2020 MWFF Animation Film Showcase

17 short animation films from around the world have been selected for our 2020 MWFF Animation Short Film Showcase!*

All showcases for the #2020MWFF will be available for viewing from 9am (CST) Friday, September 18th through Sunday, September 20th at 7pm (CST). You can get your tickets online and in advance by clicking the link below.


Selected Films:

To Love a Ladybug (United States)

A dying cockroach in the alleyways of Paris reminisces of the time he fell in love with a ladybug and reflects on what that relationship means to him in his final moments.

Director: Mikael Trench

Director Statement

To Love a Ladybug has been an enormous learning curve in just about every sense of the word for me. I stepped out of my comfort zone, from telling a story that wasn’t linked to sci-fi or horror, to working in a larger team than I am accustomed to, to pushing my craft with digital techniques I had never attempted. On top of this, I was working on this film while working two jobs, running a club, doing other full-time classes and with far fewer resources than those given to other students working on 2D and 3D films, while also completing it during a worldwide pandemic. To say that I was pushed to my limits while making this film would be an understatement, but at the end of the day, we made it and I couldn’t be happier with the final project.

To Love a Ladybug represents the actual blood, sweat, and tears of a handful of special individuals who are dedicated to seeing this beautiful art form survive in an age where even the animation landscape on campus is pushing more towards a digital realm. Simply put, there was no other way to tell this story. Bringing bugs to life has been commonplace within stop motion since the birth of the medium from the early works of Ladislas Starevich to the dazzling modern age stop motion films such as

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