Jerónimo Rocha’s scifi horror short Dédalo is reminiscent of Alien in both visuals and story. It follows a woman who appears to be the lone survivor of a gruesome attack on her space freighter. Her frantic struggle to survive is suspenseful as hell, but the real draw here is that alien creature, specifically its…
In a makeshift lab, a trio of brainiac students argue over their time-travel device. The skeptic on the team has her doubts—not that the invention will work, but whether they should be mucking around with time in the first place. Ben Tedesco’s The Constant feels a bit talky at first, but the payoff is well worth it.…
What if an alien invasion could be done remotely, ordering humans to do all the dirty work for you from the comfort of your alien spaceship? A new scifi short is about humans achieving First Contact, but the signal basically turns you into one of The Infected from The Last of Us.
“A cautionary tale,” reads the description for this surreal nursery rhyme of an animated short, Klementhro. It’s repetitive at first, but stick with it... it takes a dark turn and features maybe the snappiest, most over-it ghost ever to float beside a river bank.
Strolling through a gallery, a mustachioed man pauses before a large sculpture—which, as he studies it, reveals a remarkable secret hidden within. (His “Oh shit!” moment is priceless.) In just two minutes, Jonathan Djob Nkondo’s The Last Exhibition manages to be as delightfully weird as it needs to be.
Symmetropia is a short film that starts weird, gets weirder, and then leaves you sitting there thinking, “What the hell just happened?”
Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry now works at Laika, where he helped make Kubo and the Two Strings and The Boxtrolls. The film that got him the gig: student film The Arctic Circle. Guided by silent movie-style titles, it observes a man whose solitary life takes a sudden turn when he makes a strange discovery.
We’ve all been there—midway through a boring lesson or meeting, maybe after a late night or not enough caffeine, the simple task of staying awake becomes a mighty struggle. Seoro Oh’s Afternoon Class, about a student’s failing efforts to just keep his eyes open, has a lot of weird fun with this scenario.
The Visible Poetry Project aims to make poetry more accessible by lifting words off the page and transforming them into short films. The colorful Hate for Sale, from Dutch animator Anna Eijsbouts, is from an original poem about the seductive power of hate by Neil Gaiman. It’s read in perfectly droll tones by Peter…
Sure, you think you know medieval history. But Jake Mahaffy’s A.D. 1363, the End of Chivalry offers an illuminating glimpse at the precise moment knights decided to throw in the towel and stop a) rescuing people and b) wearing so much goddamn metal all over their bodies. Have a look:
Only, not how Welles described them on October 30, 1938 to thousands of petrified radio listeners. These peaceful aliens—blessed with a majestic sense of timing—touch down in a much quieter place, and are seen by just a handful of witnesses, chiefly a small boy whose curiosity overtakes any fear he might feel. That’s…
In Jakob Schmidt’s Planemah, an impatient king becomes obsessed with a philosophical query that drives him beyond the edge of madness—and into a place of extreme intergalactic turmoil.
Writer-director Luke Jaden uses the vacant lots and abandoned buildings of his Detroit hometown to provide the setting for King Ripple—a sinister fairy tale about a young man whose desire to be left alone has turned him into a mass-murdering deity of sorts. Despite that, curious kids just can’t stay away.
In Tom Webb’s Hyper Jump, an astronaut prepares for a historic jump into hyperspace with cool, laser-like precision—until he realizes that the entire world will be tuning in hear his pre-flight speech. Panic, self-doubt, half-remembered movie quotes, and Schwarzenegger imitations soon follow.
Directed by Danny Madden, Frolic n’ Mae tells the tale of a little girl who slowly realizes she’s the weirdo outcast at a slumber party. To cope with her bitchy preteen peers, she begins doodling, but the artwork magically comes alive—and causes all sorts of mischief and mayhem in the process.
When parallel universes begin collapsing on each other, there are suddenly multiple versions of every person on Earth. While a certain amount of panic ensues, the situation enables one man—a self-described “sad sack”—to finally get the chance to woo his office crush. Or one version of her, anyway.
It’s been a long week, hasn’t it? Twist the knob on your brain from “work” to “Friday niiiiight” with Neurocircuit, a collection of fast-paced micro-shorts from animator Nog. Some of these are mildly NSFW—there’s one cartoon dick and several gory acts of wanton violence, so be warned.
Gary Roberts’ The Problemless Anonymous imagines a world where anyone deemed too perfect is forced to accept a carefully-chosen flaw. Ivan dutifully heads in for his appointment, where he encounters a fellow patient whose “fault” is not what it seems. As for Ivan’s new problem? You’ll have to see it to believe it.
A serial killer who dwells in an apartment building has to make like Jeffrey Dahmer every so often, and dump a corpse without anyone noticing. Unless, as in Greg Pregent’s wryly funny Trunk of Death, his oblivious neighbors happen to be way too helpful. Jeez, just let a manic do his evil housekeeping in peace!
A protective mother frets about her teen daughter’s social life—until she realizes the girl isn’t slipping out to hang with her loser boyfriend, but rather to lead a parallel-dimension kingdom into battle. Reed Shusterman’s short Goblin Queen is funny and touching, with some impressive special effects make-up to boot.