SHORTSFEST 2018 ASPEN PROGRAM 11

Shorts Program Eleven

Sunday, April 8 *FAMILY FUN* | 12:00PM |66 min. | Filmmaker Q&A to follow | Wheeler Opera House

Hedgehog’s Home

In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. He is respected and envied by the other animals. However, Hedgehog’s unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Together, they march off towards Hedgehog’s home and spark a tense and prickly standoff. Exquisitely directed by Eva Cvijanović and based on the classic story by Branko Ćopić, a writer from the former Yugoslavia, Hedgehog’s Home is a warm and universal tale for young and old that reminds us there truly is no place like home. (Eva Cvijanović, Canada/Croatia, 10 min.)

Beeswax

Pop’s self-sufficiency leaves little patience for his granddaughter, Anna, a young dependent in his life, while the maintenance of a cherished accordion keeps him cloaked in the pain of the past. When the demands of raising a young girl break both his concentration and the instrument, he’s recalled to life in the present. Pops has an opportunity to both mend his relationship with Anna and pass along his skillset. But before they can succeed, they’ll need to make a small-time heist and Anna revisits a recent foe in the process. (Cristoforo Magliozzi, USA, 7 min.) World Premiere

Undiscovered

Undiscovered follows Sasquatch on his quest for a good photo of himself. His attempts to jump into a photo before scaring away the hikers who are taking them are thwarted by the usual suspects—food in his teeth, closed eyes, mussed-up hair, an out-of-focus shot—resulting in deleted photos every time. (Sara Litzenberger, USA, 3 min.)

Possum

Seven-year-old David is sick of being left behind. He convinces his lumberjack Father into taking him through the rugged bush of New Zealand, but his 11-year-old brother Nathan, doesn’t think David’s up to the challenge. That night in the forest hut, Dad’s workmate, Toko, tells a tall tale of a notorious possum named Scar, setting David’s nerves on edge. After a rough sleep in a tent, terrorized by night creatures, Nathan drags David into the bush to hunt the possum from Toko’s story. Scar is not like any other possum. David will need to face his fears to prove himself in his brother’s eyes. (Dave Whitehead, New Zealand, 15 min.)

Rouff

Rouff is sad, he only has three legs and is alone. Then he folds Pete from the paper he is drawn on. This is not only the beginning of a wonderful friendship, but also the meeting of two kinds of animated film – 2D and 3D. Rouff and Pete’s quest for the fourth leg is an adventurous story, not only for children. (Markus Eschrich/Benjamin Brand/Johannes Engelhardt/Markus Eschrich/Johannes Lumer/Julius Rosen, Germany, 7 min.)

Loser Leaves Town

11-year-old luchador Jose, isolated from everyone around him, retreats into a fantasy world to connect with a part of himself he feels slipping away. When he encounters a tough 12-year-old girl, he finds his sanctuary world being infiltrated by the real one. As he deals with a tumult of withheld pre-teen emotion, Jose must decide which world is his true path. (Mark Nickelsburg, USA, 12 min.) World Premiere

Poles Apart

Poles Apart tells the story of an unlikely meeting between Nanuk, a tough female polar bear, and Aklak, an enthusiastic male grizzly bear, brought together by their changing habitats. The lack of food in a melting Arctic has left the solitary Nanuk desperately hungry. When the hopeful and eager Aklak crashes into Nanuk’s world, she has to decide if the naïve grizzly bear is her food or her friend. (Paloma Baeza, Singapore, 12 min.)