Fairytales and fables form the fulcrum of these short films. Zlatko Bourek's psychedelic-era animation The Cat is a day-glo adaptation of Aesop's 'Venus and the Cat', in which a man falls in love with a cat-turned-woman.

American independent filmmaker Anna Biller handmade costumes, sets, props and music for Fairy Ballet, an adaptation of her theatre production. Chilean papier-mâché animation Strange Creatures is a modern fable for the climate change era, in which forest animals discover humans are the truly strange creatures.

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Short film 22nd Sep · 14:30 (15 mins)

Strange Creatures

Cristóbal Léon & Cristina Sitja

“Nothing could alter the calm of the forest... or so it seemed”. Strange Creatures is a beautifully stylistic papier-mâché animation which can be understood as a modern fable. The film is the first collaboration between Cristóbal Léon—who has made a number of successful short and feature films over the past years in collaboration with Joaquín Cociña—and illustrator and animator Cristina Sitja. It is an adaptation of Sitja’s 2014 children’s book of the same title (Extrañas Criaturas in Spanish) in which she wanted to talk about the effects of human actions on nature.

Short film 22nd Sep · 14:30 (11 mins)

Fairy Ballet

Anna Biller

Anna Biller’s short Fairy Ballet could perhaps be considered an outlier among the American independent filmmaker’s body of work. Most known for films that take on cult and genre cinemas, upending their conventions to infuse a female gaze and perspective not commonly shown, Biller has been hailed by critics and audiences for her features Viva and The Love Witch, as well as a body of short filmmaking.

Short film 22nd Sep · 14:30 (10 mins)

The Cat

Zlatko Bourek

The Cat is an interesting meeting of the Yugoslavian animation studio Zagreb Film and Rome’s Corona Cinematografica, a prominent producer of documentaries, animation and experimental films. The short film was directed by Zlatko Bourek, one of the prized animators in the Zagreb School, a term for a group of Yugoslav animators whose works of social satire and modernist design became inter- nationally recognised from the late 1950s through the 1970s. A day-glo adaptation of Aesop’s ‘Venus and the Cat’, The Cat holds many hallmarks of psychedelic-era art and design: shocking colours, marbled or textured backgrounds and Aubrey Beardsley-esque figures, both nude and clothed.

Short film 22nd Sep · 14:30 (7 mins)

Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles

Part-pagan ritual, part-fairytale, this dance around the Maypole produced by venerable English progressive rock stalwarts Jethro Tull is a fantastical, psychedelic happening. With music and spoken word taken from the group's 1973 album A Passion Play, the film was made as a visual component of their elaborately-produced tour for the album. As such, it is rarely considered on its own outside of the band's context, but the short film is an exhilarating and humourous work that touches on many aspects of fairytale and folklore.

Short film 19th Sep · 10:00 (15 mins)

Strange Creatures

Cristóbal Léon & Cristina Sitja

“Nothing could alter the calm of the forest... or so it seemed”. Strange Creatures is a beautifully stylistic papier-mâché animation which can be understood as a modern fable. The film is the first collaboration between Cristóbal Léon—who has made a number of successful short and feature films over the past years in collaboration with Joaquín Cociña—and illustrator and animator Cristina Sitja. It is an adaptation of Sitja’s 2014 children’s book of the same title (Extrañas Criaturas in Spanish) in which she wanted to talk about the effects of human actions on nature.

Short film 19th Sep · 10:00 (10 mins)

The Cat

Zlatko Bourek

The Cat is an interesting meeting of the Yugoslavian animation studio Zagreb Film and Rome’s Corona Cinematografica, a prominent producer of documentaries, animation and experimental films. The short film was directed by Zlatko Bourek, one of the prized animators in the Zagreb School, a term for a group of Yugoslav animators whose works of social satire and modernist design became inter- nationally recognised from the late 1950s through the 1970s. A day-glo adaptation of Aesop’s ‘Venus and the Cat’, The Cat holds many hallmarks of psychedelic-era art and design: shocking colours, marbled or textured backgrounds and Aubrey Beardsley-esque figures, both nude and clothed.

Short film 19th Sep · 10:00 (7 mins)

Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles

Part-pagan ritual, part-fairytale, this dance around the Maypole produced by venerable English progressive rock stalwarts Jethro Tull is a fantastical, psychedelic happening. With music and spoken word taken from the group's 1973 album A Passion Play, the film was made as a visual component of their elaborately-produced tour for the album. As such, it is rarely considered on its own outside of the band's context, but the short film is an exhilarating and humourous work that touches on many aspects of fairytale and folklore.