Short of the Week

USA

Fantasy about Childhood in Live-Action
David Yarovesky / 13 min / USA / 2012

Written and starring Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum, this festival hit is a sometimes dark fantasy about a boy-giant.

Experimental about Love in Multi-Media
Ryan Powell, Vadim Gershman / 4 min / USA / 2012

Overlaid on top of images of hyperkinetic traffic, a familiar narrative is told in a novel way—through text messages.

Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Catherine Spangler / 8 min / USA / 2012

Coal queen pageant contestant Arianna Bailey competes for a crown to represent her family’s way of life. Former miner Goose Stewart lives with the memories of a mine explosion. One thing binds both families: coal.

Documentary about Inspiration in Live-Action
Nirvan Mullick / 11 min / USA / 2012

The internet has been taken over by a cute kid with a fantastic dream—one that came true!

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Nuno Rocha / 14 min / USA / 2012

A sappy Hollywood romance gets Meta when scriptwriters discover an unexpected power.

Experimental about Reality in Live-Action
Zellner Brothers / 5 min / USA / 2012

A story in two parts, the Zellner Bros. play with audience expectations masterfully in a short that exemplifies the art of the setup.

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Jeremy Konner / 6 min / USA / 2012

Comedy/Music Duo rebound from a disappointing feature film with a killer 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

Experimental about Sexuality in Live-Action
Melanie Abramov / 8 min / USA / 2012

A titillating satire that both exposes the commodification of women and hints at a reversal of power in one of the more tantalizing yet uncomfortable films you’re likely see this year—NSFW.

Documentary about Life & Society in Live-Action
Doug Nichol / 15 min / USA / 2012

An American advertising producer in Shanghai tries to sell fast food to the Chinese. An endearing portrait of a modern day “Mad Man.”

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in 3D Animation
Wes Ball / 8 min / USA / 2012

In the vein of Sci-Fi VFX shorts like “The Raven” and “Rosa”, Wes Ball creates a thrilling and gorgeous CG chase sequence, sure to draw the attention of Hollywood.

Action about Crime in Live-Action
Justin Lutsky / 14 min / USA / 2012

If at first you don’t deliver cocky perfection, try try again—a behind the scenes look at the making of a classic action hero in this comedy from On the Lot alum, Justin Lutsky.

Experimental about Human Nature in Special FX
Andrew Huang / 10 min / USA / 2012

An experimental film dealing with themes of separation and connection, Andrew Huang’s latest is a jaw droppingly gorgeous visual symphony in 3 movements.

Epic about Love in Live-Action
Cole Schreiber / 12 min / USA / 2012

The zombie art-house film that will have you feeling a spot of compassion for the undead.

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Josh Soskin / 11 min / USA / 2012

An ambitious mover is blindsided when he discovers that one of the pieces of furniture left behind for him is a suicidal daughter with 20 minutes left to live.

Documentary about Love in Live-Action
Matt Morris / 10 min / USA / 2012

Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens.

Satire about Inspiration in Puppetry
Joseph Pelling, Becky Sloan / 3 min / USA / 2012

Sardonic sing-a-long about the importance of thinking creatively from the talented This Is It crew.

Fantasy about Inspiration in 3D Animation
Brandon Oldenburg, William Joyce / 14 min / USA / 2012

The Oscar-nominated film + app about a man’s magical love for books that put the beloved Moonbot Studios on the map. *UPDATE: The filmmakers have removed the free version, but you can purchase the film on iTunes for $1.99

Sci-Fi about Greed in Stop-Motion
Kevin Parry / 3 min / USA / 2012

In a desolate land, greed overcomes self-preservation in this cautionary tale from an apprentice of stop-motion legend, Henry Selick.

Documentary about Love in Found Footage
Penny Lane / 16 min / USA / 2011

Lyrical, meditative documentary on the immensity of the universe and the persistent human spirit to experience it to the utmost.

Dark Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Larry & Terry Ziegelman / 8 min / USA / 2011

Two jihadists bump into each other at a small coffee shop and bicker over who’s “special day” it is in this dark satirical comedy.

Comedy about Greed in Animation
Stephen Neary / 7 min / USA / 2011

When his soul leaves through his eyeball, it is up to two friendly deer to take care of Dr. Breakfast’s catatonic body.

Sci-Fi about Reality in Live-Action
Vincent LaForet / 11 min / USA / 2011

Award-winning cinematographer and DSLR-expert Vincent LaForet continues his collaboration with Canon in this showcase film for the new c300 camera.

Horror about Other Worlds in Live-Action

3 new visions of horror from leading filmmakers as they adapt video game classics to the world of short film.

Horror about Desperation in Live-Action
Alex Horwitz / 21 min / USA / 2011

The scientist who cured the Z virus is hiding a secret from this zombie-infected world.