We are excited to announce the official Short of the Week Awards 2013 nominees! We’ve nominated the top 10 films in each of our three categories—Animation, Live-Action, and New Media—as the most innovative stories from the past year. These are filmmakers who are breaking new ground in the stories they tell, the techniques they use, and the way they reach an audience. Winners will announced during SOTW Awards Week beginning February 11, 2013.

Animation Nominees

Fantasy Julia Pott


Oscar is coming of age, against his better judgment. In doing so he must experience the necessary evil of leaving something behind, but he can still feel it in the pit of his stomach.

Dark Comedy Tom Judd


Open-source synthetic biology allows a young man to grow his very own action hero. From award winning animator, Tom Judd.

Adventure Mikey Yes Please

The Eagleman Stag

Peter has discovered that the longer we live, the faster time passes. Before it's too late, he finds hope for a cure in a curious little beetle.

Experimental Louis Lefebvre

I, Pet Goat II

Symbolic remix of the world's modern travesties rendered with an incredible level of polish by a new Canadian animation studio.

Drama Eamonn O'Neill

I'm Fine Thanks

The indignities of life add up, sometimes more than you can take. But our protagonist is fine thanks.

Fantasy Danny Madden & 2 Others

(Notes on) Biology

One student's daydream comes vividly to life during Biology class, in this Best Animation Winner from SXSW 2012

Drama Christopher Kezelos

The Maker

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Drama Stephen Irwin


A young pyromaniac bear misses his mother in this Sundance and Ottawa favorite.

Sci-Fi Wes Ball


In the vein of Sci-Fi VFX shorts like “The Raven” and “Rosa”, Wes Ball creates a thrilling and gorgeous CG chase sequence, sure to draw the attention of Hollywood.

Drama Eusong Lee


A graduation animation from CalArts, a spare, powerful 9/11 story that is heartbreakingly perfect.

Live-Action Nominees

Documentary Ariel Schulman & Henry Joost

A Brief History of John Baldessari

A towering figure in the art world, standing at 6'7", John Baldessari's epic career is crammed into 5 and a half frenzied minutes. Narrated by Tom Waits.

Documentary Alan Spearman

As I Am

Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. Chris is a poetic observer with much to say about life in South Memphis.

Drama Jonathan Entwistle

Human Beings

Gorillas, Zebras, Lions, and Unicorns party and clash in the jungle that is teenage drama from British short veteran, Jonathan Entwistle.

Documentary Robert-Jan Lacombe

Kwa Heri Mandima

As a 10-year-old growing up in the small African village of Mandima, Robert-Jan Lacombe, the son of European parents, never thought he would have to say goodbye.

Comedy Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart

Long Branch

On a cold winter's night, Lynn's quest for a one night stand is complicated when the guy she goes home with lives two hours away via public transit.

Romance Josh Soskin

Moving Takahashi

An ambitious mover is blindsided when he discovers that one of the pieces of furniture left behind for him is a suicidal daughter with 20 minutes left to live.

Drama Bernardo Nascimento

North Atlantic

An air-traffic controller receives a transatlantic emergency signal from a lost plane.

Sci-Fi Stuart Willis


Set in a dystopian future where the lower classes are left on Earth with only a space elevator that connects them with the possibilities of a better life.

Documentary Doug Nichol


An American advertising producer in Shanghai tries to sell fast food to the Chinese. An endearing portrait of a modern day "Mad Man."

New Media Nominees

Documentary Dana O'Keefe

Aaron Burr, Part 2

A contemporary re-imagining of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. The film explores the idea of history as a contested narrative. Also, it is a comedy.

Documentary Jeremy Mendes & Leanne Allison

Bear 71

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.

Myth Evan Boehm

The Carp and The Seagull

Tragic tale of human ambition told through an interactive diorama. *Requires a browser with WebGL*

Documentary Christian Carlsson

The Forty Story

The story of a boy born on the day Pentagram opened and how his life has been tracked (and kerned) by forty years of Pentagram design.

Sci-Fi Dennis Liu


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 Neil Harvey


Robbie, NASA's sentient robot astronaut, relates his life and times in the space program. A powerful narrative constructed entirely of archival footage.

Sci-Fi Daniel Lazo & Eran May-raz


We've seen futuristic sci-fi before, but remove spaceships from the equation, how will technology affect our daily lives?

Experimental Andrew Huang


An experimental film dealing with themes of separation and connection, Andrew Huang's latest is a jaw droppingly gorgeous visual symphony in 3 movements.

Sci-Fi Stephan Zlotescu

True Skin

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.

Fantasy Jared Varava & Justin Varava


From acclaimed indie short filmmakers, the Varava Brothers, comes the whimsical and historically accurate tale of one tumbleweed that did not tumble.