Animal Behaviour – dir. Alison Snowden/David Fine, Canada, 14 minutes
Dealing with what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals. In Animal Behaviour, the latest animated short from the Oscar®-winning team of Alison Snowden and David Fine (Bob’s Birthday), five animals meet regularly to discuss their inner angst in a group therapy session led by a canine psychotherapist.
Bao – dir. Domee Shi, US, 8 minutes
In Disney•Pixar’s Bao an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. This short film from Pixar Animation Studios and director Domee Shi explores the ups and downs of the parent-child relationship through the colorful, rich, and tasty lens of the Chinese immigrant community in Canada.
Late Afternoon – dir. Louise Bagnall, Ireland, 10 minutes
Emily is an elderly woman who lives between two states, the past and the present. She journeys into an inner world, reliving moments from her life. She searches for a connection within her vivid, but fragmented, memories.
One Small Step – dir. Andrew Chesworth/Bobby Pontillas, US/China, 8 minutes
Luna is a vibrant young girl who dreams of becoming an astronaut. From the day she witnesses a rocket launching into space on TV, Luna is driven to reach for the stars. In the big city, Luna lives with her loving father, Chu, who supports her with a humble shoe repair business he runs out of his garage. As Luna grows up, she enters college, facing adversity of all kinds in pursuit of her dreams.
Weekends – dir. Trevor Jimenez, US, 15 minutes
Weekends is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents. Surreal dream-like moments mix with domestic realities in this hand-animated film set in 1980s Toronto.