BLOCK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING FILMS:

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BASICS

SYNOPSIS: In the future, school has become free to play, pay to win. When Suzy agitates her father, he cancels her Supremium Membership. Losing her status, she is plunged into the slimy world of Base Users, where she will butt heads with unlikely friends and unexpected foes alike.

DIRECTOR: Spencer Smyth

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Spencer Smyth is a multi-mode story teller. After creating an action packed live action short film and spending a year developing an animated piece, Spencer knows what makes for a great final project is the ability to hone in on ideas that capture everyone’s imagination and to actively communicate with his team. Spencer holds a BFA in Animation and Digital Art from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Art. Before college Spencer spent his childhood filming sitcoms in his sisters doll house.

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FROM LIFE

SYNOPSIS: An amateur artist sketching in a churchyard has a series of encounters with a young woman, who we might come to believe is a ghost. In fact, the truth is stranger than that.

DIRECTOR: Uli Meyer

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Uli Meyer is recognized as one of the world’s leading animation directors, whose work ranges from the seminal ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ to ‘Space Jam’ and more recently, ‘King Arthur’, ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Uli has always loved analogue film and ‘From Life’ is his first all Live Action short.

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iRONY

SYNOPSIS: A film that explores the relationship between man and technology…told from the perspective of a phone.

DIRECTOR: Radheya Jegatheva

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Radheya Jegatheva is a young Perth based Australian filmmaker who was born in Johor, Malaysia in 1999 to parents of South Korean and Malaysian ancestry. He is a 2nd year Bachelor of Commerce and Arts student at Curtin University in Western Australia.

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MARIPOSAS

SYNOPSIS: Set in a universe of magical realism, a boastful father prattles on superficially about his daughter to another parent in the school pick up line, but is unable to perceive her when it matters most.

DIRECTOR: Adrian Carey

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Originally from Nashville, TN, Adrian has almost 9 years of post production experience in which he has worked as an editor, motion graphics designer, and producer for non-profits, musicians, and large corporations. He received a B.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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MORFRUSIS

SYNOPSIS: A delirious fable about Rena, an enslaved ordinary frog who becomes a liberator. Where once existed a lush and paradisiac forest, now agonizes a desolate landscape of enslaved frogs forced by other stronger, armed frogs to operate a huge industrial, tree swallowing mill. How could our tiny protagonist ever defeat this evil regime and its gluttonous, narcissist leader? Hint: magic fruits are involved…someday, somehow, somewhere…

DIRECTOR: Santiago​ ​Castaño

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Santiago​ ​Castaño​ ​grew​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Bogotá,​ ​Colombia.​ ​He​ ​moved​ ​to​ ​New​ ​York​ ​in​ ​2003​ ​after​ ​being awarded​ ​a​ ​grant​ ​for​ ​a​ ​masters​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​computer​ ​animation​ ​at​ ​The​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Visual​ ​Arts. This​ ​provided​ ​work​ ​opportunities​ ​that​ ​include​ ​creative​ ​direction,​ ​3d​ ​animation​ ​and storyboard​ ​design​ ​for​ ​clients​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Cannon,​ ​Sundance​ ​Channel,​ ​ESPN,​ ​Nicktoons,​ ​Lifetime, Versus,​ ​CBS,​ ​TV​ ​Land,​ ​Mercury​ ​Ford,​ ​Sprint,​ ​AT&T,​ ​MLB​ ​Networks,​ ​the​ ​video​ ​game​ ​God​ ​of War​ ​amongst​ ​others.​ ​In​ ​2013​ ​Santiago​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​a​ ​Graphic​ ​Designer​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​for​ ​the show​ ​package​ ​MLB​ ​Tonight.​ ​in​ ​2014​ ​he​ ​was​ ​nominated​ ​for​ ​a​ ​second​ ​Emmy​ ​for​ ​his​ ​MLB Network’s​ ​promo:​ ​Monuments​ ​were​ ​he​ ​was​ ​creative​ ​director.​ ​In​ ​2017​ ​Santiago​ ​founded Lenticular​ ​Pictures​ ​with​ ​the​ ​purpose​ ​of​ ​producing​ ​original​ ​animated​ ​content.​ ​He​ ​currently lives​ ​and​ ​works​ ​in​ ​New​ ​York​ ​City.

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PAPER BEAST

SYNOPSIS: A young boy escapes a miserable and violent existence into the wilds of his own imagination.

DIRECTOR: Daniel Klein

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Daniel Klein started making short films when he was 12 years old. He studied film and dramatic writing at Chapman University where he wrote the Student Academy Award winning short film, “It’s Just A Gun” (directed by Brian Robau).

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THE PUPPY TRIALS

SYNOPSIS: Written by 3rd grader Claire Hartman, “The Puppy Trials” is the story of an old abandoned German Shepherd teaching a group of puppies how to behave, so they can get adopted.

DIRECTOR: Thomas Nicol

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Thomas and Becky Nicol are a husband/wife filmmaking team who started producing animation together in 2010. They live in Champaign IL, where they also help to put on the annual Pens to Lens Student Screenwriting competition.

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TO BE FIONA

SYNOPSIS: Fiona received a surprise visit from the younger version of herself, the eight year old little Fiona who wanted to grow up and get rid of her childhood “problems.”

DIRECTOR: Fiona Lu

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

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WENDY

SYNOPSIS: It’s Halloween and Wendy doesn’t have anything to wear. She must rely on her own ingenuity and help from her imaginary friends to make a costume and join the other kids for Trick-Or-Treating.

DIRECTOR: Michael Oshins

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Monsieur Soeur is a small collective that makes odd animated films in an awful hurry since around 2009 and once stumbled into the Palais at Cannes totally unprepared.

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WINGMAN

SYNOPSIS: A couple constructs a massive cardboard plane for their nephew…but when they take it for a test flight, they find themselves fighting off an entire squadron of enemies! They’ll need more allies to win this battle.

DIRECTOR: Benoit McCullough

AWARDS WINS / NOMINATIONS:
 TBD

DIRECTOR’S / FILMMAKER’S BIO: Benoit is a Melbourne based Camera Department Nerd. He’s currently running around either Operating, Pulling some sharps, or loading some claps.

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