Short of the Week

Special FX

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Special FX
Kasra Farahani / 12 min / USA / 2013

A future Earth where the Sun hangs still in the sky, and times of day are fixed locations, a soul-deadened coyote reluctantly guides a band of rebels infiltrating an industrial fortress.

Fantasy about Illness in Special FX
John Williams / 12 min / UK / 2012

When young Atari Withers gets annoyed with the little robot that follows him everywhere, he tries to leave it, sell it and smash it up—but this robot is more than just a toy.

Sci-Fi about Crime in Special FX
Eric Ramberg, Jimmy Eriksson / 7 min / Sweden / 2012

In 2027, everyone is implanted with a chip which records everything they see. It is the end of judicial doubt, but not of crime, in this slick sci-fi action flick.

Sci-Fi about Identity in Special FX
Kerry Conran, Stephen Lawes / 6 min / USA / 2012

A robot’s life story emerges during a casting session in this short film from feature director Kerry Conran

Action about Conquest in Special FX
Dan Blank / 6 min / USA / 2012

It’s sushi chefs vs. sea monsters in this wildly entertaining special effects driven comedic short from director Dan Blank.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Stephan Zlotescu / 6 min / Thailand / 2012

In a futuristic Bangkok where human cyber modification is the norm, Kaye finds himself on the run for stealing a particular augmentation in this visually stunning science fiction thriller.

Comedy about Crime in Special FX
DANIELS / 3 min / USA / 2012

Pockets are pretty convenient, but can be dangerous when the wrong hands are in them.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Dennis Liu / 14 min / USA / 2012

In the near future, instant DNA identification has created an information grid that makes crime extremely difficult, and anonymity impossible. But, suddenly, the same ID’s start to appear in different locations. A pro-level and intelligent Sci- Fi piece about the genesis of a Big Brother State.

Sci-Fi about Redemption in Special FX
Ian Hubert / 12 min / Netherlands / 2012

In a dystopian Amsterdam of the future, a team of warriors and scientists employ the powers of love and technology in an attempt to save the world from the clutches of an embittered humanoid robot.

Sci-Fi about The End in Special FX
Kevin Margo, Barrett Meeker / 8 min / USA / 2012

One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer.

Action about Other Worlds in Special FX
James Farr / 6 min / USA / 2012

The greatest 80s movie never made, a talented production team from Tulsa, Oklahoma, brings Pac-Man to life in this fun fan film.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Daniel Lazo, Eran May-raz / 8 min / Israel / 2012

We’ve seen futuristic sci-fi before, but remove spaceships from the equation, how will technology affect our daily lives?

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Matt Westrup / 8 min / UK / 2012

95% of the human genome is composed of redundant gene sequences. They appear to have no known biological function. Could a chance event reactivate them? Find out in the newest sci-fi short sensation.

Horror about Identity in Special FX
Francesco Calabrese / 5 min / UK / 2012

The “true” story of Sophia, a young woman dealing with a rare and very dangerous condition.

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.

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Special FX

We’ve been attacked again—only this time it’s our own fault.

Sci-Fi about Crime in Special FX
Alex & Steffen / 2 min / Germany / 2011

Somali pirates take over a huge cargo freighter at sea. Things don’t look good for our crew, but they have an ace up their sleeve—Vestrons! Engage!

Exploitation about Revenge in Special FX
Clément Deneux / 4 min / France / 2011

He’s back. And someone is going to have to kill him…again.

Horror about Growth in Special FX

On this Labor Day I hope your holiday goes better than Señor Olivares’. While trying to relax on the beach, Sea Monsters come to slaughter everyone.

Sci-Fi about Other Worlds in Special FX
Dan Trachtenberg / 6 min / USA / 2011

Impressive effects highlight this fan-film for the hit 2007 puzzle video game. Dan Trachtenberg, host of the hit “Totally Rad Show” directs.

Comedy about Loss in Special FX
Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan / 1 min / USA / 2011

The latest, hilarious viral short from DANIELS the team behind the amazing Dogboarding!

Branded Film about Other Worlds in Special FX
Seth Worley / 9 min / USA / 2011

When activated, the “plot device” spontaneously transforms our hero’s world into any number of cliched film scenarios. A hit branded film for software company Red Giant.

Thriller about Crime in Special FX
Ruairi Robinson / 13 min / USA / 2011

Boy wants the latest toy for Christmas, a friendly robot to fill the love left by his parents’ broken marriage. But when the boy loses interest in Blinky, one final request remains.

Action about Revenge in Special FX
Sol Friedman / 11 min / Canada / 2011

A young warrior seeks vengeance in this comic book style short.

Sci-Fi about Desperation in Special FX
Grzegorz Jonkajtys / 15 min / USA / 2011

High-level CG is married to live-action in a haunting dystopian vision of a world where humans utterly depend on bio-mechanical alterations to withstand a deteriorating climate.