Short of the Week


News / May 8, 2013

Year end projects have been delivered by BFA students of the CalArts Character Animation Program. The best of the best, 23 films, will screen tonight in the famous “Producer’s Show”,…

Interview / April 4, 2009

It’s been over a year since we stopped getting in touch with filmmakers on a regular basis, and one of the things we got back from you readers before our…

Drama about Loss in Animation
Eusong Lee / 4 min / USA / 2012

A graduation animation from CalArts, a spare, powerful 9/11 story that is heartbreakingly perfect.

Playlist / February 11, 2013

We honor the top animated shorts from the past year with a collection of innovative films spanning 2D, 3D, and some too difficult to label.

Fantasy about Other Worlds in Stop-Motion
Bradley Schaffer / 7 min / USA / 2013

This 100% hand-made, action-packed short film tries to keep up as a Texas Sheriff hilariously massacres a race of clumsy aliens. Insane badassery to the nth degree!

Fantasy about Life & Society in Stop-Motion
Kirsten Lepore / 11 min / USA / 2014

A girl journeys through a vibrant, pulsing, macrocosmic landscape, but a precipitous incident compels her to venture up a mountain in an attempt to save herself.

SOTW / January 14, 2013

We are excited to announce the official Short of the Week Awards 2013 nominees! We’ve nominated the top 10 films in each of our three categories—Animation, Live-Action, and New Media—as…

Documentary about Music in Animation
Sara Gunnarsdottir / 10 min / Iceland / 2013

The Pirate of Love is an animated documentary about an outsider musician, Daniel C. This is an oral history that follows one mans soulful songs of love, pride and loneliness.

Drama about Childhood in Animation
Jason Carpenter / 10 min / USA / 2012

A young boy is thrust into the terrorizing world of daycare.

Adventure about Friendship in Anime
Jonathan Kim / 2 min / USA / 2007

A lo-fi animation by CalArts student Jonathan Kim that proves a film doesn’t need a big budget and production polish to entertain.

Sci-Fi about Love in Animation
Andreas Salaff / 6 min / USA / 2010

70′s-era hand-drawn animation about an aging inventor’s struggle to find his way home.

Experimental about Family in Stop-Motion
Kangmin Kim / 7 min / USA / 2012

An incredibly rich paper-based stop-motion film about the therapeutic powers of the Korean bathhouse from a CalArts student.

Thriller about Revenge in Animation
James Kim / 4 min / USA / 2008

An orphaned child overcomes her fear of her evil caretaker to exact a much-deserved revenge.

Experimental about Other Worlds in Claymation
Allison Schulnik / 8 min / USA / 2014

A rhythmic ritual is performed by a bizarre ensemble of macabre figures.

Experimental about Childhood in Collage Animation
Dominic Bisignano / 7 min / USA / 2009

Bisignanoanimation uses a multitude of techniques to illustrate a humorous narrative account of one boy’s fear of AIDS circa 80′s America.—A Sundance 10/10 film: now online

Drama about Redemption in Live-Action
George Hickenlooper / 28 min / USA / 2011

The 1994 short film classic remade into the Oscar-winning feature Slingblade.

Dark Comedy about Family in Animation
Sean Buckelew / 17 min / USA / 2013

A family’s idyllic life is interrupted when the father is killed while defending the family from an intruding bear.