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The Public Choice Programme offers you - the audience - the chance to select your favourite films from a fantastic range of animation films made over the past two years.

Three programmes containing a mix of animated shorts, music videos and commercials are screening at venues across the UK.

Venues and Dates




Public Choice Programme 1

Limoeiro/Lemon Tree | Joana Silva | Royal College of Art | 04:40
How to make a person out of a box, four walls and half a lemon.

Epic Fail | Greg Barth | Blink Ink | 05:30
Greg Barth puts World Peace to the public vote in a satirical look at how we perceive truth, information and politics, seen through the dual lenses of our real and virtual identities.

Maybe It's Me | Dimitris Simou | Independent | 06:00
An animator tries to recreate his childhood memories.

Inner House | Yuriko Ogawa | Royal College of Art | 06:40
A girl lives in a house in which the family members live isolated in separated spaces. She tries to find pleasure in life despite her parents’ neglect. Then makes a decision…

A Love Story | Anushka Naanayakkara | National Film & Television School | 10:00
Set in a universe entirely made of wool. It's love at first sight for our two beings...but will their relationship survive the onslaught of depression that takes over their lives?

Matchstick Zombies | Jake Blakestone | UCLAN | 03:00
Matchstick man Sparky struggles through a city wreathed in flames, avoiding zombies as he goes.

Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) | Chris Shepherd | Polkadot | 05:15
A tribute to playwright Joe Orton, who used to write letters of complaint as ‘Edna Welthorpe’ to wind up vicars, various companies, and even ridicule his own plays.

The Grey Hound | Josh Saunders | Royal College of Art | 04:50
A woman struggles with her grey hound. Her partner struggles to understand.

Tete a Tete | Natasha Tonkin | National Film & Television School | 08:00
A young woman visits her family. Over the weekend tensions fray, whilst technology provides an easy respite. As her gaze shifts from the screen, she discovers a deeper kind of connection.

3 Cane Whale: Eggardon Hill | Mark Taylor, Duncan Fraser & Paul Hill | A Productions for Idyllic Records
An abstract visual interpretation of the track by UK folk artists, celebrating the beauty and mystery of the iron age hill fort in Dorset across the seasons.

Sparks: Edith Piaf (Said it Better Than Me) | Joseph Wallace | Cardel for BMG
Sparks find themselves in 1930s Paris in pursuit of something just beyond their grasp.

Reel of Fortune | Jack Grace | The Arts University at Bournemouth | 04:30
What would you risk to reel in that perfect catch?

Bump Classique | Ben Wheele | Ben Wheele Studio | 03:40
Please don’t explode…

Public Choice Programme 2

G-AAAH | Elizabeth Hobbs | Independent | 01:25
Amy Johnson worked as a solicitor’s typist before her record- breaking Croydon to Australia solo flight in 1930. The film was created with an Underwood 315 typewrite,r as a celebration of her journey.

Spindrift | Selina Wagner | Blobina Animations | 11:40
A girl, more eagle than human, must decide between life on the wing and her humanity when a stranger arrives on the tide.

Heist | Ed Leicester | UWE, Bristol | 02:15
Inspired by classic heist movies from the 80s and 90s, abstracted motion graphics recount a robbery from start to finish.

Mamoon | Ben Steer | Blue-Zoo Productions | 06:30
Using projected animation onto real, polystyrene film sets, the film was inspired by the plight of Syria’s refugees, following the story of a mother and child whose lives descend into darkness when the moon mysteriously loses its light.

The Ship | Natasha Price | Calling The Shots | 03:10
A cautionary tale of nationalism (and the relative merits of pasties).

Fishwitch | Adrienne Dowling | National Film & Television School | 09:00
Tootega, a witch, living in isolation on an iceberg adrift, and merman Derek – more fish than man really –joyously rollicking around the ocean, oblivious to the fact that his dreadful singing is the very reason he remains friendless…. When these characters come together, Derek begins to unlock the secret Tootega has kept hidden for a long, long time…

A Little Grey | Steve Smith & Simon Hewitt | Beakus | 05:20
Is there any cure for being ‘a little grey’? One man’s search takes him through bars, churches, doctor’s surgeries, tattoo parlours and beyond, but will he find what he’s looking for? A colourful story about losing your spark and finding redemption.

Adrift | Roxana Bentu | Royal College of Art | 04:50                   Social media, romantic expectations, ecological issues and the existential search for power and control over one’s destiny.

Tough | Jennifer Zheng | Kingston University | 04:50
Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time.

James: Dear John | Peter Vacz | Picasso Pictures for BMG | 04:10
Two characters on a surreal and life changing journey.

Pentakill: Mortal Reminder | Pete Candeland | Friends Electric | 04:40
From the director of the seminal Gorillaz music videos.

Poles Apart | Paloma Baeza | National Film & Television School | 12:00
An unlikely meeting between Nanuk, a tough female polar bear, and Aklak, an enthusiastic male grizzly, brought together by their changing habitats.

Public Choice Programme 3

Have Heart | Will Anderson | | 12:10
A looping GIF has an existential crisis.

Wednesday with Goddard | Nicolas Ménard | Nexus Productions | 04:30
Eugene goes on a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment that leads to romance and despair. Intricate pencil drawings juxtaposed with simple, geometric characters.

The Full Story | Daisy Jacobs & Christopher Wilder | Life-Size Film | 07:30
When the dad next door walks out, 5 year old old Toby discovers that parents leave. As the shock hits, the entire room catapults skywards, morphs in mid-air and lands as a different space, then keeps pace with Toby's volatile emotions as home life spirals out of control in the divorce boom of the 1970s and 80s. 40 years on, kaleidoscopic scraps of memory still cling to the walls; Toby clings to these fragments, trying to piece together the full story.

Attraction | Emily Scaife | Royal College of Art | 04:30
Urges in the undergrowth, erupting fungal fantasies, bursting botanicals; the dust and desires of a tiny alternative universe. An experimental animation imagining attraction and pleasure in insects, and the seduction methods of the plants and fungi that beckon.

Johnno’s Dead | Chris Shepherd | Polkadot Films 8:30
Serving 12 years s for a crime you didn't commit focuses the mind. Everything becomes crystal clear. All of the injustice poisons the soul and there's nothing left but to settle old scores. The sequel to 'Dad's Dead'.

Looper: Farfisa Song | Iain Gardner | Animation Garden for Mute Records | 03:10
Mustard and Ketchup are tasked with producing a music video on a very tightbudget.

Andreya Triana: Branches of Life | Katerina Athanasopoulou | Independent for Cast Iron Radio and Recording | 04:15
A woman sinks inside her unconscious, during a lung operation. The instruments are ready for the cut that will let her breathe again – or fall into eternal sleep. We find ourselves at that dreamy beginning of anaesthesia, where your mind drifts helplessly into the darkness and hopes to see the light again.

Katie Melua: Perfect World | Karni and Saul | Sulkybunny for BMG | 04:25
A ‘sugary’ film that follows a mother and her young son on their emotional journey, inadvertently delving into a magical wintery forest full of wonder and danger.

To Build A Fire | Fx Goby | 13:00| Nexus Productions                 A trapper crosses the Yukon with his dog in harsh midwinter. Struggling to survive, he attempts to build a simple fire. Adapted from the classic Jack London tale.

The Day After the Party | Diyala Muir | Royal College of Art | 05:50
An anxious young girl makes her way through Brixton market. Memory and fantasy slowly weave themselves into the chaotic street scene.























A Little Grey
A Love Story
Bump Classique
James: Dear John
Pentakill: Mortal Reminder
The Ship
Johnno's Dead
The Day After The Party