University of Central Florida Student Films on Display at Otronicon

Check Out Incredible Animated Short Films Created By University of Central Florida Students At Otronicon

Orlando's biggest interactive tech expo is back, and better than ever. Otronicon returns January 18-21 and promises to showcase the latest and greatest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math – all developed, and used in our own backyard! 


As a Science Center, we know that pursuing STEAM careers can be intimidating. Otronicon aims to erase that fear in our young minds of tomorrow by introducing attendees to all avenues of STEAM from mechanical engineers to animation artists. 


Just take the work of students from University of Central Florida's Emerging Media BFA Character Animation Track for example! Part of UCF's School of Visual Arts and Design, The Character Animation Track is a limited access program where students work as a team-based cohort over a 2-year period, mimicking the animation industry studio environment. Graduates of the program have gone on to land internships and jobs at Disney Feature Animation, PIXAR, Dreamworks Animation, Lucasfilm, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and many others.


Visitors can catch these short films on rotation at the Discovery Stage in Our Planet on Level 4. Keep reading for a preview of these spectacular films, and don't miss Otronicon, at Orlando Science Center January 18-21! 


Yours, Mime, and Ours: A heartwarming tale of a clown father trying to understand his mime daughter. Hilarity ensues.


Farmer Glorp: An animated short presenting the daily life of Glorp, an alien farmer caring for sunflowers on the sun. On a day like any other, the field is invaded by Flip, an excitable creature seeking food. Farmer Glorp must stop her accidental chaos before his crops are destroyed by her playful nature.


Ukelayla: Layla, a young girl with a speech disability, has high hopes for her first day of school, but her differences make it difficult to connect to others. Where speech fails, music speaks. Follow Layla and Kiki into a world of music, magic, and friendship in Ukelayla!


Box Forts: Two neighborhood kids like to make cardboard box towers in their backyards. One day, things get out of hand when their friendly competition escalates - literally.


Night Light: A wide-eyed, newborn sea turtle named Fin finds himself on the illuminated beaches of Miami. It is a perilous time to be a hatchling, with hazards of artificial light and debris present at every turn. With the help of Abueluna, his caring, celestial guide, Fin will make the daring trek from his cluttered nest to the open seas.


Cuddlefish: The story of Viktor, a daring Viking on the adventure of a lifetime. His travels come to a grinding halt when he meets the adorable love-sick kraken, Kaimana, who falls in love with the anchor on Viktor's mighty ship. The two face off in an epic conflict of wit which teaches both of them that love is blind as far as the eye can "sea."


Flower Story: Set in the midst of ancient Celtic ruins, two stone creatures find out first-hand the meaning behind the circle of life, and the joy and sorrow that accompany it.


Dreamweaver: The Chippewa tribe believes that Asibikaashi, the spider woman, protects children from bad dreams at night by weaving dream catchers to hang above their heads while they sleep. In Dreamweaver, she teaches Namid, an eight-year-old Chippewa girl who suffers from nightmares, to overcome her fears.


See these films along with STEAM exhibitors, live audiovisual performances,
and more at Otronicon! 

Admission: Otronicon is free for OSC members, $20.95 for adults, $18.95 for seniors and students, and $14.95 for youth (ages 3-11). Click here to purchase tickets.


Otronicon Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.


Science Night Live Featuring Otronicon: Taking place on Saturday, January 19 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., SNL is a 21-and-up event, and requires a separate ticket. Click here to purchase SNL tickets.


For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit the Otronicon website.