The Incredibly Short Film Festival (ISFF) is a festival of looping animated GIFs.

Curated and commissioned from around the world, the ISFF will showcase and celebrate the wonder of GIFs as (incredibly) short format films. The Incredibly Short Film Festival is curated by Mark Simpson of animation studio Sixty40 and is co-directed by Steven Ward from The World Bar.

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There’s something about short loops that through their inherent simplicity, brevity and particular focus that makes them uniquely beautiful. Not only that, but they’re so quick to watch! Whether they be found footage, tiny extractions from films, clips taken from life or custom built animated artworks, this limited animation format delivers a wide range of awesomeness.

From the LOL to the Sublime

Despite being around since 1985, “GIF” was nominated as the Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year in 2012. This is definitely a great time to celebrate these focussed and brilliant moments which can go on for ever. But, the ISFF aims to investigate the form, looking to both relish in and then move beyond, the eternal LOL. 

mcaUPHEREThe inaugural Incredibly Short Film Festival was screened in two parts. Firstly at the massive Vivid Sydney 2013 festival. Set to live , collaborative electronic music in the beautiful MCA the event was a beautiful display of animation and live music.

Find out more here.

Then, the films were also projected in, on and around various venues in late-night mecca Kings Cross. Find out more about that here.

 fedsquareSince then it has traveled to Croatia, where it screened as part of the Republika Festival on the deck of Dictator Tito’s  decommissioned warship (now a public venue) “The Galeb” and on the enormous screen at Federation Square in Melbourne as part of PauseFest.

No need to wait for a movie to finish, it’s already playing again!