Short Film of the Day: ‘Snowball’

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Courtesy of the YoungCuts Film Festival

What’s It Called?  Snowball

Who Made It?  Written and Directed by Eric Bent

Where Is It From?   Canada (Quebec)

How Old Is the Director?  23

Who Is the Director?  Eric Bent is an animator, visual artist and (sometimes) musician originally from Aylmer, Quebec but now based in Montreal. He is currently undergoing his final year in the Film Animation Program at Concordia University, but plans to continue making films well after he graduates.

What Is It?  Charcoal Wash Animation

How Long Is It?  1:39

What Is It About?  A young man becomes the target of a snowball thrower while making a snowman. Will he ignore it….or get back at him? (Somewhat based on a real event)

When Did YoungCuts Play It?  2011

Why Did YoungCuts Play It?  Sometimes simple is best.

It is always tricky to tell a complete story in the context of a micro-short.

Snowball manages this tricky feat using simple animation techniques. (Note that by simple, we don’t mean undifficult.)

While not exactly the same technique and used for humour rather than drama Snowball reminded the judges of great dramatic animated films from Montreal done in a similar style – most notably The Street.

What Awards Did It Win?  Top 100 Short Films YoungCuts Film Festival

Filmmaker Statement  This film is based on something my older brother did to a neighbour’s kid when we were young. I figured it would be a funny idea, and the simplicity of it made it ideal and easy to animate considering the technique (charcoal on paper).

You can watch more videos HERE!


If you are a young filmmaker and would like to submit your short film to the 2012 YoungCuts Film Festival, HERE’S HOW!


Video of the day is brought to you in part by Canadian Heritage.

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