We may be behind on the summaries, but rest assured, we’ve been steadily adding to the Indie Animation Mixtape since our last update over a month ago. This post has about half of the new additions, and we’ll be sharing the rest soon—or you could just head to the channel on Vimeo if you want to stay on top of new additions to the 600+ films in the channel. As usual, it’s an eclectic mix of mostly contemporary, mostly 2D animation that we believe represent some of the best of what this medium can do.
9:53 | 2017
Winner of Best Animated Film at the 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Hayashi’s film is a difficult one to describe, transforming train cars and subway crowds into an eerie setting where the laws of physics seem to be breaking down.
Lichtspiel Opus 1
11:43 | 1921
The first publicly screened abstract film, or so they say. An early exploration of the expressive ability of colour and shape.
5:22 | 2020
Wiggin’s film isn’t the first to use software to generate the movement between key frames, but his custom Lizard Ladder software is a novel twist on the approach, fusing an Amiga aesthetic with psychedelic flair.
3:33 | 2015
A celebration of beauty and connection, Liang’s film is a pastel-coloured joy. Doodles and marginalia are recombined in After Effects into a swirling visual symphony.
5:44 | 2008
Former QAS member Malcolm Sutherland has a knack for building philosophical depth into simple (but deceptively complex) images. Forming game is about perception, creation, and more—and as the making of video shows, its creation was anything but straightforward.
A Family That Steals Dogs
John C Kelley
7:30 | 2020
An unusual memoir and a striking story, animated in stark sketches and abstract forms. Death, memory, family, and mental illness, presented with the plainspoken poetry that comes with grief.
6:33 | 2020
After misplacing a Magic 8 Ball, a millennial sinks into her unconscious mind, experiencing a series of bizarre encounters and surreal settings in this GIRAF1-selected student film.
Max Mörtl & Robert Löbel
2:30 | 2017
The routines of an island’s unusual flora and fauna build to a satisfying rhythmical performance in this strangely satisfying collaborative animation.
La boum du gardon
0:30 | 2019
A 30-second animation about a fish that wants to join the party. What more do you need?