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Director's Bio: Yu Ting Cheng received an M.F.A. in Computer Art with a concentration in 2D animation from the School of Visual Art in New York (2016). Her creative and animation practice includes computer animation, concept design and storyboard design for visual concept development. She has worked as a 2D animation assistant at Bill Plympton Studios in New York (2015) and as an assistant instructor in stop motion, animation and watercolors at Taipei Contemporary Art Association, Taiwan (2013).
Director's Statement: I'm a dreamer. In my 2D animation Light Drifter, I invite the viewer into my dream world through a visual m�lange of watercolor and illustration. As a child in rural Taiwan, I played and drew in my grandfather's garden. Surrounded by farms and animals, I recorded what I saw. Light Drifter is a visual narrative of my dreams realized in a surreal world populated by monsters, birds, fish and magical creatures. For me, reality and dreams can merge. In the imagination of a child, the boundaries between the known and unknown are fluid. Ever since I was young, I have sought to share this mysterious reality with others. Light Drifter, a story of an impish creature who ventures into the seemingly friendly mouth of a monster, invites a suspension of logic as the viewer enjoys a tour of the unknown. As a child, I remember being startled and disoriented by the darkness as I awoke from my frequent nighttime sleepwalks. Light Drifter is a visual response to lessen the fears associated with these early nightmares. Through a strong use of light, I transform unpredictable and intriguing shapes into candy that lures the viewer. Ku Yan-Ren, a Taiwanese watercolorist has remarked, "Each stroke and color in Yu Ting's work reveals her powerful imagination. Visual discoveries await her viewers." Through my inventive use of color, I convey a positive energy to the world.
Director's statement: Filmed on location in the Moroccan Sahara and ancient Fez, a mystical dream sequence and search for the lost jewel of the sands.
Director Bio: Brianna Platt has been making movies since she was 9 years old. She's now 13 and lives in Bellevue, WA. Her collection of videos are featured on her YouTube channel, Brianna Caroline. Several of her videos have been featured as the 'Best of LittleBits Projects of 2013/14'. She was accepted to Prodigy Camp at the age of 13, where she had her first taste of making a full-fledged movie production.
Director's statement: Whether it be helping someone potentially drowning in a lake, or simply holding the door open, one of the best things you can do is to help other people, despite previous experience or consequences.
Director's bio: Brianna Platt has been making movies since she was 9 years old. She's now 13. Her collection of videos are featured on her YouTube channel, Brianna Caroline. Several of her videos have been featured as the 'Best of LittleBits Projects of 2013/14'. She was accepted to Prodigy Camp at the age of 13, where she had her first taste of making a full-fledged movie production.
Director's statement: This is a fun, rhyming, animated short that young parents and their children will relate to very well. Instead of plopping in the recliner to work his crossword puzzle, relax and visit with his wife, this young father ends up spending the entire evening putting his kids to bed... and he wouldn't change it for anything in the world!
Director's Statement: I direct and produce this film to try to make an impact in the audiences about renewable energy and the cost of having fossil fuels as one of the main energy sources and its cost. From Mexico. In English, also available in Spanish
Featured at Wellington Film Festival (2016), United International Film Festival (2016, Recognition of Excellence in filmmaking), New Classic Cinema Film Festival (Best Supporting Actress, Linda Weinrib), iHolly: The Next Generation Independent Film Festival (Best Student Film)
Director's statement: THE GIFT is a unique short film in that, not only does it have commercial potential, but its huge global resonance means that it has an inordinately large audience. In this regard, the film is a statement as to what's possible in British short film.
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