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"The Bigger Picture"
Director: Daisy Jacobs
Kudos: Annecy International Animated Film Festival (Best Graduation Film); Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation Award - 3rd Place); Edinburgh International Film Festival (Creative Innovation in a Short Film); Hiroshima International Animation Festival (Grand Prix)
Lowdown: "The Bigger Picture" is one of the more varied examples of multi-media on the list. It's a blend of life-sized, wall-painted characters and real objects. It's certainly a film that earns its title in that regard and my instinct is that animators are sure to go gaga for the commitment. Narratively, it tells a story of two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother, which gives it a bit of heft and substance; it doesn't just feel like an exercise. It's a fascinating piece of work from a production standpoint and the film has obviously already picked up a number of prizes.