"I wanna go home." When the pandemic first hit, and we were all sent into lockdown, many parents had to start taking care of their kids - all day long. They had to become their own daily daycare, which isn't exactly an easy task. The Amateur, an amusing short film from Norway, presents a look at one father and his two-year-old twins in their new life at "hjemmebarnehagen" - the stay-at-home daycare. "A pandemic descends upon the world. Behind all the complex decisions and actions of the national and international society, what happens to the average man when society closes down?" The Amateur stars the adorable Agnes, Ella and Henry (who is also adorable). It offers us a little glimpse at their life as they venture outside to allow their mom some free time to work from home. I actually wish there was more of this! Three minutes isn't enough.
"Does the mystery of an irrational entity require unraveling?" What would our world be like if humans were replaced by advanced Artificial Intelligence beings? Endling imagines exactly that kind of upcoming future, following two beings taking the remains of the last human to be buried. They drive an impressive classic Corvette, which the human used to own. It's an intriguing, low key sci-fi film about A.I. in which they discuss the many flaws of humanity and how emotions rule us. Martin Challinor and Jasmin Hoinka star as the two A.I. beings. This isn't the best short you'll ever see, but it's somewhat creative and makes you think about our place on this planet. Will we ever evolve beyond the human condition? Only time will tell…
"How much is that doggie in the window?" The world is a big place, and you always have to be careful - you never know where you might end up! Fresh Cut Grass is an animated short film from Ireland made by a filmmaker named Robert Cullen - who now works as the Creative Director at Boulder Media animation studios based in Dublin. This originally premiered back in 2014, but we're just catching up with it thanks to our friends at Short of the Week for reposting it. Better late than never…! A little dog visits the big city in search of his older sister. This gets extra dark real fast once he arrives in the city and starts searching, as it's not the friendliest place. This is probably NSFW - otherwise it's worth a watch to see something unexpected.
Here's a unique short film from India that we're glad to post on FS made by an animation studio known as Ghost Animation. "A climate change horror story" is the film's simple tagline. Wade is a mesmerizing 15-minute animated short film that is now available to watch online. This initially premiered in 2019 and it played at the 2020 Annecy Film Festival, as well as numerous other fests worldwide recently. In an alternate "post-apocalyptic" version of Kolkata, India, rendered unbearable due to the rising sea level, things take a dark turn when a family of climate change refugees are ambushed by a pack of tigers on the flooded streets. It is described as "an award-winning post-apocalyptic action animated short that grapples with what the world will look like in the wake of climate change." There's so many interesting creative decisions with this short - not only in regards to the climate change storytelling focusing on this kind of bleak future, but other tiny details like making the eyes so big and white, and drawing such humongous tigers. Check it out below.
It's time to journey back to Middle-Earth again. This is an exceptional animated film made by an animator / filmmaker named Eddie Sharam. He decided to challenge himself by creating an animated version of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring, and pack the entire story into 2 & 1/2 minutes. Not only does he pull it off, without any dialogue (which is a massive achievement in its own right), all of the animation is stunning, too. Everyone knows the classic Rankin/Bass animated version of The Hobbit/LOTR, which is the only other official Hobbit movie. Sharam has managed to come up with his own entirely unique look and feel, while still maintaining the unforgettable magic and glory of the classic Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. Featuring music by Nick Froud. I would seriously watch an entire series like this. But we also have that Amazon LOTR series coming soon anyway. This short is a must watch 2-minute adventure.
"Oh yes, I'm here to redeem my coupon. I received this in a fair and legal exchange with your husband…" Get ready to squirm while watch this short film! The Coupon is an excellent dark comedy short film made by filmmaker Laura Seay, who stars in and directs this. After premiering at film festivals last year and this year, the short is now online to watch in full. It's good, very good. A wife makes her husband a set of "love coupons" for his birthday, but when he ends up giving them away to a stranger, he shows up at their house demanding she honor the coupon. It gets even more awkward from there. Seay stars as Wendy, along with Micah Cohen as her husband, Adam J. Harrington as the creepy guy, and LeShay N. Tomlinson as her attorney. This is such clever, unsettling storytelling - make sure to sit through to find out what happens.
Beware of drones. They will always outsmart humans. Sentry is an impressive under-3-minutes short film made by filmmaker Ryan Connolly, created for "Film Riot" run by the Connolly Brothers. It's another fine example of just how much can fit in 2 minutes of footage - introducing characters in a sci-fi world, letting action play out quickly. There's a lot going on in this and it's worth a watch. This is good enough to play as a "Black Mirror" opener. Sentry stars Josh Connolly and Justin Robinson. One is on the other side of the war than the other in this dystopian world. This could be called a proof-of-concept, but it's just an engaging micro short with some excellent VFX on top of it all. Watch below + check out more of the Connolly's videos.
"Nothing like it has ever been on Endor before. It came for the thrill of the hunt." Witness the great battle between two ultimate space creatures - the great Predator and the adorable Ewoks. This fun, fan made short film is 90 seconds of geeky, movie bliss. Filmmaker-comedian Matt Highton put together this amazing little video called Ewoks VS. Predator, and it is exactly as described in that title. He mashes up footage from both movies in a perfect way to actually give give us an entertaining almost-two-minutes of sci-fi goodness. As someone on Twitter said, "Ewoks finally have a worthy adversary…" So true. Now I want to see more of this! If Matt can make something this amusing and hilarious out of just a few bits of footage, I wonder how many other awesome video mashups there could be having the Ewoks battle anyone from any other galaxy.
"David sent me… I'm the guy." He was gone for good, his magical powers hidden away, but now… he's back again! Meet The Nipple Whisperer in this fantastic new short film made by Belgian filmmaker Jan van Dyck. This played at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival and is now online to watch in full. Don't read anymore - just fire this up below and enjoy. Maurice Sanders has a gift. He's a nipple whisperer. Once he was known as 'Magic Sandy'. But that was years ago, before Doris, a famous model and Sander's muse, fell ill. Now, after more than a decade, Doris wants to meet Maurice again. Denis Lavant stars as Maurice, along with Wim Willaert and Elke Shari Van Den Broeck as Angela. There's also an appearance by Wendy Dresner, who is not an actor. She is an ambassador for Cancer Research UK and is vital to the film. "Despite her lack of previous screen time, Dresner's presence on screen is so captivating." A one-of-a-kind short - that's for sure.
"I see now what she couldn't see." Another must watch animated short film that's seriously worth your time. O Black Hole! is a stop-motion animated short created by a talented young Chinese-American filmmaker named Renee Zhan. An immovable woman meets an unstoppable girl in this musical quest to discover the meaning of transience and letting go. This initially premiered at the 2020 Locarno Film Festival, and it also played at last year's SXSW Film Festival. The 15-minute short is about a woman who can't stand the passing of time, and ends up sucking everyone and everything into a black hole. A thousand unchanging years pass inside her dark embrace until one day, the Singularity wakes. With the voices of Emmy the Great, Loré Lixenberg, Steven Hartley, and Arthur Smith. This is one of the most spectacular animation creations in the last few years, not only is it a deeply emotional & haunting story but all the designs are so unique, too. I also love the mix of styles - 2D charcoal paintings with the 3D characters & sets. Definitely worth a watch.
"I think every pilot needs a purpose." This is a truly special, exceptionally lovely In Memoriam video for a beloved, celebrated pilot named Haraldur Unason Diego. He tragically passed away in an airplane crash in Iceland in February while on one of his regular sightseeing flights on the island. His cinematographer friend Mika Aberra has created Volcano Pilot - a stunning short video tribute to Haraldur, who was highly regarded as one of the best pilots on Iceland. He had a passion for flying and showing people the beauty of aviation, and he was the president of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Iceland division. His plane unexpectedly crashed in a lake in February - he is remembered so lovingly in this film. There isn't a single word of this I didn't enjoy listening to, I think it's deeply inspiring and passionate. This is something special.
"Be good, listen to your dad." Nothing like a dark revenge tale to end the week. Munkie is a dark thriller short film made by a talented Chinese-Kiwi filmmaker named Steven Chow. It screened at numerous film festivals last year and is available to watch online in full now thanks to our friends at Short of the Week. Munkie follows a vengeful daughter whose violent plan of revenge against her domineering "tiger parents" spins out of control. All you need to know is this is a must watch short - running 15 minutes but worth every last minute. Starring Xana Tang as Rose, with Pak Wing Leung, Janet Tan, Daniel Lee, Benjamin Teh, Muhammad Nasir, Sam Liew, and Sara Stone. I'm seriously impressed by the filmmaking in this - definitely a film festival top quality short that is worth your time and attention. Chow has a few other short films made before this one, but I hope he gets a chance to make a feature soon. Until then - check this out.