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FILM INFO

Original title of the film: Waste Away
Country of origin: United States
Year of origin: 2020
Duration: 4:49
Age Restriction: 16+

AUTHOR / STUDIO / INSTITUTION

Name/Title: Elly Stern

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Elly Stern
Animation: Elly Stern
Music: Daniel Hass
Sound: Elly Stern & Kyle Jones
Producer: Elly Stern

GENRES

Surrealism, Artistic, Drama, Fantasy, Science


TECHNIQUES

Stop-motion, Puppets, Clay

Waste Away

 
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Published on 25 Jan 2021 / In Student Films Competition

SYNOPSIS

⁣Waste Away is a surreal stop motion short about a homeless woman who becomes pregnant with a fish. The responsibility of motherhood gives her the strength to fight for survival, while the forces of nature threaten to overtake her. The setting of urban neglect emphasizes the pervasive alienation between people, and humanity’s destructive impact on their environment. Relevant to today’s crisis, at a time when nature is undermining our position as its ruler, this animation tells a vivid story of disaster and rebirth. Waste Away is Elly Stern’s BFA thesis film at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

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FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Awards:
Jury's Citation Award: The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival / USA / 2021
Best International Animation: Cinemaway / Ukraine / 2020
Best Animated Short: Independent Shorts Awards / USA / 2020
Best Student Film: Venice Shorts Festival / USA / 2020
Outstanding Achievement Award (Animated Short): Indie Short Fest / USA / 2020
Programmers' Pick / NFFTY / USA / 2020
Semi Finalist: LA Femme International Film Festival / USA / 2020
Finalist: JellyFEST Film Festival / USA / 2021

Official selection:
Animation Block Party / USA / 2020
FLICKFAIR / USA / 2020
Paris Art & Movie Awards / France / 2020
FemFilm Festival / USA / 2020
Independent Shorts Awards / USA / 2020
Indie Street Film Festival / USA / 2020
Miami Independent Film Festival / USA / 2020
SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival / USA / 2020
Venice Shorts Festival / USA / 2020
Phoenix Monthly Short Film Festival / Canada / 2020
Indie Short Fest / USA / 2020
LA Femme International Film Festival / USA / 2020
Cinemaway / Ukraine / 2020
Tandem Bike-In Film Fest / USA / 2020
NFFTY / USA / 2020
Offline Film Festival / Ireland / 2020
Crossing The Screen / United Kingdom / 2020
Animasivo / Mexico / 2020
Anchorage International Film Festival / USA / 2020
Whistler Film Festival / Canada / 2020
FilmAid Film Festival / Kenya / 2020
New Filmmakers NY / USA / 2021
The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival / USA / 2021
Massachusetts Animated Student & Senior Thesis Film Festival / USA / 2021
JellyFEST Film Festival / USA / 2021
Garden State Film Festival / USA / 2021
Fargo Film Festival / USA / 2021

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ABOUT DIRECTOR

Elly Stern is a mixed media animator who specializes in stop motion. She graduated with a BFA in animation from Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Elly spent her childhood in Tel Aviv, her adolescence in Toronto, and her college years in Boston, and she is currently living in Vancouver and working for Spotted Fawn Productions. Utilizing surrealism and a handmade approach, Elly’s animations often explore female issues and the internal body. She draws inspiration from her dreams and daydreams, and uses them to express the grittier, darker aspects of our existence and the humour that underlies this somber reality. Elly’s films have screened at film festivals internationally, and have won multiple awards.

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