Each year for the past 9 years, I’ve been highlighting the annual series of student short animations from Gobelins, l’école de l’image (Goeblins School of Communications) in Paris, that are used as introductions for the daily events at the Annecy International Festival of Animation in the spring.
I’ve been lax, however, in pointing out the longer sets of animated shorts created each year by teams of graduating students at the school.
In comparison to the Annecy shorts, these are longer, 3-4 minutes, and more fully realized as stories. They also, unlike the Annecy shorts, sometimes have words — translated here with subtitles — though most are still wordless. Some incorporate a bit of CGI, but all have a hand-drawn look and feel.
They are also all a bit strange and beautiful. The link I’ve provided drops you into the YouTube queue, beginning with the film called Duo, and the autoplay feature, or playlist links on the right, will take you through the others.
(Images above, screen captures only, not embedded videos: Duo, Edgard, 8.9, Mortal Breakup Inferno, Nebula, Un Certain Regard, Wand’s Wander — please see playlist for credits of student teams)