Eddie takes place deep within an otherwise abandoned laboratory, where a struggling scientist has only his shambling, gruesome, zombie-like research subject—the title character—to keep him company. It’s a great set-up, elevated by a wonderfully deadpan tone and some very funny asides.
Based on the Dark Horse title Number 13 by Robert Love and David Walker, short film Number 13 follows the blazing arrival of a teenager with sought-after cybernetic powers who can’t remember who he is—though plenty of others do, and waste no time engaging him in battle.
A Single Life was nominated for an Oscar in 2015, but lost to Disney’s puppy tale, Feast. Still, the film—from the single-named team of Job, Joris, and Marieke—is a cleverly-spun tale. Watch and delight in the misadventures of a gal who loves pizza and music, but hasn’t quite mastered the quirks of time travel.
The day begins like any other for the suspender-wearing protagonist of Maël Gourmelen’s The Inspector and the Umbrella. That is, until he plucks his umbrella from its stand and realizes what should be an inanimate object has come alive with a particularly sassy sort of mischief.
Blame, a short horror film from writer and director Kellee Terrell, is a harrowing meditation on sexual assault and its aftermath, using the supernatural to show how ignoring assault has real consequences.
Written, directed, and animated by Jules Boulain-Adenis (credited as Naleb), intergalactic exploration tale Panacée—which translates to “Panacea”—unfortunately doesn’t have English subtitles, but the visuals are so expressive and lovely you don’t really need them.
It’s been almost 200 years since “the final war,” and the masses dwell in a grimy underground metropolis, controlled by their totalitarian government’s cruel police force. It’s a grim future indeed... until one desperate man lucky enough to own a very special pair of sneakers accidentally inspires an uprising.
Ask people what they most remember about Steven Spielberg’s Hook, and the answer is bound to be Rufio. The character, played by Dante Basco, was the leader of the Lost Boys before Peter Pan returned to Neverland, and ultimately, he’s killed by Captain Hook.
A space ship filled with humans slumbering in cryogenic chambers encounters catastrophic troubles in deep space. We’ve all seen that in movies before—most recently, in Passengers and Alien: Covenant—but Javier Chillon’s short, chillingly titled They Will All Die in Space, puts a sinister new spin on the story.
The title of Scorch Motion’s short, Life Without Stuff, suggests a solid anti-consumerist philosophy—something everyone, not just hoarders, could probably stand to embrace. Unless, of course, that “stuff” happens to be very much in use and necessary when it suddenly disappears. Poof!
Imagine if everyone came pre-programmed with one special talent. It would be amazingly awesome—unless, like the frustrated protagonist of scifi short Exchangers, your talent is totally useless. Next stop: the black market, where skill swaps can change lives, sometimes in very strange ways.
Sholto Crow’s Martin is an imaginatively animated tale that pays tribute to the coastal resort town where he grew up. The filmmaker notes that it’s only “semi-autobiographical”—so you can rest assured that the thing with the giant, laser-blasting robots probably didn’t happen.
A substitute teacher who’s young enough to vividly remember the horrors of adolescence finds another reason to fear high school when she realizes there’s something very strange about her new gig. The teachers are secretive and weird—and the kids are oddly obsessed with “the curriculum.”
A desperate woman trapped on a smooth precipice tries to figure out how to keep from plunging into an abyss of certain death. The premise of writer-director Tim Egan’s Curve is simple—with just the right pacing, doses of body horror, and bursts of music—and the end result is almost uncomfortably suspenseful.
If you are a dog lover, you need to stop what you’re doing right now and watch this squeal-inducing short by Chloé Alliez. It’s called Oh My Dog! and it features the most adorable furry little stop-motion puppy puppets, not to mention a heartwarming (and realistic) tribute to Crazy Canine People.
Girl meets boy at a raucous music festival, and they fall in love as colorful debauchery rages around them. Kibwe Tavares’ short film Robot & Scarecrow would be a lovely if somewhat unremarkable tale of romance, except for the fact that the girl is literally a robot and the boy is actually a scarecrow.
Finding the perfect match should theoretically be easier with apps like Tinder—but there’s always the possibility that the person you see on the screen doesn’t measure up in real life. This gets very awkward in Swiped when one dude’s online match turns out to be someone he already knows. Like, really well.
Mehdi Alibeygi’s Changeover is short and sweet, and a little salty, too. A tiny bird becomes hopelessly smitten with the feathered creature it encounters on a badminton court. But as is often true in matters of the heart—appearances aren’t always what they seem, are they?
Nano imagines a future where nanotechnology has completely altered everyday life, and the phrase “there’s an app for that” applies to almost anything. It’s a world that’s both awesome (instantly change your eye color!) and terrifying (temporarily paralyze another person without their consent!) We’re excited to…
The title character in Gino Imagino’s animated short Mr. Blue Footed Booby is an easygoing fellow. The weird gravity of his home doesn’t bother him, and he livens up his late-night snack with jaunty aplomb, snatching a little celestial accompaniment through his window.