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On the Surface

1h 23m Short, Animation 2022


A collection of experimental and surreal short animations from around the world.

(Age Recommendation: 15+)


The Clearing (Dir: Daniel Robert Hope)

In a desperate struggle against his ballooning ego, Bill battles in vain to re-woo Deb with his below-par outdoor skills and, quite frankly, shocking behaviour, until their last-ditch camping trip takes a VERY sinister turn.

Homebird (Dir: Ewa Smyk)

Struggling to make it in a big city, a young artist finds herself retreating into the rose-tinted memories of the village she left behind.

Step Into the River (Dir: Weijia Ma)

Lu and Wei live in a village in rural China. They often go to the nearby river to play with their fathers. The river has a special and solemn meaning to the community.

Plantarium (Dir: Tomek Ducki)

There is an unusual garden in a dark cave cultivated by a lonely man. One day, while he is pruning the plants he finds a little boy in a pot. The child’s nails are just as long as the offshoots of a plant.

On the Surface (Dir: Fan Sissoko)

Ada goes swimming in the Icelandic sea and reflects on raising a child in a country that feels nothing like home. As she enters the freezing water, she relives her traumatic pregnancy. Soon her swimming eases. Facing her fears is helping her heal.

Busline 35A (Dir: Elena Felici)

One city bus, three passengers and a back seat scenario they fail to address.

JeiJay (Dir: Petra Stipetic & Maren Wiese)

Two people who try to repress the slow but inevitable decay of their relationship.

The Many Faces of Ava (Dir: Izabela Barszcz)

After facing herself deeply buried in her memories, many-faced woman Ava comes to the realisation that we need to evolve beyond social expectations.

Drawing on Autism (Dir: Alex Widdowson)

Drawing on Autism is an exploration of the ethical issues that arise when a non-autistic filmmaker attempts to represent an autistic documentary participant.

Bardo (Dir: Aisling Conroy)

A woman questions her lifestyle choices when the travails of urban living are one day jolted into juxtaposition with nature and a simpler way of life.

Running Time: 83 mins.

Screening as part of Cinemagic ‘On the Pulse’ Short Film Festival.

‘On the Pulse’ is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.


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