Switch

Short Film, 3d Animation, 5'57, 2007
 
Welcome into a world where people are born with a clock on their back. Humanity, through the eyes of a business-calibrated mannequin, has a fight with itself against time and the choices it has to make, which materializes by doubles of itself. A metaphysical thought on the pressure of time on our society. “Leave it to the French to author the final word on Corporate Darwinism. A spartan yet somewhat cryptic work, Switch slams the viewer with dystopian imagery reminiscent of the Matrix or George Lucas’s THX 1138. In it, a man (seemingly born into servitude) must choose from the limited paths presented to him as he blindly races down an array of infinite corridors. Some of these lead to wealth, some to passion, and others to simply more yet unopened doors. We are left with the suggestion that the entire race is little more than a mad dash towards death. This piece, which received recognition on the foreign film festival circuit, falls well within the French Existentialist tradition.”

- Russ Gooberman, comedian and satirist


 

Awards


Grand Jury Prize, Folie-Ô-skop, Québec
 

 

Screenings


Finisterra Arrábida Film Art & Tourism Festival 2014
New Zealand International Film Festival 2013
The Veggie Table, Beijing
Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin, Germany
Culture Unplugged Festival, Spirit Enlightened and We speak here
Kinø 132 / Folie-Ô-Skop, Québec
Galerie Chappe / Les Producers, Paris, France
HDFest, Los Angeles
K Barré for Mercure Liquide, litterature and graphism newspaper based in Lyon
Kinø-Matane, complexe culturel Joseph-Rouleau, Matane, Gaspésie, Québec
Tehran International Shortfilm Festival
Freedom Of Choice, Portugal / Turkey / Armenia / Italy
New Zealand IFF
Sitges, Spain
Court métrange, Rennes, France
Prix Ars Electronica 2008 - International Competition for Cyberarts, Linz, Austria
Courts des Grands, organized by Bazzart magazine
Finalist, Babelgum Online Film Festival
Web Flash Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Anifest, Czech Republic
Animafest, Zagreb
Melbourne International Animation Festival
Australian International Animation Festival
ShortFest, UK
Australian Premiere, Byron Bay Film Festival
US Premiere, San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Digitartisti, Milano
Future Film Festival, Italy
E-magiciens, France
Finalist, View conference, Italy
Glimz, Sweden
Festival du film court de Villeurbanne, France
CICDAF, Changzhou, China
 

Broadcasting


BeTv, 2 years, Belgium
Local Point, WJLA TV, on ComCast channel 205 and VerisonFOS channel 867, Washington DC
Propeller TV on SKY channel 195, UK
 




 

Credits


Direction, Script, Animation, Sound design, Music: Jean-Julien Pous & Pierre Prinzbach