Short of the Week

Nature

Documentary about Nature in Live-Action
Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee / 9 min / USA / 2014

An intimate portrayal of a vanishing island deep in the heart of the Louisiana bayous.

Drama about Nature in Live-Action
Lorcan Finnegan / 16 min / Ireland / 2014

A young couple trapped in a remote estate of empty houses and shrieking foxes are beckoned from their isolation into a twilight world.

Drama about Nature in Live-Action
Julius Onah / 14 min / Nigeria / 2013

Uzoma, a young Nigerian boy, likes to play dangerous games with his little brother Chize.

Documentary about Nature in Live-Action

Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform up in the tree canopy.

Fantasy about Nature in 3D Animation

Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their “natures”, they never met each other. But, their encounter will soon become more complicated than they could imagine. Both of them will have to learn compromise to protect the other…

Comedy about Nature in 3D Animation
El Señor Studio / 10 min / Spain / 2013

A set of strange creatures whose instincts, rather than focus on survival, seem to doom them to an absurd and comic extinction.

Documentary about Nature in Live-Action
Eva Weber / 3 min / UK / 2013

Journeying 400 kilometers above the polar circle to Karigasniemi village in Utsjoki, Finland, filmmaker Eva Weber captures the reindeer herding that has been the livelihood of the Arctic’s indigenous Sámi people for countless generations. A Sundance 2013 short film.

Myth about Nature in Animation
Tyler J. Kupferer / 5 min / USA / 2012

Ilona is a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father. Food is running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange creature in order to ensure the survival of her family.

Myth about Nature in Animation
Selina Wagner / 5 min / UK / 2012

A flock of roosting crows, black as night themselves, are threatened by the advancing shadows at dusk. They need light for protection so with the help of the Raven Chief they take a piece of the sun and use it to save themselves from the darkness.

Experimental about Nature in 3D Animation

The sun and moon meet on a rare occasion in this grand celestial love story animated in beautiful black & white 3D.

Documentary about Nature in Interactive
Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison / 20 min / Canada / 2012

The life of a grizzly in a Canadian national park from the perspective of data points and surveillance cameras presents a fascinating look at what it means to be wild in this interactive film from the NFB.

Epic about Nature in Stop-Motion
Daniel Bird, Ben Richardson / 11 min / UK / 2011

An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio. With its complex characterization and narrative of animal evolution, competition and reproduction, SEED is a beautiful and sinister stop-motion story about the struggle to survive.

Music Video about Nature in Live-Action
Michael Ragen / 13 min / USA / 2011

A lone man traverses the desolate Alaskan wilderness in this extended music video for Portugal The Man.

Action about Nature in 3D Animation

A night on the town turns deadly for three sentient plants, escaped from the botanical garden they called homed.

Fantasy about Nature in 3D Animation
Fabian Grodde / 6 min / Germany / 2011

In the quiet of the forest, Firebugs secretly amass for worship only to fall victim to a foe pulling the strings in this realistic CG film from Germany.

Essay about Nature in Live-Action
Jamie Stuart / 4 min / USA / 2011

The film Roger Ebert declared should win the Oscar, this video essay is a homage to Vertov’s classic, “Man with a Movie Camera”.

Adventure about Nature in 3D Animation
Chris Perry / 11 min / USA / 2011

In the dry desert the only water supply is under siege by an unlikely crew of saboteurs.

Essay about Nature in Stop-Motion
Pes / 2 min / USA / 2010

Animation master, PES, brings the deep sea to life using nothing but old tools.

Drama about Nature in Live-Action
Ramin Bahrani / 17 min / USA / 2010

Werner Herzog gives voice to a plastic bag’s existential crisis. A very unique and powerful filmmaking statement by celebrated director Ramin Bahrani.

Essay about Nature in 3D Animation
Jacques Khouri / 2 min / USA / 2009

An animated look at the balancing act between man and nature.

Adventure about Nature in Animation
Erick Oh / 8 min / South Korea / 2009

A dung beetle sets out to roll his prized find back along the long road home.

Musical about Nature in Flash Animation
Ben Meinhardt / 2 min / Canada / 2009

Fuzzy animals break into song in this student parody of the classic Disney sing-along.

Experimental about Nature in Special FX
Ruth Jarman, Joe Gerhart / 5 min / USA / 2009

A beautiful collision of art and science that brings a series of intangible scientific theories to life.—A Sundance 10/10 film: online

Poem about Nature in Animation
Juan Delcan / 3 min / USA / 2008

This chillingly simple animation of Gabor Barabas poem “The Spider” cracks into the depths of the human cycle in a sharp three minutes. The Spider shows us the contradictions of life—love and death, beauty and indifference.

Fantasy about Nature in Animation
Heui Won Jeong, Justin Murphy / 8 min / USA / 2008

A gorgeous experimental animation, JumpTrumpRumpBump brings together recycling, a little girl, escaped convict animals and Jazz.