Animated Shorts


The Loft Film Fest is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment.

Don’t miss this eye-popping program of animated short films, offering up an entire universe of styles and techniques that will take you into the future of animation … and beyond!

Featuring a post film Q&A with Paula Astorga & Jazzy Boho!

Battle of the Millennial Mind Jazzy uses a Fisher-Price tape recorder to interview millennials about America in 2017. This short film was animated using the Super Nintendo video game Mario Paint. DIRECTED BY Jazzy Boho, 2018, USA, 5 mins.

Eye Bags Through monologue, Talia describes her chronic insomnia. She does not know its cause and spends many painful nights awake. When Talia meets Ah Gum, a goldfish who lives in her eye bags, they develop an interesting relationship. DIRECTED BY Jun H, 2016, Hong Kong, 6 mins.

Hedgehog’s Home In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. He is respected and envied by the other animals. However, Hedgehog’s unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Together, they march off towards Hedgehog’s home and spark a tense and prickly standoff. DIRECTED BY Eva Cvijanovic, 2017, Canada/Croatia, 10 mins.

I Like Girls First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions, and confusing issues of identity. In her trademark playful style, Quebec cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin, a.k.a. Obom, adapts her latest graphic novel for the screen, using endearing anthropomorphic figures to tell poignant real-life stories of love. DIRECTED BY Diane Obomsawin, 2016, Canada, French with English subtitles, 8 mins.

Intimity As she is showering, dressing, and putting on her makeup, a woman bares her soul. DIRECTED BY Elodie Dermange, 2017, Switzerland, 6 mins.

Jeom “I was born with a big birthmark on by butt, which I was always very self conscious of. When I was a child, my mother told me not to worry because one day it would be gone. But no!!! All these years later, of course I still have it! And then, my son was born…” -Kangmin Kim. A strange and wonderful story about a special connection between father and son. DIRETED BY Kangmin Kim, 2018, South Korea/USA, Korean with English Subtitles, 4 mins.

Medium Rare Analyzing human interaction with objects and their functional and aesthetic presence in recurrent, yet questionable domestic scenarios. DIRECTED BY Luca Cioci, 2018, Italy/USA, 5 mins

My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes A short documentary that follows director Charlie Tyrell as he tries to uncover a better understanding of his deceased father through the random objects he inherited, including a pile of VHS dirty movies. DIRECTED BY Charlie Tyrell, 2018, USA, 14 mins.

The Shivering Truth The Shivering Truth is a miniature propulsive omnibus clusterbomb of painfully riotous daymares all dripping with the orange goo of dream logic. A series of loosely linked emotional parables about stories within tales that crawled out of the deepest caverns of your unconscious mind and became lovingly animated in breath-slapping stop motion – in other words, it is the truth. DIRECTED BY Vernon Chatman, 2018, USA, 11 mins.

Thara Thara is a trans woman and sex worker living in Honduras. In spite of prejudice and violence, she risks everything in order to be herself- even in the face of the monstrous dangers that stalk the night. DIRECTED BY Paco Ramírez and Tanya O’Carroll, 2018, Mexico/Honduras/United Kingdom, Spanish with English Subtitles, 14 mins.

Viva el Rey (Long Live The King) On a chessboard where the battle is over, a black pawn watches as the stage crumbles due to the battles it has been subjected to. In this way a new opportunity arises for both sides in a “game” that acquires new dimensions. Long Live The King is a stop motion short film, whose intention is to approach in a lyrical way the phenomenon of war and the different processes deployed on a chessboard. DIRECTED BY Luis Téllez Ibarra, 2017, Mexico, 9 mins.