Short of the Week

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Documentary about Life & Society in Flash Animation
Stefan Nadelman / 23 min / USA / 2013

One of the most celebrated of all modern shorts, Terminal Bar is a fascinating pictorial history of a New York City bar whose customers, from the hard-drinking working class Irish to the coiffed African American gay male, continually transform its focus during a 10-year period.

Experimental about Growth in 3D Animation
Or Bar-El / Israel / 2012

In a bland, ultilitarian world of rhythm and order, one worker finds his inner Jazz.

Festival / January 27, 2011

A new Thursday, a new set of Sundance shorts. This is the second of three batches of 2011 in-competition shorts that Sundance is sharing via the YouTube Screening Room, and…

Documentary about Life & Society in Special FX
Gavin Kelly / 4 min / Ireland / 2010

What if fantasy characters from World of Warcraft existed in our world? That’s what this documentary from Dublin explores, and I in turn explore how the film is perfect representative of short film today.

Comedy about Love in Animation
Marta Mackova / 5 min / Czech Republic / 2008

In this minimalistic animation out of the Czech Republic, a young lady indulges in the joys of people-watching at an outdoor café, but she is being watched too.

Festival / December 11, 2010

The Doorpost Project is the best online film competition out there. I realize that might not be saying much as the web is lousy with short film competitions. And I…

Poem about Life & Society in Collage Animation
Bruce Alcock / 3 min / Canada / 2009

Beautiful yet brash poetry of Canadian Al Purdy colorfully animated with crude painting and yellow flowers.

Horror about Life & Society in Live-Action
Mat Johns / 7 min / UK / 2013

Backpacker Sam writes a letter home to his mother from his latest destination.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Andrea Arnold / 24 min / UK / 2011

The 2003 Oscar winner, this film is a searing and intimate portrait of a single-mom and her 4 children in contemporary Britain.

Horror about Redemption in Live-Action
Alex Grybauskas / 18 min / USA / 2013

On the floor of a bar restroom, a man on his deathbed is offered a deal that could save his life – but in the process may destroy his humanity.

Music Video about Love in Live-Action
Matt Larson & Zack Spiger / 11 min / USA / 2014

A divided young couple desperately try to find a way back to each other in this multi-track music video for Parisian artist Talisco [NSFW].

Western about Desperation in Performance
Edson Oda / 5 min / USA / 2013

Classic face off with Death told through a series of drawings and objects.

Experimental about Loss in Live-Action
Mitch Jenkins / 32 min / UK / 2012

Comics legend Alan Moore along with Mitch Jenkins unveil a phantasmagoric English dreamtime made of goosefleshed pin-up girls, burned out comedians and faulty lights, with judgement just behind the tinsel.

Branded Film about Desperation in Live-Action
Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry / 7 min / USA / 2010

The Commuter is a charmingly impressive Nokia branded short, commissioned to tout the capabilities of the N8, the Finnish handset maker’s newest HD video phone. In that way it is…

Article / December 2, 2011

The online world is in a buzz over the major redesign of YouTube that launched yesterday. Though many are focused on the social integration, we think the bigger shift…

Dark Comedy about Life & Society in Animation
Joseph Pierce / 8 min / UK / 2013

Kemi lives and works in the murky slipstream of a North London pub. As the booze flows the line between who belongs behind and in front of the bar becomes increasingly blurred.

Dramedy about Love in Flash Animation
Barbara Benas / 4 min / USA / 2010

When a sensitive cowboy loses faith in this dark world, it takes a bit of kindness to bring him back.

SOTW / November 9, 2011

I’ve got some big news to share which is exciting for me personally, (evidenced by the post title), but which should be positive for the site and, by turn, you…