Puppet Animation Scotland and the Edinburgh Short Film Festival created a new award in 2017 for Best Animation, to be presented annually at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival. The inaugural award, presented on the ESFF closing night on Saturday November 11th, was won by French animator, Chloe Lesueur for her extraordinary short film TIS.

For manipulate 2018, we’re delighted to to have been asked to present a programme of some of our favourite animated short films from our previous edition .  The ESFF aims to screen the strongest programme from submissions, with around a dozen top-quality animated shorts each year, so to reflect the breadth of our films, we wanted to curate a programme which contained 2D animation, stop-motion animation, CGI and Claymation and the programme for our screening at manipulate 2018 reflects that!

We’re very pleased that 2 films screened at the 2018 ESFF have now gone on to become Oscar shortlisted and one of them, FOX & THE WHALE by Robin Joseph is screening at manipulate 2018!
Winner of Best Animation at our partner festival, Fastnet Film Festival, and formerly screened at Hollyshorts in LA and Flickers, the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Robin Joseph’s
epically-scaled FOX AND THE WHALE follows a fox on a visually arresting tale of pursuit and longing as it searches for an elusive whale.


Winner of both the ESFF Best Animation and Best animated short at Brazil Stop Motion Film Festival as well as Award of distinction at Athens Animafest, TIS by Chloe Lesueur is a beautifully-realised depiction of a character in a paper world. Depicting a world entirely constructed of paper, the contours of a character take shape and we feel the weight of the paper and the paper world that surrounds the character, Tis, who must cope with the large sheet of paper that he drags with him.


Previously screened at Encounters Film Festival and at BUSHO – Budapest Short Film Festival, FILMS TO BREAK PROJECTORS by Tim Iloobia approaches the process of making films in a literal sense and creating visual music through imagery, ‘Films to Break Projectors’ glues and splices 35mm, 16mm, standard and super 8mm filmstrips together to create impossible-to-project celluloid sculptures.

Bold, creative and strikingly visual.

FRAMED by Marco Jemolo, was previously screened at Animafest Zagreb and Imaginaria – International Animation Film Festival.  FRAMED is a noir-influenced animated short, which investigates the role of the individual in society. It’s dramatic and plays with thriller tropes in a knowing way.
In an anonymous police station, F.K. asks the Law for help in the attempt to report the abuses he has been through: his birth, his formation, his forced work. He will end up trapped in a Kafka-esque, endless nightmare.

Gabriel Bohmer’s animation BEETLE TROUBLE reminds me of a disturbing suburban dream sketched by Ivor Cutler.  BEETLE TROUBLE follows the conflict between John and the bothersome beetles that seem to show up everywhere. Whether he’s on a plane made of nails and screws, or trying to relax in his home encased in flowers and bones, they’re constantly causing trouble by eating his food, stealing his things, and making bad conversation!

Edinburgh Shorts Animated Retrospectives screens at manipulate 2018 at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh at 2pm on Saturday January 27th.