SHORT FILMS

Watch: Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Narrow World' About a Giant Kaiju Alien

The Narrow World Short Film

Whoa. This short film from filmmaker Brent Bonacorso features a giant kaiju alien creature that arrives on Earth, but it's actually a story about finding ourselves. The Narrow World is a film about an alien visitor that settles in Los Angeles, but it's completely passive and silent in response to any interaction. "The best monsters are always metaphors, either for an outside force, or for an aspect of the human condition," Brent explains. "The latter is what inspired me here. The subconscious mind that drives our actions by brute force, but that we're most often completely unaware of. Something that feels alien to us, an incredibly powerful outsider that lives within us." I dig the visuals, and admire the message in this, it's definitely worth a watch.

 Posted March 14 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Eerie Horror Short Film 'After Sophie' Directed by Minhal Baig

After Sophie Short Film

"She told me once that in her dreams, she would be running through this fog, like something was coming after her, chasing her. But she couldn't outrun it…" Kick off your week with this intriguing horror short film from writer/director Minhal Baig (who also directed the film 1 Night). After Sophie is a proof-of-concept film about what happens when a documentary filmmaker investigating the story discovers that the details surrounding Sophie's suicide are both disturbing and supernatural. This short film has some truly gorgeous cinematography and a mesmerizing score that pulls you into the story, making you wonder what happened without ever allowing us to interact directly with Sophie. Impressive work on this short, worth checking out.

 Posted March 6 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Lovely Animated Short 'Precipicio' Examines Our Daily Routine

Precipicio Short Film

"In each one of their faces, I see fear." Sometimes brevity is better. This new short film is only two minutes long, but there's so much to it that will take you more than two minutes to think about. Precipicio is made by filmmaker/animator Wendy Eduarte, written by (and featuring the voice of) William Eduarte. The title Precipicio translates simply to "Precipice", which will make more sense once you watch this. The short examines the daily routine of one sick man, at the end of his life. It's a poignant reminder about how short life is, and how we take so much for granted. The animation is lovely, I want to watch more stories like this.

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

Watch: 'Tears In The Rain' Sci-Fi Short Film Inspired by 'Blade Runner'

Tears In The Rain Sci-Fi Short Film

"I would know if I was a replicant!" We're always on the lookout for good sci-fi short films. Tears In The Rain is an intriguing little short from South Africa that is clearly directly inspired by Blade Runner, set in the world of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. This short was made on a budget of only $1500 which is crazy impressive, and it looks great. I wish there was more taking place outside on the streets, but it's still cool to see a well-made short film set in this world, and I can always appreciate some fascinating dialogue. This gets deep into the themes from the original novel about free will and whether or not our memories are real, and if we would know that we're a robot, or are just designed to think we're real.

 Posted February 20 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Fantastic 'Brix and the Bitch' Short Directed by Nico Raineau

Brix and the Bitch Short Film

"We can find a way out of this…" This is a badass short to watch whenever you get the chance. Brix and the Bitch is an action short film written and directed by Nico Raineau, a friend & fan of the site, and up-and-coming filmmaker. This short has been picking up tons of awards at festivals throughout 2016 and is now available online to watch. It's about a tough woman caught up in an illegal fight club who must fight the one person she refuses to harm in order to escape. Starring Dre Swain and Alex Marshall-Brown. It's best to take a moment and watch this without reading any more about it, you may dig it more than expected.

 Posted February 14 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Must Watch: Meet a Real Life Batman in 'Being Batman' Short Film

Being Batman Short Film

"It is not an acting class, it is not a character switch, it really is who I am." Batman fans have to check out this wild short film called Being Batman, about a "real life" Batman vigilante who defends the streets of Brampton, Ontario, Canada. This is almost too crazy to be true, but it really is a short doc about a guy who dresses up as Batman, and pretty much believes he really is Batman - no, seriously. I love the way this short is put together, with voice-over driving the narrative, making it much more thrilling to watch. This would play as a nice double feature with the Batkid documentary. Really, you need to watch this to see for yourself.

 Posted February 3 in DC Movies, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

All 15 Oscar Nominated Short Films Playing in Theaters in February

All 15 Oscar Nominated Short Films

This is exciting news! ShortsHD, an online short film channel, has announced that they have partnered with Magnolia Pictures to release all 15 Academy Award nominated short films in theaters starting this February. The shorts program will be playing on over 500 screens across the United States, Canada, Europe and Latin America starting on February 10th, 2017. They will be screening the Live-Action Short Films, Animated Short Films, and Documentary Short Films nominated for Oscars, which includes Pixar's Piper as well as The White Helmets documentary. This is the perfect way to see all of these acclaimed short films, instead of trying to find them online. The Oscar ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 26th in about a month.

 Posted January 31 in Events, Movie News, Short Film | Comments

Watch: Monkey Dreams of Space in 'Monkey Love Experiments' Short

Monkey Love Experiments Short Film

Aw, what an adorable little monkey. This BAFTA nominated short film titled Monkey Love Experiments is worth a quick watch, telling the story of a tiny monkey named "Gandhi" who dreams of traveling into space. Made by Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson, the short is inspired by actual experiments and space missions in the early 1960s. Gandhi is a stop-motion animated puppet but they bring him to life perfectly to tell this charming story (it's all in the eyes, right?). I appreciate the attention to detail and that they made this feel like it was filmed on 16mm in the 60s. Poor lil' guy just wants to go to space. Don't we all, monkey.

 Posted January 29 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Check Out This Mesmerizing Trailer for A24's Sci-Fi Short Film 'Toru'

Toru Short Film

In our near future. Over the weekend, A24 debut a mysterious teaser trailer for an untitled film - without any information or details about what it is or what it's for or anything. After some sneaky investigation, The Film Stage discovered that the trailer is actually for a short film playing at Sundance 2017 called Toru. The footage has a sci-fi edge to it and shows the life of a baby living in a futuristic Japan. Early speculation was that this might be Shane Carruth's new sci-fi film, but apparently not. It's actually a very unique short about sci-fi tech that allows a baby to experience a full life in a matter of days. Some are speculating that maybe A24 is developing a feature, or just releasing the short, either way they've definitely got our attention.

 Posted January 16 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: French Sci-Fi Short 'The Edge' From Director Simon Saulnier

The Edge Short Film

A forest, a symbol, a dream of humanity. Fire up this fantastic French sci-fi short film titled The Edge, from director Simon Saulnier. After playing at film festivals throughout 2015 and 2016, the short has finally arrived online. The Edge is a contained sci-fi story following the journey of a young girl tracking down the thieves who stole from her something she cares about. It runs about 13 minutes, but is worth watching for the impressive attention to detail and the compelling, mysterious story of a renegade woman. The score by Alex Cortès (Eden Log, Martyrs, Arès) is also stellar. This might be one of the best shorts we'll see this year.

 Posted January 16 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Keanu Reeves Narrates 'The Film Prayer' Short on Saving Film

The Film Prayer

"I traveled many miles in tin cans…" TIFF has released a wonderful short film titled The Film Prayer, featuring narration by Keanu Reeves (who also produced the outstanding film vs digital documentary Side by Side a few years ago). It's basically a short promo for TIFF's "Save This Moment" campaign, bringing more awareness to film preservation and careful handling of film. The "prayer" which Reeves is reciting was written in 1920, supposedly by a projectionist. It was given to "film distributors to promote better handling of film and could be found inside film cans for many years." A poignant reminder to keep film alive forever.

 Posted December 20 in Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Impressive B&W Stop-Motion Animated Short 'The Lighthouse'

The Lighthouse Short Film

Even with endless new CG animated features every year, stop-motion filmmaking is still going strong and it makes me happy to see this. This year there are a few stand out films, between Kubo and the Two Strings as well as My Life as a Zucchini. There's also some great short films being made, and this one here is another example of how impressive it is to see stop-motion used for visual storytelling. The Lighthouse is a B&W stop-motion short film made by up-and-coming Austrian filmmaker Simon Scheiber about a rather bored lighthouse keeper. The style and detail in this make it mesmerizing to watch, and the ending is quite trippy.

 Posted December 12 in Animation, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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