Short of the Week

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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.

News / August 5, 2010

It’s fun when mainstream sites do pieces on short film, and in a rare treat, two such articles were published online today. First up is a brief article and slideshow…

Interview / July 18, 2010

Reign of Death, the subject of our recent feature review, is one of the most confidently stylish shorts we’ve seen in a while. Its director, Matthew Savage, has served as…

Festival / July 9, 2010

Just stumbled upon something really cool by complete accident! Maybe I should be ashamed to call myself an <ahem> “short film expert” and not have heard of this since it’s…

Film Noir about Crime in Special FX
Matthew Savage / 6 min / UK / 2010

1940′s visual styling combines with a futuristic setting in this sci-fi take on the hardboiled gumshoe. Now in development as a feature.

Drama about Childhood in Live-Action
David Michôd / 13 min / Australia / 2010

A stylish and meditative film centering on the unhappy life of a neglected teen, told from the perspective of his neighbor who attempts to make sense of him.

Sci-Fi about Identity in Live-Action
Simon Bovey / 8 min / UK / 2010

Beam me up! Transporters are a reality in this spare, realistic sci-fi short. However they are not perfect, as one man is about to find out.

Fantasy about Friendship in 3D Animation
Joanna Lurie / 10 min / France / 2010

Heartwarming tale of two creatures exploring a new world.

Western about Redemption in Machinima
John Hillcoat / 29 min / USA / 2010

A western machinima animation based on the popular video game.

Thriller about Desperation in Live-Action
Vincenzo Natali / 19 min / Canada / 2010

A taut horror-thriller set entirely within an elevator, this short film from Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Fantasy about Beauty in Collage Animation
Joaquin Baldwin / 3 min / USA / 2010

Spanish for “Origami”, Papiroflexia is the tale of Fred, a skillful paper folder who could shape the world with his hands.

Sci-Fi about Conspiracy in Special FX
Ricardo de Montreuil / 6 min / USA / 2010

A mystical man escapes the eye of the law in this low-budget but special-effects driven film.

Action about Growth in Anime
Mahiro Maeda / 14 min / Japan / 2010

A giant object falls from the sky sending a small village into turmoil. But these villagers don’t seem normal! Nor is the object for the matter! A visual and intellectual Anime treat from the “Genius Party” collection.

News / May 4, 2010

Continuing what has become a beloved tradition, today kicked off the National Film Board of Canada’s Online Short Film Contest. We let you know about it last year too,…

Experimental about Nothing in Animation
Christian Schlaeffer / 7 min / Germany / 2010

A mind-bending trip through the unconscious loosely based on a polynesian prophecy.

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Flash Animation
Jake Armstrong / 5 min / USA / 2010

A grizzled spaceman comes to Alpha-9 to hunt down a vicious monster.

Documentary about Family in Live-Action
Turner Ross, Bill Ross / 18 min / USA / 2010

It’s not just another day for this low-income family who prepare a party to celebrate their moment of fame on a popular game show.

Fantasy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Guy Maddin / 14 min / Canada / 2010

A love story to Canada, Guy Maddin directs this film for the NFB about a Bosnian immigrant who uses the Aurora Borealis to broadcast images across the country.

Drama about Nature in Live-Action
Ramin Bahrani / 17 min / USA / 2010

Werner Herzog gives voice to a plastic bag’s existential crisis. A very unique and powerful filmmaking statement by celebrated director Ramin Bahrani.

SOTW / April 8, 2010

Going to embark on some overdue maintenance over the next week or two. Mainly we’ll be updating broken links. If you’ve noticed past entries that no longer connect to video,…

Branded Film about Greed in Special FX
Carl Erik Rinsch / 5 min / USA / 2010

A mysterious box brings misfortune to all who touch it in this film from the Parallel Lines series—a collaboration between Ridley Scott and Philips.

Branded Film about Music in Live-Action
Danny Clinch / USA / 2010

Hip hop master, Jay-Z, tells his success story as he prepares for a massive show at Madison Square Garden.

Experimental about Crime in Collage Animation
Osbert Parker / 8 min / UK / 2010

Wild ride through cut and pasted scenes in a mashup of old Hollywood and miniatures.

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Jia Zhangke / 18 min / China / 2010

The river is a metaphor for the relentless passage of time in this intimate character study. Four college friends reunite after 10 years time in this film from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke.

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…