SEAFF 2016 | Disconnector

Faiyaz Jafri, Disconnector

Jafri explores Jungian archetypes in the modern world, distilling the pop references of mass media and global popular culture into a visual shorthand of net-archetypes. His films have been selected worldwide in prestigious festivals and exhibitions.

SEAFF 2016 | Axiom

Sally Grizzell Larson, Axiom

The rhythm of clapping hands, the repetition of images in equally timed segments: We are lulled and seduced. Like any other high functioning receptor, the human brain is indiscriminate about what it picks up. How then do we resist the seemingly benign when we’re mesmerized by it in spite of our better judgment?

At the Toronto Urban Film Festival, “Axiom” was awarded Best in Category: The Medium is the Message. Screenings of her video works include NewFilmmakers NY, Anthology Film Archives; Galerija Galženica, Velika Gorica, Croatia; Berlin International Directors Lounge. Her photographic work has been exhibited at the National Centre of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Brooklyn Museum; Goldsmiths and elsewhere.

SEAFF 2016 | Chase Me

Gilles Deschaud, Chase Me

This short film follows a ukelele-playing girl who is chased through a dark forest by the monster that emerges from her own shadow.

Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud is working in the VFX industry as a digital artist and animator. He has experimented with various animation techniques, using a hybrid of 2D mediums combined with 3D animation.

SEAFF 2016 | Memory Lines

Neil Kendricks, Memory Lines

Memory Lines chronicles a chance encounter between two strangers – a man and a woman – who connect in the darkness of an empty movie theater by only speaking in appropriated lines of dialogue from classic movies.

Neil Kendricks is a filmmaker, artist, photographer, writer, educator and the Film Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). Kendricks earned a Master’s degree in Television, Film and New Media from San Diego State University in 2006.

SEAFF 2016 | Merkur

Melis Balcı & Ege Okal, Merkur

In the film Merkür a young artist who works as a gallery assistant is taken to a luxury dinner with her boss, the gallery owner, after an international art fair. An art collector, a curator and an institution director join the table where she is introduced to the hierarchy of the art world.

Melis Balci and Ege Okal are independent animation filmmakers living and working in Istanbul. Merkür is their first animated film as a duo,