SHORT FILMS

Watch: Metal Detector Finds Something Big in Animated Short 'Martin'

Martin Short Film

Always inspiring to watch an entertaining short film made by one person as a "labour of love." This short film premiered a few months ago, but we just came across it recently and felt it was worth sharing. Martin is a short animated film designed & directed by Sholto Crow of "Crowmotion". It tells the story of a young scavenger using a metal detector to hunt for objects on the beach in his small coastal town. One day he finds something big and, well, you just have to watch below to see what he discovers. I admire the animation style in this, it's quite unique, and the way this ends should make you laugh and leave you with a smile. Have fun.

 Posted August 21 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Robert Pattinson's Short 'Fear & Shame' About a NYC Hot Dog

Fear & Shame Short Film

"Where is the man with the hot dog?" There's an odd little short film going around this week, debuted by GQ.com as part of their cover story on Robert Pattinson. The short film is called Fear & Shame and is written & directed by & starring Robert Pattinson. It is essentially just a 2.5 minute short about Pattinson running around New York City trying to find a hot dog to eat. He rambles on about fame and shame and fear and more while desperately trying to avoid the paparazzi. This doesn't have too much going on in it, but it's all from his perspective with some wacky voice-over, so why not enjoy. Plus, who doesn't love NYC hot dogs?

 Posted August 9 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Ruben Östlund's Award-Winning Short Film 'Incident by a Bank'

Incident by a Bank Short Film

More from the brilliant mind of Ruben Östlund! Vimeo has premiered his 2009 short film Incident by a Bank online in full for free, and it's definitely worth watching. The short film won the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009, and played at tons of other festivals, picking up even more awards along the way. Incident by a Bank is an amusing, meticulous recreation of failed bank robbery. It's presented in a single take where over 96 people perform intricate choreography for the camera. The film recreates an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. I'm a huge fan of Östlund, director of Force Majeure and this year's The Square, and it's exciting to go back and discover more of his older work.

 Posted August 2 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Terrific Animated Short 'In a Heartbeat' About a Boy in Love

In a Heartbeat Short Film

Well, this will definitely fill your heart with an extra dose of love today. In a Heartbeat is a wonderful new animated short film made by Beth David and Esteban Bravo, produced at Ringling College of Art and Design where they are students. It has a very simple premise - a boy's heart pops out of hist chest and chases down the person of his dreams, embarrassing him in more ways than one. This is such a beautiful short that will really hit you emotionally, just because it is so simple and yet realized in such a lovely way. The music is also charming, and the animation is excellent, making you real feel for these characters. Watch in full below.

 Posted August 1 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Animated Short 'Piano' by Estonian Filmmaker Kaspar Jancis

Playing the Piano Short Film

We started this week with a short film, so why not end the week with a good short film as well. Piano is an animated short film that first played at film festivals throughout 2016 before arriving online recently. It's a charming, fun little short that can't really be described easily. "A film without main characters where the lives of characters that have lost their head intertwine in a dramatic and less dramatic way in an ordinary concrete panel apartment building." Piano was made by Estonian filmmaker Kaspar Jancis, a director, animator, and composer, who has made a few other films previously. All of his other work is worth exploring as well, and can be seen on Vimeo. But don't forget to check out this one below, it'll make you smile. Enjoy.

 Posted July 28 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Peculiar Short Film 'Lightningface' Starring Oscar Isaac in Full

Lightningface Short Film

"I thought I knew who I was. But I knew nothing… And then it happened." Let's kick off this week with a short film we've been waiting to watch for over a year. After playing at film festivals all around, Vimeo Staff Picks has finally premiered the short film Lightningface online in full, from director Brian Petsos. The short film stars Oscar Isaac as a man named Basil Stitt who goes through a transformative experience after being struck by lightning one day. We originally posted a trailer for this short more than a year ago, and now that it has played at fests exclusively, it's available online. This is a very strange, intriguing short that goes to some trippy places at the end. It's great to see Oscar Isaac in this, but I'm not sure what to make of it. You?

 Posted July 24 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Terrifying New Oats Studios Film 'Zygote' with Dakota Fanning

Zygote Short Film

"It's coming no matter what we do!" Buckle up, you're in for a crazy ride. These films are getting better and better! Oats Studios has unveiled their next new short film, titled Zygote, an intense horror action story starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo. This is perhaps the most cinematic film that Oats has released yet. Directed by the main man himself, Neill Blomkamp, this film features one helluva gnarly monster that appears halfway through. I also love the score, by Lorne Balfe, which makes this feel even more intense. At the bottom of the post, I've included a few answers from Blomkamp to follow-up questions after my first interview about Oats. It's so awesome to see them experimenting with projects like this that would never ever see the light of day in Hollywood, but now we get a chance to experience them. Get ready!

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: 'Fish Story' Short Film Discovers the Truth Behind a Fishy Tale

Fish Story Short Film

Now this is a unique, totally fun short documentary. Fish Story is a short doc produced by The Guardian, telling the tall tale of a event that happened years ago. The story goes that in North Wales, a weatherman named Michael Fish was the host behind an event where people with "fishy" last names (Mrs. Crab, Mr. Salmon, Mrs. Bass, Mr. Mullet) would attend a dinner and be served the fish of their last name. Filmmaker Charlie Lyne attempts to figure out if the story is actually true and reach the people who put it together. I admire the way this doc is presented, with the oral storytelling and nice, clean visuals to keep us captivated.

 Posted July 9 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios Debuts Second Film 'Firebase'

Firebase Film

Ready for more? Neill Blomkamp's experimental sci-fi filmmaking collective Oats Studios has premiered their second short film titled Firebase, set during the Vietnam War. This ultra violent action film is kind of a mix between Predator and Apocalypse Now, with some gnarly surprises in store for those brave enough to venture into the jungle. A few weeks ago, we featured the first film Rakka (about lizard-like aliens enslaving humanity). We also posted an extensive interview with Blomkamp discussing his ideas behind Oats Studios and what they're trying to pull off. So far these two shorts have been awesome, playing with crazy original ideas that no studio would probably greenlight. You can watch the entire film below - and damn is it wicked.

 Posted June 28 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Die Antwoord's Freakish B&W Short Film 'Tommy Can't Sleep'

Tommy Can't Sleep Short Film

"Mom, I can't sleep. There's rats." You ain't never seen a short film like this before. Tommy Can't Sleep is a short film made by South African rappers Die Antwoord, also known as Ninja and Yolandi. The film stars their daughter, 16 Jones, as "Lil Tommy" and has a cameo appearance by Jack Black as "Big Tommy". It's a B&W short art directed by Roger Ballen, a photographer who has had a major influence on Die Antwoord. The story is about a kid who can't sleep because there are rats in his room. As described by Nylon, "it's all extremely Die Antwoord: twisted, terrifying, absurd, funny, outlandish." It will likely ruin your day - enjoy.

 Posted June 26 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Excellent Deaf Horror Short 'Dawn of the Deaf' from England

Dawn of the Deaf Trailer

"I feel like you're ashamed everywhere we go." Another awesome horror short film worth your time. This year is a stand out year for deaf performances/characters, in films like Wonderstruck, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Baby Driver. We can also include this short film, titled Dawn of the Deaf, about a few deaf people who must band together to survive in a zombie apocalypse - though it's much more about the relationship the main girl has with everyone in her life. It was made by deaf actors in London and tries to show disability as a strength, not a weakness. Starring Caroline Ward as Sam. This takes its time to build up and establish all the characters, then tosses in some crazy twists that have a strong emotional effect. Watch in full below.

 Posted June 20 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Super Suspenseful Horror Short 'Curve' Directed by Tim Egan

Curve Short Film

Time for something uniquely scary. A very suspenseful horror short film titled Curve has debuted online, from writer/director Tim Egan. The short originally premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Short at Sitges last year, so it already has quite a bit of good buzz. Curve is a very simple concept horror short film about a woman who wakes up clinging to a "smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss". Starring Laura Jane Turner as the woman. I like how simple this is, and how it relies on the sound design and visual storytelling to make you feel the fear and intensity. But - what the heck is this place?! See below.

 Posted June 19 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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