Edinburgh Short Film Festival returns to MANIPULATE to curate another dynamic and vibrant programme of award-winning international short animated films, which this year explore moments of connection and of isolation. Featuring works from Slovenia, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, USA, New Zealand, and the UK, each explores an aspect of the things which draw us together or pull us apart.

Featured as part of the programme is the Puppet Animation Scotland / Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2020 Best Animated Film Award winner.


Devoted to screening short film from Edinburgh, Scotland and around the world, the Edinburgh Short Film Festival evolved from the Leith Short Film Festival in 2011 and has shown everything – from the first film made in Somalia in 20 years, to Oscar nominated shorts from Australia, the USA and Ireland, as well as short films smuggled out of China and Iran – and hosted visiting film-makers from China, Russia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and all over the UK.


Animated Highlights is a part of our Digital Festival, through which you can experience boundary-pushing visually led performance and animation, broadcast direct to your home. Please note that you must have access to the internet and a laptop, tablet or similar device in order to attend this event.

Each event will receive a live ‘premiere’ as part of an evening line-up, and will be subsequently available to catch-up until midnight on Sunday 7 February. You can either purchase a DAY PASS which allows you premiere and catch-up access to all the works featured on that day, or a whole DIGITAL FESTIVAL PASS, which allows you premiere and catch-up access to all 7 days of programmed work (not including workshops). Visit our digital festival page to explore what’s on.


    Pieter Coudyzer/Belgium 2020
    17 minutes

    On a summer day, the paths of two boys unexpectedly cross. Imaginative and poignant 2D Animation.


    Segolene Romier/Switzerland 2013
    3.5 minutes

    An extraordinary labour of love, Fly Me Baby is a stop motion animation featuring dozens of large puppets filmed outdoors.


    Milanka Fabjancic/Slovenia 2019
    7 minutes

    Liliana, a young and modest girl, works in a factory. With her fellow female workers, she produces small and curious objects. In the evenings, just before sleep, she takes a mysterious glowing object from her chest. In
    the morning, she puts it back to its place. One evening we will discover a secret buried deep in her heart.


    Damon Mohl/USA 2014
    5 minutes

    Artist and filmmaker Damon Mohl explores desolate and abandoned locations and here a cat is the only remaining resident of an abandoned goldmine town. Themes of the permanence of nature and the transience of humanity feature in a haunting tale of urban legend.


    Izzy Gibbs/Scotland 2020
    15 minutes

    A stop motion story made from found materials, mostly wood from the river itself, during the 2020 lockdown.


    Natasza Cetner/UK 2020
    9 minutes

    Film is based on a true story of Nigel the Gannet that happened on Mana Island in New Zealand.


    Gabriel Bohmer/UK 2018
    9 minutes

    A forest hermit tries to prepare for a flood, but he becomes distracted by his noisy neighbour.
    Darkly existentialist 2D animated short with an American Gothic feel by one of the ESFF’s favourite animators, Gabriel Bohmer.


    Martin Romero/Spain 2018
    12 minutes

    A Wolf Man and a Moon Woman meet in a large lake during a warm summer night and they immediately begin an idyllic love relationship. However, an unexpected happen-ing will turn their life upside down. Moving but also quite surreal award-winning Spanish Animation.

  • TRAP

    Paul James/New Zealand 2018
    12 minutes

    In an islolated cottage in 1950s rural New Zealand, a young girl fights for a sense of belonging.
    A movingly dramatic and award-winning animation based on a true story.


    Aidan McAteer/Ireland 2019
    5 minutes

    Max Punchface is only interested in two things - punching and kicking. His life takes a strange twist when he opens a portal to the peaceful world of Sheepland.