Short of the Week

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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 ShortoftheWeek.com (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.

Experimental about Growth in Multi-Media

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die. A celebrated mixed-media experimental film combining stop-motion, 3D modeling and CT scans.

Dark Comedy about Love in Live-Action
Matt Spicer / 10 min / USA / 2013

Starring Gillian Jacobs (Community), a young woman’s relationship takes a dark turn when every sound her boyfriend makes starts to annoy her.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Ian Harnarine / 16 min / Canada / 2013

In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles (Trinidad’s quintessential street food). When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.

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.

Drama about Love in Animation
Jonathan Ng / 7 min / Canada / 2013

In this “crouching love, hidden breakup” story, inspired by 50′s Shanghai water ink animation & kung fu films, themes of distance, tradition, art and longing dominate a telephonic conversation.

Sci-Fi about Corruption in Special FX
Adam Marisett / 8 min / Canada / 2013

When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of. A viral prelude to a planned TV series

SOTW / August 8, 2013

One of the most popular genres of short film online capitalizes on the popularity of existing properties—we’re talking fan films! And like fanfic, fan films can be really, really…

Sci-Fi about Identity in Special FX
Matthew Wilson / 16 min / USA / 2013

In the near future, a neurologist and two homicide detectives use experimental brain taping technology to question a murder victim about his final moments.

Interview / August 6, 2013

Director Eric Kissack’s excellent short, Blessing in Disguise, is the rare romantic comedy film that is truly romantic and funny. The same could be said for his new indie feature…

Romance about Love in Live-Action
Eric Kissack / 10 min / USA / 2013

Katie just found out that she has genital herpes. Enter the man of her dreams.

Sports about Loss in Animation
Joe Sparkes / 3 min / UK / 2013

A boxer is given reason to reflect on his upcoming fight when a moth sneaks into his locker room.