The Rhode Island International Film Festival hosts an unforgettable showcase from across the globe in “Where Dreams Are Born,” a two-hour collection of animated shorts from Britain, Spain, Australia, Germany and the United States.
Nine animated films will be seen this Saturday, August 11 at The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Providence. Showtime is 2:15 p.m.
Here’s what will be screened:
The Hunter (6 min.; dir. Marieka Walsh; Australia, 2012)
New England Premiere
A boy goes missing in the snow covered wilderness, feared taken by wolves. A hunter undertakes a journey to find the boy; dead or alive. As the hunter tracks the boy into the mountains, he discovers that his instincts can no longer be trusted. Here, far from civilization he must make decisions that will forever change his relationship with the wilderness he has always feared. The Hunter is a haunting stop-motion sand animation by emerging director Marieka Walsh.
The Boy In The Bubble (8 min.; dir. Kealan O’Rourke; Ireland, 2012)
Rupert, a 10-year-old boy, falls hopelessly in love for the first time. When it all goes terribly wrong, he wishes never to experience heartache again. Turning to a book of magic, he invokes a spell to shield him from emotion forever.
A Tooth Tale (6 min.; dir. Ron Fleischer; U.S.A., 2012)
This traditionally animated short tells the story of Tommy Malloy, a 6-year old boy who loses his first tooth. When he learns that the Tooth Fairy will give him money for it, he hatches a plot to trap and shake her down for all her loot. The rhyming dialogue and art direction pay homage to the cartoons of the 1950s and 1960s.
Cadaver (7 min.; dir. Jonah D. Ansell; U.S.A., 2012)
The whimsical story of a shy, first-year med student (Tavi Gevinson) whose scalpel cut sparks a cadaver (Christopher Lloyd) back to life. When he begs her to take him on a journey to say a last goodbye to his wife, they sneak out of the lab and embark on a road trip, only to discover a truth in death tha tthe cadaver didn’t know in life.
The Man With The Stolen Heart (7 min.; dir. Charlotte Boulay-Goldsmith; United Kingdom, 2011)
A surreal tale about a man who wakes up one day, only to discover that his heart has left. This forces him on a journey of self-discovery as he tries to find his heart.
The Monster of Nix (30 min.; dir. Rosto; Belgium/France/Netherlands, 2011)
Life is good in the idyllic fairytale village of Nix… until an all-devouring monster appears. Young Willy has to fight it. Alone.
Jamón (Ham) (8 min.; dir. Iria Lopez; United Kingdom, 2012)
North American Premiere
Jose is a teenage pig living in a Spanish town, and he is the only pig in his family. One day a new neighbor moves in next door, and Jose starts to come to terms with who he really is.
Rising Hope (10 min.; dir. Milen Vitanov; Germany, 2012)
New England Premiere
All know the way, but few actually walk it. Rising Hope, once the fastest horse in the world, dares to be one of the few.
SNAP (6 min.; dir. Thomas G. Murphy; Belgium/United Kingdom, 2012)
East Coast Premiere
The Water Haggis live an idyllic life in their beautiful underwater cavern. Sadly, for a young Haggis called Snap, life isn’t so idyllic. But when he meets a cool frog called Freddie, Snap makes an unlikely new friend. Together they show that sometimes you to have to think differently to solve a problem and to beat the bullies… smarts are always gonna be better than brawn.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival takes place from Tuesday, August 7 to Sunday, August 12. For ticket information, visit www.film-festival.org/ticketspasses.php.