Clermont-Ferrand 2021: Mind My Mind
4 February 2021
Floor Adams' animated short Mind My Mind*) competes for the European Short Film Audience Award at the 43rd edition of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
Mind my Mind, produced by Cineté and Belgian animation house Fabrique Fantastique, had already picked up audiences awards at Go Short and Anima (Brussels) before it was selected for Tribeca's Animated Shorts section in 2019 by none other than Whoopi Goldberg. Now it competes for the European Short Film Audience Award at Clermont Ferrand.
In the film, the humanoid controller inside the brain of a young and aircraft-obsessed autistic man must deal with the disruptive sensation of falling in love. Director Adams previously taught animation to autistic students but the main driver for the film was dating a man with autism herself.
"People with autism have another way of processing information, seeing contexts differently or with difficulty, or are sometimes a bit delayed in answering a question. Also, a lot of them experience sensory overload. Via the character of the brain controller I wanted to make this visible, a personalisation of this process," explains Adams.
The film is English-language, and distinctly London-accented English at that. "I intended to tell a universal story to reach a broad audience. Therefore I chose to make the film English spoken. And I personally prefer British English; it is closer to home."
For the 43rd edition of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, three Dutch shorts have been selected. Short documentary Baba*) (2020) by Sarah Blok and Lisa Konno is selected for the International Competiton. Animated shorts Mind My Mind*) by Floor Adams competes for the European Short Film Audience Award and Ink *) by Joost van den Bosch and Erik Verkerk is part of the Young Audience program.
The Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival & Short Film Market, take place online from 29th of January untill the 6th of February 2021.