Saturday, September 10, 2016

Film Festival Promos

Film Festivals will often commission short films to be used for purposes such as promotional trailers. These films tend to be both extremely short (often with run times of less than a minute) and quite inventive. Here are five that I like.

First up are two trailers from the Raindance Film Festival.

The Raindance Film Festival in London is the largest and most important independent film festival in the United Kingdom. Raindance showcases features, shorts, and music videos by filmmakers from the UK and around the world.

Raindance Trailer 2006

"Daughter" is a quirky little film from Japan with a great tag line at the end.

Raindance Trailer 2013

This trailer is the longest film in this set (run time 1:45), and is one of the funniest short films I've seen.

Next we have three films produced by Gobelins for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. These films open the daily screening during the festival (a different film is used each day). The Annecy Festival, held in Annecy, France, is the world's top reference for animation films.

Annecy Opener 2007

"Keep Walking" uses a variety of art & animation styles to celebrate the simple act of walking.

Annecy Opener 2011

"Jazzin'" features an energetic 1930's-era jazz dancer.

Annecy Opener 2014

"Hors champ" is unusual in that it is a dark, bleak film... something that is difficult to do convincingly with a run time of less than a minute. The film concerns a cameraman who is filming on the front lines of World War I. (Advisory: graphic violence)

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