Official Selections

THE 3RD CRAFT INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2021 OFFICIAL SELECTION: COMPETITION & NON-COMPETITION

All indications are that the quarantine affected the authors of short animated films the least. Such a conclusion can be reached by looking at the number of films submitted to CRAFT this year (more than 1800 from 97 countries), as well as the quality of the productions. 46 movies in the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF STOP-MOTION & TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ANIMATION, 19 movies in the SOUTHEAST ASIA COMPETITION OF SHORT ANIMATIONS, 10 movies in the INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FOR KIDS COMPETITION and 7 movie in the PANORAMA OF THE SOUTHEAST ASIA SHORTS FOR KIDS. The 3rd CRAFT 2021 – like the animated roller coaster – will take our viewers on an unforgettable journey through a diversity of techniques, styles, emotions, and amazing artistic personalities in the contemporary animated world.


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 1

OF STOP-MOTION & TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ANIMATION

Program Duration: 68minutes | Suitable for Age 16+ 

A TASTY FISH 

Duration: 7’38”

Director & Production: Chihiro Tazuro

Japan, 2020 

A baby, the firstborn, comes into this world. Though her parents are human, the baby is a fish – and into the lake, she is thrown. But another baby is born… 

AMPHIBIA

Duration: 5’35”

Director & Production: Gabriela Orozco Peña

Mexico, 2020

After an encounter with loss and grief, a woman undergoes an extraordinary transformation that allows her to survive and face the new world that has been set up for her.

BLÜTE 

Duration: 4’24”

Director: Raito Low

Production: National Taiwan University Of Arts, Taiwan, 2020

“Blüte” explores the perspective of a woman as she experiences the first tinge of love as it colors her teenage heart for the first time. 

CLAUDETE AND THE CAKE

Duration: 4’37”

Director & Production: Fádhia Salomão, Brazil, 2020

She loves making cakes and does it with real passion, this is Claudete. Her cakes are appreciated by all and that pleases her, but when she is overwhelmed by excessive demand, Claudete will have to take action. 

CORN

Duration: 3’6”

Director & Production: Violeta Mora Acosta, Honduras, 2020

The world is in the middle of a global crisis, the fields are deforested, the rivers dry up and the lands belong to a few. The consequences are obvious, and searching for a solution can become exhausting. The call of nature offers an answer. 

DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK

Duration: 9’20”

Director: Georges Schwizgebel, 

Production: GDS Studio, Radio Television Suisse, Switzerland, 2020

The return of three Anglicized native people to their country, or the beginning of a meeting with the modern world that will destroy them.

DISTANCE

Duration: 3’17”

Director: Katarzyna Orłowska

Production: UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS POZNAN, Poland, 2021

Two people stare at the flashing lights outside the windows and think about overcoming the distance between each other. The stillness of an empty station and repetitive views from the train window only deepen their loneliness.

DOG’S FIELD 

Duration: 11’48”

Director: Michalina Musialik

Production: FUMI STUDIO, Film School in Lodz, Poland, 2020

Animals closed in a flat with a decomposing corpse of their owner try to survive. In this difficult situation, one of the dogs finds out that love for its owner is stronger than animal instinct.

ELEVATOR ALONE

Duration: 3’38”

Director: Anastasia Papadopoulou

Production: University of West Attica, Greece, 2021

Four people and the time they spend in an elevator. 

EPIRENOV

Duration: 15’

Director: Alejandro Ariel Martin

Production: Bloom Producción Audiovisual, Argentina, 2019

Epirenov is the last inhabitant on Earth. He monotonously walks around the empty desert in search of pieces necessary to build a partner. In one of his usual tours he discovers an artifact that will change his world.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 2

OF STOP-MOTION & TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ANIMATION

Program Duration: 70minutes | Suitable for Age 16+

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Duration: 5’45”

Director & Production: Corrie Francis Parks, United States, 2019 

A multitude of mini-universes collide in this tiny world built with money and sand. What you observe, and the meaning you derive from that observation depends on where you start your journey. Look closely, it’s all in the details…

HANDMADE

Duration: 6’9”

Director: Mina Cvetinović Pavkov 

Production: NFC Kino Klub Novi Sad, Serbia, 2020 

Hardly any customer, especially if they have a sweet tooth, can resist the lovely granny who sells the most beautiful leather garments in her charming little store. If only they would give themselves over to her crafty hands, and go behind the curtain…

HEART OF GOLD

Duration: 12’45”

Director: Simon Filliot 

Production: JPL Films, France, 2020

Who wouldn’t give their all for a child? A mother sees an opportunity to escape the hardships of a life of poverty by selling her organs to a sick, very rich, elderly neighbor. 

LETTING GO

Duration: 6’33” 

Director: Cécile Brun

Production: Virage Film, Switzerland, 2019 

“Lah gah” lets us dive into sunny childhood memories, when a girl is singing and cooking with her father. 

MORNING

3’33”

Director & Production: Vojtěch Domlátil, Czech Republic, 2019

Morning. Coffee. Breakfast. Shower. And then? Trip outside? Or a trip inside? Breathing meditation in the form of linear full animation.

MOTHER DIDN’T KNOW

Duration: 11’16”

Director: Anita Killi

Production: Trollfilm Studio, Norway, 2020

This is a poetic fable about a young depressed girl. Someone who wants to be invisible cares for her and is helped by sacrificing a Robin with a broken wing.

NOTUN FASAL (NEW HARVEST)

Duration: 2’27”

Directors: Sovan Dutta , Anindita Dutta , Sawanti Das

Production: Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, India, 2020

This is a film about harvesting crops based on a folk song of a rural village of Bengal in India, with beautiful visuals made with different rice grains, straw, etc.

PASSWORD TO THE * * * * *

Duration: 1’40”

Director & Production: Adél Szegedi, United Kingdom, 2021

The basis of returning to global nature is to get to know the nature within us – our own nature – and to look at the process of individual (personality) development as a component of a global phenomenon. 

POETIC OF CLAY

Duration: 6’12”

Director: Giuliana Danza

Production: Danza Studio, Brazil, 2019

The stop motion with clays of the Valley of Widows of Living Husbands, based on the work of ceramics made by women and with an original track composed of ceramic instruments, depicts the saga of a small creature who needs to survive the vicissitudes of life.

PRECIOUS

Duration: 14’

Director: Paul Mas, 

Production: ARTE FRANCE, France, 2020

Julie can’t fit into her school. The arrival of Emile, an autistic child, will change the game…

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 3

OF STOP-MOTION & TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ANIMATION

Program Duration: 68minutes | Suitable for Age 16+

RE-ANIMAL

Duration: 13’7”

Director: Rubén Garcerá

Production: Rugarso Animation, Spain, 2021 

A series of crimes is devastating the city and there is only one person who is capable of finding the culprit: Toni Clues.

REAL HUMAN BEING

Duration: 4’43”

Directors & Production: Anna Samo & Michaela Müller, United States, 2020

Walking through the city with a heavy heart.

RETURN

Duration: 11’28”

Director: Jonathan Delgado Herrera

Production: POLARIS, UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE LA PLATA, Argentina, 2020

A lonely man has worked most of his life in a supermarket. One night, after an unexpected reunion with his father, the distance that has existed between them is tested.

ROACH

Duration: 13’20”

Director: Agustín Touriño

Production: Facultad de Artes – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina, 2020

The remarkable story of the relationship between a man and … a cockroach.

ROUTINE: THE PROHIBITION

Duration: 8’15”

Director: Sam Orti

Production: Conflictivos Productions, HAMPA STUDIO, Spain, 2020

In a dark world, devastated by lies and dominated by fear, we continue with our self-destructive routines towards extinction.

SELECTION PROCESS

Duration: 3’30”

Director: Carla Pereira

Production: TV ON PRODUCCIONES, Spain, 2021

A cat goes to a job interview where his aptitudes are assessed by three mice. As the interview progresses, the situation starts getting more and more awkward for everyone involved.

SHAME

Duration: 2’

Director: Paz del Carre de la Portilla

Production: University for The Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham, Spain, 2020

An animated documentary about abuse in Spanish catholic schools from the 60s, based on my father’s experience.

STACHE AND THE INNER WALK

Duration: 3’30”

Director: Joanne Fisher

Production: QUICKDRAW Animation Society, Canada, 2020

Salvador Dali’s moustache rises in the crypt and journeys into the world of its subconscious.

SUBJECT

Duration: 8’55”

Directors & Production: Renen Adar & Neta Zaidel, Israel, 2020

Deep in the heart of wild mountains, a woman is conducting a research about the border between wild and human. The subject of the research is an odd creature – partly human, partly animal. Slowly, the borders between the two begin to blur.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 4

OF STOP-MOTION & TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ANIMATION

Program Duration: 65minutes | Suitable for Age 16+

TATATA

Duration: 4’26”

Director & Production: YiYangSun, China, 2020

Three personal pseudo-documentary animations based on the research, interviews and records of the three conditions of Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, Chondropathy, Marfan syndrome..

THE CHIMNEY SWIFT

Duration: 5’

Director: Frédéric Schuld

Production: FABIAN & FRED Studio, Germany, 2020

19th century in Europe. A child climbs up a chimney while a bird sails down into it to build a nest. An encounter with no way back.

THE ELEPHANT

Duration: 6’52”

Director: Dominika Wilkosz

Production: The Faculty of Art – Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland, 2019

The sightless main character, curious about a peculiar animal, decides to find one and get some personal experience.

THE FOX OF THE PALMGROVE

Duration: 8’56”

Director: Divakar Kuppan, 

Production: IDC School of Design – IIT BOMBAY, India, 2019

A random television visual triggers the memories of an old man…

THE GREAT MILESTONE

Duration: 12’55”

Director: Ignasi López Fàbregas

Production: BUENOSMAL, Spain, 2020

A well-off mountaineer’s hobby is reaching the summits of the highest mountains. He has one last goal to accomplish in order to complete this special collection…

THE ISLE OF TRASHES

Duration: 17’59”

Director & Production: Ji Won Choi, Republic of Korea, 2021

After 50 years of floating in the ocean, plastic waste formed a huge garbage patch. On Trash Island, various characters stumble across each other regardless of their will. The background of “The Isle of Trashes” is set in the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch(GPGP)” which is an environmental problem.

THE LANDING

Duration: 9’23”

Director:Kaisa Penttilä

Production: KAIHO REPUBLIC, Finland, 2021

A family holiday in a zoo is interrupted when an unknown species tries to enter the zone.

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION 5

OF STOP-MOTION & TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES IN ANIMATION

Program Duration: 71minutes | Suitable for Age 16+

WARNING: Some viewers might find images of the second film in this program disturbing 

THE DECEASED

Duration: 6’52”

Directors & Production: Avishai Simchovitch & Keren Or Zelingher, Israel, 2020

Haim, an elderly man is lying on his deathbed, as his family members gather to say goodbye, each in their own absurd way.

THE LITTLE SOUL

Duration: 9’12” 

Director: Barbara Rupik

Production: The Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland, 2019

A dead body became stuck by a river bank. Its decaying insides still hide a human soul – a miniature of the deceased. 

THE PECULIAR CRIME OF ODDBALL MR. JAY

Duration: 10’50”

Director: Bruno Caetano

Production: COLA – Colectivo Audiovisual, Portugal, 2019

In a city where Nature has been forbidden, a small crime by a simple man triggers a chain of unexpected consequences.

THE STATUE (PEYKAREH)

Duration: 9’9”

Director: Mohsen Salehi Fard

Production: Iranian Youth Cinema Society, Islamic Republic of  Iran, 2021

The sculptor engages with the mud of his sculpture and shapes it.

THE WINTER

Duration: 5’

Director: Xin Li

Production: XIN LI Animation & RMIT University, Australia, 2020

Walking in a snowy forest, a peasant sees an unusual deer and goes to follow it. 

TIE

Duration: 11’

Director:Alexandra Ramires ( Xá )

Production: Bando à Parte; Providences, Portugal, 2020

Under a gloomy sun, two characters with symmetrical handicaps look for adaptation.

TIO

Duration: 12’40”

Director: Juan Medina

Production: Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Mexico, 2021

On his first day of work as a miner, Martin, a cocky teenager, will learn the importance of rituals and respect for ancestors.

TOURIST TRAP

Duration: 2’14”

Director: Vera van Wolferen

Production: Family Affair Films, Netherland, 2020

Jeep is looking for the ultimate vacation spot; an idyllic island full of wilderness and beautiful tropical birds. Once arrived Jeep finds out that he is not the only adventurer.

TRANSMUTA

Duration: 2’1”

Directors: María Belén Tagliabue, Miriana Bazán

Production: Indias Films, Argentina 2019

The story of a woman who after suffering an unexpected loss must transform completely to survive.

UNRAVELED

Duration: 3’39”

Director: Arden Colley, Asil Atay, Kellie Fay, Isabel Wiegand

Production: BAU – Design College Of Barcelona, Spain, 2020

A young woman relives a pivotal moment that embodies her relationship with her mother.

SOUTHEAST ASIA COMPETITION 1 OF SORT ANIMATIONS

Program Duration: 47minutes | Suitable for Age 13+

AMBULANCE

Duration: 4’5”

Director: Ashariah Shofura Wijaya, Febryo Valentino

Production: Dynamotion, Indonesia, 2020

David Salahatul Lubis is an ambulance driver at AGD DKI Jakarta Health Agency. An animated documentary about everyday problems on the streets of Jakarta.

CITSALP

Duration: 1’47”

Director & Production: Jean A. Evangelista, Philippines, 2021

An animated film based on the negative effects of plastic in our world and the responsible consumption and production of plastic.

FIND YOUR WORDS

Duration: 1’45”

Director: Tecsun Yeep

Production: Robust Animation, Malaysia, 2020

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects your ability to read, spell, write, and speak.

FORGOTTEN DREAM

Duration: 4’9”

Director: Lee Jun Cong

Production: DASEIN Academy of Art, Midnight Oil Productions, Malaysia, 2020

Jean, a secretary was bored working at her office and decided to take a short rest. She took out her flute and started to play some music…

HATACHI

Duration: 6’19”

Director: Jason Tirtanegara

Production: Ikigai Pictures, Indonesia, 2020

Turning into 20 years old, Takeshi celebrated his birthday with his best friend, Wataru, who aspires to be Japan number 1 violinist. 

HIDE N’ RUN

Duration: 7’6”

Director: Excel Dermawan

Production: Universitas Multimedia Nusantara & Flow Motion, Indonesia, 2020

May 1998, A little girl named Ita has to run away from her father in a chasing game “police-thief”. 

IAMANNIKA

Duration: 5’

Director: Dan Verzosa

Production: Tuklaw Films, Philippines, 2020

Amidst the pandemic, Annika, a 10-year old student attending her online class, came across a school requirement pertaining to women. 

IRIDESCENT

Duration: 7’11”

Director: Chiara Jazmine D Parreñas

Production: Night Owl Studios, Philippines, 2021

Faith wakes up in limbo where she encounters a familiar voice and confronts memories she has long forgotten.

JU REN

Duration: 5’18”

Director: Henry Zhuang & Harry Zhuang

Production: Weaving Clouds Pte Ltd, Singapore, 2019

A seed planted. A school of fishes washes up to a barren land. While all the fish leaps into the sea, one digs deep into the land.

KRING!

Duration: 7’25”

Director: Hilmi Ismail

Production: Brainy Bones Studios, Malaysia, 2019

Suraya, a passionate elementary school teacher who faces a uniquely problematic student that has difficulties understanding her teachings in class. 

SOUTHEAST ASIA COMPETITION 2 OF SHORT ANIMATIONS

Program Duration: 43minutes | Suitable for Age 16+

KUA BO

Duration: 11’15”

Director: Qing Sheng Ang

Production: AQUEOUS FILMS, Singapore, 2019

In the Chinese dialect of Hokkien, “Kua Bo” stands for “cannot see”. Affected by cataract, 60-year-old Tat Chuan has problems with his vision which he refuses to admit or treat.

MASK DIARIES

Duration: 1’

Director: Quek Yu Qing

Production: School of Art, Design and Media – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2020

Mask Diaries is a playful take on the new normal in view of the pandemic today. 

RENDANG OF DEATH

Duration: 6’52”

Directors & Production: Percolate Galactic, Indonesia, 2020

In a quaint Padang restaurant, filled with many people enjoying their lunch break, two extremely platonic bros put their extremely platonic friendship to the test…

SCOOPED!

Duration: 4’11”

Director: Alan Dharmasaputra Wijaya

Production: JAP HD OFFICE, Indonesia, 2020

Nine eccentric robbers on a mysterious mission.

SERENADE ASMARADANA

Duration: 1’59”

Director: Wahyu Aji Sadewa 

Production: Indonesian Institute Of The Arts, Indonesia, 2020

The last meeting between Tjipto, a Javanese man with Lieke, an European woman that both of them loved one another but the fate was not on their side.

STARS AND RABBIT: MERRY ALONE

Duration: 5’4”

Director: Merry Wijaya

Production: AASKA Productions, Indonesia, 2021

Starboi wakes up to realize an unknown spherical entity disrupting the sun, causing a crisis in his motherland.

STRANGE OCCURRENCES: BUKIT BULABU

Duration: 6’19”

Directors: Wong Shi Teng, Yeo Jia Min Gloria, Hana Lee

Production: School of Art, Design and Media – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2020

A fictional ghost documentary. The story takes place in Singapore and involves a Singaporean influencer, a German Professor, and a Singaporean Auntie who is a “superstitions expert”.

THE LIFE

Duration: 3’

Director: Irvine Kamal

Production: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia, 2020

A metaphorical and poetic film about what life is.

UNEARTHLY

Duration: 6’3”

Director: Chan Guanhua

Production: School of Art, Design and Media – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 2020 

Two siblings discover a macaque and fox mask in a forest. When worn, the masks allow them to take on animal traits. Things take a darker turn when the masks begin working on them in unexpected ways.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FOR KIDS COMPETITION 1

Program Duration: 42minutes | Suitable for General Audience

CRACKS IN THE PAVEMENT

Duration: 8’51”

Director & Production: Nicolas Conte, Argentina, 2019

A beautiful and delicate flower grows amidst the asphalt jungle. A street rubbish bin seeks a way to protect her.

DINO!

Duration: 24’42”

Director & Production: Shin Hosokawa, Japan, 2020

Dino the crocodile and a boy are looking for the lost crown. And the tapir is also after the treasure.

EATEN

Duration: 7’20”

Director: Mohsen Rezapour

Production: DOCUMENTARY and EXPERIMENTAL FILM CENTER (DEFC) & JIBI STUDIO, Islamic Republic of Iran, 2019

In a world where everyone is eating each other, one of the creatures finds a way to survive…

FLORIAN

Duration: 3’47”

Directors: Keshav Abrol, Lucas Londono-Clayton, Pavel Loparev, Alicia Velasco

Production: BAU – Design College Of Barcelona, Spain, Spain, 2020

Every morning, a bearded man must complete a strange and difficult ritual to prepare himself for the day ahead.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS FOR KIDS COMPETITION 2

Program Duration: 37minutes | Suitable for General Audience

ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL 

Duration: 6’30”

Director: Tatiana Okruzhnova

Production: SOYUZMULTFILM ANIMATION STUDIO, Russian Federation, 2021

The musician is late for the Philharmonic. And there is no one else to leave his daughter with …

PATTERNS

Duration: 5’37”

Director: Tomoko Inaba

Production: TOMOKO INABA ART ANIMATION, Japan, 2020

“Win to change the pattern of the world !”

QUMA & THE BEASTS

Duration: 11’

Directors: Ivan Stur, Javier I. Luna Crook

Production: TAMANDUA ESTUDIO, Argentina, 2019

12000 years ago in South America, a boy named Quma aspired to become a hunter.

THIAGO

Duration: 4’4”

Director: Valentín Falconi

Production: WUF STUDIO, Peru, 2021

Thiago travels through a fantastic universe discovering characters, sounds and colors until…

WHITE NIGHT

Duration: 7’12”

Director: Issam Taachit

Production: Imedghassen Prod & Prozoom Studio, Algeria, 2020

A meeting of a girl and a snowman on Aures Mountains.

WICKED DESIRES

Duration: 4’35”

Director: Michele Assante

Production: Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli, Italy, 2020

Hidden at first glance, there is a cursed shop that only sells at high price what you desire most.

SOUTHEAST ASIA SHORTS FOR KIDS NON-COMPETITION PROGRAM

Program Duration: 43minutes | Suitable for General Audience

ATLAS BOY MINI ADVENTURES:

SERANGAN HANTU ABU-ABU

Duration: 16’42”

Directors: Merry Wijaya, Natassya Siregar 

Production: AASKA Productions, Indonesia, 2020

AHAHA is a beautiful, serene and harmonious island then suddenly something smoke-like heads towards AHA and turns the island gray. 

BIJI

Duration: 6’33”

Director: Kin Lek Chew

Production: Hide & Seeds Production, Malaysia, 2020

In a rainforest full of squarish plants and controlled by the Mother Tree, Biji – the circle seed wanted to express his own thru dancing.

DESA TIMUN

Duration: 4’8”

Director: Daud Nugraha

Production: Aniwayang, Indonesia, 2021

Three little mouse deers living happily in Cucumber Village. But one day…

LUKA

Duration: 4’37”

Director: Chan Kin Yao, Laras Khairina, Lee Yi Thung

Production: MMU Multimedia University & Hoola Animation, Malaysia, 2020

Luka, a little girl with a birthmark on her face trying to get out of her comfort zone with the help of her sister, Nana.

MAMAKE

Duration: 4’53”

Directors: Nandira Yuvi Deandra, Calita Hin

Production: Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Indonesia, 2020

A mother rabbit promises to eat pancakes with her son bear after school. 

SAVE OUR SOLES

Duration: 3’8”

Director: Loubani Yara Amjad Abdulsalam

Production: Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APIIT), Malaysia, 2020

Jimmy and Timmy are brothers with different personalities, Timmy challenges his brother who defeats him in everything to a final battle…

WITCH’S HUNT DAY

Duration: 3’7”

Director: Odilia Tanujaya

Production: Universitas Multimedia Nusantara, Indonesia, 2020

Fawn, a quirky and determined young witch in training struggles to catch a little monster to fulfill her school assignment