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September 8-11, 2022 Klaipėda
BLON Animation and Games Festival

New Wave animation

We rely too much on storytelling. We are stuck in the same old pattern of pumping oxytocin around the viewer's neural system. In the spirit of expanded cinema, we want animation to reach beyond itself and become another medium: data, architecture, matter. We want animation to be born without a human touch. We want to observe it as nature. Mindfully, without anxiety or judgment. With this programme, we invite you to be still. To experience the physical presence of animation. Will you dare to question its existence? Will you accept it as being more real than reality itself?

Empty Places #

8 min 30 s / 2020 / France

Completed before the global lockdown, Empty Places is an ode to the melancholy of machines.

Director and writer: Geoffroy de Crécy
Producer: Nicolas Schmerkin
Company: Autour de Minuit

Quarantine #

2 min / 2020 / Germany

While being in lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic we spent quite a lot of time discussing face masks and various protective apparel options, which eventually ended in designing our own protective gear and experimenting with it.

Directed, written and produced by Misha Shyukin and Hannes Hummel
Company: Shy Studio

Pile #

3 min / 2019 / UK

Water then food. Agriculture then industry. Old then new. Critical then extra. Simple to complex. Concrete to abstract. Dirt to clouds. Real to unreal.

Director and writer: Toby Auberg
Producer: Suzanne Buchan
Company: Royal College of Art

Apocalypse #

1 min / 2020 / Germany, Spain

This surreal and dreamlike time that is being lived has given way to a new order; it proposes new symbolic and futuristic solutions mixed with more conventional ones derived from protective overalls and sanitary clothing, according to the imperative need for self-protection of the humans to face the invisible enemy, COVID-19. The virus, the great unknown, manifests itself as a surprising and unknown imaginary entity, is reflected in garments generated with the Accidental Cutting experimental pattern cutting method.

Directed, written and produced by Eva Iszoro and Helmut Breineder
Fashion brand: Accidental Cutting

Blue Wave #

1 min 30 s / 2021 / France

The concept for this film was inspired by the recent feeling of seclusion caused by the covid pandemic.

The plot takes place inside a home, a living space meant to be safe and cozy. Instead, during the long lockdowns, we were constrained to, it became more and more oppressive while the mask became the symbol of these uncertain expectations that millions of people were experiencing.

Director: Keyvan Nourian
Producer: Ada Korvafaj
Company: Studio River

On Ambition, Courtship and Procreation #

9 min / 2019 / Denmark

On Ambition, Courtship and Procreation is a film about the cyclic nature of life, love, the universe, and everything. Simple colorful shapes in different constellations perform small tasks in long never-ending loops. Their repetitive and random choreographies express both humor and poetry. It is an abstract representation of the state of being that all living things either endure or enjoy.

Directed and Written by Pernille M.A. Kjær
Producer: Lana Tankosa Nikolic
Company: Late Love Production

Quality Time #

2 min 30 s / 2019 / USA

We all know artificial intelligence is the future, but what happens when you give it a smartphone and unlimited free WiFi?

Directed and written by John Robson

Eternal Installations #

5 min / 2020 / Sweden

This is a surreal journey through a series of dreamlike environments, where large-scale art installations are stretching the boundaries of physical laws. The perpetual motion is the essence of these meditative installations, which together with the surrounding nature and the majestic environments creates a beautiful and serene atmosphere.

Directed, written and produced by Andreas Wannerstedt

The Awesome Machinery of Nature: We are all connected #

7 min / 2021 / UK

“The Awesome Machinery Of Nature: We are all connected” is an abstract film, an experimental simulation and computational composition that celebrates the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things across many scales of time and space – from the interactions of sub-atomic particles and oscillations in the quantum fields that permeate space-time; to the formation of matter and stars; to the emergence and evolution of life from inanimate matter, and the cosmic webs that connect us all.

Directed, written and produced by Memo Akten
Company: MSA Visuals Ltd.

Average Happiness #

7 min / 2019 / Switzerland

During a PowerPoint presentation, statistical diagrams are breaking free from the strait-jacket of their coordinates. A trip into the sensual world of statistics begins. Pie charts are melting, arrow diagrams twisting, scatter plots, bar graphs and stock market curves join in a collective climax.

Directed and written by Maja Gehrig
Producer: Olivier Zobrist

The Beauty #

4 min / 2019 / Germany

What if plastic could be integrated into sea life? The Beauty is a poetic journey through the oceans, which are simultaneously stunning and filthy. Discover a world where concerns and fears dissolve into the mysterious depth of the polluted blue sea.

Director: Pascal Schelbli
Producer: Tina Vest, Aleksandra Todorovic
Company: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg GmbH

Matches #

7 min / 2021 / Japan

Study & Stop motion by Tomohiro Okazaki

Directed, written, produced: Tomohiro Okazaki
Company: Swimming

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