Short of the Week

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Sci-Fi about Human Nature in Special FX
Rob McLellan / 8 min / UK / 2013

An emotional robot reconciles his feelings of loss—through butchery! A VFX horror short, being adapted into a feature by MGM.

Satire about Human Nature in Animation
Jeanette Bonds / 5 min / USA / 2013

A hand-drawn animated documentary satire adapted from a conversation overheard in a Santa Monica restaurant in 2011. Four lawyers engage in a bantering dinner conversation that quickly devolves into a grotesque and brutal comedy of cruelty and hypocrisy. Warning: Incredibly foul and inappropriate.

Sci-Fi about Love in Live-Action
Jesse Atlas / 11 min / USA / 2013

War, fate, and a broken walkman transcend space and time in this sci-fi love story.

Experimental about Life & Society in Live-Action
Denis Villeneuve / 12 min / Canada / 2013

During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.

Documentary about Illness in Live-Action
Cynthia Wade / 28 min / USA / 2013

15 year old Vinh lives in a remote Cambodian village and has accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of his life with incurable arsenic poisoning. A chance to star in a karaoke video about the dangers of arsenic allows Vinh to wonder if he truly knows his destiny. Winner of over 9 major festival awards.

Experimental about Life & Society in

CURRENTLY OFFLINE—In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the internet age. NSFW

Drama about Sexuality in Live-Action
Hannah Fidell / 12 min / USA / 2013

On the precipice of adulthood, fourteen-year-old Lisellen Uhlmann is without a man in her life; her father is distant and boys in school ignore her. When Duncan Baits invites her to hang out with his friends, everything changes, and in an instant everything goes drastically wrong.

Horror about Other Worlds in Animation
Late Night Work Club / 38 min / USA / 2013

Late Night Work Club, a collective comprised of the most promising minimalist animators on the internet, releases their first project—an omnibus of shorts that tell stories from the great beyond.

Experimental about Growth in Multi-Media

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die. A celebrated mixed-media experimental film combining stop-motion, 3D modeling and CT scans.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Ian Harnarine / 16 min / Canada / 2013

In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles (Trinidad’s quintessential street food). When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.

Documentary about Life & Society in Multi-Media
Matthew Bate / 14 min / Australia / 2013

Murder, sex, drugs, art & politics… A film exploring the mystery of why sneakers appear on telephone lines around the world.

Sci-Fi about Corruption in Special FX
Adam Marisett / 8 min / Canada / 2013

When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of. A viral prelude to a planned TV series

Sports about Loss in Animation
Joe Sparkes / 3 min / UK / 2013

A boxer is given reason to reflect on his upcoming fight when a moth sneaks into his locker room.

Sci-Fi about Conspiracy in Anime
Cole Drumb / 6 min / USA / 2013

Set in an adrenalized future of espionage, assassins, and out of control super science, PostHuman follows a genius hacker and his dog as they help an enigmatic young woman to free the remaining test subject of a black ops ESP test lab.

Mystery about Life & Society in Live-Action
Victor Carrey / 11 min / Spain / 2013

Chewing gum. A dog leash. An Australia shaped stain on the wall. A bent traffic light… Each of these elements has its own story, even though all of them together can create a new plot.

Documentary about Music in Animation
Sara Gunnarsdottir / 10 min / Iceland / 2013

The Pirate of Love is an animated documentary about an outsider musician, Daniel C. This is an oral history that follows one mans soulful songs of love, pride and loneliness.

Adventure about Human Nature in Multi-Media
Kibwe Tavares / 18 min / UK / 2013

Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A Sundance 2013 short film from the heralded creator of “Robots of Brixton”.

Drama about Perseverence in Live-Action
Sam de Jong / 20 min / Netherlands / 2013

A talented gymnast makes a life-changing discovery as she prepares for an important tournament, which is her last chance to reach the top. A Sundance 2013 short.

Fantasy about Conquest in 3D Animation

The Argentinian house 3DAR puts together an astounding passion project. Faced with the destruction of his habitat from encroaching development, a monkey decides to change the system from the inside.

Drama about Desperation in Live-Action
Aaron David DeFazio / 13 min / USA / 2013

Amidst poor earnings and a wrecked marriage, a portfolio manager is feeling the stress.

Documentary about Art in Live-Action
Max Joseph / 13 min / USA / 2013

An oral history of DFA: the iconic NYC record label that got the indie kids to dance. Narrated by Marc Maron.

Online Program / May 8, 2013

Year end projects have been delivered by BFA students of the CalArts Character Animation Program. The best of the best, 23 films, will screen tonight in the famous “Producer’s Show”,…

Fantasy about Other Worlds in Special FX
Brent Bonacorso / 11 min / USA / 2013

Loosely based on several hundred interviews with children about their dreams, ‘West of the Moon’ is the story of one man’s lost love and his strange path to redemption, aided along the way by a gambling robot, a wayward monkey, and a healthy dose of determination.

Drama about Human Nature in Live-Action
Eliot Rausch / 4 min / USA / 2013

A poetic narrative about a relationship stressed by the distractions of technology. The first branded short to come from the new Vimeo Brand Creative Fund.

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.