24th Animation Division Jury Selections
Animated short film
WASABIMELON (MIYOSHI Yuta, Representative)［Japan］
This AI and environmentally themed 3DCG short film opens on a near future when climate change has decimated the frog population. To better understand their ecology and cause of death, humans develop an animal AI called SAVIOR. SAVIOR meets a member of the thinning species and learns from, interacts with, and collects data from it. When the frog follows a butterfly, SAVIOR trails it and discovers what humanity ought to be protecting.