Short of the Week

Mark Gardener


Adventure about Conquest in Anime
Hayao Miyazaki / 7 min / Japan / 2007

The brilliant Miyazaki brings to life a beautiful story of two small heroes and their pursuit to free a young angelic girl.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Mark Lester / 11 min / USA / 2013

A year in the life of a guy and his car. A funny/romantic/tragic short film.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Chris Dundon / 18 min / UK / 2010

A teenager learns to cope socially with his brothers’ disability.

Interview / February 12, 2013

Short of the Week is about more than just highlighting the best in bite-sized narratives—it’s also about fostering a dialogue amongst the innovative creators telling earth-shattering stories in new and…

Documentary about Identity in Live-Action
Mark Columbus / 7 min / USA / 2014

A deceptively simple film about “the Jimi Hendrix of Fiji,” forced to take a menial job in the United States when his wife became pregnant with the filmmaker.

News / January 16, 2014

The nominations are in! An interesting crop of films this year, especially because there are  a few we’re unfamiliar with. Though, it’s great to see Short of the Week fav…

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…

Article / January 5, 2012

The top 7 films in 2011 were all sequels—and three of those are part of franchises that made the same list 10 years ago. We all know there’s a lack of original stories coming from Hollywood these days, but just how bad is it?

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Seith Mann / 21 min / USA / 2012

Friends meet at the crossroads of loyalty and morality and are forced to decide which path to walk.

Drama about Childhood in Live-Action

Eight-year old Andy thinks he has superhuman abilities in this Cannes-honored film from New Zealand.

Drama about Inspiration in Claymation
Mark Osborne / 7 min / USA / 2008

Stop-Motion film of great beauty tells the story of a young inventor as he deals with the corrupting influences of Capitalism, and examines the source of joy and inspiration.

Drama about Human Nature in Live-Action
Mark Gutteridge / 9 min / UK / 2013

A group of uncommunicative neighbors closely monitor a new tenant’s movements until they meet via their intercom.

SOTW / January 28, 2011

In our announcement Tuesday I mentioned my skepticism in finding any of the Short Film Oscar nominees online, but you, our readers, did not share my defeatist attitude and unearthed…

Adventure about Human Nature in Animation
Dylan White / 3 min / UK / 2011

A son recounts the legend of his father, an avid hunter whose collection lacked only one mythical beast…

War about Friendship in 3D Animation
Mark Nelson / 19 min / USA / 2013

Threatened by the invading German Army in WWI, a group of misfits must band together in order to save Britain and the world.

Sci-Fi about Reality in Live-Action
Vincent LaForet / 11 min / USA / 2011

Award-winning cinematographer and DSLR-expert Vincent LaForet continues his collaboration with Canon in this showcase film for the new c300 camera.

Parody about Identity in Live-Action
Tetsuya Nakashima / 7 min / Japan / 2011

Who am I? It is a question we all ask. For high-schooler Katori Shintarou the question becomes more urgent when the Earth Defender Freshmen show up to defend the world—from him!

Festival Tribeca / April 27, 2011

This is the second part of our coverage of the 9 in-competition short films Tribeca (Online) has made available, and the 3rd (and last) post overall in our coverage…

Article / October 7, 2010

We published part 1 of this fashion film roundup to honor the end of New York fashion week and since then London and Milan have had their turn. Now we’re…

News / March 25, 2010

Aint it Cool News is the geek website of record for me personally. I think it was vintage gigantic-Harry’s guest appearances on Ebert’s TV show back in 1999 that sealed…

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…

Comedy about Sexuality in Live-Action
Joe Burke / 8 min / USA / 2011

There’s just one thing in Mark’s way of a great night with a dream girl—her creepy male roommate—in this awkward comedy with a stellar cast of B-list celebrities.

Dark Comedy about Crime in Live-Action
Dan Sully / 5 min / UK / 2013

In a typical South London kebab shop, Nathan explains to Beefy why he really shouldn’t eat the burgers.

Fantasy about Other Worlds in Live-Action
Hank Friedmann / 11 min / USA / 2014

A group of bored suburban teens experiment with a mysterious new drug

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.