Fantasia’s annual showcase of amazing animated short films from around the world returns with over a dozen dazzling offerings, marvelously multifarious in in tone, technique, and perspective. This year’s selections, five of which are world premieres, come from France, Japan, South Korea, USA, Taiwan, Spain, and right here in Canada. From inner journeys to outer-space travel, with the musical dimension a major consideration, CIRCO ANIMATO 2021 is guaranteed to mesmerize aficionados of fine animation. – Rupert Bottenberg
Something’s got everybody down these days.
Despite great hazards and even greater distances, an interplanetary traveller strives to fulfill his mission.
Anne-Lou Graoww, Song Hayoung Elaine, So Hi-jeong, Oh Sun-kyung, Satoe Yoshinari, Yoo Kaitlen Haeun
Six directors, from South Korea, France, and Japan, pass along their perspectives on eco-friendly actions.
Aya Yamasaki, Jason Brown
Tato and Bere bring offerings to a harvest deity, but things do not go smoothly.
Davide Di Saro
A phantasmagoric free-fall that will freak you out.
No matter what is left, time can change everything.
Choi Michelle Yun-jeong
The right recipe for animation innovation.
A young woman has second thoughts about the harsh but effective agricultural practices of her cat-man boyfriend.
Perils await a heavenly creature tasked with safeguarding the souls of the fallen.
The troubled transformation of a young ascetic, as told by the director of THE HOUSE RATTLER (Fantasia 2019).
An aching, exquisite voyage into the machinery of the mind.
A beautiful musical moment of adolescent angst.
A canine cosmonaut’s courageous efforts have kaleidoscopically colourful consequences on a planetary scale.