August
Short Film —August
Produced at the Royal College of Art, London, June 2009, 04 mins 25 secs

Unwanted visitors disturb the tranquility of a campsite at the height of summer. While mayhem breaks out on the lawn, a group of ants makes brave new discoveries in the grass.

* Special Mention in International Student Film Competition at Anima 2010, Brussels
* Featured in the Cartoon Brew TV Student Animation Festival 2010
* Part of the British Film Insitute's National Archive
Credits
- Modeling and Rendering: Mattias Bjurström, Ian Sargent
- Dubbing: Jussi Honka at the NFTS
- Percussion track: Christopher Frost
- Tent Techno: Gabriel Alex Baumstark










What others have said about August:

"...Matthias Hoegg has created that rare student film which manages to be stylish not just visually but also through its unconventional and layered approach to storytelling." - Cartoon Brew, read full article

"... The film presents two perspectives. One is that of the ants, following their routines, scavenging between the discarded beer cans that stand like ancient monoliths above their land; then a parallel world of humans, sunbathing, frolicking and drinking. Looking down from above, the designated camping areas look like insect cells. Slickly drawn and animated throughout, the foibles of our world are analysed in a manner I found fascinating; as if one is watching one of those quirky, fly-on-the-wall documentaries that through juxtaposition of material manages to say more about a community than any narrated commentary. Amusing and elucidating, this perspective works in a visual way too: giant cigarette butts or hairy legs seen at ankle height. And alongside, a mystery of the ants, building constructions the purpose for which is unknown to man. A classy, unusual piece of work altogether!" - Ian Lumsden, Animationblog.org, read full article

"... A stylish combination of 3D and 2D cut-out-style animation." - John Martz, Drawn.ca, read full post

"It’s a mix of 2D animation with CG environments, and while the film is slow-paced and somewhat uneventful, it’s beautifully crafted and worth a watch." - Aaron Simpson, Lineboil.com, read full post






Festival Screenings:

3-7 September 2009, Canary Wharf Film Festival London;
24-26 September 2009, Eksjö Animation Festival, Eksjö, Sweden; out of competition
6-10 October, 2009, European Animated Film Festival Balkanima 2009, Belgrade, Serbia
22 - 27 October 2009, Banja Luka International Animated Film Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in competition
26 October - 1 November 2009, DOK-Leipzig - 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Leipzig, Germany, in international competition
29 October - 31 October 2009, Chitrakatha '09 - International Student Animation Film Festival, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India
4 - 8 November 2009, Holland Animation Festival (HAFF), Utrecht, The Netherlands, in the "n(EU)w" programme
12 - 15 November 2009, 10th Student and Short Film Festival Sleepwalkers, Tallinn, Estonia
14 - 20 November 2009, Falstaff International Film Festival, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
17 - 19 November 2009, Exposures: New Talent in Moving Image, Manchester, United Kingdom, In Competition, Nominated for the Animation Award;
19 - 22 November 2009, Up-and-Coming International Film Festival Hannover, Hannover, Germany, in International Competition
17 - 22 November 2009, Encounters Short Film Festival 2009, Bristol, United Kingdom, in International Competition
4 - 13 December 2009, Les Nuits Magiques - 19ème Festival International du Film d'Animation, Bègles, France, in International Competition
12 - 20 February 2010, Anima 2010, Brussels Animation Film Festival, Special Mention in the Student Competition
10 - 14 March, "Best of British" Programme by Encounters at Regard - Saguenay International Short Films Festival, Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
11 - 21 March 2010, Monstra - Lisbon Animated Film Festival, Portugal, in Student Films Competition
17 - 21 March 2010, Breaking Shorts Student Competition at Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, The Netherlands
09 - 18 April, Mecal 2010 - 12th International Short Film Festival of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
29 April 2010, New German Animation Programme at Babylon-Kino, Berlin, Germany
04 - 09 May 2010, 17th International Festival of Animated Film Stuttgart (ITFS), in "Looking Back to the Future - British Shorts" Programme
10 - 13 June, 2010, 6th ISFF - International Film Festival Detmold, Germany
26 - 25 July (Rio de Janeiro) and 28 July - 1 August (Sao Paulo) Anima Mundi 2010 - 18th International Festival of Animation, Brazil
13 - 21 September 2010, Encounters International Short Film Festival "Best of British" Programme at Substation - Singapore Short Film Festival, Singapore
30 November - 2 December 2010, Expotoons International Animation Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina