The name, "Ninu Nina" stems from the alien language spoken by Robin Williams in "Mork & Mindy" ( a popular 1970's comedy show).

Congratulations Xemoland

The Sundance Institute announced its short film line-up this morning for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The festival, which will run  from January 20-30 will include 4 animated shorts from the U.S. and 9 animated shorts from abroad. So a big Congrats to Daniel Cardenas!

Xemoland (Director and Screenwriter: Daniel Cardenas) This animated short film recounts the story of a seven-year-old boy who is led to believe there is a portal to an alternate reality where all his dreams come true. However, the boy quickly realizes that Xemoland is not the place of his dreams, but of his nightmares.

The other U.S. ANIMATED SHORTS nominated are:

Bike Race Bike Race (Director: Tom Schroeder; Screenwriters: Tom Schroeder and Hilde De Roover) Two friends decide to stage a bicycle race to determine who is the best racer of all time, Eddy Merckx or Lance Armstrong. A love triangle develops during the race and the stakes of winning grow in importance. Link to Filmmaker Website

Marcel the Shell Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (Director: Dean Fleischer-Camp; Screenwriters: Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp) A short conversation with Marcel, a shell with shoes on. Link to Filmmaker Website Something Left, Something Taken Something Left, Something Taken (Directors and Screenwriters: Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter) Everyone who enters a crime scene leaves something behind and takes something away, which proves true during a vacationing couples’ encounter with a man they believe to be the Zodiac killer. Link to Filmmaker Website

Johan Ku and His Sculpture-Like Knitwear

Johan Ku and His Sculpture-Like Knitwear