåne and Film in the West’s talent bet F-offs. She has also worked with the production company Creative Way and made ​​a radio drama version of his short film Afro. 

In 2012 she won the newly instituted prize in the New Talent Award, which consists of a total of 300 000 in production support, at Pixel-festival in Lund.  At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival was Thybergs short film Pleasure is the only Swedish film to be shown at the festival. The film, which is about a porn movie, appeared in the critically week’s short film section and won the Canal + Award at the festival.

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Film Information


Director: Ninja Thyberg
Country: Sweden
Year: 2015
Language: Swedish
Runtime: 11 minutes

Credits


Producers:  Eliza Jones and Johanna Lind
Director of Photography:   Kristoffer Jonsson
Production Design:
Jenny Akerstrom
Editor: Anton Hemgren
Sound:  Philip Eriksson
Original Music/Composer:   Linus Andersson
Costume: Freja Berglund
Key Cast: Freddie Mosten-Jacob and Sara Askelof

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Switch Man

Switch Man

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Switch Man

Directed by Hsun-Chun Chuang and Shao-Kuei Tong

Short Narrative
Taiwan | 4 minutes | 2015


In a normal quiet Sunday, Dr. Evil Mantis attacted K-City unexpectedly with his gigantic claw, the entire city in panic and in danger. At the very critical moment, one young man stood out and fight the Dr. Evil Mantis. This is the moment for the hidden superhero, and his secret power is about to turn this chaos upside down. The Legend is about to begin…

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Switch Man - Hsun-Chun ChuangHsun-Chun Chuang
Director, Producer, Writer

The first personal original animation piece: The Magical Eyeball, wined several animation awards in 11 countries during 2009-2010.

Switch Man - Shao-Kuei TongShao-Kuei Tong
Director

Film Information


Directors: Hsun-Chun Chuang  and Shao-Kuei Tong
Country:  Taiwan
Year: 2015
Language: English
Runtime: 4 min

Credits


Producer, Writer, and Animation: Hsun-Chun Chuang
Original: Ming-Hsun Yu
Key Cast:  Hsun-Chun Chuang  and Shao-Kuei Tong

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the present

The Present

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


The Present

Directed by Jacob Frey

Short Narrative
Germany | 4 minutes | 2014


The short tells the story of a boy who rather spends his time indoors playing video games instead of discovering whats waiting in front of the door. One day his Mum decides to get a little surprise for his son, which makes it hard for him to concentrate on his video game.



the present - Jacob FrayJacob Frey
Director, Producer, Writer

Jacob Frey graduated from the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Animation in 2014. During his studies he decided early on to specialize in character animation and directing and helped animating on several projects at the Filmakademie. In addition he directed four shorts himelf, inter alia “BOB” which was running worldwide on over 250 festivals.

In 2011 Jacob took one year of from university, to gain international experience and worked for Psyop in Los Angeles as an animator. Coming back to Germany he started working on his final thesis script and animated on the Oscar nominated short “Room on the Broom” at Studio Soi.  After that he fully concentrated on creating his final project “The Present” at the Filmakademie, which he finished in early 2014.

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Film Information


Director: Jacob Frey
Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 4 min 20 sec

Credits


Producers: Anna Matacz and Jacob Frey
Writers: Fabio Coala and Jacob Frey
Voice Cast: Samantha Brown and Quinn Nealy

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Dame Mit Hund

Walk the Dog

Kid’s Saturday Morning Indie Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Dame Mit Hund

Directed Sonja Rohleder

Short Narrative
Germany | 3 minutes | 2014


A woman walks her dog in the park, where she meets a man she would have liked to avoid.



Dame Mit Hund - Sonja RohlederSonja Rohleder
Director, Producer, Writer

Sonja  has been giving lectures at the University of Film and Television Potsdam-Babelsberg since 2012, is a co-founder of the Talking Animals Animation Studio.  As well, as has studied Animation at the University of Film and Television Potsdam-Babelsberg and is started as a freelance illustrator

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Film Information


Director: Sonja Rohleder
Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Language: N/A
Runtime: 3 min

Credits


Animation: Sonja Rohleder  and Veronica Solomon
Sound: Michal Krajczok  

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Dancing with Gene Kelly

Dancing with Gene Kelly

Kid’s Saturday Morning Short Slot


Sat Feb 20, 2016 – 12 pm | Bushel & Peck’s
Sat Feb 27, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Domenico’s


Dancing with Gene Kelly

Directed by Katharine Rogers

Short Narrative
Australia | 5 min | 2015


It’s 1982 and six year old Eliza has a marvellous dream, that one day, she will dance with legendary film star Gene Kelly.



Dancing with Gene Kelly - Katharine Rogers

Katharine Rogers
Director, Producer, Writer

Katharine is an award winning writer/director with ten years filmmaking experience working across genres in comedy, drama and documentary. Katharine loves working with actors and is known for her ability to elicit truthful and compelling performances. Her works have screened at festivals in Australia, the UK, US and Canada. Her short film Silence is Golden won Best Comedy at Canada International Film Festival (2014) and played at numerous international film festivals, including BAFTA accredited Aesthetica in York. In 2015 Silence is Golden received a theatrical release at 26 Spotlight cinema venues across America, with an estimated of 500,000.

Dancing with Gene Kelly

Film Information


Director/Writer:  Katharine Rogers
Country:  Australia
Year: 2015
Language: English 
Runtime: 5 min

Credits


Producers: Amanda Asquith
DOP: Eddy Gill
Editor: Ceinwen Berry
Key Cast:  Clementine Bell, Ruth Bell, Naomi Livingstone, James Stevenson


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