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A collection of some of the world’s best new short animated films from acclaimed animators curated by Bill Plympton.

The MV International Film Festival will present a display of animated shorts with a showcase curated by Bill Plympton,

  • Academy Award-nominated animator recently garnered national attention with his short films “Trump Bites” ran on the main page of the New York Times Online this year. In this truly multinational segment, he presents new animation shorts from filmmakers around the globe.

Partial Program highlights:

“Hybrids”, France, 6 mins.

Directed by Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion

This poetic CG short looks at the future of underwater sea life as machines take over our world.

“Negative Space”, USA, 5 mins. 

Directed by Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 90th Academy AwardsA young boy remembers his years growing up as his father taught him how to pack suitcases and the meaning of life.

“E-delivery”, USA, 3:53 mins

Directed by Kirsten Cho

This film asks the question “What if the magic of procreation was handled by a giant tech company?”

“Scratchy”, USA, 3 mins. 

Directed by Marv Newland

20 hand-drawn 2-D scenes animated to an original music soundtrack. The dreams of the characters in the first 10 scenes are seen in the final 10 scenes. From the brilliant mind of the creator of the classic short “Bambi Meets Godzilla”.

“Brooklyn Breeze”, USA, 4 mins. 

Directed by Alex Budovsky

The machinery at the Brooklyn docks comes alive in this wacky musical fantasy.

“Tupelo”, USA, 4 mins. 

Animated and Directed by Bill Plympton  Produced by Wendy Cong Zhao

A magical musical look at the historic birthplace of Elvis Presley.

“Pour 585”, USA, 5 mins. 

Directed by Patrick Smith

“Pour 585” is a hand-drawn animated film that visually interprets the individual’s role in a hierarchy. The conflict occurs when a cycle is interrupted by a character that does not adhere to the machine-like norms. This individual ends up breaking the cycle and establishing a new order, possibly even more tyrannical than the first.

“Enough”, USA, 4 mins. 

Animated and Directed by Anna Mantzaris, Royal College of Art

A hilarious series of shortcuts portraying people who simply have had enough.

“A Short Interview with Bearington Bear”, USA, 5 mins. 

Animated and Directed by Regan Mott

As his career fades, a famous animated character complains about the CG world taking over his world.




An Oscar-nominated animator and cartoonist, Bill Plympton has been amusing and provoking audiences with his surrealist, off-kilter take on everyday life for years. Born in Portland, Oregon, on April 30, 1946, Plympton developed a fascination with animation as a child. Frequently trapped indoors due to Oregon’s rainy climate, he spent hours nurturing both his drawing skills and animation. At the age of 14, he sent some of his cartoons to Disney, only to be told that he was too young to work as an animator, but that his drawings showed promise. After college and a stint in the National Guard, Plympton moved to New York City, where he began serving a long tenure as an illustrator, cartoonist, and magazine designer. His illustrations graced the pages of such diverse publications as The New York Times, Vogue, House Beautiful, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, and Glamour. In 1975 he began the cartoon strip Plympton in the Soho Weekly News. By 1981, the strip was syndicated in over 20 newspapers throughout the country.