A collection of surreal, witty and thought-provoking short animation films currently showing at the Laputa Animation Festival 2010 in Asagaya, western Tokyo, stands splendidly apart from the plethora of mainstream anime works that vie for airtime on Japanese TV.

Now in its 10th year, the annual festival, taking place at Laputa Asagaya, a 48-seat art-house theater in Tokyo’s residential Suginami Ward, this year boasts about 70 films from around the world. Included in the lineup are works from renowned Estonian creator Priit Parn, known for his satirical leanings, and Mati Kutt, another Estonian master of surreal, comical animation films. The festival is also running David O’Reilly’s 10-minute feature “Please Say Something,” which depicts in digital images a troubled relationship between a female cat and a male mouse. The German film won the Golden Bear award in the short-film category at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.

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