Short of the Week

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Drama about Loss in Live-Action
Matthew Thorne / 12 min / Australia / 2014

A man suffering from Alzheimer’s desperately tries to put together the pieces of his past.

Experimental about Other Worlds in Interactive
Chris Milk / 5 min / USA / 2011

A new interactive music video for the concept album Rome—a collaboration between Danger Mouse and composer Daniele Luppi inspired by the music from old spaghetti westerns. An HTML5 project for use in Google Chrome

Adventure about Other Worlds in Multi-Media

The true story behind how the Miami Heat won the NBA title in 2012 despite one of their star players being an interstellar prince who was called away to do battle with evil foes bent on finally making the Internet completely useless.

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 Family in Flash Animation
Chris Ware / 4 min / USA / 2009

The second collaboration between NPR institution “This American Life” and comic book icon Chris Ware, examines the slipperiness of memory to humorous effect.

Myth about Greed in Stop-Motion
Rob Shaw / 5 min / USA / 2010

Telling tale of the dangers of human invention and the destruction it can wreak on the environment and others in this well-executed stop-motion film.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Alan Spearman / 13 min / USA / 2012

Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. Chris is a poetic observer with much to say about life in South Memphis.

Documentary about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Chris Landreth / 13 min / USA / 2009

This Oscar-Winning film pairs psychedelic CG animation with documentary techniques to tell the story of legendary animator Ryan Larkin.

Playlist / February 12, 2013

This year’s winning live-action filmmakers represent a diverse group: a star feature film directing duo, a veteran commercial director, a pair of award-winning photojournalists, a Canadian writing/directing duo, and a…

Sports about Perseverence in Live-Action
Chris Eversole / 5 min / USA / 2013

Heather “The Heat” Hardy, is a single mother and professional boxer who uses boxing as way to provide a life for her and her daughter.

Documentary about Childhood in Flash Animation
Chris Ware / 4 min / USA / 2007

This American Life takes to the visual form in this Chris Ware-designed animation about a bizarre event at an elementary school when all the students suddenly took up playing with pretend video cameras.

Music Video about Childhood in Interactive
Chris Milk / 10 min / USA / 2010

Take a trip down memory lane in this interactive music video that draws imagery from your own childhood experiences of suburbia.

Drama about Illness in Live-Action
John Heeg, Chris Westlund / 7 min / USA / 2014

A wheelchair bound boy watches as his mother falls in love with the high school volunteer at the pool where he does aquatic therapy.

Sci-Fi about Desperation in Live-Action
Chris Cornwell, Gary Freedman / 8 min / UK / 2014

Two space engineer’s journey through deep space takes a dramatic turn when they discover an emergency message from the past.

Documentary about Conquest in Live-Action
Alex Sutherland / 3 min / New Zealand / 2014

In 1980, with a healthy mix of imagination, balls and roughly-remembered Newtonian physics, a Kiwi bloke jumped off a bridge and started a worldwide phenomenon.

Experimental about The End in Multi-Media
Chris Marker / 26 min / UK / 2012

The ground-breaking 60′s experimental film that influenced “12 Monkeys”. In the wake of WWIII Paris, a team of scientists experiment with time-travel in order to provide hope for their future.

Satire about Life & Society in Stop-Motion

What we see as centuries of progress—two rocks see as just another passing afternoon.

Satire about Politics in Flash Animation
Chris Harding / 5 min / USA / 2007

Fun yet violent animation that teaches us self-defense techniques (or attempts to) through everyday man, George—a character we all know well.

Experimental about Human Nature in 3D Animation
Alessandro Bavari / 8 min / Italy / 2011

Metachaos is a multi-disciplinary project from accomplished, ambitious, Italian artist Alessandro Bavari, which includes a photo-set, mixed-method paintings and this short film, an 8min assault on the senses

Dark Comedy about Abuse in Flash Animation
Chris Ware / 3 min / USA / 2009

Bizarre story about two mice by the legendary illustrator, Chris Ware, for This American Life.

Fantasy about Hope in Stop-Motion
Christopher Kezelos / 12 min / Australia / 2011

Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.

Music Video about Love in Special FX
Chris Milk / 3 min / USA / 2009

A harsh breakup served up with a side of brutal honesty and a walking, singing heart that will have you saying, “That’s so true.”

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Live-Action
Chris Caldwell, Zeek Earl / 13 min / USA / 2014

Alone on a foreign world a father and daughter must fend for themselves in place without law.

Fantasy about Conquest in Live-Action
Chris Bouchard / 38 min / UK / 2009

Devoted fans give tribute to the Lord of the Rings trilogy in this epic fan film made for under £3,000.

Dramedy about Growth in Live-Action
Chris Keener, Rob Shore / 22 min / USA / 2014

Steven Crosby, a small town missionary in a strange land stumbles upon the low road to salvation with the help of a little Mayan girl, a black magic woman, and a saint with a cigar