Khem Animation Film Festival 2019 Schedule

Black Film Block Rated: PG

12:00 pm -1:00 pm

Purge Transformation - (1:30) Rated PG.

Purge has taken on the mantle, hero of New Salem, a state-of-the -art metropolis he himself designed. The vision of New Salem is to build a true utopia within the network of modern America. However, nefarious forces threaten to destroy that vision and exploit Purge's para-natural abilities for their purposes. Now more than ever, Purge must live up to his title as the purifier, the protector of the city and the people he vowed to lead to a better world. Can he do it?

Director: Roosevelt Pitt, Jr.

One Fine Day - (3:50) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Animated Short.

These days, in our busy lifestyles, it’s difficult to find an opportunity to share affection with our neighbors and end our day face-to-face with family. The house owner grandmother brings together the three families with a heart-filled feast. Semi-basement youths who dream to become musicians. 1st floor bread-winning couple who have a child. 2nd floor sisters who came up to Seoul for their studies and career. 3rd floor house owner grandma of the multiplex housing prepares a surprise feast for these families.

Eating the delicious comfort food filled with grandmother’s touch, the residents spend a blissful time. In response to grandmother’s gift, the residents prepare a small party for grandma.

Director: Seong Ho Jang

A New Best Friend for Christmas - (3:04) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Student Short.

A video promoting the adoption of pets without a home during the holiday season. Animation students from East Side High School’s Media Arts Magnet Program in Newark, New Jersey partnered with musician Andy Fediw, the Associated Humane Societies and Thaumaturge Wonderworks to bring you this music video that raises awareness to animals in need and helps the entire family celebrate the holidays.

Balance- (3:36) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Student Short.

Balance is a 2D animated short film about a boy and a girl fighting for painting space, both refusing to give in until the mess they create goes out of control. They then realise the only way out is to work together and strive for coexistence.

The Most Magnificent Thing - (21:59) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Animated Short.

The Most Magnificent Thing is an inspirational story about a little girl with a creative spirit, determined to make great things. Joined by her best friend, her pet dog, the two happily explore the world, doing absolutely everything together. When she receives her very own tool kit, the little girl sets out to make the most magnificent thing for her best friend ‰ÛÒ but it‰Ûªs not as easy as she thinks! The Most Magnificent Thing is a timeless tale about learning through perseverance and hard work, the power of love, and selflessness.

Clocktower Christmas - (4:11) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Music/Sound and Best Student Film (Short).

Short student film about two robins who live in the Shandon Bells Clock tower in Cork city. It's the night before Christmas, and father robin has decided to decorate the clock tower for when his son wakes up in the morning.

*Won a merit award in Best Shorts Competition.

*Was recently screened in Cork City.

*Part of the official selection in Brighton Rocks Film Festival

Director: Dylan Dreher

Cuerdas - (10:00) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Film, 2D (Short) and Best Story.

MarÌ’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.

Directors: Pedro SolÌs, GarcÌa

Night Light - (7:52) Rated PG. Nominated For Best Student Film (Short).

A wide-eyed, newborn sea turtle named Fin finds himself on the illuminated beaches of Miami. It is a perilous time to be a hatchling, with hazards of artificial light and debris present at every turn. With the help of Abueluna, his caring, celestial guide, Fin will make the daring trek from his cluttered nest to the open seas.

Director: Yamiset Trujillo, Jane Suarez

The Enemy - (1:00) Rated PG. Nominated for Best Student Film (Short).

Who the true enemy is.

Directors: Oluwajomiloju Osho, Anjolaoluwa Osho, Oluwatomiwa Osho 

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle & The Millionaires’ Conspiracy - (4:30) Rated PG. Nominated for Animated Game Trailer.

Professor Hershel Layton solved mysteries all over the world, but at present, his whereabouts are in question. Katrielle Layton, his spirited daughter, is a gentlewomanly chip off the old block, albeit a deeply concerned one. She scours England high and low for her dad, and simultaneously accepts the responsibility of his abandoned case load. As puzzling events unfold, Katrielle's earnest assistant, Ernest, and her conversational canine companion, Sherl serve as her rocks. With each closed case, these three sleuthing gems inch toward the truth of Dr. Layton's disappearance. 

Director: Akihiro Hino

Green Film Block Rated: PG-13

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Malika Animated Series - (1:54) Rated PG-13.

Set in fifteenth-century West Africa, Malika: Warrior Queen follows the exploits of Queen and military commander, Malika, who struggles to keep the peace in her ever-expanding empire. Growing up as a prodigy, Malika inherited the crown from her father in the most unusual of circumstances, splitting the Kingdom of Azzaz in half. After years of civil war, Malika was able to unite all of Azzaz, expanding it into one of the largest empires in all of West Africa. But expansion would not come without its costs. Enemies begin to rise within her council, and Azzaz grabbed the attention of the most feared superpower the world has ever known: the Ming Dynasty. As Malika fights to win the clandestine civil war within the walls of her empire, she must now turn her attention to an indomitable and treacherous foe that plans to vanquish her entire people. From dragons to mythical relics, a feuding royal family and magical swords, the story of Malika: Warrior Queen stays true to the fantasy genre while adding something new by setting familiar concepts in an awe-inspiring African setting.

Created by: Roye Okupe (YouNeek Studios)

Azumah: The Ghanaian Hero - (13:05) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Animated Short and Best Film, 2D (Short).

Azumah Nelson, an underdog boxer, who was only given 2 weeks notice to prepare for his maiden international professional fight lost to a Technical Knockout in the last round of the fight albeit speculations of sabotage and diverse hurdles. Azumah Nelson garnered a standing ovation with a loss and that set the tone for his career as a boxer.

The story coincidentally occurs at a time where Azumah Nelson’s homeland country of Ghana is experiencing drastic famine and in dire need of hope. The champ, Azumah Nelson emerges as a symbol of hope and resilience.

The short animation tells this story in way to provide motivation and hope while juxtaposing Azumah Nelson’s resilience to that of an entire nation.

Director: Nii Ofei Kyei Dodoo

Runo - (4:22) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Music/Sound; Best Student Film Short; Best Film, 2D; Best Animated Short.

In a time before music, a wise old wizard builds a harp from the jaw of a monster, and brings magic to the world.

Based on rune #40 from the Kalevala, a collection of ancient Finnish folktales and myths.

Director: Joakim Juti

The Spirit Seam -(14:52) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Animated Short.

The Spirit Seam is a short animated film about a little girl, Pollywog, and her Pap-Paw. Located in an Appalachain coal-mining town in the 1950s, the film takes the audience through the daily life of both characters. At the start of the film, the characters eat breakfast together and then travel to their respective locations-  Pollywog is dropped off at school, and Pap-Paw clocks into work at the Hiraethsburg coal mine. Throughout the film they experience the simple pleasures of rural Appalachian life: catching fireflies, fishing, catching frogs, and birthdays.

Pap-Paw and Pollywog's bond is incredibly strong. In fact, they are inseparable until illness threatens to fracture their small family.

This film is an homage to Gerst's maternal side and their origins working in Southwestern Pennsylvania. It is a piece rooted not only in family roots and origin, but in grief over the loss of family members as well.

The Spirit Seam combines a mixture of animation mediums. The characters have been 3D modeled and animated in Audodesk Maya while the elemental effects are created in the 2D Animation software Toonboom Harmony. The sets are created physically, and are created in a variety of ways: 3D printing, embroidery, felted yarn, and sculptural techniques.

Director: Ashley Gerst

Ballad of pipe and necklace - (12:00) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Animated Short.

In the Stone Age, young Slovenian invented the first flute, and the Croatian girl invented a first necklace in the world. The young couple soon meet and fall in love, but their tribes go into open conflict. All this brings to a great adventure.

Director: Martin Babià

Mara - (9:00) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Film, 2D (Short).

A lonely man comes every day from work back home. He tries to interact with his small apartment. Though every activity he finds, doesn't keep him busy for long. He spent an evening waiting for the night,where his Mara comes. Mara is his nightmare, which come every night and reminds him of his past life. But the lonely man uses his guitar to fight against the sadness and turns a nightmare into a beautiful dream.

Director: Hamid Ghanbariara, Adrianna Wieczorek

Journey - (7:40) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Student Film (Short).

Alone in space, an astronaut drifts  through the empty void. After finding another astronaut in the same predicament, she gives him a polaroid image of the Earth.

They then team up to go on an epic journey across the universe to return to their planet. Will these star-crossed lovers find home?

Director: Radheya Jegatheva

WHAT WEEE ARE: WEEEdroponics - (4:45) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Student Film (Short).

Furthering the research into the relationship between humans, nature and technology. Similarly to humans, bees create highly efficient and organized colonies. Apparently due to human agricultural and technological development a mysterious phenomenon has been rising over the last Century. Colony Collapse Disorder is threatening the delicate equilibriums that allow the cooperative relationship between humans and pollinating insects.

No bees = No pollination = No food

A beehive is composed by an average of 40 to 50,000 individuals. This society has no central authority and nobody's in charge. By distributing labor throughout specialized sectors, bee colonies have the extraordinary ability to act as a single Super Organism. Unfortunately, mainly due to changes in our food production system, honey bee colonies have been in decline since World War II (Spivak, 2013). As a result, over the last few decades, the global stock of domesticated honey bees is growing slower than agricultural demand for pollination (Aizen and Harder, 2009).  Honeybees are disappearing at impressive rates all over the world. Farmers, bees and beekepers have witnessed this rising concern in USA (Hagopian, 2017), India (Krishnan), France (Cailloce, 2016) and China (Goulson, 2012). In the absence of a known cause, this phenomenon has been named: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). CCD is thought to be caused by not one, but a combination of different factors (VanEngelsdorp et al., 2009): pesticides, pathogens and immunodeficiency, viruses, parasites, fungi, climate change, selective breeding, commercialization, malnutrition, GMOs, pollution and perhaps... Electromagnetic fields and cell phone communication (El Halabi et al, 2013)‰Û_

In recent years, scientists at Harvard University have begun developing pollinating robots, which will eventually help support the tireless work of pollinating insects (Spector, 2012). Other researchers, instead, are attempting to cross breed docile domesticated colonies with more resistant, yet more aggressive races from Africa (Richardson, 2013)... or perhaps... will all the resources used and the pollution and waste produced by technological development definitively destroy all pollinators before we find a viable alternative?

Director: Alessandra Turcato, Alessio De Marchi

WHAT WEEE ARE: Honey WEEEs - (8:00) Rated PG-13. Nominated for Best Student Film (Short).

Planting the Seeds, growing the future. Technology pervades every aspect of our lives: the way we move... the way we work... the way we meet and communicate‰Û_ how we make love and what we eat...

Crops all over the world are grown using increasingly technological methods. It is now possible to grow plants at night and in hostile environments, increasing yields and saving water. Most of these methods are based on... Hydroponics.

Since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the seven Wonders of the Ancient World, technology has allowed man to grow great amounts of food. Abundance of food allows man to explore new frontiers... In January 2016 the first flower has blossomed aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Yet, in pursuing his quest, man also generates  huge amounts of increasingly technological waste...

Space Waste is already an issue of cosmic concern...

Director: Alessio De Marchi, Alessandra Turcato

Red Film Block Rated: R

3:20 pm - 4:20 pm

Anacronte - (14:58) Rated R. Nominated for Best Animated Short and Best Film, 3D (Short).

Anacronte and the Sorcerers of Evil, without any emotion and fulfilling their destiny, they put to test humanity's happiness in a struggle that, in short, has each of us as winners and losers.

Director: RaÌl Koler, Emiliano Sette

Candy Coated Poison -(3:32) Rated R. Nominated for Best Student Short.

I grew up in a gambling city called Macao. In that tiny place, we only have two hospitals, but there are hundreds of casinos. I love this city but live in there usually makes me feel that I am no alternative. I cannot ignore the most significant benefit from the casinos (the great incomes of the taxation, the welfare benefits of the medical treatment, free education and a large number of the employment opportunities), but I know they are killing the city. I have seen what is happening in that place, but I cannot change or stop anything.

Not to say the casinos are a bad place, but for people living in this city, they are sugar and poison, sticking with life. Everything has two sides, on one hand, it is supporting the city, on the other hand, it is feeding the city with people's lives.

Highlight statement : Everything has two sides, when you saw the good side, you were touching the bad side.

Director: Sok Ieng Ho

Room 211: “The Fire Drill” - (12:59) Rated R. Nominated for Best Animated Short.

Director: Antoin Howard

Broken Being - (15:09) Rated R. Nominated for Best Film, 2D (Short).

In a post-apocalyptic world called Broken Being where bygone civilization and all its glory will soon be forgotten, humanity faces an unprecedented existential crisis when confronted by different life forms of clones and machines. The minority who survived, are quarantined in machine-controlled ecological zones, called Tranquil Havens. Would humans surrender to the order of the new world, or would they change to adapt, revolutionize and regain dominance? Broken Being is about those little beings and their stories in a broken world that is full of struggles and uncertainty.

Director: Quang Dang

Your Eyes, Will I Ever - (4:22) Rated R. Nominated for Best Animated Short.

In a house lost in the middle of the desert a man sees his girlfriend gradually transform into a butterfly.

Director: FÌlicien Colmet DaÌ¢ge

iRony - (7:53) Rated R. Nominated for Best Student Film (Short).

A film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone.

Variously described as an Animation, an Experimental Film, a Narrative, a Documentary or a Film-Poem depending on who you speak to, this hand drawn animated film is based on the poem 'Seven Billion' written by the film director that won 2 National poetry awards: The Young Australian Writer National Award for Poetry, selected out  of a field of 30,000 and the Karen W Treanor Poetry Award (Youth).

Director: Radheya Jegatheva

Student selects

4:00 pm - 4:50 pm


5:00 pm - 5:45 pm


6:15 pm - 6:25 pm


7:00 pm - 7:05 pm

Blade - (50:00) Episodes 1-2 , Rated PG-13

Legendary half-vampire, half-human vampire hunter Blade is tracking Deacon Frost, a very powerful and influential vampire who killed his mother and who heads Existence, a secretive vampire organization that operates in Southeast Asia.

MaatKara - (55:09) Episodes 1-6 , Rated PG

"Maatkara" (pronounced Mah-aht-kah-rah), Maat is a priestess and healer chosen by the gods as a divine administrator of justice who must fight evil forces. The tale is set in the year 9002 A.D., when the descendants of Egypt survive deep within the planet. Maat's role is to defeat the NetworQ, an evil technological cabal led by the god of chaos, Set (voiced by actor Kevin Conway).

Created by Dawit Lessanu

EXO - The Legend of Wale Williams - (8:38) , Rated PG

EXO - The Legend of Wale Williams Part 1 is a science fiction superhero story about redemption, set in a futuristic, 2025 Africa! The story follows the journey of Wale Williams, an impetuous young adult who inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing.

Roye Okupe (YouNeek Studios)

Simon & Sadie Animated Short - (4:27) , Rated PG

Christopher Torres, Junior - Technology High School