What can we say? This little gem has haunted us since we first saw it. Sooo creepy…and yet so filled with love:

The BAFTA winning debut film from AKA Director Marc Craste – JO JO IN THE STARS is a 12 minute story of love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy played out against a black and white world that is both nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful.

Director Marc Craste
Producer Sue Goffe
Produced by Studio AKA

BAFTA 2004 Winner, Best Short Animated Film
Cartoon D’or 2005 Winner of Cartoon D’Or 2005
Clermont Ferrand 2004 2004 Best Short Animated film
Sicaf 2004 2004 Short Film Grand Prize
Bradford Animation Festival 2004 Grand Prix
Brief Encounters – Bristol 2004 Best of British
Aspen Shortsfest 2004 Special Jury Prize
IFCT 2007 Award for Most Innovative Animation


Strange Grandfather

This short film from Dina Velikovskaya and the Russian State University of Cinematography really got to me.

Mainly I realized that it’s probably how my grandkids see me.

Gosh, us old folks sure are hard to understand.

But I think you’ll all understand why this old folk thinks this film is wonderfully done:

Short of the Week Animation Award Winners 2013

From ShortOfTheWeek.Com. (Eh, where else?)


Whether you are a fan of stop-motion, 3D, or 2D animation, 2012 was truly a phenomenal year for us short animation lovers.  It seems that this year—more so than those in recent memory—we were treated to works that were not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also astonishingly innovative. Especially in the realm of animation, the short form is leading the charge for stylistic and narrative change.  Thus, we honor those innovators—those dazzling storytellers—with our 2013 short animation winners below.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the best that 2012 had to offer!

Catch all SOTW Awards 2013 Winners: Animation + Q&ALive-Action + Q&ANew Media + Q&A, and Short of the Year Winners (Fri.)!

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Mikey Yes Please / 9 min / UK
Peter has discovered that the longer we live, the faster time passes. Before it’s too late, he finds hope for a cure in a curious little beetle.

Seriously, what more can be said about Mikey Please’s stop-motion masterpiece, The Eagleman Stag? It has dominated festivals, won a BAFTA, has over 300,000 views online—I could list awards and accolades that would go on for pages. And, you know what? All of it is deserved—right down to the last festival laurel. Acclaimed director David Fincher has famously stated that there is a difference between a movie and a film. Well, the Eagleman Stag is most certainly the latter—an epic animated construction as technically brilliant as it is emotionally profound. This isn’t disposable fluff, the click and close thing that dominates most visual internet content. No, this is a film made to be absorbed, digested, and then watched again and again. Bravo, Mr. Please. Bravo.



Eamonn O’Neill / 5 min / UK
The indignities of life add up, sometimes more than you can take. But our protagonist is fine thanks.

Want proof that innovation can happen in any medium—even one as traditional as 2D-animation? Just watch Eamon O’Neill’s I’m Fine Thanks, a virtuosic and ingenious five minute visual journey that manages to not only play with animation aesthetic, but also innovate in character design and use of color palette. I’m Fine Thanks delivers a creative punch that goes far beyond what you might normally find in your average graduate student work—it’s a brilliantly paced narrative that chronicles the main character’s journey from downtrodden push-over to angry maniac. No wonder it has received so much acclaim (including a 2013 BAFTA nomination). We’re honored to add to the tally by recognizing it here at Short of the Week.

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Eusong Lee / 4 min / USA
A graduation animation from CalArts, a spare, powerful 9/11 story that is heartbreakingly perfect.

The events of 9/11 have been tackled on film before, but rarely has the subject been captured with as much heart and artistic ingenuity as in will. Crafted as a Cal Arts project by the staggeringly talented Eusong Lee, will is an authentic visual and emotional experience—as beautifully rendered as it is moving. The tragedies on 9/11 have had a profound effect on so many people, yet Lee has the courage to isolate the experience to that of a simple story: a young girl who just wants her father back. And, so, in the specific, the telling becomes universal. Like a beautifully rendered children’s book, will is a poignant concert of lines, shapes, and color that speaks to all.


Best Experimental 3DI, Pet Goat II

We here at Short of the Week are huge proponents of the idea that true innovation starts in the short form. If there was ever an example best suited to prove this hypothesis, I, Pet Goat II would be it it. A surreal, interpretative dance of visual wizardry, the film is a complex mishmash of ideas, emotion, and stunning imagery. This isn’t just a short—it’s an experience, an evolution of a genre, a push towards something bold, big, and different. Yup, I, Pet Goat II doesn’t play by the rules—it’s writing  a whole new playbook.

Best Calling CardRuin

I’m calling 2012 the year that launched a thousand science fiction studio greenlights. At the front of the pack was Ruin—a driving, intense 8 minute short from Wes Ball and the team at Oddball Animation. Although it’s light in the story department, Ruin is a master class in the art of the feature pitch—beautifully rendered, thrilling to watch, and most important, expertly designed to leave you wanting to more. This is further validation that the game is, in fact, changing—that small animation teams when presented with the right talent and tools can produce visuals that rival anything you might see on the big screen. Now, it’s time to just sit back and enjoy the feast of talent to come.

Yet Another Oscar Nominated Short – ADAM AND DOG

It’s pet-feeling time.

God we love dogs.

OBEY: A Film That’s Actually About Something

chris hedges
Movies should be about something. They should bug us. Otherwise, why bother going thru all that crap to make one?

…Something real.

And very upsetting.

See the film from Studiocanoe

Based on the book “Death of the Liberal Class” by Chris Hedges.

It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.

The film predominantly focuses on US corporate capitalism, but it is my hope that the viewer can recognise the relevance of what is being expressed with regards to domestic political and corporate activity.

It was made completely of clips found on the web.

Music by Clark (

Warning – this film contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Which we have to say here and now is probably why we like it.