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Animation Now 1 International Showcase



75 minutes

Age Restriction

PG (Violence, coarse language, some scenes may disturb)


Various Directors


Various Actors


Various Producers

NZIFF – Animation Now! #1 International Showcase

Drawn from more than 3,000 submissions, our annual International Showcase brings the infinitely eclectic domain of independent animation to the big screen, where it shines brightest. Here the unique properties of animation drive the very creative DNA of every character, every story, and every environment—imagined into life by some of the most imaginative filmmakers in the world. From the ultra-cool, ultra-clean digitally realized style of Andrzej Jobczyk’s Airborne to the roughly hewn, hands-on painterly new Elizabeth Hobbs film The Debutante, this program is a snapshot of the world’s best new animated work.—MT

Airborne – Andrzej Jobczyk – Poland 2021 | 8 mins. A surreal flight through a world blending nature and flying machines morphs into a psychedelic battle with no limits in which even aggression can be turned into love.

The Flying Sailor – Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby – Canada 2022 | 8 mins. When a nearby ship explodes, a sailor embarks on an unexpected near-death experience inspired by a real-life catastrophic Halifax explosion in 1917.

The Eastern Rain – Milly Yenchken – Estonia 2023 | 9 mins. If the rain were to fall indoors, where would we begin to look for shelter? The school bell would ring, but no one would hear it.

In the Upper Room – Alexander Gratzer – Austria 2022 | 8 mins. Every season, a young mole visits his blind grandfather, and as the two grow older their relationship becomes more intense, and important questions arise.

Miles Davis–What’s Love Got to Do with It – Irina Rubina – Germany 2022 | 5 mins. An astonishing“half abstract night-walk fantasy” based on drawings by the great Miles Davis backed by his interpretation of the Tina Turner classic.

Ana Morphose – Joao Rodrigues – Portugal 2023 | 10 mins. As a little girl reads herself to sleep, her physical world starts melting into an alternate reality where the contents of a book rule over the laws of physics.

Aleph – Slobodan Tomic – Croatia 2022 | 8 mins. Out there, somewhere, is a place where worlds touch and reengineer themselves over and over into a point of collective dissolution.

11 – Vuk Jevremovic – Croatia 2022 | 6 mins. Three renowned masters of football, capable of the near-impossible on the field in the“beautiful game”—but what goes through their minds as they prepare to shoot for the goal?

Donks – Felix Colgrave – Australia 2023 | 7 mins. Ocean plastic, avatars, and adaptive bottom feeders—the musical! The latest, over-oxygenated visual outburst from the master of the surreal.

The Debutante – Elizabeth Hobbs – UK 2021 | 8 mins. A spirited young woman persuades a hyena from London Zoo to take her place at a dinner dance being held in her honor.

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