Short of the Week

Life & Society

Thriller about Perseverence in Live-Action
Todd Wiseman Jr. / 9 min / USA / 2014

In 2021, an imprisoned journalist facing execution contemplates a desperate escape attempt in order to return to his wife and newborn child.

Documentary about Loss in Live-Action
Josh Koury, Myles Kane / 12 min / USA / 2014

The unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute, a facility that stores human beings at below-freezing temperatures in cryopreservation.

Documentary about Life & Society in Animation
Canadian Anijam / 8 min / Canada / 2014

15 of Canada’s most acclaimed independent animators reflect on one day of their lives using only 4×6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and their animation skills.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX
Moe Charif / 12 min / USA / 2014

This slick and anticipated fan film is based on the video game Deus Ex Human Revolution.

Documentary about Life & Society in Live-Action
Vance Malone / 7 min / USA / 2014

In this intimate portrait of destiny, passion, and loss, Irina Markova, a solitary Russian poodle trainer, reveals her transcendent relationship with her dogs.

Fantasy about Life & Society in Stop-Motion
Kirsten Lepore / 11 min / USA / 2014

A girl journeys through a vibrant, pulsing, macrocosmic landscape, but a precipitous incident compels her to venture up a mountain in an attempt to save herself.

Documentary about Life & Society in Live-Action
Matan Rochlitz & Ivo Gormley / 11 min / UK / 2013

Pounding the tarmac through the seasons, a band of runners are brazenly challenged with intimate questions as they pace their routes.

Comedy about Life & Society in Animation
Robert Löbel / 4 min / Germany / 2013

The inhabitants of an extremely windy area learn to deal with their difficult living conditions.

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.

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

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Live-Action
K-Michel Parandi / 12 min / USA / 2013

Squads of privatized police officers from various corporations walk the streets of New York, selling overpriced protection plans to citizens.

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.

Documentary about Life & Society in Flash Animation
Stefan Nadelman / 23 min / USA / 2013

One of the most celebrated of all modern shorts, Terminal Bar is a fascinating pictorial history of a New York City bar whose customers, from the hard-drinking working class Irish to the coiffed African American gay male, continually transform its focus during a 10-year period.

Sci-Fi about Life & Society in Special FX

A robot with medical training is dispatched to defuse a dangerous situation.

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.

Dramedy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Jesse Coane / 20 min / USA / 2013

Stuck in the doldrums of his daily life, Philip comes home to his apartment to find his world turned upside down.

Horror about Life & Society in Live-Action
Mat Johns / 7 min / UK / 2013

Backpacker Sam writes a letter home to his mother from his latest destination.

Satire about Life & Society in Live-Action
Todd Strauss-Schulson / 20 min / USA / 2013

NSFW. It isn’t in you, it is you. A film from feature director, Todd Strauss-Schulson

Dark Comedy about Life & Society in Animation
Joseph Pierce / 8 min / UK / 2013

Kemi lives and works in the murky slipstream of a North London pub. As the booze flows the line between who belongs behind and in front of the bar becomes increasingly blurred.

Fantasy about Life & Society in Stop-Motion
Dan Ojari / 7 min / UK / 2013

The epic and spellbinding tale of Derek, an office worker, as he struggles with the true speed of planet Earth. Director Dan Ojari’s RCA thesis film and a Sundance 2012 selection.

Comedy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Rawson Marshall Thurber / 4 min / USA / 2013

A retired NFL linebacker is recruited by a corporate firm to maintain order in their office, in this classic short mockumentary from the writer-director of Dodgeball.

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.

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 Life & Society in Flash Animation
Alek Wasilewski / 16 min / Poland / 2012

Prole 514 dreams about winning the Great Lottery. The lottery winner is transformed and allowed admission into the elite White society, where everyone is beautiful, young and happy. A vicious dystopian vision from Poland.

Dark Comedy about Life & Society in Live-Action
Doron Hagay / 9 min / USA / 2012

Everyone writes to Erica Wexler on her Facebook, and she’s great about responding. But Erica Wexler is dead.