Experiencing Interruptions?


GROAR.cl (Chile, 2014) is a short film depicting the navigation of an alternative version of the Internet, possibly from another dimension. It mixes footage from the navigation itself with clickable videos, some in which puppets are subjects of torture and scientific experimentation and some than can be described as bizarre vintage commercials with stop-motion monsters.

  • Diego Cumplido
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Horror, Comedy, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2014
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  • Pictoplasma Berlin Festival
    April 30, 2015
    International Premiere
  • Festival Chilemonos
    Santiago, Chile
    May 10, 2014
    Chilean Premiere
  • Proceso de Error, Festival Internacional de Video Experimental
    March 17, 2014
Director Biography - Diego Cumplido

Diego Cumplido (Chile, 1987) is a visual storyteller with a multidisciplinary practice as an experimental filmmaker-animator, cartoonist, comic book creator and illustrator. Currently based in Edinburgh, Diego is writing a script for his first feature length film and also is developing a graphic novel.

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Director Statement

GROAR.cl acts like a comment on the rhizomatic nature of the web and the contrasting plurality of its content. It integrates mechanisms such as comedy and evident artificial display as a strategy to confront the unbearable reality of violence, impossible to grasp when dealt with in a naturalistic manner.

This short film is the last stage of a long-gestating project: it recycles and remixes material originally developed for the original net-art project of the same name. It addresses our present day connection with the media, while mixing current and vintage aesthetics in a common outcome with surrealistic undertones.

What we witness is the regurgitation in short fragments of some kind of TV channel of impossible existence, long forgotten and gone. An online urban myth that may or may not be a reflection on the dictatorship that two decades ago ruled my country and its ghostly existence in the present day.