(PG-13: Language) Travis Bible’s horror short satirizes obnoxious online personalities and their chatty followers, as “soon to be top five” vlogger Chad Ryan pays a visit to a cabin where a massacre took place. But he finds himself in a bit too deep as he livestreams his experience to millions of followers.
THE BEST Short Films
Artist Mike Pelletier’s experimental short film is an incredibly trippy visual created by tossing together a bunch of digital human models, removing their skeletal structures, and then dipping them in virtual paint. If it sounds weird, that’s because it is. We can’t help but think of the part of Terminator 2 where the T-1000 melts.
Sean McKenna’s short film is a low-fi science fiction piece about a child’s drawing that makes its way into a time capsule, and is eventually discovered by aliens after the fall of civilization. Narrated beautifully by actor Julian Barratt, it’s a showcase of how storytelling and creativity matter far more than budget.
Bloom Pictures and director Illogic’s (Garden Party) amazing and energetic animated short film will fill your ears with music, your brain with wonder, and your heart with glee, as we learn what forest animals do when nobody is around to hear them. Watch the making of video here.
Two people visit a museum to learn about the history of humanity, and themselves become subjects of a future museum. Kirsten Lepore’s lighthearted animated short offers a hopeful view for the evolution of our planet. Produced in collaboration with Belvedere Vodka + Janelle Monae for their Beautiful Future campaign.
(PG-13: Language, Gore) This short film by Ruairi Robinson (Blinky) introduces us to a man struggling with depression and other disturbing symptoms. His doctor prescribes some off-market meds which replace one problem with another. Do the pills reveal the true nature of the world, or do they just enhance his psychosis?
The title of Nicolas Bailleul’s stunning short film translates roughly to “Even a road of thousand miles begins with a single step,” and does a great job capturing the flavor of Japanese life as it moves deftly between the incredibly varied worlds of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Koyasan.
Most couples have a few silly words that are uniquely theirs. But Bill and Tonya Martin decided to create a complete language of their own that nobody else knows how to speak, called Martinese. Sam Davis and Rayka Zehtabchi’s documentary is at its heart a bittersweet story about parents finding their way after the kids fly the coop.
This short film from Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow takes place between the end of Fallen Kingdom and its upcoming sequel, due out in 2021. As dinosaurs now roam the earth, a family finds themselves face-to-face with a pack of genetically-engineered prehistoric monsters who invade their campsite.
Visual artist Kevin McGloughlin teamed up with with musician Max Cooper for this mindbending audio-visual collaboration. Reminiscent of the work of the great Philip Glass, Cooper’s repetitive and driving sounds are reflected in surreal scenes which were digitally copied, tweaked, and pasted to repeat endlessly.
Filmmaker Gioacchino Petronicce’s abstract short film is as much a feast for the ears as it is for the eyes. It takes on the hefty subject of humankind’s impact on the world, exploring our feats and foibles, and contrasting them against images and sounds of nature. Turn up the volume for maximum impact.
In Christopher Weekes bittersweet short film, humans and monsters live alongside each other, but they’re treated like outsiders and freaks. The film’s protagonist struggles with her desire to fit in, but in the end, it delivers a hopeful message about embracing our true selves. Oh, and that’s Rose Byrne as Martha.
Directors Ian Kibbey and Corey Creasey aka Terri Timely’s delightful short film tells the story of two sisters – one who is constantly on the move, and the other one who prefers to watch the world go by. But like the story of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady often wins the race.
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