Films in Competition 8: Animation

  • Reiter
  • Limits
  • Passante
  • Of Wood
  • morning
  • All the Cats
  • Moon Rises During the Day
  • Ganbatene

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Main Theater - Michigan Theater Fri, Mar 24, 2023 9:30 PM



U-M Penny Stamps School of Art & Design



ASIFA/Central (Midwest USA chapter)



Gina Kamentsky

You're Not Listening (Iive cinema performance, in person only)

Jeremy Rourke

San Francisco, CA | 2020 | 20 | Expanded Cinema, Animation, Digital Video

This live cinema performance recounts a journey to filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s 16mm archive.  While digging into the illuminated content, we can hear heartfelt musings on its serendipitous strength and repurposed relevancy. The ponderous stacks of cans and reels teeter as we breathe the underground aura of lyrical titles. Guitar in hand, as this song is spliced together, Jeremy sings.

Der Blaue Reiter 

Marcin Gizycki

Warsaw, Poland | 2021 | 6 | Digital File

An animated essay on the color blue in 20th century art inspired by, among others, Eadweard Muybridge, Wassily Kandinsky, and Kazimir Malevich.


Simon de Diesbach

Fribourg, Switzerland | 2022 | 8 | DCP

North American Premiere

In a forest he digitized, Simon runs. Within an autobiographical narrative where the images were entirely captured in the forest of Chaney in Switzerland, running embodies the intimate link between the protagonist and the forest, a forest that has witnessed a multitude of personal events and that is now being destroyed by a gravel pit. Immersed in a fragmented world, Simon questions the reasons that pushed him to 3D scan his forest. He questions his relationship with the living world, with the limits of matter, and with the limits of digital representations of nature.

La Passante 

Hannah Letaif

Belgium | 2022 | 18 | DCP

The Passenger is locked up and will free herself. And following in the footsteps of a being that opposes her, she will set out to discover the unbelievable forces that will shape her.

Of Wood 

Owen Klatte

Milwaukee, WI | 2022 | 7 | DCP

Of Wood is a unique experimental stop motion film created by progressively carving images in a large round of wood, enhanced with wooden objects coming out of the wood. It examines the role of wood in daily life through the ages and comments on the impact of consumerism on our lives.


Sylvie Denet

Aubervilliers, France | 2022 | 8 | DCP
Morning, one morning, this morning. Memories, dreams, expectations are mixed together. Everything is possible.

All the Blue Cats Look Like the Same Color 

Wenzhe Xu

London, UK | 2021 | 6 | Digital File

How does language influence our perception of the world? Internet slang is gradually replacing what we actually wanted to say. The film portrays an ongoing funeral to memorize the concept of losing vocabulary and our own voice.

The Moon Rises During the Day (Sound Sculpture)

Na Li

London, UK | 2022 | 4 | Digital File

The 2D abstract hand-drawn animation comes from Na Li’s improvisational drawings inspired by a piece of music. She visualized the sound through automatic drawing, creating the film in a semiconscious state. Na drew symbols to represent the sounds and instruments she heard, using abstract drawings to translate a poem.


Yi-Yu Tsai

Taipei, Taiwan | 2021 | 6 | Digital File

To the dearest all who always gets messed up in life, no matter by your own self or by others. Whisper to your heart, even at the most desperate moment, GANBATE (Keep going on)!