PFAF Schedule, Friday, September 28, 2012



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12:45 pm: Shorts Showcase 4: Animation for Everyone!

Location: International House Philadelphia (Map)
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
TICKETS |  ALL-ACCESS PASS | Free for Members & kids (under age 12)

Fun, light, and thoughtful animation for kids age 0-100!

Total Runtime: 90 minutes + Filmmaker Q&A
(* indicates filmmaker will be present for Q&A)
Rated G (All-Ages)

The Perfect Pair
Dir. Mark Mah, Singapore.
Short Animation. A cute pair of goofy orange socks discover life, togetherness, and ultimately love. A misunderstanding leads to their separation and a struggle to reunite in the love they once had.

My Heart Belongs to You
Dir. Lev Polyakov, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Short Animation. A hamster falls in love with an elementary school teacher and dreams about rescuing her from evil demons.*

Flight of Magic
Dir. Tommy Warren, Austin, TX, USA
Short Animation. 12 hours before lift off, Santa’s reindeer are tragically hurt after an elf’s invention goes awry. Benny Bumply, of the Greater News Network, is live in the North Pole to report. With the whole world watching, Maxey must believe in himself in order to be the elf that saves Christmas.

Dir. Genevieve Brusilow, Narberth, PA, USA
Short Film. Wonder is a 3-D animation featuring an octopus named Oscar that lives in a bright and colorful underwater world. His personality is like that of a child and curiosity gets the best of him, taking himself and the audience to new exciting places.*

Dir. Nicolas Villarreal, San Francisco, CA, USA
Short Animation. While conducting experiments on a quiet night, a scientist receives an unexpected visitor – whose arrival will change everything.

Dir. Nate Winckler, Georgetown, KY, USA
Short Animation, Philadelphia Premiere!
A childlike speaker dances joyfully to energetic music. It finds out, however, that its wire prevents it from dancing as much as it would like.

Dir. Jane Sablow, New York, NY, USA
Short Animation. A brief journey of a determined little girl to satisfy her rather surprising desire.

Little Star’s Journey
Dir. Yi-An Chien, Rochester, NY, USA
Student Film. Life is a journey. On the way we meet all kinds of things. Some look good, and some look bad. However, they are all the lessons from which we learn to become a better person to light up other’s lives.

Dir. Avi Tuchman, Scarsdale, NY, USA
Student Film, Philadelphia Premiere!
A little girl imagines the super-fun stuff her mom and dad are doing after she’s been sent to bed.*

Ride of Passage
Dir. Christian Bøving-Andersen, Viborg, Denmark
Student Animation. Toki’s tribe expects him to bring home the head of the biggest animal possible. In return, he will receive honor and respect. However, this rite of passage does not turn out as planned. With the help of a colorful new friend, he achieves something much bigger.

Dir. David & Kris Anderson, New York, NY, USA
Short Animation, World Premiere! Feeling inadequate without a Carrot nose, a snowman goes on a quest to acquire one. Encountering Broccoli, zombie snowmen, and the grocery store, Snowflake learns that desire has no end. And not to trust small children.

Brad & Gary
Dir. Pierre Coffin, Paris, IDF, France
Short Animation. The story of Brad & Gary, two creatures living in an unknown world. The plot revolves around the big idea that joining forces to overcome one’s shortcomings really is the only way out. Or in. Or maybe out again?

My Home
Dir. Calvert Walter III, Vernon, NY, USA
Short Animation. My Home is the story of a rather persistent and self-indulgent beaver who is not a very good neighbor. That is, until he meets a precocious no-nonsense turtle.

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3:00 pm: Shorts Showcase 5

Location: International House Philadelphia (Map)
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

A collection of hilarious, original, and thoughtful short animation & film from all over the world.

Total Runtime:  96 minutes + filmmaker Q&A (* indicates filmmaker present for Q&A)

Rated R (violence, mature themes)

The Last Belle
Dir. Neil Boyle, London, UK
Short Animation, Philadelphia Premiere! Two characters are journeying towards a blind date: WALLY, who suffers a nightmarish drunken trip through London as he races against the clock to the rendezvous; and ROSIE, who waits in a bar dreaming of how wonderful her date is going to be….if he ever shows up.

Dir. Asger Grevil, Viborg, Denmark
Student Film. A lonely, one winged creature called Wing is harassed by a group of crows due to being different from them. He wants to overcome his disability and escape from the forest.

Juego de Niños (Children’s Game)
Dir. Javier González, Bogotá, Cudina, Colombia
Short Film, USA Premiere! The war to control a teddy bear between two bands of children turns into a dangerous game for them.

Heads Up
Dir. Alex Merkin, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Short Film. Two longtime friends, partners in crime, and somewhat surrogate siblings love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker game the situation erupts in an extreme way – because nobody fights like siblings do!

Sharp Love, Sharp Kittens
Dir. Jon Sajetowski, Astoria, NY, USA
Short Film, Philadelphia Premiere! A young, frustrated, down-on-his-luck father has been recently priced out of the Brooklyn neighborhood where he was born and raised. He receives a surprise phone call from his estranged and affluent, teenage daughter with an offer to meet in the very same neighborhood that he can no longer afford. Q&A after the screening!

Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto
Dir. Johan Oettinger
Short Animation. Seven Minutes in the Warsaw Ghetto is an animated puppet short film about Samek, an 8-year old Jewish boy living in the Warsaw Ghetto with his family during the 2nd World War.

Hund I Himlen (Dog in Heaven)
Dir. Jeanette Nørgaard, Viborg, Denmark
Short Animation. Lora’s dog is killed at their arrival at a monastery. In despair she decides to turn into a dog herself, breaking all the house rules.






Title: A Happy Ending
featuring Anniversary
Time: 5:15pm
Location: International House Philadelphia (Map)
3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free for Members.  TICKETS |  ALL-ACCESS PASS
Total Runtime: 119 minutes                   Rated R: (Drug-use, mature themes) 

Dir. Ghostbot, San Francisco, CA, USA
Short Animation. Late again…

A Happy Ending
Dir. Ross Hockrow, Washington D.C., USA
Feature Film. Jeremy, a neuroscience graduate student invents a pill that gives you 24 hours of ultimate euphoria, enlightenment, and complete happiness, then you die peacefully. The pill was intended for cancer patients on their death beds but the revolution doesn’t go as planned and the chaos commences.

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Title: Shorts Showcase 6: Animation Apocalypse!

Time: 7:45pm

Location: International House Philadelphia Theater, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map)


Monsters, mayhem, and cartoons for “big kids.”

Total Runtime:    98 minutes + filmmaker Q&A (* indicates filmmaker present for Q&A)

Rated R (violence, adult language)

Dir. Mack Carruthers, Toronto, ON, Canada
Short Animation. An adorable snowman stands alone in the middle of an arctic wasteland. He happens to be awfully cheery for someone in such a position. Something is lurking behind that giant, innocent smile.

Space Stallions
Dir. Thoraldur Gunnarsson, Viborg, Denmark
Student Film. As darkness is covering the multiverse, far away in the galaxy of the wild stallion, a spark of hope is born. Guided by the light of Mother Mustang, the Space Stallions must defeat the Demon of darkness, Destructo.

Whinstor Norville Dines Again At The Gothique
Dir. Eric Bent, Montreal, QC, Canada
Short Animation. The very ‘high class’ Gothique Restaurant has been reopened. Now esteemed food critic Whinstor Norville takes the opportunity to conduct his latest review here. Will he enjoy his meal, or will the demonic presence plaguing the restaurant and terrorizing the customers ruin his experience?

Dir. Emily Fritze, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Short Animation, Philadelphia Premiere! In an isolated one-room schoolhouse on a prairie, a girl is being held after school for an unnamed crime by her teacher, a strict and strange woman. Hours into her detention, the girl glimpses an even stranger side to her teacher.

Slug Invasion
Dir. Morten Helgeland, Viborg, Denmark
Student Film. As morning dawns on a Norwegian suburb, a detachment of killer-slugs, led by the notorious Sergeant Slug, prepare for a heads-on attack on a small garden – their objective? A juicy, delicious flower on the other end, deep within a flowerbed.

Waking Gus
Dir. Mack Carruthers, Toronto, ON, Canada
Short Animation. The common theme of falling in your dreams is taken to new, whimsically strange heights as Gus, (a dapper morning person with a passion for the nine to five lifestyle) must endure a hilariously strange case of terminal velocity.

Devils Angels & Dating
Dir. Michael Cawood, Austin, TX, USA
Short Animation. Cupid, Devil and a rather sexy young judge, jury and executioner in the form of Death gather in the After Life War Room, just past Heaven’s Gates, to attend to their daily routine of manipulating our lives down on Earth with modern techniques that would put our Internet dating generation to shame.

Fantastic Plastic
Dir. Lev Polyakov, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Short Animation. Fantastic Plastic is a dark comedy about a pop star Bobby Schnoz, who sings through his extremely long nose. Bobby has a life changing experience leaving him without the one thing that made him stand out.*

Dir. Kris Theorin, Landenberg, PA, USA
Student Animation, Philadelphia Premiere! The hero of the film Legando is a man of undetermined ethnicity- he sometimes speaks Spanish or is it French or maybe German?  He works tirelessly to save a family from being forced off their land and out of their home by an evil businessman.*

Dir. M.R. Horhager, Toronto, ON, Canada
Short Animation. The story of a couple who tried to revitalize their relationship but instead ruined a child.

It’s On Like Ramadan
Dir. Jason Pierce, Austin, TX, USA
Music Video. A tormented patient in a hellish mental hospital is forced to escape when a hallucination drives him to the edge.

Dir. Ron Williams, California, USA
Music Video, Philadelphia Premiere! A guy and a girl find themselves each getting sick and passing their illness onto each other.*

Weird Al Yankovic – “Party in the CIA
Dir. Roque Ballesteros, San Francisco, CA, USA
Music Video. Official ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic music video, Party In The CIA, a parody of ‘Party In The U.S.A.’ by Miley Cyrus.

Bullets for Breakfast
Dir. Mari Jaye Blanchard, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Music Video. A woman’s daily morning routine becomes all consuming in this hand drawn digital animation inspired by the song ‘Bullets for Breakfast’ by Akwarian Sea Rebel.

The Hopper
Dir. Alex Brüel Flagstad, Copenhagen, Denmark
Short Animation, Philadelphia Premiere! 16 year old Dexter lives with his grandmother in west Baltimore, Maryland. One night Dexter and his friend Kevin rob local drug dealers, but things do not work out as planned and violence spins out of control.*




9:30pm-2:00am: Friday Night Fright @ The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum

Cinevore Studios Presents… Friday Night Fright

3819 Hamilton St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 

A pre-Halloween party for people that are serious about makeup, costumes, and gore.

One of Project Twenty1’s most-memorable and most-demanded venues, the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum is back again for our Friday Night Party – and it’s going to be bigger than ever! Join some of Philadelphia’s best effects makeup artists and fright-makers in this costume party, held in the hidden jewel of Philadelphia – the Tiberinos’ arts garden. Come dressed as a ghoul, goblin, ghost or other scary sight to win tons of cool prizes (and to mess with the “normals”).

Just a 10-minute walk from the International House Theater, we’ll be leading people to the party directly after the Animation Apocalypse screening. Sure, you can always meet us there, too, but you’ll miss the great photo and video opp of a giant horde of people dressed as monsters walking across the city.

Awards: Best Costume, Best Makeup, Most Frightening

$10 at the Door/FREE with ALL-ACCESS PASS

Top Photo by Caroline Boyd
Bottom Photo by M. Hong



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