Some things can only be understood with maturity. New light is shed on childhood cultural misunderstandings when a Chinese mother and her British born daughter speak as adults for the first time. Awards: BAFTA Nominated Animated Short Film 2017 Best Animated Documentary at KLIK Amsterdam 2016 Audience choice for Best Animated Documentary at LIAF 2016 Jury Award for Best Short Film at 10th British Shorts Film Festival, Berlin 2017 RTS London Student Awards, Best Undergraduate Animation 2017 RTS National Award for best Undergraduate Animation 2017 FANtastische Award at ITFS 2017 Best Director in the Short Documentary category at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2017 Screenings: Tough premiere at Encounters 22nd Short Film and Animation Festival 21st Sept 2016 FAFF factual animation film festival London, 30th sept- 1st October 2016 Primanima, budapest, 19th-22nd October 2016 KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival 25th-30th October 2016 Crystal Palace international FF Sat 29th Oct- 19th Nov 2016 Manchester animation festival 15th-17th November 2016 Grafixx 25-27th Nov 2016 Two Short Nights Film Festival 2016 LIAF 2nd-11th December 2016 Animated Dreams 16-20th Nov 2016 Animateka 5-11th Dec 2016 With the Late Night Work Club + Friends Sceenings LSFF 6-15th Jan 2017 'British Shorts' FF Berlin 12-18th Jan 2017 North American Premiere at SUNDANCE 19-29th Jan 2017 Void international FF Copenhagen 26th Jan- 4th Feb 2017 Anima 25th Feb - 5th March 2017 GLAS Animation Festival 2-5th March 2017 SXSW 10- 19th March 2017 Tricky Women 15-19th March 2017 Monstra 16-26th March 2017 Holland Animation Film Festival 22nd-26th March 2017 Ciné Court Anime 20-26th March 2017 DIFF, 30th March- 9th April 2017 LA Asian Pacific FF, 27th April- 4th May 2017 Anifilm, Czech Republic 2nd-7th May 2017 ITFS, 2-7th May 2017 Pictoplasma, 10-14th May 2017 The Chicago critics FF, 12th-18th May 2017 Cardiff Animation Nights 25th May 2017 Telluride Mountainfilm 26th-29th May 2017 Kortfilm Festivalen, Norway, 14th-18th June 2017 VIS, Vienna Shorts, 1-6th June 2017 SUNDANCE London 1st- 4th June 2017 Animafest Zagreb, 5th-10th June 2017 Sheffield Doc Fest, 8th-14th June 2017 Annecy, 12th-17th June 2017 Short Sighted Cinema: Shortest Nights screening 18th June 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival, 21st June- 2nd July 2017 La Guarimba International FF 7th-11th August 2017 My 2016 graduation film from Kingston University London. Original score by K. Preston Merkley For more gifs showing the process behind making the film look at my website here: With an original score by K. Preston Merkley
Would you jump? Or would you chicken out? Our objective in making this film was something of a psychology experiment: We sought to capture people facing a difficult situation, to make a portrait of humans in doubt. We’ve all seen actors playing doubt in fiction films, but we have few true images of the feeling in documentaries. To make them, we decided to put people in a situation powerful enough not to need any classic narrative framework. A high dive seemed like the perfect scenario. Through an online advertisement, we found 67 people who had never been on a 10-meter (about 33 feet) diving tower before, and had never jumped from that high. We paid each of them the equivalent of about $30 to participate — which meant climbing up to the diving board and walking to its edge. We were as interested in the people who decided to climb back down as the ones jumping. We filmed it all with six cameras and several microphones. It was important for us not to conceal the fact that this was an arranged situation, and thus we chose to show the microphones within the frame. Ultimately, about 70 percent of those who climbed did jump. We noticed that the presence of the camera as well as the social pressure (from those awaiting their turn beside the pool) pushed some of the participants to jump, which made their behavior even more interesting. In our films, which we often call studies, we want to portray human behavior, rather than tell our own stories about it. We hope the result is a series of meaningful references, in the form of moving images. “Ten Meter Tower” may take place in Sweden, but we think it elucidates something essentially human, that transcends culture and origins. Overcoming our most cautious impulses with bravery unites all humankind. It’s something that has shaped us through the ages. -- Maximilien Van Aertryck and Axel Danielson are documentary filmmakers based in Gothenburg, Sweden, who have worked together since 2013.