World Festival of Animated Film /
short film edition 3 - 8 June 2014
World Festival of Animated Film / short film edition 3 - 8 June 2014
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Through the Hawthorn / Through the Hawthorn

Grand Competition 3


Through the Hawthorn / Through the Hawthorn

Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt

United Kingdom / 2013 / 8' 48''


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Wednesday, 04. 06.,
Cineplexx Centar Kaptol, Hall 3, 22:00 h
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Thursday, 05. 06.,
Europa Cinema, 20:00 h


A session between a psychiatrist, a schizophrenic patient and his mother. Three animation directors depict the three characters and their perspectives across three screens. When one person's reality is in a different dimension from the others, can these realities ever meet? The film is inspired by family therapy sessions witnessed at a London hospital, and by the book Henry’s Demons.

Anna Benner

Anna Benner is an animation director from Germany who has been living and working in London for the past 10 years. Her work often involves a combination of handmade and digital elements. Recently Anna has written, directed and produced Tis the Season, an animated short about Santa Claus and his cosplay habit. She also directs animated commercials, as one part of Jens&Anna.


Pia Borg

Pia Borg is an artist and filmmaker based in London. She graduated with an MA in animation from the Royal College of Art, and recently had a solo exhibition of her work at the Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales. Her film Crystal World (2013) premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and recently won the Best Experimental Film award at the Melbourne Film Festival. Her films have been screened in various festivals including Cannes, Edinburgh, Anima Mundi, Hiroshima and Sao Paulo. She works as a lecturer in film at the University of East London and as a guest lecturer at Camberwell and Kingston University.


Gemma Burditt

Gemma Burditt is an animation director and illustrator of short films, commercials, music videos and projections. She has an innovative approach to filmmaking often crossing techniques such as animation, live action and documentary and is still strongly influenced by her earlier career in devised theatre. Her films have been screened worldwide winning various awards including Silver Lion at Cannes commercial festival for her John West Campaign Row. Gemma has recently completed a co-direction of the documentary Urban Birds about female cycle couriers working in London which premiered at the New York Bike Festival in June and is currently on the BFF world circuit. 




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Grand Competition 3