Our annual Dark Toons short film program explores the more macabre side of animation. Hallucinations of a killer bowling ball and scatalogical set design are just some of the visions dreamt up by the filmmakers in this twisted block of short films. A morbidly funny metaphor for machine learning, a crush gone moldy, and an extremely unusual workplace recycling program fill out a program that showcases the technical heights of the form while leading you down a rabbit hole into disturbing new worlds.
Balázs Turai & Zsófi Herczeg | Hungary, Romania | 14
After losing his fiancée and his good looks in a freak accident, Clyde must confront his inner demon.
Nikita Diakur | Germany, France | 12
Park. Apartment. 6-core processor. My avatar learns a backflip.
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Aelfie Oudghiri | US | 14
A troubled teen girl spends her time trolling men online and bowling with hergrandfather while becoming increasingly medicated by her psychiatrist.
Maxfield Biggs | US | 2
A poem about a dog, her human, and the consequences of a nasty habit.
Jon Portman | US | 6
A group of bored roommates spy on a neighbor’s disturbing ritual.
Zhen Li | US | 7
A crush gone moldy...
João Gonzalez | Portugal, France, UK | 14
Every day, a father and his son jump with a parachutego to the village on the ground, far away, where theysell the ice they produce daily.
Ryo Hirano | Japan |
In a town of SouthEast Asia, at night, a Yakuza is facing a bloody conflict with local gangs.
Trinidad Plass Caussade & Titouan Tiller & Isaac Wenzek | France | 3
Andy, followed by a friend filming the scene, goes to his recycling appointment. Wanda, the secretary of the company, welcomes him. We follow Andy through the whole process, until his last seconds of life.
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