SF IndieFest Shorts 2: TRUE COLORS

First show: February 01

Despite being one of the oldest forms of the moving image, there is no shortage of innovation when it comes to animation. This program features the best of new animation from around the world.


Vast plains, colorful sceneries, a red dog, that seems to reach into the sky. This is how Tom experiences summer in Blieschow, his grandfather’s farm. He feels overwhelmed by the exuberance of nature and finds himself in a constant competition with his cousin, who is seemingly better at everything. Envy starts to grow in little Tom. Doing everything to be recognized and loved Tom soon reaches his limits.

illustration of a lost person being hunched down in fear.

Directed by Christoph Sarow, GERMANY. 9 mins.


After a young girl’s father is murdered by an evil centaur, she comes to realize that extracting revenge can often take one’s whole life.

illustration of a person staring at a dead man and a dead horse with blood spilling from their bodies.

Directed by David Chai, USA. 7 mins.


True love … everything you don’t have to say and to do to woman to make her fall in love. Set in a romatic Amsterdam.

illustration of a scene with 3D artwork

Directed by Stefano Bertelli, ITALY. 2 mins.


On a remote island in the future, people are training for an important mission. Take a look at the mechanics of this training facility and the creatures within.

illustration of parrots with little people controlling them.

Directed by Louis Morton, DENMARK. 4 mins.


Music video for Juana Molina. Made with acrylics, pastels and pencils on paper.

illustration with colors and scribbles using red, purple, pink, and white markings.

Directed by Dante Zaballa, ARGENTINA. 2 mins.


Motion creation, energy transmission, matter and motion. Audiovisual collaboration between composer Lux Prima, director Max Hattler, and a group of animators from the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong.

Illustration of a white square and a line in shades of purple.

Directed by Max Hattler, GERMANY. 2 mins.


This project examines mental issues such as panic and anxiety in our daily life. These situations may arise over and over again but will also pass, since life is a strange loop, everything will always on the move.The work attempts to unfold the serious and common mental symptoms through visual methods in a poetic way. Feelings of uneasiness are intangible, personal, and obstinate, but in this project, the healing power of poetic thinking could be a new way of learning.

very lovely illustration of a beach using pink, periwinkle, yellow, and light blue (for mountains).

Directed by Zi Ye, UNITED KINGDOM. 2 mins.


Finding herself in a state of limbo, an Indian woman revisits her immigration journey and voyages through a tempestuous emotional landscape of memory, identity, belonging and the illusion of the American Dream.

illustration of a woman running through her trauma

Directed by Asavari Kumar, INDIA. 5 mins.


After the premiere in Locarno in 2018, SELFIES has been invited to over 110 international film festivals and won already sixteen awards.SELFIES is now selected for the following festivals: 27th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, “My Generation Competition,” Vila do Conde, Portugal; Anima Mundi, 27th International Animation Festival of Brazil, Short films Competition; OFF – Odense International Film Festival. Main, Animation and Youth Competition, Denmark; Guanajuato Int. Film Festival, Short Animation Competition, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato Capital, Mexico.

illustration of a boy sitting on the toilet taking pictures of himself

Directed by Claudius Gentinetta, SWITZERLAND. 4 mins.


Late night, August 17, 1945.As the Soviet forces began to land on Shumshu Island in preparation to release the Kuril Islands, the Japanese soldiers who received news of the end of hostilities were having a party and celebrating at their camp, thinking “This means we can go home to the mainland!”…

illustration of men running with brown suits and weapons.

Directed by Ryo Okawara, JAPAN. 12 mins.


Sophie longs to be reborn while seeking to know her double. A party in the hills of Los Angeles offers a corporeal shift to her existence.

illustration of a car driving alongside a mountain looking over the city below.

Directed by Anna Cangellaris, USA. 5 mins.


“This piece is an animated documentary exploring how my mother’s abusive relationship with my father shaped my own experiences in a boarding school as a child in China. The societal pressures on my mother to hide her abuse and her desire to protect me ultimately created a situation where I was subjected to the same societal pressures. Our shared desires for intimacy, safety, and normalcy have been constantly at odds with the realities that surround us. Through a conversation as adults, my mother and I learn to understand each other and support one another.” – Danski Tang

illustration of 4 women around a pink object, UMBILICAL POSTER

Directed by Danski Tang, USA. 7 mins.


A lonely toad rides his bike around the desert, looking for something…

illustration of a frog or frog like creature riding a bicycle with a frown on his face.

Directed by Lorenzo Fresta, USA. 7 mins.


The Keyboard Warrior seeks to use the power imbued in his ‘weapon’ to effect death and destruction upon his foes. In essence, the keyboard allows the keyboard warrior to manifest his true warrior nature in a safe and removed environment, from which no real-life repercussions.

illustration of two people on keyboards with angry faces.

Directed by Lam Can-zhao, CHINA. 2 mins.


Every egg is born into the world carrying untold potential—each could hatch into something with a bright and promising future.

illustration of an egg yolk with a face

Directed by Renee Y Liang, CANADA. 3 mins.


One day, upon seeing her dead goldfish, a girl sees herself – a person who was unable to fulfill her dream of being a swimmer and ended up living a dry and dead life every day – in the goldfish that died inside a small fishbowl without ever being able get out to the wide ocean.

illustration of a person sitting and watching sharks swim by

Directed by Kim Songi, SOUTH KOREA. 4 mins.


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