December 2018 was a big month for the world of animation online, with 90% of the films shortlisted for the ‘Animated Short Film’ Oscar available to watch and quite a few festival favourites also released (keep an eye on Short of the Week over the next month to see a few more of those), there was plenty to keep animation fans happy.

It should come as no surprise then, that two of our three favourite picks from our December coverage are animated, but although we haven’t picked one of the Oscar contenders, we have picked a highly acclaimed documentary, a powerful student film and an experimental piece exploring love.

Documentary Patrick Bresnan & Ivete Lucas

Skip Day

Intimate glimpses of a special day in the lives of high-school seniors from an industrial corner of the Florida Everglades.

Drama Simon Duong Van Huyen & 4 Others

Hors de l’eau

Through the eyes of a macaque mother, a group of snow monkeys has to face the strict rules which govern their community.

Experimental Seunghee Kim

SimSim (The Realm Of Deepest Knowing)

When we are aware of someone's suffering, love begins. Mixed-media animation SimSim shows the basis of all kinds of love and what it means to embrace and accept.

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