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    The Periwig Maker
    Set in rat-infested London during the Black Plague, this absorbing puppet animation portrays a solitary wig maker in the throws of a fateful decision. To escape the risk of infection, he seals himself off from the rest of the world. When a sick little girl knocks at his door, his life is turned upside down. Mortality and humanity collide in this haunting Oscar-nominated film based on the Daniel Dafoe novel, A Journal of the Plague Year. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Steffen Schaeffler and produced by his sister Annette. The intricate puppet set took seven months to build.
    Length: 15 minutes

    This touching and unusual claymation work is a brother's tribute to his beloved but sickly older sibling, who "didn't look for trouble, it found him." A moving remembrance of a life that might have been, it's sure to leave a lump in your throat. Written and directed by animator Adam Benjamin Elliot, whose films have won more than 18 major awards all over the world and have appeared at more than 10 0 film festivals.
    Length: 8 minutes

    Lounge Act
    It's the day that everyone in the household is dreading. The old man has decided to move into the nursing home. This is all fine and dandy, but his bird and dog want to know what's going to happen to them. This film answers the question that all pet owners have always wondered about - what do pets do when you're away?
    Length: 7 minutes

    Meet an old man who is searching for something that we will all lose - our youth. When an object from the past rekindles a happy memory from childhood, the future will never be the same. Created by self-taught animator Tim Granberg. The four-minute film took eight months to create.
    Length: 4 minutes

    An angelic statue longs for freedom. It spots a flock of migrating geese and wants to join them, so it tries to remove itself from the base on which it is affixed. Created by French animator Constantin Chamski, who studied computer animation in Portugal at Sup Com Balencienne.
    Length: 5 minutes

    Metamorphosis, Part 1
    Gregor wakes up to find himself changed into a giant bug. His family and his boss try to get him out of his room. Animated by Charlie Ramos, who studied illustration at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and has gone on to work for Lucas Arts and Will Vinton Studios.
    Length: 8 minutes

    On a barren planet, a strange creature searches desperately for water to grow food to survive. Animated by Christian Sawade Meyer.
    Length: 7 minutes

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