Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:30 PM

Great Animations from 21 Islands ISFF

Bronx Film Wednesdays – Independent films you will love.

In October, BxFW pairs a specially curated selection of standout animated shorts from our 21 Islands International Short Film Festival with interviews with two of our featued film directors: Radheya Jegatheva, based in Perth, Australia, and Carol Freeman, based in Dublin, Ireland.

  • THE BIRD & THE WHALE. Director: Carol Freeman. 2018. Ireland. 7 min. – A story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea. The Bird & the Whale was created using a near obsolete form of animation – paint-on-glass. It was created in Dublin by a small majority female team. In June 2018, Carol was awarded a Silver Screen award at the Young Director Awards at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
  • MORE THAN TWO. Director: Yen-Sheng Wu. 2020. Taiwan. 9 min. – Robin and Ashley are two aliens on a secret mission to record and experience human life and culture. They get shocked by the gender stereotype norms in human society, and decide to return to their planet to find true freedom.
  • BAOZHA! Director: Jasper Liu. 2016. Singapore. 7 min. – A young guardian angel must overcome her gaming distractions to protect her mortal, a hapless old grandmother, from untimely death.
  • TONE DEATH. Director: Sinéad Stoddart. 2017. United Kingdom. 4 min. – Christopher Price is a brilliant pianist who has many fans, until he loses control of his left hand… who prefers to be known as Vincent Lee. Vincent wants fame and glory for himself and will do whatever is necessary to steal the limelight, even if it means separating himself from the dead weight.
  • THE PAIGNTON PUDDING RIOT. Director: Tom Edmondson. 2016. United Kingdom. 4 mins. — Paignton has just completed an extension of its railway line and organizes a giant feast. The event’s grand centerpiece is a specially baked one-and-a-half-ton pudding! Masses turn up to celebrate. After consuming vast amounts of local cider, jubilation soon gives way to desperation and chaos.
  • BROKEN. Director: Jennifer Kidd. 2019. Ireland. 5 min. — Stop-motion animation film about a young couple’s battle to remain connected through mental illness. Set in 1980s Dublin, we see Catherine and Brendan’s relationship fall apart as they grow distant from each other.
  • LIFE OF DEATH. Directors: Jason Kiantoro and Bryan Arfiandy. 2018. Indonesia. 5.5 min. — Death, while struggling to balance his work and family life, talks about his existence, his job, and his opinions on human beings in poignant mockumentary style.
  • CORONUS. Director: Arvin Medghalchi. 2020. Turkey. 5.5 min. — During a virus outbreak and lockdown, a man is struggling to survive the situation while he is being chased by the virus itself.
  • GOOD FLOWER. Director: Yen-Sheng Wu. 2020. Taiwan. 4 min. — A short film combining stop motion animation and live action. It is a reinterpretation of sexual violence and power, a reminder that such behavior has always existed and of the people facing it.
  • BLÜTE. Director: Raito Low. 2020. Taiwan. 4.5 min. — A girl feels a tinge of love in her teenage heart for the first time. Plants symbolize femininity. Seeds represent birth and rebirth. Break traditional Eastern ideas of love, and let the seeds grow.
  • FAMILY TREE. Director: Emmet O’Brien. 2020. Ireland. 9.5 min. — Seymour, a lonely sycamore tree becomes excited when a new family moves in to the house on the grounds where he lives.

Multi-lingual program presented with English subtitles.

9:30 PM | Bronx Film Wednesdays Digital on BronxNet TV — Curated by Melisa Ramos. Hosted by BronxNet’s Sonyi Lopez.


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Bronx Film Wednesdays (BxFW) screens new, little-seen, and standout indie films that you will love! Travel the world and open your mind to stories as wild and from as far as the imagination can go — romance, comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, music, sports, animation, documentary, and more! Carefully selected to illustrate cultural, aesthetic, and geographic diversity. This year, BxFW goes digital in partnership with BronxNet Community Television, bringing our monthly screenings online and to public access television!

More About The Artists – Click To Open

RADHEYA JEGATHEVAR is a Perth-based Australian filmmaker who was born in Johor, Malaysia, to parents of South Korean, Japanese, Indian and Malaysian ancestry. Radheya is passionate about the arts, and his skill set covers areas including writing, directing, animation, editing and music composition. He is an oscar qualified filmmaker and his film iRony has won 197 Awards.

CAROL FREEMAN graduated from the National Film School IADT with a focus on experimental animation. In 2014 she founded Paper Panther, a stop-motion animation studio focused on original content and experimental techniques. Her paint-on-glass debut short The Bird and the Whale has won over 55 awards at international film festivals including a Cannes Young Director Award, an Irish Film and Television Award Nomination, and selected as a Highly Commended Oscar Short by Shorts TV in 2020.

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Artwork and photso by courtesy of the directors.

Special thanks to our media broadcast partners at BronxNet Community Television.

This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For a full list of our distinguished funders, visit

Event Details

  • Location

    Facebook Live
    67 Optimum
    2133 FIOS

  • Date & Time

    OCTOBER 6, 2021
    9:30 PM Eastern

  • Bronx Film Wednesdays

    Radheya Jegatheva
    Carol Freeman
    Yeng-Shen Wu
    Jasper Liu
    Sinéad Stoddart
    Tom Edmondson
    Jennifer Kidd
    Jason Kiantoro
    Bryan Arfiandy
    Arvin Medghalchi
    Raito Low
    Emmet O’Brien

    Sonyi Lopez