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Subconscious Password

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In the middle of a crowded bar, Charles finds himself feeling increasingly desperate. The cause of his misery is an old friend he’s just run into; his old friend... you know... what’s-his-name...
Directed by Chris Landreth, the filmmaker behind the Oscar®-winning short Ryan, Subconscious Password uses a common social gaffe—forgetting somebody’s name—as the starting point for a mind-bending romp through the unconscious. Inspired by the classic American TV game show Password, the film features a wealth of animated celebrity guests, plus Charles’s mother and his childhood babysitter, who try (and try, and try) to prompt him to remember his friend’s name. Charles, Landreth’s alter ego, somehow fails to grasp even the most obvious clues. As his frustration increases, the film’s 3D effects become more pronounced, mirroring his growing psychological imbalance. Finally, he realizes he will simply have to surrender himself to his predicament.
Subconscious Password is a playful and irreverent take on a familiar experience. It may not help you jog your own memory, but it’ll make you more inclined to forgive yourself for struggling with the dreaded question: “What’s his name? What’s his name?”

2013, 10 min 55 s

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Best Animation
NY Shorts Fest
May 27 to 29 2014, New York - USA

Grand Prize
NY Shorts Fest
May 27 to 29 2014, New York - USA

Public Prize
Festival international du cinéma d'animation
March 21 to 26 2014, Meknès - Morocco

Best Animated Short
Canadian Screen Awards
March 9 2014, Toronto - Canada

Best Animated Short Film
March 3 to 16 2014, San Jose - USA

Best Short Animation
Film Festival
February 7 to 16 2014, Victoria - Canada

Silver Dove
International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
October 28 to November 3 2013, Leipzig - Germany

Silver Spike Short Award
International Film Festival
October 19 to 26 2013, Valladolid - Spain

Audience Choice Award for Best Animated Short
International Film Festival
September 19 to 29 2013, Calgary - Canada

Honorary Mention
Prix ARS Electronica
September 5 to 9 2013, Linz - Austria

Best 3D Stereoscopic Film Award
International Animation Festival
June 23 to 30 2013, Melbourne - Australia

The Cristal for Best Short
International Animated Film Festival
June 10 to 15 2013, Annecy - France

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