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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.



Bill Plympton is 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.

Signe Baumane was born in Latvia. Her first short story was published in a local newspaper when she was 14. She continued to publish short stories, poems and essays through her teens. She studied Philosophy at Moscow State University for 5 years. After she received a BA in Philosophy, Signe started to work at Riga’s Animated Film Studio at the entry-level position – cel painter. Around that time, Signe illustrated 3 children’s books and made sets for a puppet theater. With support of Latvian Government grants, Signe made 3 animated shorts in Latvia. Seeking a challenge, Signe moved to New York where (1996 – 2003) she worked for independent animator Bill Plympton in capacity of cel painter, art director and production manager. Signe continued to make her own films and did commissioned book illustration work. In 1998, Signe received her US green card as ‘extraordinary ability alien’. From 1998 on, she made her films at her own studio. In 2005 she became a NYFA Fellow in Film. She received 2 grants from Jerome Foundation – one for her animated short “Birth”, the other for her animated feature “Rocks In My Pockets”. She also received 2 grants from NYSCA in support of “Rocks In My Pockets”. Signe has written, directed and animated 15 shorts and one feature film. Collectively, they’ve been accepted in over 300 film festivals around the world and received many awards.  She was also awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017.  Signe is currently working on her second animated feature, titled “My Love Affair With Marriage”, which will use music and science to examine the biological chemistry of love and gender, as well as the societal pressures on an individual to conform to social mores.

Stills from TWO BALLONS


“Love Me, Love Me, Love Me”  –  Richard Williams (8:43)
Richard Williams has just died and was one of the greatest animators of all time. This was one of his earliest shorts, a comedic tale about love.

“What is the Opposite of a Gun?” (4:43)
Animation of a poem about the opposite word for gun. A timely film about the evil of guns.

“Belly Flop” (4:53)
A wonderful computer animation about a child proving her talent at the highest diving board in the community pool.

“Gonna Be Great” (5:35)
A music video by Bill Plympton exposing the corruption in politics.

“Two Balloons”  (9:08)
A beautiful computer animation about travelers in the future.

“Mothers Song” (2:29)
A musical excerpt from Signe Baumane’s newest feature film “My Love Affair With Marriage”

“Gun Shop” (2:12)
Pat Smith’s newest short exploring the explosion of guns in the US.

“Train” (1:15)
A wonderful fun short about Trains by star animator Tom Gasek.

“Elephant Song” (7:38)
Lynn Tomlinson’s documentary/animation about the first elephant in America.

“Survival of the Sexiest” (3:58)
A parody of nature documentaries.

“Turbopera” (2:10)

Two fish sing an opera

“Carlotta’s Face” (5:00)

As a child Carlotta didn’t expect the people around her to have faces. She even doesn’t recognize her own face. Years later she learns about a rare untreatable deficit of her brain. It was art after all that offered her a way to finally recognize herself.

“Saturday’s Apartment” (7:00)
The different residents in an apartment annoy each other

“I’m not tired” (8:00)
A whacky look at a man trying to put his child to sleep – except the storys are too weird and the child is a sock puppet

Patrick Smith is known for his metaphorical animated short films. Smith is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts. His formative years were spent as a storyboard artist for Walt Disney, and animation director for MTV’s Daria and the Emmy-nominated Downtown. In the last decade, Smith has produced and directed over 10 independent award winning short films, screening at Tribeca Film Festival, Slamdance, SXSW, and Annecy.  His PBS web-series “Blank on Blank” is the longest running and most viewed animated biographical series of all time, featured in Rolling Stone, New York Times, and Juxtopoz Magazine.  His latest award winning animated short film “Pour 585” recently qualified for entry into the 2019 Oscars. Patrick lives and works in Montauk, New York, with his wife Kaori Ishida and their daughter.

KATHLEEN CHAMBERLIN the Art Director of  TWO BALLOONS will be joining us for the screening!