Short of the Week


Drama about Love in 3D Animation

A boy, new to the neighborhood, falls for the older girl next door is this wonderfully expressive Dutch student animation.

Comedy about Growth in Live-Action
Charlie Graley / 7 min / UK / 2011

A man wakes to find his hands have taken on a life of their own.

Twitter Digest / July 2, 2011

Told you we’d make this a weekly thing. A great week in quickie Twitter-recommends, exemplified by a killer lineup of student animations.
The Archiver: Pretty rad CG short animation from…

Drama about Love in Performance
Kseniya Simonova / 7 min / Ukraine / 2011

Sand-artist superstar Kseniya Simonova returns in this branded piece for Dior.

Poem about Friendship in Live-Action
Jean Malek / 5 min / Canada / 2011

With their entire lives stretching out before them, three young women make a secret pact. A poetic reflection on youth and all its firsts: sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches.

Sci-Fi about Politics in 3D Animation
Kibwe Tavares / 5 min / UK / 2011

Architecture student Kibwe Taveres filters a vision of a robot uprising through the lens of history, blending high grade CG with archival footage of the 1981 Brixton riots.

Branded Content Branded Film Online Program Web Competition / June 28, 2011

Sunday night at the Edinburgh Film Festival, the much-promoted Nokia Shorts Competition drew to a close with the debut screening of the 8 finalist films. Shot entirely on Nokia…

Drama about Friendship in Live-Action
Spike Jonze / 28 min / USA / 2011

A band of teenage friends struggle to find their place in a tumultuous militant world in this short film by Spike Jonze for the indie group, Arcade Fire.

Experimental about Childhood in Puppetry
Christian Simmons / 3 min / USA / 2011

A girl finds a mysterious oversized pencil with a creepy grin that can bring anything she draws to life. What can go wrong?

SOTW / June 25, 2011

In our recent reader survey, languishing far behind the other outlets through which we nakedly grasp for readers, was Twitter. A diminutive 4% of survey takers responded that it is their primary…

Short of the Moment / June 23, 2011

Popular sports writer Bill Simmons came up with this idea once in one of his podcasts, I can’t remember which one, but he claimed that at any given moment in…

Essay about Human Nature in Multi-Media
Kirby Ferguson / 11 min / USA / 2011

Part 3 of Kirby Ferguson’s brilliant Everything is a Remix series deals with the origins of creativity.

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.

Playlist / June 19, 2011

Indeed. Congrats to the fathers out there, and to all of us who have, or have had fathers (everyone I guess). I decided to post a few recommendations from our…

SOTW / June 19, 2011

A week ago we asked you to participate in our reader poll. And you did. I’ve since compiled and analyzed the results. What did we find? Check out the overview of…

Documentary about Life & Society in Interactive

A remarkable interactive media experience about a town that’s no longer on the map, but is not forgotten.

Festival Online Program Web Competition / June 16, 2011

Palm Springs! We are very close to the arrival of North America’s most important film festival dedicated to shorts. I know not everybody follows the festival scene, and I…

Essay about Life & Society in Motion Graphics
Patrick Clair / 3 min / Australia / 2011

Warfare is entering a digital generation. In this infographics piece from down under we learn about one of the scariest new viruses out there.

Fantasy about Hope in Stop-Motion
Christopher Kezelos / 12 min / Australia / 2011

Born into a world of numbers, an oppressed zero discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something.

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Documentary about Community in Live-Action
Rod Blackhurst, Dave Targan / 10 min / USA / 2011

A brief documentary that looks at the story of the Burlington Bees, the Low-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals, from a variety of perspectives.

Action about Growth in Live-Action
Aaron Au / 9 min / Canada / 2011

Gifted with an impressive sword, an elderly tea-master must fight for his life despite knowing nothing of swordplay.

Documentary about Art in Live-Action
Qiao Li / 6 min / China / 2011

Enter the world of Chinese wedding photography through the work of 80 Impression, an amazingly creative and popular duo of artists.

Interview / June 7, 2011

Joseph Pierce tells us about his animation process and the importance of staying true to your own ideas.

Drama about Family in Animation
Joseph Pierce / 5 min / UK / 2011

A family’s awkward photo session brings its underlying issues to the surface in this surreal animation.