2017 Festival

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SEAFF 2017 | AWE AND DREAD

It is AWEsome to be human and to be alive, but the evolution of human intelligence has also burdened our species with a self-awareness of life’s impermanence. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard called these two uniquely human emotions, awe and dread. Through its symbolic meditation on mortality, this work attempts to find meaning between the fleeting flavors of bubblegum and cultural programming that entrenches us in our denial of death.


Tommy Becker attended the San Francisco Art Institute as an undergraduate before receiving his MFA in Film/Video/Performance from California College of Arts. A poet and musician trapped in a camcorder, Becker continues to feed his video, music and poems into his never-ending saga, “TAPE NUMBER ONE”.

SEAFF 2017 | Little Red Giant

After one too many social dust ups, an unhinged artist, Anna, goes berserk at an academic’s barbecue, To add insult to injury, her German Studies boyfriend, Klaus, mansplains about the path of her work, strongly encouraging her to focus on traditional forms such as portraiture. The barbecue becomes an endless trial for Anna, which culminates in an assault.

Laura Harrison lives and works in Chicago. Her films focus on marginalized, social outcasts with their own sub cultures. These fringe characters provide a focal point for her concerns with diaspora, trans humanism, gender and the loss of touch in an overwhelmingly visual world. Her films have shown at various festivals internationally including The New York Film Festival, Ottowa International Animation Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, Kerry Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Sene, Boston International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, GLAS and Melbourne International Animation Festival.

SEAFF 2017 | NOCTURNE

At night the forest creatures gather to gamble, putting their innermost at stake.

Since graduating from the Kassel School of Art and Design Anne Breymann has been working as a puppet builder, designer and animator for international animated film and tv productions. She received Artist in Residence grants from the Netherlands Institute for Animation film, the Abbey of Fontevraud in France and the Finnish Saari Residence.

SEAFF 2017 | SERPENTINE

In the midst of reflective fantasy, a young woman’s inner thoughts arouse a surreal exploration of sensuality, self-esteem, and deeply rooted fears. Her arrival is one of strength and beauty.

Bronwyn Maloney is a New York City native with a background in fine art and theater production. A graduate of Bennington College, she has studied design and performance techniques for theater, dance, and film. She is currently a Masters candidate in Experimental Animation at CalArts. Serpentine is her first student film.

SEAFF 2017 | PATAREI PRISON

During the period of 1920-2002 Patarei (Tallinn, Estonia) was a prison. Until quite recently you could visit the empty rooms. These spaces are explored, in the film, by a naive, bouncing, tennis ball.
The idea of this artistic “performance” was to relate the architecture spaces of a prison.

Ricard Carbonell has a PhD in cinema from the Complutense University of Madrid, has diplomas from the universities of Barcelona, ECAM Madrid and Microobert (Barcelona). Today he is teaching Cinema at TAI Cinema School (R.J.C. University) in Madrid.