As previously announced here, the US premiere of Pixar’s new short, The Blue Umbrella, will be at the SXSW Film Festival which takes place in Austin, TX from March 8 – 16th. In case you were planning on making the trip, here is a complete breakdown of the animated shorts that will be playing alongside The Blue Umbrella so you can make sure to make it worth while.
The Blue Umbrella
Director: Saschka Unseld
It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
Director: Mauricio Baiocchi
Cicadas spend a long time planning…
The Event (USA/UK)
Director: Julia Pott
Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.
The Gold Sparrow
Director: Daniel Stessen
In a black and white world artists must defend their color.
Director: Chris Mars
In Hanford is artist Chris Mars’s fantastic exploration of real incidents in Hanford, Washington, where the local environment was poisoned as a result of cold war era nuclear arms manufacture.
Kishi Bashi – ”I Am The Antichrist To You”
Director: Kishi Bashi
A surreal stop motion collaboration between avante-pop/violinist Kishi Bashi and acclaimed animator Anthony Scott (Coraline, Paranorman). An abandoned puppy awakes in a post-apocalyptic world with vivid memories of his love and all that he lost.
Marcel, King of Tervuren
Director: Tom Schroeder
Greek tragedy enacted by Belgian roosters.
Oh Willy… (Belgium/France/ Netherlands/Luxembourg)
Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels
Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.
Director: Leah Shore
For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until Now.
The Places Where We Lived
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.
Shelved (New Zealand)
Director: James Cunningham
Two loser robots discover they are being replaced… by humans
The complete schedule can be found here. If you go and check out some of these shorts, let us know what you thought!
Short summaries via Animation World Network.