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Life is a short pause between two mysteries.” -C.G. Jung

Jung & Restless dives into the mythopoetic realm with mandalas and dream inspired images that grasp at enigma. It invokes the mystery, magic and oddity of dreaming. After several months of working with a senior Jungian analyst, I stopped dreaming. As an alternative, I started animating short free form experiments, working intuitively without reflection, scrutiny or planning. Six years later I used these experiments film. I also incorporated images from dream notes, Jungian symbols and mandalas of personal icons. “The soul knows bigger stories.” – C. G. Jung

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“Jung & Restless is beautiful and spectacular. The synchrony between the animation and the music and soundtrack is fabulous.”

-Marcel Jean, Artistic Director, Annecy International Animation Festival

Jung & Restless by Joanna Priestley

Jung & Restless was directed, produced and animated by award winning indie filmmaker Joanna Priestley. It is her 32nd film. The music was composed and produced by Seth Norman. Sound design and sound effects created by Chris Barber. Compositing and visual effects created by Brian Kinkley. Jung & Restless was supported by the Playa Foundation, Ford Family Foundation and Clatter and Din. For additional info please visit

Los Angeles Animation Festival: Silver Award for Experimental (CA, USA)
Reykjavik Independent Film Festival: Best Sound Design (Iceland)
Click for Festivals: Short of the Year Finalist (Madrid, Spain)
Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival: Audience Award (Los Angeles, CA)
Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Festival, Nominated for Best Short – Animation (Spain)
Maracay International Film and Video Festival: Nominee for Best Animation (Venezuela)
McMinnville Short Film Festival: Nominee for Will Vinton Award for Best Animation (OR, USA)
ANIMAFILM International Animation Festival: Nominee for Best Short Experimental Film (Baku, Azerbaijan)
Eastern Oregon Film Festival: Nominee for Best Short (LaGrande, OR, USA)
Arizona Short Film Festival: Nominee for Award (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
USA Film Festival: Finalist (Dallas, TX, USA)
Lisbon Film Rendezvous: Finalist (Portugal)
Accordi @ Disaccordi International Short Film Festival: Finalist (Naples, Italy)
American Film Institute Festival: Semi-Finalist (Los Angeles. CA, USA)
Australia International Film Festival: Semi-Finalist (Brisbane, Australia)

Annecy International Animation Festival (World Premiere, France)
Stuttgart International Animation Festival (Germany)
Fantoche International Animation Festival (Switzerland)
Melbourne International Animation Festival – Masters of Animation Program (Australia)
Insomnia International Animation Film Festival (Moscow, Russia)
Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (France)
London International Animation Festival, Hackney Picturehouse (UK)
Wiesbaden International Animation Festival – Best of International Animation (Germany)
Walla Walla Movie Crush (WA, USA)
Trujillo International Film Festival (Trujillo, Peru)
Tamil Nadu Film Festival (Chennai, India)
Tibilsi International Animation Festival (Tibilsi, Georgia)
Indie for You Film Festival (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
Santa Cruz International Film Festival (Río Gallegos, Argentina)
T-Short Animated Film Festival – Experimental/Abstract Competition (Germany)
Festival Internacional FESCILMAR (Katowice, Poland)
Animation Film Festival Striped Tail (Los Angeles, CA, USA)
ANIMARIO Madrid International Festival of Contemporary Animation (Spain)
Fredrikstad Animation Festival (Norway)
Big Cartoon Festival (Moscow, Russia)
FESCILMAR Festival in Spain (Madrid, Spain)
Veracruz Short Film Festival (Guanajuato, Mexico)
Unprecedented Cinema International Festival of Short Film (Tallinn, Estonia)
GIRAF Festival of Independent Animation (Calgary, AL, Canada)
Goa Short Film Festival (India)
Bahia Independent Cinema Festival (Salvador, Brazil)
Coven Film Festival (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival (Kolkata, India)
Animaevka International Festival Animated Films (Mogilev, Belarus)
Spokane Film Festival (WA, USA)
NAFF International Animated Film Festival (Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Castle Film Festival (Damascus, Syria)
Oxford Film Festival (MS, USA)
Kerala Short Film Festival (Thiruvananthapuram, India)
MONSTRA – Lisboa Animation Festival (Lisbon, Portugal)
Yellowstone International Film Festival (Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Yukon, Canada)
World Independent Cinema Awards (New York City, NY, USA
Fest Anča International Animation Festival (Žilina, Slovakia)
White Nights Film Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia)
We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival (Baker City, OR, USA)
BUEIFF ProChannel International Competition (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
KINAM International Festival of Different Cinema (Mexico)
International World Photography Awards (New York, NY, USA)
Charlotte Film Festival (NC, USA)
Spark Animation Festival: “Mothers of an Artform” (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Encuentro Para Cinéfagos Festival de Cine-Arte en la Frontera (San Cristobal, Venezuela)

Stuttgart International Animation Special (Germany, June 2021)
Big Cartoon Festival, Krasnoyarsk (Russia, March 25 – April 8, 2022)
Big Cartoon Festival, Voronezh (Russia, April 14-17, 2022)
Big Cartoon Festival, Nizhny Novgorod (Russia, May 26 – June 5, 2022)
Cineteca Mexiquense (Toluca de Lerdo, Mexico, Sept. 11, 2022)

The soul knows bigger stories.