Eyes and Horns (2021)

Trailer for Eyes and Horns

Film stills from Eyes and Horns

Technical Info
Original Title:    Eyes and Horns
Format:             DCP, 24fps, ProRes, H264
Sound:              Surround 5.1, stereo
Process:           Color
Resolution:       16:9, HD, 1920x1080
Runtime:           6min 15sec
Country:            Germany, South Korea, United States

Director: Chaerin Im
Producer: Fabian Driehorst
Co-Producer: Chaerin Im
Animation: Chaerin Im
Compositing: Katherina Rival, Lara Ennigkeit
Editing: Fabian Driehorst, Chaerin Im
Music Performance & Recording: Karie Jacobson, Drew Kowalski
Music & Sound Design: Karie Jacobson, Drew Kowalski
Soundmix: Craig Smith

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2D, Object animation, Stop-motion photography, Cyanotype printmaking

The transformation of the over masculine Minotaur inspired by Picasso’s print series ‘Vollard Suite’ leads to the destruction of boundaries of sexes.

The exploration of masculinity begins with the Minotaur, a mythical creature the artist Picasso used to portray himself in his etching print series. The Minotaur goes through a violent struggle between being male and female. Finally, the lines blur, and the boundaries of sexes disappear.

Graduation film for Experimental Animation MFA, California Institute of the Arts, United States

Poster for Eyes and Horns

Director’s Statement
The inspiration came when I was going through Picasso’s Vollard Suite, an etching series of 100 prints produced from 1930 till 1937. The artwork reflects Picasso’s erotic and artistic obsessions through the Minotaur, a hybrid creature who is violent, cruel, and lacks control of his outbursting masculinity. The constant depiction of the Minotaur devouring women that appeared in the prints gave me an unsettling curiosity about the mindset of this self-observant, confident, yet disruptive male artist. I envied the power and acceptance Picasso had, but at the same time was very disturbed by the toxic masculinity and misogyny that were so prevalent in his artwork and love life.

These contradicting feelings and thoughts evoked by Picasso’s Vollard Suite was the driving force behind the film Eyes and Horns. With the use of light, reflection,and shadow of the engraved plexiglass and cyanotypes, the film goes through the gender-shifting faces of the Minotaur, a violent struggle between the two sexes, the transformation of the female body, and the destruction of gender connotations. I wanted to talk about the out-dated masculinity Picasso represents, the unnamed women portrayed in numerous artworks, and the transformation between two gender and two sexes. Ultimately, a new sexuality is born from the blurring lines and overturn of connotations. But in the process of this discovery, we realize that numerous categories aside from the binary classification of male and female, or men and women, have always existed, but never properly acknowledged.

Original artwork of Eyes and Horns

Making process of Eyes and Horns

Festival Screenings
◆ = Oscar, BAFTA, Canadian Screen Award, or European Film Award Qualifying

◆59th Ann Arbor Film Festival (Official Competition, Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
March 23, 2021

◆18th VIS Vienna Shorts - International Festival for Short Film, Animation & Music Video (International Competition Animation Avantgarde, Vienna, Austria)
May 27, 2021

◆31st World Festival of Animated Film - Animafest Zagreb (Student Competition, Zagreb, Croatia)
June 7, 2021

◆45th Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival (Animation Shorts, San Francisco, CA, USA)
June 10, 2021

◆61st Annecy International Animated Film Festival (Graduation Short Films Competition, Annecy, France)
June 14, 2021

10th Kyiv International Short Film Festival (International Competition & Special Program, Kyiv, Ukraine)
August 4, 2021

◆20th Dokufest - International Documentary and Short Film Festival (International Shorts Competition, Prizren, Kosovo)
August 6, 2021

19th Imaginaria International Animated Film Festival (Student Competition, Conversano, Italy)
August 23, 2021

◆36th Odense International Film Festival (Animation Competition, Odense, Denmark)
August 30, 2021

8th Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival (Special Program: Érotique Est Magnifique, Kyiv, Ukraine)
September 1, 2021

◆44th Drama International Short Film Festival (Animation Competition, Drama, Greece)
September 12, 2021

35th Mix Festival Of LGBTQ+ Cinema and Queer Culture (Official Short Film Competition, Milano, Italy)
September 16, 2021

◆24th Guanajuato International Film Festival (Special Showcase: Midnight Madness, Guanajuato, Mexico)
September 17, 2021

15th Animation Volda Festival (Official Selection, Volda, Norway)
September 23, 2021

◆45th Ottawa International Animation Festival (International Competition: Student Animation, Ottawa, ON, Canada)
September 22, 2021

Viborg Animation Festival (Best Experimental Competition, Viborg, Denmark)
September 27, 2021

11th Stoptrik International Film Festival (The Borderlands Competition, Maribor, Slovenia)
September 29, 2021

31st Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival (Official Selection, Oslo, Norway)
October 1, 2021

◆16th Animest Bucharest International Animation Film Festival (Erotic Program, Bucharest, Romania)
October 8, 2021

◆11th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (International Competition, Limassol, Cyprus)
October 9, 2021

9th Canlandiranlar International Film Festival (Official Competition, Istanbul, Turkey)
October 18, 2021

◆23th Bucheon International Animation Festival (International Competition - Short Film & Korean Short Film, Bucheon, South Korea)
October 22, 2021

◆40th Uppsala International Short Film Festival (International Competition, Uppsala, Sweden)
October 25, 2021

7th Bitbang International Animation and Digital Art Festival (International Graduation Shorts Competition, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
October 25, 2021

13th Tofuzi International Animated Film Festival (Experimental Animated Films, Batumi, Georgia)
October 25, 2021

◆13th Spark Animation (Official Competition, Vancouver, Canada)
October 28, 2021

15th Big Cartoon Festival (International Student Competition, Moscow, Russia)
October 28, 2021

63rd Nordic Film Days Lübeck (Filmforum - Official Competition, Lübeck, Germany)
November 3, 2021

44th Denver Film Festival (Student Shorts: Animation Competition, Denver, CO, USA)
November 3, 2021

◆25th Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival (Official Competition, Toronto, ON, Canada)
November 10, 2021

10th Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival (International Competition, Baltimore, MD, USA)
November 12, 2021

◆25th Black Nights Film Festival - Pöff Shorts (Shorts New Talents Competition: Animation, Tallinn, Estonia)
November 16, 2021

39th Festival Tous Courts Aix-En-Provence (7th Experimental Short Film Competition, Aix-en-Provence, France)
November 30, 2021

34th Minimalen Short Film Festival (International Competition, Trondheim, Norway)
January 11, 2022

Tricky Women/Tricky Realites (International Competition, Vienna, Austria)
March 9, 2022

40th Montreal - International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) (International Competition - Short Films, Montreal, Canada)
March 15, 2022

Monstra - Lisbon Animation Festival (Student Shorts Competition, Lisbon, Portugal)
March 15, 2022

24th Mecal Pro - Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival (Oblique Animation Competition, Barcelona, Spain)
March 24, 2022

Kaboom Animation Festival (International Shorts Competition, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
March 28, 2022

6th GLAS Animation Festival (US Competition, Berkeley, CA, USA)    
April 6, 2022

◆31st Florida Film Festival (International Animated Shorts Program, Orlando, FL, USA)
April 8, 2022

26th Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS (International Short Competition, Riga, Latvia)
April 8, 2022

◆46th Atlanta Film Festival (Experimental Shorts Program, Atlanta, GA, USA)
April 21, 2022

◆39th Busan International Short Film Festival (Korean Shorts, Busan, South Korea)
April 27, 2022

California Institute of the Arts, School of Film/Video Showcase (Experimental Animation Showcase, RedCat, Los Angeles, USA)
April 27, 2022

◆38th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Shorts Program, Los Angeles, CA, USA)
May 5, 2022

49th Concordia Film Festival (Spotlight Selection: Experimental, Montreal, Canada)
May 5, 2022

10th Golden Ger Film Festival (International Short Competition - Animation , Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
June 2, 2022

15th International Animation Festival Fest Anča (International Student Short Competition, Žilina, Slovakia)
June 29, 2022

13th Anibar International Animation Festival (Student Competition, Peja, Kosovo)
July 13, 2021

2nd Animist Tallinn International Animation Festival (Official Competition, Tallinn, Estonia)
August 17, 2022

22nd Seoul International Alt Cinema & Media Festival (Glocal Propose, Seoul, South Korea)          
August 18, 2022

19th Cheongju International Short Film Festival (Official Competition, Cheongju, South Korea)
August 18, 2022

7th Supernova Digital Animation Festival (Director’s Choice, Denver, CO, United States)
September 1, 2022

8th Minikino Film Week - Bali International Short Film Festival (International Program, Bali, Indonesia)
September 2, 2022

24th Equinoxio University Film Festival (International Experimental Competition, Bogota, Colombia)
September 15, 2022

15th Animasyros International Animation Festival (Animapride Competition, Syros, Greece)
September 20, 2022

17th Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival (Student Competition, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago)
September 22, 2022

18th Seoul Indie-Anifest (Korean Panorama, Seoul, South Korea)
September 22, 2022

5th Fish & Chips Film Festival (Shorts Movie Competition, Turin, Italy)
September 22, 2022

◆53rd Nashville Film Festival (The Edge Shorts Competition, Nashville, TN, USA)          
September 29, 2022

6th Festival of Animation Berlin (New Talents Competition, Berlin, Germany)
September 30, 2022

17th Tacoma Film Festival (Animated Short Films, Tacoma, WA, USA)
October 6, 2022

5th Experimental Film Guanajuato (Official Selection, Guanajuato, Mexico)
October 20, 2022

17th Porn Film Festival Berlin (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)
October 25, 2022

15th Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (Shorts Program, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
November 3, 2022

3rd Giornate di Cinema Queer Festival (Queer Short Competition, Rome, Italy)          
November 3, 2022

16th Short Film Festival Cologne (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)
November 15, 2022

16th Cinetoro Experimental Film Festival (Animation Competition, Valle del Cauca, Colombia)
November 21, 2022

2nd South Sound Experimental Film Festival (Official Selection, Seattle, WA, USA)          
November 26, 2022

4th Film Maudit 2.0 (Official Selection, Santa Monica, CA, USA)  
January 12, 2023

10th Seattle Asian American Film Festival (Official Selection, Seattle, WA, USA)
February 23, 2023

7th Nitehawk Shorts Festival (Official Selection, Brooklyn, NY, USA)
March 1, 2023

Event Screenings

Malt Adult #24 
Curated screening series showcasing contemporary & independent animation artists pushing the medium, based out of Chicago
October 21, 2022