CVF is proud to present Animazing, a selection of award winning animation films from the Communication University of China.
This year CVF is very proud to be partnering with the School of Animation and Digital Arts from Communication University of China (CUC) to present a selection of award winning student animation films. Curated by mentors and established filmmakers Professor Shengying Ai and Lian Luan, this programme presents a spectrum of creativity from young animation filmmakers in China. From the sharp social criticism of stories on the demolition of the city (The Forefinger City) and the danger of insatiable human desires (Port of Desire), to a tribute to famous mobile game, Angry Birds (A Crazy Bird), these students’ works suggest a very promising future for China’s animation industry. The visual style is also greatly varied, including sci-fi high definition in Planet Unknown, stunning beautiful pictures that blend Hollywood and traditional Chinese painting in The Abyss as well as Chinese folk story-style cartoon animation in Me.
The School of Animation and Digital Arts, CUC, established in 2001, is one of the earliest and leading institutes in China of animation and digital media art and currently enrols over 1,000 students.
1. Lion Dance
DIRS. Duan Wenkai & Ma Weijia
Two Lion dancers fight for the leading spot in a performance. When crisis hits, they quickly learn to overcome their rivalry and put on a thoroughly entertaining show, earning the applause of the audience.
Selected Awards & Festivals
2012 Tokyo Animation Festival Jury Special Mentioning
20th Stugart Festival of Animated Film selected entry
2012 Expotoons(Argentina) Best Graduation Film
6th Asian Youth Animation&Comics Contest First Prize
14th Japan TBS Digicon6 Award Creativity Prize
2012 Macao International Movie Festival Best Animation
2. A Crazy Bird
DIRS: Zhang Jiayuan / Ding Chujun / Lv Zhangshuya / Wang Tianbai / Meng Fanzhuo
A bird takes a ridiculous revenge on a man who broke her egg.
A woman who has Obsessive-compulsive disorder, can’t endure anything with wrinkles beside her, including her own face. In order to maintain her skin smooth, the surgery she had results the face stiff, that she can’t have any facial expression anymore. Thus, she generally only uses color tape to make a smiling face.
DIRS: Sun Nan / Han Beichen / Ding Shengzhe / Han Lu
Life is a circle. The start is the destination.
2015 Golden Dinosaur Animation Contest Jury Special Award
2016 Berlin International Short Animation Film Festival
5. Do Homework
DIRS.Han Beichen / Sun Nan
This is what our brain might be like when we are doing homework.
2014 Beijing University Animation Competition First Prize
2014 China International Youth Animation and New Media Competition Special Prize
6. In Poster
A girl and a boy have their romantic trips, experiencing the scenes in a couple of movie Posters.
7. A Stop in the Mist
DIRS: Zhang Kang / Qiu Pengfei
An old man is waiting for someone at a bus stop. He has gone through his life in the same spot right until the end.
8. Stick Together
DIRS. Xu Ruozhao / Yamazaky Shishi
When you recognize a connection to someone, it feels like you two were meant to be, like it was a coincidence or was predestined. In this film, two separated chopsticks experience this feeling.
9. Outside the elevator
DIR: Wang Ruoshan
A girl gives up the elevator and takes stairs after experiencing all sorts of crazy behaviour from fellow elevator takers.
10. Planet Unknown
DIR: Wang Zixiao
Inspired by diverse movies such as Interstellar, Wall-E, Toy Story, and Chappie as well as NASA’s breath-taking documentaries about Mars Rover Curiosity, Shawn Wang started to work on this project in July 2015. At the very beginning, there was no fixed storyline, until later that year in November. Shawn says the whole process of creation was a major challenge and a great opportunity to improve his skills.
2016 Burbank International Film Festival Best Animation Short
2016 Aniwow Beijing International University Students Animation Festival Best Short Animation Nominee
2016 Los Angeles Short Film Festival
11. Port of Desire
DIRS: Liu Keling / Lu Fengshuo
Across the Port of Desire, you go between the evil and virtue.
2016 India FICCI-BAF Animation Award Jury Prize
2015 China University Student Animation Competition Best Director
2015 15th Beijing Academy of Films Best Visual Effect Animation Film
12. The Abyss
DIRS: Zheng Wu / Huang Liying
In a snow storm one evening, a teenage boy bravely fights with the wolves chasing him.
13. The Forefinger City
DIRS: Cao Renze / Jin Zewei
A left-behind old lady is forced to move out from her old house, due to the demolition of the surrounding city.