Animated Short Contenders Focus on Friends, Family and Community – The Hollywood Reporter

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A young Asian family moves to Jersey City and finds beauty in their newfound community.


An aspiring pilot takes a job as a baggage handler so he can be in close proximity to aircraft.


Clyde faces trauma after his fiancee and his handsome looks are taken away from him in a freak accident.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

The titular quartet of unlikely friends embark on a relatable journey to find home.

La Calesita

A cheerful merry-go-round operator finds joy in spreading cheer to his community.


A young boy keeps watch after a canary in a coal mine but complicates things when he teaches the bird to play dead.

The Cave

A boy yearns for attention from his stoic fisherman father in this stop-motion short.

Christopher at Sea

A young man goes on a trans­atlantic voyage aboard a cargo ship, where he confronts his repressed sexuality and longing.


The short relates a love story between two old cable cars about to be demolished.

Do Not Feed the Pigeons

Do Not Feed The Pigeons

Do Not Feed The Pigeons

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In a desolate bus station, a group of pigeons bring the place to life and generate peace and joy.

The Flying Sailor

A sailor is launched into the air after two ships crash into each other.

Ice Merchants

Ice Merchants

Ice Merchants

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A father and son living on a remote cliff parachute to a distant village every morning to sell ice, which they make every day.

Laika & Nemo

Nemo wears a diving suit and bulbous helmet everywhere he goes, and as such finds himself ostracized. Then he meets a real-life astronaut.

Love, Dad

After finding letters from her imprisoned father, a daughter makes a decision to write him back.

More Than I Want to Remember

A young refugee sets out on a quest to find her missing family.

New Moon

A mother and son in West Philadelphia imagine their lives and dreams while the moon shines down upon them.

The Originals

A tightly knit group of friends known as the Union Street Boys reflect on growing up together.


A fisherman, shipwrecked while searching for a mythical isle, meets a mysterious woman whom he suspects could be divine.




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A young ballet dancer struggles with her body image in the studio mirrors.

The Seine’s Tears

In October 1961, a cameraman takes to the streets to document Algerian workers protesting a mandatory police curfew.

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