Neo-Archetypes & Hyper-Unrealism

Disconnector

Disconnector, Death, Disco and the pursuit of pleasure.

a film by Faiyaz Jafri.
Written, directed, animated, composed, edited and produced by Faiyaz Jafri.
November 2014, Running time: 6:30

Synopsis
Bored lovers crash a disco simulator while experiencing true pleasure.

 

The idea behind Disconnector

Disconnector is an extrapolation of contemporary digital communication of kawaiesque teenage lovers into the physical part of a relationship. It is inspired by couples in Hong Kong that don’t seem to communicate with one another verbally and face to face, but through little screens, with the simplified vocabulary of SMS acronyms. The 70ies Disco soundtrack was chosen to contrast the frigid technology-aided second decade of the 21st century and to emphasize the power of real human physical contact.

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Awards

• Queens World Film Festival, Astoria, USA (03/21/2015) – Nominated for Best Animation
• Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival, Santa Monica, USA (06/20/2015) – Winner Best Animation
• SpotLight Short Film Awards, Atlanta, USA (11/2015) – Bronze Award
• Mexico International Film Festival, (May 2016, Mexico) – 2016 Golden Palm Award Animation Competition

Official selection

• Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece (03/26/2015)
• Pictoplamsa, Berlin, Germany (April 2015)
• Cannes Short Film Corner, France (May 2015)
• New Filmmakers New York, USA (05/13/2015)
• Los Angeles New Wave IFF, Los Angeles, USA (05/24/2015)
• Vienna Independent Shorts, Austria (05/30/2015)
• Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA (June 2015)
•12th Film Festival Alicante, Spain (06/05/2015)
• MAshRome Film Fest, Rome, Italy (07/03/2015)
• Fantasia, Montreal, Canada (July 2015)
• Girona Film Festival, Italy (October 2015)
• Shorts Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (September 2015)
• Animaldiçoados, Rio de Janeiro & Sao Paolo, Brasil (September 2015)
• B Movie Underground & Trash Film Festival, Breda, The Netherlands (September 2015)
• Klik! Amsterdam Animation Film Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (October 2015)
• CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico (November 2015)
• Broken Knuckle Film Fest, New York, USA (Nov 2015)
• BLOW-UP · Chicago International Arthouse FILM FEST, Chicago, USA (December 2015)
• Fantastic Planet Film Fest, Sydney, Australia (12/06/2015)
• Glasgow Short Film Fest, Glasgow, UK (February 2016)
• Anim8Fest International Animation Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA (March 2016)
• Lisbon International Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal (March 2016)
• Stockholm Animation and Experimental Film Festival, Stockholm, Sweden (April 24, 2016)
• Manhattan Independent Film Festival, New York, USA (Oct 7 – 8, 2016)
• Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt (Feb 5 – 28, 2017)

 

Stills

Dancing bunny girls in an animated Disco opera by Faiyaz Jafri

Jacked in people in rotating cylinders

Distorted video feed, an animated Disco opera by Faiyaz Jafri

Distorted video feed, Disconnector an animated Disco opera by Faiyaz Jafri

Deer and lilly, Disconnector an animated Disco opera by Faiyaz Jafri

Magenta crystal dancing bunny girls, Disconnector an animated Disco opera by Faiyaz Jafri

News & Upcoming Events

• This Ain’t Disneyland  & Sway screen at FILE, São Paulo, Brazil  (July 17 – Sep 3, 2017)

This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screens at FILE, São Paulo, Brazil (July 17 - Sep 3, 2017)

This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screens at FILE, São Paulo, Brazil (July 17 - Sep 3, 2017)

Miller Fisher premieres at Holland Animation Film Festival (March 22 – 26, 2017)

Miller Fisher premieres at Holland Animation Film Festival (March 22 - 26, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Filmfest Dresden  (April 4 – 9, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Short Waves Festival (March 21 – 26, 2017)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at Short Waves Festival (March 21 - 26, 2017)

Disconnector screens at the 8th Cairo Video Festival (Feb 5 – 28, 2017)

Disconnector screens at the 8th Cairo Video Festival (Feb 5 - 28, 2017)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the 28th Istanbul International Short Film Festival (Dec 14 – 21, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at the 28th Istanbul International Short Film Festival (Dec 14 - 21, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland to be shown at Fantastic Planet, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival Shorts Program 6: Amazing Animations (Dec 4, 2:00pm, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland to be shown at Fantastic Planet, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival Shorts Program 6: Amazing Animations (Dec 4, 2:00pm, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland selected to screen at VideoBabel, Cusco, Peru (Nov 21 – 25, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland selected to screen at VideoBabel, Cusco, Peru (Nov 21 - 25, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland to be shown at the 2nd Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland (Nov 23 – 27, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland to be shown at the 2nd Pori Film Festival, Pori, Finland (Nov 23 - 27, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been selected to the brand new Shut up! Competition at the 18th edition of the International animation film festival Animated Dreams. The festival is part of the Black Nights Film Festival and will be held in Tallinn, Estonia (Nov 16 – 20, 2016)

 This Ain't Disneyland has been selected to the brand new Shut up! Competition at the 18th edition of the International animation film festival Animated Dreams. The festival is part of the Black Nights Film Festival and will be held in Tallinn, Estonia (Nov 16 - 20, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland selected at DOK Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany (Nov 3, 4, 6,  2016)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA (Nov 3 – 13, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at the St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, USA (Nov 3 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Locomoción Experimental Animation Festival, Mexico City, Mexico (Oct 28 – 30, 2016)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Banjaluka International Animated Festival, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Oct 23 – 28, 2016)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the Dracula Film Festival, Brasov, Romania (Oct 12 – 16, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland screens at the Dracula Film Festival, Brasov, Romania (Oct 12 - 16, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland selected into the New York Film Week, New York, USA (Sep 28, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland selected into the New York Film Week, New York, USA (Sep 28, 2016)

• Disconnector screens at the Manhattan Independent Film Festival, New York, USA (Oct 7 – 8, 2016)

Disconnector screens at the Manhattan Independent Film Festival, New York, USA (Oct 7 - 8, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico (Nov 17 – 20, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland screens at CutOut Fest, Querétaro, Mexico (Nov 17 - 20, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the 22nd Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, USA (Nov 9 – 13, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland screens at the 22nd Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, USA (Nov 9 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 – 13, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain't Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Boston Short Film Festival, Boston, USA (Oct 10 - 13, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland and Sway to screen at Animaldiçoados, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro (Sept 1 – 11, 2016) Sao Paulo (Sept 17 – 18, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screen in Brazil at @animaldicoados Rio de Janeiro (Sept 1-11) Sao Paulo (Sept 17-18) #animation https://www.facebook.com/Animaldicoados/

This Ain't Disneyland & Sway screen in Brazil at @animaldicoados Rio de Janeiro (Sept 1-11) Sao Paulo (Sept 17-18) #animation https://www.facebook.com/Animaldicoados/

• Sway wins the NEW VISION AWARD at the Verona International Film Festival 2016.

Sway wins the NEW VISION AWARD at the Verona International Film Festival 2016.

Sway wins the NEW VISION AWARD at the Verona International Film Festival 2016.

• This Ain’t Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine (Sept 1 – 2, 2016)

This Ain't Disneyland and Sway to screen at the Linoleum International Contemporary Animation and Media-Art Festival, Kiev, Ukraine (Sept 1 – 2, 2016)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been chosen to be part of the Official Selection of SHORTS MÉXICO – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México in the Category Animation Competition (September 1 – 8, Mexico City Mexico)

• This Ain't Disneyland has been chosen to be part of the Official Selection of SHORTS MÉXICO - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México in the Category Animation Competition.

• This Ain’t Disneyland  has been selected at the official Experimental section at the Girona Film Festival (September 28 – October 1, Girona, Spain)

The film This Ain't Disneyland has been selected at the official Experimental section at the Girona Film Festival in Spain

Sway screens at Supernova (September 24, Denver, USA)

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• Sway has been selected as a Semi-Finalist at the 39th Elche International Independent Film Festival (July 2016, Alicante , Spain)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at the 3rd IndieEarth Animation Film Festival (August 20 – 21, Chennai, India)

This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Fantasia Outer Limits of Animation (July 16, Montreal, Canada)

• This Ain’t Disneyland screens at Fantasia Outer Limits of Animation (July 16, Montreal, Canada)

This Ain’t Disneyland gets an honourable mention at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (June 2016, New York, USA)

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Disconnector wins a Golden Palm Award at The Mexico International Film Festival 2016 Animation Competition

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• Sway has been selected to screen at the Odense Film Festival #off16 (August 29 – September 4, 2016, Odense, Denmark)

News Sway has been selected to screen at the Odense Film Festival #off16 (August 29 - September 4, 2016, Odense, Denmark)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been selected to screen at the The Lower East Side Film Festival (June 15, 2016, New York City, USA)

News This Ain't Disneyland has been selected to screen at the The Lower East Side Film Festival (June 15, 2016, New York City, USA)

• This Ain’t Disneyland has been selected to screen at the 12th NYC Downtown Short Film Festival (June 8 – 11, 2016, New York City, USA)

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• Sway has been selected for the Anca in Mordor (non-competitive) section at the 9th International Animation Festival Fest Anca (June 29 – July 3, 2016, Zilina, Slovakia)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland at VIS – Vienna Independent Shorts Filmfestival 2016, selected for the international ANIMATION AVANT-GARDE competition (May 25 – May 31, 2016, Vienna, Austria)

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• This Ain’t Disneyland at the Cannes Short Film Corner (May 16 – May 22, 2016, Cannes, France)

News & Upcoming Events This Ain't Disneyland at the Cannes Short Film Corner 2016