The characters in the short film Proximity barely move. After all, they’re kitschy ceramic figurines in some lady’s living room. But they still manage to make us giggle with this tale of love and revenge. Pixar this ain’t. »
Short horror film The Root of the Problem takes us to a dentist’s office in the 1950s, where a nervous housewife is waiting to have her wisdom teeth pulled. Once the anesthesia kicks in, things start getting very sinister. And it’s not just because that dentist looks like he wants to make love to her teeth. »
Each day of the Annecy International Festival of Animation opens with a short film made by students at Gobelins School of the Image. This year, each of those very brief and beautiful animated films paid tribute to a woman who had a significant impact on the art of animation. »
Welcome to the first edition of the Sploid Short Film Festival, a celebration of great storytelling and awesome eye candy. We will select the best short films of 2015 in the next five months leading to a November award ceremony at Gawker Media’s theater on Fifth Avenue in New York.
In 1910, Didier Masson successfully flew a biplane designed and built by self-taught engineer Lilian Todd. In the short film Miss Todd, Todd’s life — with the challenges the came with being a woman in early aviation — is turned into an animated musical, although her life takes a slightly different turn. »
We were drawn into Chris Yau’s short film A Space Dogyssey because of the charming animation featuring a sweet-faced dog aboard a spaceship. But it’s the end of the dog’s journey that really brought a smile to our faces. »
In a great many stories about the Devil and his infamous contracts, the Devil’s lawyer is a confident, mystical figure as tricky as the Devil himself. But in the short film Chasseur, a demon hunter tries to summon the Devil and gets his lawyer instead, a man who seems, much the hunter’s frustration, perfectly ordinary. »
REW DAY begins at the end of a very, very bad day for its main character, then rewinds the tape, showing us everything that went wrong from dawn until dusk. We almost feel bad for laughing so much at this fellow’s misfortunes. »
A chameleon isn’t exactly thrilled about its life in captivity aboard a space station, but things quickly get dangerous (not to mention wacky) when disaster strikes and the animals get loose in microgravity. Fortunately, even when it’s floating, our reptilian hero is fast on its feet. »
In the animated short “The 4th Planet,” a man is desperate to get onto a spaceship headed for Mars, but he meets with some resistance. »
Electrogenesis may not have the slick production values of some of the fan films we’ve seen, but what it lacks in budget, it makes up for with its story of Virgil Hawkins as a teacher who has left Static behind. But when a student comes to him for help, Virgil realizes the world may still need Static. »
Prosopagnosia is a cognitive disorder that prevents sufferers from being able to recognize faces. In this short film, a woman is found murdered in her apartment, and the only witness is her best friend, who suffers from prosopagnosia. Naturally, not everything is as it seems. »
In this short comedy film, a very ordinary insurance salesman named Ike receives a very unusual honor: He gets to talk to God. But when he hears what God has to say, Ike finds he has to do some very quick thinking. »
MeatBrains takes place in the usual seedy underbelly of space — with a crime boss who has managed to anger everyone. And how, he wants the nuclear reactor that a bounty hunter’s robot sidekick has inside him. He gets way more than he bargained for. »
It’s called Porsicure, a procedure where a person’s digestive organs are replaced with those of a pig. But in this short film, based on a story by Life of Pi author Yann Martel, the breakthrough becomes popular long before the medical community understands the disturbing side effects. »
Laser raptors. Gun-toting vikings. A kung fu-obsessed Adolf Hitler. Hacking your way back in time. This is just some of the ridiculousness that you can expect from Kung Fury, the crowdfunded movie that mashes together all sorts of action flick favorites into one hilarious short film. »
One of those extraterrestrial trophy hunter swings by Earth during the Crusades in the fan film Predator: Dark Ages. After dead bodies start piling up, a party of Templar Knights is sent to find a “demon,” which turns out to be a familiar alien killer.
When a young man tries to propose on a dock, he ends up losing the engagement ring to the drink. Fortunately, he finds a friendly octopus willing to help him find it. Unfortunately, the ring has found its way into a wicked shark’s kingdom.
After the latest takedown by a costumed crimefighter, a crime boss kills his right-hand man and promotes a lowly henchman to Bad Guy #2. But in this splatter-filled comedy, a promotion isn’t necessarily a good thing. In fact, it can be downright dangerous. »
The Globosomes are orb-like creatures that live on a distant planet, and in this short animated film, we witness everything from the birth of their planet, through the appearance of Globosome intelligence, and to the death of the entire alien species.