As much as fans look forward to Pixar’s feature length films, there’s always equally as much excitement about the short films that accompany them. With Monsters University is the next Pixar film to find its way to the silver screen (on June 21,2013) and the short accompanying it will be The Blue Umbrella (directed by Saschka Unseld). However, if you happen to find yourself in Austin, TX during this year’s SXSW Film Festival, you’ll get a chance to see the short stand on its own two feet.
The Blue Umbrella will not only be showing during the festival as part of its Animated Shorts category, but it will also be competing against the other animated shorts for the Grand Jury Award which makes it possible for said short to be nominated for next years Oscars.
Included on the SXSW Film site is this brief synopsis of the upcoming short.
It is just another evening commute until the rain starts to fall, and the city comes alive to the sound of dripping rain pipes, whistling awnings and gurgling gutters. And in the midst, two umbrellas—one blue, one not—fall eternally in love.
I myself will be there during the festival and can not wait to see this, along with all of the other included shorts. It should make for a great time. Below I have included a complete listing of all of the other features in SXSW’s Animated Shorts category.
Director: Mauricio Baiocchi
Cicadas spend a long time planning…
The Event (USA/UK)
Director: Julia Pott
Love and a severed foot, at the end of the world.
The Gold Sparrow
Director: Daniel Stessen
In a black and white world artists must defend their color.
Director: Chris Mars
In Hanford is artist Chris Mars’s fantastic exploration of real incidents in Hanford, Washington, where the local environment was poisoned as a result of cold war era nuclear arms manufacture.
Kishi Bashi – “I Am The Antichrist To You”
Director: Kishi Bashi
A surreal stop motion collaboration between avante-pop/violinist Kishi Bashi and acclaimed animator Anthony Scott (Coraline, Paranorman). An abandoned puppy awakes in a post-apocalyptic world with vivid memories of his love and all that he lost.
Marcel, King of Tervuren
Director: Tom Schroeder
Greek tragedy enacted by Belgian roosters.
Oh Willy… (Belgium/France/ Netherlands/Luxembourg)
Directors: Emma De Swaef, Marc James Roels
Forced to return to his naturist roots, Willy bungles his way into noble savagery.
Director: Leah Shore
For more than 20 years Charles Manson has refused to communicate directly with the outside world. Until Now.
The Places Where We Lived
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man wakes up with a weird feeling. His parents are selling his childhood home.
Shelved (New Zealand)
Director: James Cunningham
Two loser robots discover they are being replaced… by humans