Short of the Week


Drama about Childhood in Animation

This is the story of Barnie, a grown man who likes to play with his childish reflection.

SOTW / October 2, 2013

Ivan Kander hosts a new episode of our officially “long-running” series of YouTube-hosted short film episodes. This time out, he seeks to prove that “you don’t need a huge…

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.

Action about Revenge in Live-Action
The Halsall Brothers / 12 min / UK / 2013

After a brutal near death experience Sam IL is forced to contemplate his past whilst accepting the non-existence of his future.

Western about Redemption in Live-Action
Justin Lerner / 25 min / USA / 2013

After spending a year in a juvenile center for beating up his stepfather, Todd Turnbull returns to his backwoods hometown repentant. When he finds his best friend, withering away without any medical attention due to the family’s spiritual beliefs, Todd must make a choice: let his friend die; or break his oath of non-violence.

Comedy about Social Justice in Live-Action
Philip Sansom / 6 min / USA / 2013

A down and out vagabond’s luck is dramatically altered when he treads on a piece of glass outside the apartment of an arguing couple.

Drama about Anarchy in Live-Action

An elderly couple finds excitement in breaking and entering.

Horror about Religion in Live-Action
Carlo Mirabella-Davis / 26 min / USA / 2013

A family of evangelical Christians traveling through upstate New York give a ride to an unusual knife salesman

Fantasy about Family in Animation
Jeff Le Bars / 5 min / France / 2013

Lost in the woods, A young boy makes a bloody pact with a dying wolf.

Comedy about Human Nature in Live-Action
Frazer Bailey / 16 min / Australia / 2013

You want the meaning of life? You’ve got 5 minutes. Glenn Owen Dodds knows the answer.

SOTW / September 18, 2013

Stop shooting in front of boring white walls! In today’s episode, we examine the importance of production design in the creation of your short film. Learn how props, costumes,…

Drama about Loss in Live-Action
Linsey Stewart, Dane Clark / 8 min / Canada / 2013

A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.

Documentary about Illness in Live-Action
Cynthia Wade / 28 min / USA / 2013

15 year old Vinh lives in a remote Cambodian village and has accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of his life with incurable arsenic poisoning. A chance to star in a karaoke video about the dangers of arsenic allows Vinh to wonder if he truly knows his destiny. Winner of over 9 major festival awards.

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

Festival / September 10, 2013

Beginning life back in 1995, when it was originally envisioned as a one-off short film event, the Encounters Short film and Animation Festival has developed into one of the world’s…

SOTW / September 7, 2013

We’ve been curating the world of online films for over 6 years. Believe it or not, we’re currently in our 3rd iteration of (big points to anyone who remembers…

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.

Drama about Sexuality in Live-Action
Hannah Fidell / 12 min / USA / 2013

On the precipice of adulthood, fourteen-year-old Lisellen Uhlmann is without a man in her life; her father is distant and boys in school ignore her. When Duncan Baits invites her to hang out with his friends, everything changes, and in an instant everything goes drastically wrong.

SOTW / September 4, 2013

This time out Ivan takes us through a tour of recent short films that from young Hollywood actors. With the cost of production dropping and distribution easier than ever before,…

Horror about Other Worlds in Animation
Late Night Work Club / 38 min / USA / 2013

Late Night Work Club, a collective comprised of the most promising minimalist animators on the internet, releases their first project—an omnibus of shorts that tell stories from the great beyond.

SOTW / August 29, 2013

As another sequel-saturated summer comes to a close, it’s clear that sequels are no fad but a growing trend. It’s a conversation we started with our 2011 article, Has Hollywood

Comedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Mark Lester / 11 min / USA / 2013

A year in the life of a guy and his car. A funny/romantic/tragic short film.

Romance about Love in Animation
Emily Carmichael / 9 min / USA / 2013

Two 8-bit video game characters enter the world of online dating and forge an unlikely romance.

SOTW / August 21, 2013

We totally adore this edition of our YouTube show! It’s our shortest playlist yet, but perhaps the most intriguing. Our indomitable host, Ivan Kander, puts his critic hat firmly…

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Patrick Lo / 9 min / Canada / 2013

Hannah questions her boyfriend’s intention behind an “arbitrary” dinner invitation.