Start the fest with Wisconsin's Own Short Films!
Set against the vibrant and colorful backdrop of developing West African countries, Circle of Defense (COD) is a short format documentary about the ongoing fight to eradicate polio and other preventable, life-threatening diseases and how that health infrastructure should be maintained to task shift to other infectious outbreaks, such as Ebola. Polio and Ebola-survivors in the film drive home this urgent need.
A Chinese folktale, animated and retold by the 2018-19 fourth grade classes at Crestwood Elementary school in Madison WI. The students wrote the script, drew the storyboards, acted out the voice parts, and did the animation in art class, while the fifth graders composed and performed the score across the hall in the music room.
Latteship is a 3D animated short created by Flora Hsing-Fang Tsai and Daishi Takishima. The animation story follows Sigri and Kona, two otters who have opposite personalities. They must learn to accept each other to cooperate in order to run a small but popular coffee truck - Sigri Coffee. The story’s theme comes from an African proverb “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Inspired by true events. Cabarete follows the story of Somalia, a good-hearted teenage kitesurfer from the Dominican Republic who convinces his idol to train him for an upcoming tournament in Cabarete. However, once in Cabarete, the town’s hedonistic nightlife quickly catches Somalia’s attention, and he finds himself having to choose between a life of pleasure and pursuing the athlete ambitions he once had.