Empty Places

Narrative Shorts: Animation

Rousing adventures, complex introspections, and unconventional families highlight this animated collection.

117 minutes 12 films
Available Nov. 5-22
Available Only in MO/IL

10000 Ugly Inkblots

10000 Ugly Inkblots

Directed by
Dmitry Geller
2020
8 minutes
No Dialogue
Two calligraphy and painting masters share the same interests with each other but have not met for a long time.
Bird

Bird

Directed by
Wu-Ching Chang
2019
5 minutes
No Dialogue
A girl suffers from sudden panic attacks, and when an episode is accompanied by a flapping of wings, she begins a chaotic journey into her unconscious.
the cat

The Cat

Directed by
Mary Apick
2020
13 minutes
English
A happy little girl sells flowers on the street, but her idyllic world is enveloped by an oozing, malevolent darkness that destroys everything in its path.
Grand Adventure Railroad

Grand Adventure Railroad

Directed by
Hsiao-Shan Huang
2020
15 minutes
No Dialogue
When a luxurious family touring train halts in a pitch-black tunnel, an uninvited creature sneaks on board.
Inside Blue

Inside Blue

Directed by
Yi-Chien Chen
2019
6 minutes
No dialogue
To feel at peace, a man needs all the decorations of his home to be placed in a square frame made of adhesive tape.
Izzy's Demons

Izzy's Demons

Directed by
Greg Garay
2020
7 minutes
English
Jealous of an old friend's success, Izzy struggles with the decision to reconnect.
Oxygen

Oxygen

Directed by
Violette Belzer & Rocky Grispen
2020
11 minutes
English
On a far-away planet, an astronaut who's a doctor suffers from a lack of oxygen and must pay a high price to survive.
Tangle

Tangle

Directed by
Maliheh Gholamzadeh
2019
8 minutes
No Dialogue
When people lose their homes in a war, they are forced to leave all their memories and loved ones behind.
To the Dusty Sea

To the Dusty Sea

Directed by
Héloïse Ferlay
2020
12 minutes
French
Left alone in the summer, Malo and Zoe try their best to catch their mother’s elusive eye.
Too Late

Too Late

Directed by
Roy Stein
2020
5 minutes
English
In the small hours of the night, drowning in black coffee and paperwork, a lonely office worker finds that sanity is slipping away.
toomas

Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves

Directed by
Chintis Lundgren
2019
18 minutes
English
After losing a well-paid engineering job, a young, hot wolf is forced into working as a gigolo to support his family.