DARK SIDE OF THE TOON
There’s no denying that GIRAF has a soft spot for the strange. But even in a festival full of futuristic science fiction, impressionistic fairy tales and claymation explorations, there’s always room to get weirder.
Dark Side of the Toon, our late-night shorts collection, is the home for the kind of film that’s meant to be seen after dark. Some are meditations on serious issues; others are absurdist fantasies. From a lost cat in the big city to the true story of a scientist’s love for a pigeon; from a funeral gone wrong to living with the curse of hot dog hands, these are movies that will drop your jaw, scramble your brains and alter your state.
BARBEQUE Dir. Jenny Jokela
A visceral journey about coping with post traumatic stress disorder, visualizing feelings of shame and disembodiment.
GARDEN PARTY Dir. Théophile Dufresne et al
In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts.
HOT DOG HANDS Dir. Matt Reynolds
This woman can't stop growing fingers.
OPEN CASKET Dir. Noah Malone
Grief takes flight.
RABBIT'S BLOOD Dir. Sarina Nihei
A girl struggles to understand the community.
SNOW WHITE COLOGNE Dir. Amanda Eliasson
a visual poem, post-rationalizing the struggle of a young girl's drug addiction.
THE FUTURE Dir. Greg Sharp
A comically cynical vision of a future where the water is gone, all that’s left is dust and desperation.
STILL Dir. Tank Standing Buffalo
An animated sci fi music video about how one love spreads across an infinite multiverse, starring singer Sammy Jean.
CAT CITY Dir. Victoria Vincent
It's a tough world out there for a runaway cat, trying to make its way in the big city.
GLUCOSE Dir. Jeron Braxton
A journey through the dream of a video game character who has been K.O.'d during a match.
KNOCKSTRIKE Dir. Genís Rigol, Pau Anglada & Marc Torices
Two men who hit the street accidentally swap briefcases. One contains a videotape that will lead the new owner on a journey.
PROTPLASM Dir. Katrin Novaković
Protoplasm is the living substance of which the cells of an organism are built. It is the liquid foundation of life.
ROOMMATES Dir. Jamie Wolfe
Sanity diminishes as the temperature rises.
THE BIGGEST WAD IS MINE Dir. Sam Gurry
Junior High is one sticky situation.
THE TESLA WORLD LIGHT Dir. Matthew Rankin
New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan. Inspired by real events.