Directed by Toshihisa Yokoshima
Satoshi Kon Award for Excellence in Animation (short film), 2017 Fantasia International Film Festival
Animator Toshihisa Yokoshima presents a post-apocalyptic world where humans have retreated underground because of toxic ash in the air caused by the eruption of Mt. Fuji. Young Aki and his friends, including the mute Fuyu, dream of the outside world, and together they bolster their imaginations through Fuyu’s increasingly colorful paintings.
COCOLORS’ superb audio work and traditional printmaking-inspired visuals wrap around an emotional story that is alternately dark and emotionally uplifting. The film’s joyful tone and frequent uses of humor belie its many bleak themes. This is the second in studio Kamikaze Douga’s “Gasoline Mask” project, a trio of short films tied together by the exploration of how people survive and evolve after an environmental catastrophe. –Jonathan Yang
Xiner Jiang / USA / 2017 / 3 minsA subway ride becomes a (d)evolution dance of brands and screens, in this paper-cut and stop-motion musical frolic.