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Thursday 8 April, 2021

Last week was all about the art of animated documentaries, as we warmed up for our workshop with Uri Kranot with this list of fascinating feature length animated docs

The history, development and artistic breadth of the genre continues to amaze us and, as is often the case, you can find some of the most experimental and creative examples in short form filmmaking. 

So this week we're excited to celebrate the form with a list of animated doc shorts you can watch online.

And, if you feel inspired to enter our short doc competition and experiment with animation yourself, head over here to find out more about how to enter and what prizes are up for grabs.

How long, not long / michelle and uri kranot / 2016 / 5 Mins
We start with the beautfiully animated How Long, Not Long - a film directed by Michelle and Uri Kranot, the co-directors of ANIDOX, a programme which supports the development and production of animated documentaries.

If you missed our Introduction to Animated Documentaries workshop, presented by Uri Kranot, you can find out more about their projects and the ANIDOXLab, which supports filmmakers through all stages of their animated docs. 

1000 Voices / Tim Travers Hawkins / 2010 / 8 mins
"Executed beautifully... a tremendously affecting animated documentary... both amazingly thought provoking and stylishly done." - Little White Lies Magazine

In this award-winning film, director Tim Travers Hawkins gained acces to the highly guarded Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres and provides insights into the psychological trauma caused by by the UK Goverment's policy of "Indefinite Detention".

He recorded the detainees' voices on mobile phones and worked with a team of animators to create the scenes forming a dark and powerful film. 

Gan-Gan / Gemma Green-Hope / UK / 3 MinS
Gemma's Green-Hope's grandmother's life, and house, were full of little treasures, which seemed to come from a different world and era. Hundreds of books, a medusa's head, Peter the Great's ivory letter opener, the caul of her mother tied up in blue ribbon, a tile stolen from the Alhambra, a silk blouse embroidered by nuns, deadly poison, beautiful Pre-Raphaelite artworks, a knife carved from the wood of HMS Victory, Granny Green's pince-nez, and diaries full of stories from a hard life well-lived.

To make sense of of her grandmother's passing and the belongings left behind, Gemma created a short documentary using animation, her own treasued memories and photographs. 

Devil in the Room / Carla MacKinnon / 8 Mins
Carola Mackinnon explores the uncomfortable, uncanny phenomenon of sleep paralysis in this docu-horror animation. Stop-motion, voice-over testimonials and a distinctly macabre, experimental approach set up an intriguing tension between sensation and rationalisation. Don't watch late at night.  


Isabella / Ross HOgg & Duncan Cowles / 2015 / 10 Mins
Doc director Duncan Cowles and animator Ross Hogg take an experimental approach to capturing Hogg's ninety-two year old grandmother, Isabella. As her memory fades, she struggles to remember scenes of her life. The film that bears her name takes us on an immersive journey, following Isabella in and out of lucidity, in a beautifully wrought and moving evocation of later life.

This BAFTA winning short invites to reflect while asking how much of your life do you need to remember to remain yourself?

Guaxuma / Nara Normande / 2018 / 15 Mins
A remakrable combination of animation techniques transport you to the world of filmmaker Nara Normande's childhood. She grew up on a beach in Guaxuma, a beach in the north east of Brazil, surrounded by a loving community and carefree environment. But when she returns to the place so close to her heart, after an unexpected shattering event, she does not recognise her paradise anymore. What has changed? The Beach or Nara herself? 

Houses built out of sand grains, photos of her parents in happier times appear or Nara running along the beach with her friend as origami birds fly towards the horizon held together by an intriguing autobiographical narrator/narrative, makes this multi award-winning doc a must-see. 

I Met A Walrus / Josh Raskin / 2009 / 6 mins
Through animation and archive footage, Jerry Levitan made a film from his interview with John Lennon in 1969. As a 14-year-old and huge Beatles fan Jerry was able to sneak into John Lennon's Hotel room in Toronto and convince him to be interviewed. 

Using the original recordings as a voice over, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative which tenderly romances Lennon's every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation.

Ryan / Chris Landreth / 2004 / 14 MinS
Ryan Larkin produced some of the most influential animated films of his time, but now he is is living through every artist's worst nightmare - struggling with addiction and panhandling on the streets to make ends meet. His friend Chris Landreth tries to shed light on his struggles while interviewing Ryan and using computer-generated characters. 

The Oscar® winner for Best Short Animation in 2005 pays tribute to the brilliant creative mind of Ryan while showing his inner scars.