Shorts: Animation

2019, 90 minutes, Digital, NR (Not recommended for children)

A rich collection of animated shorts produced using a broad range of techniques, from the painstakingly handmade to the meticulously digital. These films bring visual pleasures and splendors unique to their respective mediums.


This year’s lineup of animated shorts contains a variety of decidedly adult themes and is therefore not recommended for younger audiences.

For child-friendly content, we suggest our Saturday Morning Cartoon screening, curated by Sweaty Eyeballs Animation. The film The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales screens at 10 AM on Saturday, May 11th in the Parkway’s historic main auditorium.

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Buena Vista
Zoe Friedman, 2018, USA, 2:16 minutes, World Premiere at MdFF 2019
This animation is a celebration of love. It was created by printing out individual frames of a video and having my family and friends draw all over them. I recorded the sound on a trip to Mexico.
Bug Bite
Emily Ann Hoffman, 2019, USA, 7:43 minutes
A millennial woman and a female bed bug form an unlikely bond while contending with toxic masculinity.
Albert Birney, 2018, USA, 9 minutes
A fly is trying to have a quiet morning at home but the buzzer won't stop ringing.
Luca Cioci, 2018, USA/Italy, 5 minutes
Functional and aesthetic values in recurrent, yet questionable domestic scenarios.
The Moon's Milk
Ri Crawford, 2018, USA, 14 minutes
Set between the gravities of two heavenly bodies, The Moon's Milk is a handmade stop motion short about a time when the moon was close enough to be reached by ladder. Longing, missed signals, and mishaps lead to the enchantment of the heavens with music.
The Phantom 52
Geoff Marslett, 2019, USA, 8:00 minutes
Loneliness is a trucker who calls out on his CB radio waiting for a reply that never comes; A ghost that haunts the deserted highways; and a whale that sings at a frequency no other whale can even hear.
Smoke's Last Thought
Miranda Javid, 2018, USA, 16:00 minutes
A wisp of smoke rises through Los Angeles while mourning her imminent disappearance. In the midst of her nervous breakdown, she encounters other disenfranchised beings, the Other bodies of the city, and the intervening self of a form that is no longer singular.
Under Covers
Michaela Olsen, 2018, USA, 7:22 minutes
On the night of a lunar eclipse, we uncover the sweet, salacious, and spooky secrets of a small town. From a pigtailed psychopath to naughty nuns and everything in between, this stop motion animated film conjures a comforting thought: that weird is relative.
Evie Metz, 2018, USA, 4:30 minutes, U.S. Premiere
In this saturated plasticine vignette, all unfolds intuitively as the main character experiences shifting degrees of pleasure.
The Wheel Turns
Sang Joon Kim, 2018, USA, 12:39 minutes
The jaded subway operator in NYC finds his life repetitive and tedious. Once he and fellow passengers turn into toads, the operator explores through portals to find what causes the transformation.
Maggie Brennan, 2018, USA, 4 minutes
In the bittersweet, 2D-animated "Yours," an elderly woman falls for a romance scammer on a dating site for seniors.