Floatl Jan Luis Gottwald

SEAFF IV | Floatl | Jan Luis Gottwald

Floatl is a hybrid stop-motion animation made in Mexico City and Berlin. It combines analog materials with multilayered compositing of video and drawings. It is an audio-visual experience where we witness a realm of wonder, contemplation, moving textures and dissolving colors. In this imaginary aquatic world two characters meet and it ignites a poetic dialog between the two elements. Fire and water. Let it Floatl.

Jan Luis Gottwald was born in Poland. He studied animation for two years and is now studying Fine Arts at UdK Berlin. As his medium of expression he uses various techniques which he combines in hybrid stop motion animations. It is an alchemical amalgamation of painting animation, puppet animation, sculpture, real live video, green screen footage and object animation.

Wind Dana Sink

SEAFF IV | Wind | Dana Sink

WIND – An exploration of movement and meaning. “My work is a translation of how I experience the objects, people, and landscapes around me. While reinterpreting what I experience, I reference art history, experimental animation history and film history, with the goal of adding to the experimental arts while using the building blocks of our past.”

Dana Sink lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, two cats, and a dog. He creates allegorical animations that draw inspiration from the people and objects around him. His paintings, films, and animations have been seen in galleries and museums internationally. His achievements include several group and independent exhibitions and being featured in various articles and publications. His films have received recognition in several film and animation festivals and his work has been seen on MTV and MSNBC.

Castle Ryotaro Miyajima

SEAFF IV | Castle | Ryotaro Miyajima

During the period of the ‘Provinces at war’, many lives were lost. A castle architect discovers the possible role of a tea room as a place for warriors to regain humanity.

Ryaotaro Miyajima was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1989. Grew up in Bali, Indonesia. Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Intermedia Art in 2015. Received master’s degree from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Film and New Media, Department of Animation in 2017. 2016: “RADIO WAVE” received the Graduation Film DHL Diversity Prize at the 18th Bucheon International Animation Festival, and selected at 32 film festivals in 21 countries. 2017: “AEON” was nominated in ANIMAFEST ZAGREB, and selected at 19 film festivals in 10 countries. 2019: “CASTLE” was selected at 49 film festivals in 32 countries (As of February 22 , 2020).

Move John Graham

SEAFF IV | Move | John Graham

MOVE depicts the surreal dream life of a young comatose man, and how it attempts to guide him to consciousness. Although he seems to be disconnected from life, his interior self echoes symbols of caring from the outer conscious world. Even after he appears to awaken, his imagination presents more ambiguity.

John is a multidisciplinary visual artist and independent filmmaker based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. John’s award winning short experimental films have been screened at over 70 film festivals worldwide in 16 countries including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, UK, and the USA. In making a crossover to independent film-making, John has found that his surrealist tendencies can be potently expressed in short film.

Magnitude Kai Welf Hoyme

SEAFF IV | Magnitude | Kai Welf Hoyme

“Magnitude gives a personal insight into the biography of my mother and combines it with portraits of people and landscapes of the Niederrhein area in mid-west Germany.”

Kai Welf Hoyme was born 1979 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. He holds a MFA in Audiovisual Media from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and a M.A. in cultural and social sciences from the RUB. Since 2003 international exhibitions and screenings including European Media Art festival, Invideo Milano, Images Festival Toronto, Oberhausen Shortfilm Fest., Japan Video Dance Festival Tokyo; File, Sao Paulo; Anchorage Museum, Museum Schloss Rheydt; Durban Int. Film Festival, Time is Love 10, ZKM Karlsruhe and Frame Research, National Museum Soares dos Reis Porto. He works and lives in Cologne and Moenchengladbach.