SEAFF III | Alchemy

An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview — Time begins to elongate as a failed everyman works through pages and pages of questions. He finds himself tormented, plunging deeper and deeper into isolation as he battles the unknown. Ultimately transcending into a heightened reality, he discovers a new life existing between multiple worlds, familiar and otherworldly.

Brandon Polanco is a creative Tejano artist, novelist, and filmmaker originally born in Austin, Texas, USA. His first acclaim was for his viral short, “Writer’s Block” starring Bryan Cranston. His other films have received numerous accolades, showcasing at Cannes, NY Television Festival, Ciné Fest and well over a 100 other film festivals around the world.

SEAFF III | Eye of the Storm

An abstract realisation of a building of a storm, entering in the eye of storm – calm hits and floats
by waiting for the storm to crash again.

The music provides an altered lens through which to interpret the abstraction of the images and
vice-versa, one component continually informs our experience and perception of the other.
Moments of brash sensory dissonance are set at odds with tightly synchronous instances, which
expose a seeming inextricability. The resultant tension makes for an experience of perpetually
changing interpretation and individual evaluation of the work that we hope will deeply engage our
audience.

Andy Sowerby is a filmmaker and visual artist. Andy’s practice often moves between both
narrative, story driven work and abstract, expressive work. Andy has a process driven practice,
working in a fluid away often using a range of techniques to break down the filmic image. The
results of chance and the accidental are key. Often in abstract realm, his work leaves space for
personal interpretation. Graduate of Newport Film School UK, his films have been selected for a
variety of international film festivals including Aesthetica Film Festival, London Short Film Festival,
Atlanta Film Festival, and BBC Music Video Festival.

SEAFF III | Hedge

A singularly comical/surreal vision of a family visiting a funeral home.

Amanda Bonaiuto, born 1990, is an animator and artist originally from Massachusetts. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has screened at Ottawa International Animation Festival, Slamdance, Pictoplasma, and more. She is a 2017 Princess Grace Honoraria in Film, a 2013 recipient of the St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award, 2013 finalist for the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Film & Video, and a 2010 recipient of the Springborn Fellowship. She graduated with an MFA in Experimental Animation from CalArts in 2018. Her film Batfish Soup was the jury winner in the second edition of SEAFF.

SEAFF III | itsy bitsy

According to research, there are 9 different types of intelligence; naturalistic, musical, logical-mathematical, existential, interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, linguistic, intra- personal, and spatial. Kusanagi Sisters question alternative types of intelligence not previously defined. They reject colonization of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy in order to think and create freely.


Kusanagi Sisters is a Japanese interdisciplinary conceptual art collective co-founded by Lisa and JuJu Kusanagi. Their expertise contributes to a wide variety of roles including directors, producers, choreographers, performers, and filmmakers. They leverage their multi-cultural upbringing to influence the creative elements in their highly conceptual projects. Both their multi-media live performances and films have been presented across the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Albania, Kenya, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, China, Indonesia, and Australia. Lisa holds an Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University and JuJu holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Visit their websites for more information: www.lisakusanagi.comjujukusanagi.weebly.com