Zero: A Courageous Yarn of Forbidden Love

Zero: A Courageous Yarn of Forbidden Love

Zero is a highly acclaimed Australian stop-motion animated short film, written and directed by Christopher Kezelos. Zero has screened at over 50 film festivals and won 11 awards, including Best Animation from LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island International Film Festival and has been nominated for an AFI Award.

The film follows life in a world of yarn puppets, where the main character is a zero. This is a world in which from birth your destiny is determined by a number boldly displayed on your chest, representing all that you are or can be. 9′s are the elites of this world, and the very lowest you can sink, the untouchables, are cursed as Zero.

The dark fairytale takes place in a world built upon a rigid foundation of social intolerance. In this land of numbered characters, the zeroes endure lives of constant heart-ache, never allowed to have romantic relationships, marry, have children or be parents. Faced with constant prejudice and persecution, one oppressed zero walks a lonely path of disappointment and abuse until a chance encounter changes his life forever: he meets a female zero. Together they prove that through determination, courage and love, nothing can become truly something.

Zero: A Courageous Yarn of Forbidden Love

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Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

Monument is a three-minute short film created by the English filmmaker, Robin Schmidt.  The film was made as part of the competition in support of the Fireflies Charity, which recognizes relatives and friends’ battles with cancer.  This year they asked for entries for a film challenge to create a three minute film about courage.  Monument is  kind of an urban fairytale about an aged Rastafarian in a wheelchair, who relives a knife attack and decides to rid the community of its knife problem once and for all by magnetizing his body.

The film was a finalist in the Fireflies competition earlier this year, and won the Bahamas 14 Islands Film Challenge.

Monument: An Urban Tale of Courage

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