“Faire de votre passion un métier d’avenir!” (“Make your passion a job for the future”). A slogan that represents the true philosophy that is the foundation of all the institutes belonging to the Rubika network. RUBIKA was born from the grouping of three pioneering schools of digital creation: the Higher Institute of Design (1988), Supinfocom (1988, central to our special program) and Supinfogame (2001). Created by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Greater Hainaut, these schools have distinguished themselves by setting up a pedagogy closer to the needs of businesses. Rubika is specialized in the fields of video games, 3D animation and industrial design and has four campuses around the world: Canada, Kenya, India, France. In particular Supinfocom is based in France (Valenciennes) and in Pune, India. The school is a member of CRGE (regional conference of Grandes Écoles) and RECA (network of French animation film schools). All the institutes that are part of Rubika can boast a solid degree of recognition by professionals in the world of animation, video games and industrial design, being particularly distinguished thanks to the implementation of a pedagogy that is closest to the needs of businesses and these digital sectors in constant transformation. The educational model and peculiarity of Rubika is the perfect balance between cultural, artistic and technical teachings and the fact that the school itself is the protagonist of a process of constant innovation, always keeping up with its main goal: making the creative vocation and passion of their students a profession for the future. During their training, students are provided with the tools to make their ideas concrete and are immediately confronted with the fact that these ideas must adapt to the market and to the requests of external interlocutors in their professional career. The academic training at Supinfocom ranges widely between courses in design and applied arts, video, color, 2D animation, art history, communication, but also computer graphics, which includes, for example, software and 3D production, screenplay, animation. Many of the projects are carried out by students in collaboration with companies in the creative sector, or they may involve group collaborations.
The short films that we are going to present in this section are the result of collective works and it is precisely this type of experiential learning that guarantees students a rapid professionalization. The results of this training process are presented every year in a large number of national festivals, such as “La fête de’anim” in the city of Lille area or the Paris games week, but also on the occasion of international festivals dedicated to the world of digital animation, such as Roanne International Animation Short Film Festival, the Ottawa Festival, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Berlin Student Film Festival.
The high and recognized quality of the students’ projects and their professional post-graduate ability make Rubika rank as one of the best training schools in France and Europe in its field. The shorts presented in this section are among the most awarded works outside school boundaries, to name a few: Overrun, winner of several awards including in 2018 the Toulon Tout Court Festival jury prize and best animated film in the Berlin Student Film Festival; The Stained Club, best student film in the Living Skies Student Film Festival in 2019 and in the same year winner of the Youth Award at the Festival de Cartos De Errenteria; Sans Gravitè which, beyond the European borders, wins as best animated foreign film at the Thai Film Festival in Bangkok in 2019 and the Audience Award in the Student Film & Video Festival in 2018.
Mine de Plomb
Directors: Arthur Valter, Robin Delmond, Fanny Lambert, Lino Talfer, Noémie Six, Théo Emsellem
The car is running fast. The atmosphere is tense. There is no one outside. Taken by her father, Young Zheina is with her father, looking for her mother who is still in the hospital to take care of the wounded. She discovers a city emptied of its population and whose buildings debris stand as a warning of great danger.
Directors: Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Louise Grardel, Antoine Marchand, Robin Merle, Fabien Meyran
In Lisbon, a German married couple is about to get aboard the legendary n°28 tramway. How would you react if the brakes stopped working and you started a vertiginous race… with a baby on board?
The Stained Club
Directors: Mélanie Lopez, Simon Boucly, Marie Ciesielski, Alice Jaunet, Chan Stéphie Peang, Béatrice Viguier
Finn is a child with some patches on his skin. One day, he meets a group of wonderful kids, different from all the others, who have the same patches on their skin as he has. One day, Finn understands that these patches are not only pretty.
Trois Francs Six Sous
Directors: Clémence Ottevaere, Florence Blain, Louise Leblond, Varoon Indalkar, Morgane Ladjel, Hugo Valdelièvre-Rattier
During WWII a French farmer called Marcel hopes to see a sparkle of life in his mother Josépha’s eyes. She has been living in a vegetative state since the disappearance of her eldest son. At the same time, Marcel begins to help people affected by the war without actually knowing how much trouble he will have to face.
Directors: Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard, Matthieu Druaud, Adrien Zumbihl
A great work of photorealistic CGI drives us to discover an unknown, intriguing and hostile intergalactic environment. We follow an ant on its physical and mental journey towards freedom, finding ourselves trapped in a deformed world that, in the end, turns out to be closer than we think.
Tant que nos coeurs battent
Directors: Jason Mégrelis, Sylvan Charmasson, Charlotte Dudzicki, Kévin Lagrue, Marion Légier, Hradini Parikh, Léa Zafrilla
Speed, excitement, desire, risk. It is often believed that these elements make us feel more alive. “As long as our hearts can beat” makes us experience all of this. Two young women with all their brilliant colors in a race towards pure freedom, suddenly face death. The thrill of pushing yourself beyond the edge, leaving just a vivid spark of hope alive.
Directors: Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Fioretta Caterina Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître – Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham
All of us have experienced at least once in life what “not having the sense of gravity” means: floating disconnected from everything that surrounds us without being able to put our feet down, or maybe living with the nostalgia of a place that no longer belongs to us, the only one where we can feel alive. We can only follow the vicissitudes of this astronaut with a bitter smile. He could reveal to us the importance of something that goes beyond our space-time position which makes us feel at home.
Directors: Romane Faure, Nathanael Perron, Léa Detrain, Benoît de Geyer d’Orth, Pei-Hsuan Lin, Anne-Lise Kubiak
Green, black, white. Teatime’s a colorful and traditional ritual and you cannot miss it! But what do you do when you run out of teabags? Running to the store is a much too obvious solution for Phileas, who decides to embark on a risky adventure to reach China instead!