Short of the Week

Award Winners

Adventure about Loss in Animation
Eoin Duffy / 6 min / Ireland / 2014

On a quest to find his missing scarf, Albert the squirrel unearths problems far beyond his own.

Dark Comedy about Family in Live-Action
Andrew Napier / 9 min / USA / 2014

Three siblings plot to steal their Grandmother’s fortune, without realizing that Grandma has a plot of her own.

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 Family in Live-Action
Matthew James Reilly / 17 min / USA / 2014

At the end of what she hopes to be her last day at work, a young gas station attendant attempts to leave town permanently.

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Jordana Spiro / 12 min / USA / 2014

A child taxidermist, an outsider in his small town, is entranced by a girl who finds his work beautiful. But just as their relationship begins to progress, he does something that drastically changes everything.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Nick Palmer / 15 min / USA / 2013

Every Christmas, Bruce Mertz lights up the neighborhood with his dazzling festive displays – discover how a kid who grew up on a farm with no electricity became Mr. Christmas.

Documentary about Perseverence in Live-Action
Brian McGinn / 24 min / USA / 2013

Ashrita Furman holds the official record for the most Guinness World Records by one individual. This is his story.

Thriller about Family in Live-Action
Alberto Evangelio / 9 min / Spain / 2013

A father daughter driving lesson quickly escalates into horror.

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.

Western about Redemption in Live-Action
Justin Lerner / 25 min / USA / 2013

After spending a year in a juvenile center for beating up his stepfather, Todd Turnbull returns to his backwoods hometown repentant. When he finds his best friend, withering away without any medical attention due to the family’s spiritual beliefs, Todd must make a choice: let his friend die; or break his oath of non-violence.

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 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.

Drama about Conspiracy in Live-Action
Julio O. Ramos / 12 min / Peru / 2013

NSFW — The manager of a cheap motel resorts to questionable actions in order to make ends meet.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Richard Parkin / 19 min / Mexico / 2013

After an accident on the water, a deep-sea diver must confront the deadly nature of his profession and the responsibilities to his family.

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.

Comedy about Greed in 3D Animation
Jaime Maestro / 6 min / Spain / 2013

Instructor Jaime Maestro and students from Spain’s PrimerFrame Academy produce this Goya-winning short translated as “The Smoke Seller”.

Romance about Family in Stop-Motion
Timothy Reckart / 10 min / UK / 2013

CURRENTLY OFFLINE—For a limited time, Timothy Reckart’s 2013 Oscar-nominated animation is online. An elderly couple live in two radically different ways, but find the will to come together.

Drama about Decay in Animation
Stephen Irwin / 6 min / UK / 2012

A young pyromaniac bear misses his mother in this Sundance and Ottawa favorite.

Drama about Childhood in Animation
Jason Carpenter / 10 min / USA / 2012

A young boy is thrust into the terrorizing world of daycare.

Thriller about Revenge in Live-Action
David Victori / 13 min / Spain / 2012

After the murder of Leo’s wife a single idea circles endlessly within his head: revenge. Winner of the YouTube “Your Film Festival” and a ridiculous $500,000 prize at Venice.

Comedy about Music in Live-Action
Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman / 5 min / Ireland / 2012

A man awakens in a hospital only to find his life now comes with an accompanying foley group in this Wes Anderson meets Twilight Zone short.

Fantasy about Other Worlds in Stop-Motion

One student’s daydream comes vividly to life during Biology class, in this Best Animation Winner from SXSW 2012

Dark Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Ryan A. Levin / 14 min / USA / 2009

There’s one in every group—the guy who always shows up late because he can’t get away from work—like serial killing. Warning: this is a dark, dark comedy. Enter at your own risk.