Short of the Week

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Comedy about Other Worlds in Animation
Péter Vácz, Attila Bertóti / 16 min / Hungary / 2014

One of the best animations of the year, Rabbit and Deer are living happily and careless until their friendship is put to the test by Deer’s new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension.

Adventure about Family in Animation
Yulya Aronova / 6 min / Russia / 2014

Life’s a breeze when your mom is an airplane! Yulya Aronova’s Annie-nominated short film is child-like innocence and wonder epitomized.

Essay about Family in Live-Action
Douglas Gautraud / 5 min / USA / 2014

A beautiful ode to to grandfathers, moms, and discovering what being an adult means.

Comedy about Human Nature in Live-Action
David Soll / 12 min / USA / 2014

Paul is the custodian of a nuclear missile silo, living alone in the vast underground structure. More interested in his passion – painting and sculpting the missile – than his duties, he gets a lousy performance review that threatens his job.

Dark Comedy about Love in Live-Action
Andy Fortenbacher / 13 min / USA / 2014

Gordon, a dimwitted but sweet man with pure intentions, follows some bad advice and tries to impress the woman of his dreams by scaring the daylights out of her.

Adventure about Love in Special FX
Michael Lukk Litwak / 10 min / USA / 2014

Dinosaurs have invaded Earth but neither Tommy nor Stacey care anymore, now that they’ve met each other. They escape the war, but whether they dive to the bottom of the ocean or fly to Outer Space, conflict always seems to find a way into their lives.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Jason B. Kohl / 14 min / USA / 2014

A pig farmer tests his unemployed son’s resolve to join the family business in director Jason B. Kohl’s SXSW 2013 short film.

Experimental about Life & Society in
Benjamin Villeda / 14 min / USA / 2014

‘Utah’ is a bartender who struggles with his relationship and personal dilemmas while juggling a late night shift in a busy New York City bar.

Sci-Fi about Revenge in Live-Action
Michael Spiccia / 13 min / Australia / 2014

A girl with a secret past comes out of hiding and is forced to take on the town bullies with the thing she fears most – herself.

Sci-Fi about Love in Special FX

2065. The entire planet is hit by the effects of climate change. One of the few places that remain habitable is Antarctica, where big corporations have built private cities. Hebe and Ciro get back together again. She is looking for love. He is searching for his own identity. (NSFW)

Drama about Community in Special FX
Greg Jardin / 9 min / USA / 2014

Fragile and lonely, a being made up of balloons wanders LA searching for connection.

Myth about Art in Stop-Motion
Mikey Please / 6 min / UK / 2014

Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayeth. Marilyn is trying really hard to create something good. For once, her expectation and reality are going to align. It will be epic. It will be tear jerkingly profound. It will be perfect. Nothing can go wrong.

Drama about Human Nature in Live-Action
Ariel Kleiman / 20 min / Australia / 2014

A Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner. After three months submerged underwater in a Russian submarine, the men have become savages. Oleg fears that losing perspective may mean losing himself.

Adventure about Other Worlds in Animation
Guilherme Marcondes / 10 min / Brazil / 2014

Not many people know this but every night at 3:33AM time is frozen for a moment. During what is a fraction of second to mortal eyes there is a second night, a secret one where the spirits of the city come out to play.

Dark Comedy about Other Worlds in 3D Animation
Kyungmin Woo / 5 min / South Korea / 2014

Johnny is a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. However it never goes as planned…

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Josh Izenberg / 16 min / USA / 2014

Disillusioned with his life, Dr. John Kitchin abandons his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach. There, he undergoes a radical transformation into SLOMO.

Drama about Hope in Live-Action
Ritesh Batra / 8 min / India / 2014

Akhil, a young shoeshine boy, dreams of becoming a gourmet chef when he has a chance encounter with India’s most popular TV cuisiner.

Drama about Friendship in Animation
Eamonn O'Neill / 10 min / Ireland / 2014

SotW Award winner Eamonn O’Neill (I’m Fine Thanks) returns with his graduation film from the Royal College of Art.

Comedy about Sexuality in Live-Action
Conor Byrne / 12 min / USA / 2014

A 10-year-old boy is thrust into the tumultuous world of puberty when he gets a new pair of eyeglasses.

Action about Perseverence in Live-Action
James McFay / 15 min / Japan / 2014

A heartbroken girl gets into a taxi. Ten minutes later, the driver is fighting for her life.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Luke Monaghan / 8 min / USA / 2014

Former drug kingpin Fredrick James Staves, the legendary badass known as “Baby Gangster”, invites Luke Monaghan into his world of custom cars and regrets.

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.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Bram Schouw / 11 min / Netherlands / 2014

A bittersweet examination of friendship, life, love and enduring bonds. Three youngsters make a roadtrip that will change their lives forever. But they, and you, could never be prepared for what happens in Sevilla.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Moe Charif / 12 min / USA / 2014

This slick and anticipated fan film is based on the video game Deus Ex Human Revolution.

Online Program / March 24, 2014

African teens surfing trains, an ancient form of soccer that is more akin to martial arts, and the aftermath of an unspeakable war-time tragedy, these are the stories highlighted…