Surreal stories for OFFF opening title credits

Last week took place in the Hub Barcelona the 17th edition of OFFF Festival. During the 6,7 and 8 of April, numerous innovative and international artists and designers gathered to offer a three-day journey of conference, workshops, activities and performance aimed to curious and eager people.

OFFF Festival has become the main festival of Culture, Art and Digital Design in a national context and year after year has consolidated a place on an international scale due to OFFF on Tour, the festival that tours the world.

For the past edition, the amazing opening title credits were made by Vallée Duhamel, a Montreal-based studio. Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel are founders, designers and art directors of the studio. They generate complex narrative through lo-fi, hand-rigged object and high-end productions techniques in all their works that astonish clients and clients’ customers.

Complex narratives, meticulously art-directed projects and some room for “happy accidents” are the keys of this successful studio

Inspired by Zbigniew Rybszynski film Tango, released on 1981 and awarded with an Oscar for the Best animation short in 1981. Vallée Duhamel has reinterpreted the film adding a contemporary look and a personal environment to the set, in other to create the credits of all the speakers’ names of this year’s edition.

The short tells stories of characters moving around in the same scenario their paths are interlaced and each of them follows a complex and specific choreography in the space. Although their apparent proximity of gestures from one character to the other, they remain invisible to one another even being part of the same world. Could this short be reflecting a close similarity to our daily life paths?

The 17th edition OFFF Festival has had an excellent and distinct short film. The surrealistic, dream-like and exciting world created by Vallée Duhamel studio brings us to some of the magical Dalí paintings or the playful and conceptual artworks of René Magritte but in a XXI century context.