2016

Manic Pixie Dream Grind

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Written/Directed by Ariella Yashar; Produced by Malcolm Baity

Written/Directed by Ariella Yashar; Produced by Malcolm Baity

When Alopecia Ruby, a disgruntled manic pixie dream girl, gets a visit from her boring love interest Zach, she attempts to change the script of her life by forcing him to bring new story ideas. After pitching a string of bad ideas, Zach finally lands on one she likes and they begin to see each other in a new light. But their new-found friendship barely begins when it all comes crashing down.

4 minutes

The Maiden

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Written/Directed by Michael Chaves; Produced by David Moore & Lynda Prybil

Written/Directed by Michael Chaves; Produced by David Moore & Lynda Prybil

A desperate real estate agent is pushed to the edge as she tries to sell a mansion with a mysterious past. Who is her client and what do they really want? And when she starts to discover the truth, how far will she go to make the sale?

9 minutes

The Man Who Caught A Mermaid

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Written/Directed by Kaitlin Tinker

Written/Directed by Kaitlin Tinker

A senior fisherman is obsessed with capturing a mermaid and has been doing extensive training to be ready for a possible life in the sea. This puts considerable strain on his marriage. One day, everything changes. Fantastical and hard-hitting, this enthralling breakout short explores the depths of the human shadow. Swim beneath the surface.

16 minutes

Love, Work & Other Demons

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Written by Gorby Mu Fan Shih & Sam Boyer; Directed by Gorby Mu Fan Shih. Produced by Lauren C. Bates

Written by Gorby Mu Fan Shih & Sam Boyer; Directed by Gorby Mu Fan Shih. Produced by Lauren C. Bates

Stubborn Chinese waitress by day, kick-ass demon hunter by night, tomboy Joanna has never given much thought to being what her traditional father, Harry, calls a “girly girl”—until she meets Ryan. With a little help from her undead ancestors, hilarity ensues as Joanna battles lipstick, heels, and demons in this coming-of-identity story.

20 minutes

Loren The Robot Butler: Teach Me How To Dougie!

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Written/Directed by Paul McGinnis; Produced by Tiff Gravel & Paul McGinnis

Written/Directed by Paul McGinnis; Produced by Tiff Gravel & Paul McGinnis

Loren, a proper British robot and former head butler for a wealthy family, has been replaced with a Roomba and stored in the basement. Now the kids program him to teach them stuff. This time, it’s how to dance the Dougie!

3 minutes

Lizzy Borden—Scary Tales and Nursery Crimes

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Written/Directed/Produced by Darva D. Campbell

Written/Directed/Produced by Darva D. Campbell

In 1892 Lizzie Borden’s parents were brutally murdered. In 2016 the jumprope rhyme still haunts our psyches, and perhaps with good reason. In this modern take, little Elizabeth just doesn’t like being told what to do, and so takes some advice from the mesmerizing tale on her TV screen.

4 minutes

Listeners

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Written by Sara X. Robin & Andrew Thalheimer; Directed by Sara X. Robin; Produced by Joseph Dwyer

Written by Sara X. Robin & Andrew Thalheimer; Directed by Sara X. Robin; Produced by Joseph Dwyer

The not too far future: mind-reading devices, so called “Listeners” are used in the name of security. Fe and Amy oppose the invasive technology, and have developed a technique to shut their minds off from the Listeners. When their friend Mags gets brutally arrested, Fe suspects Amy…and decides to take matters into her own hands.

17 minutes

Link

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Directed by Dan Delano; Produced by Damian Walker & Dan Delano

Directed by Dan Delano; Produced by Damian Walker & Dan Delano

The city of Hyrule has descended into darkness under the rule of Ganondorf. One man, Link, must start to set things right.

7 minutes

Legacy

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Written by Michael Richardson & Josh Mawer, Directed by Josh Mawer, Produced by Michael Knott

Written by Michael Richardson & Josh Mawer, Directed by Josh Mawer, Produced by Michael Knott

A maverick neuroscientist, Lawrence, dies creating a mind-transfer device. His son, Edward, agrees to implant his father’s consciousness in his head and timeshare his body so Lawrence can refine his prototype. The work/life balance chafes at his girlfriend Sarina and adds a new dimension with his mother Jocelyn.

Glitches increase in the prototype and foreign memories surface. Grappling with misplaced grief and a slipping identity, Edward tries to contact Lawrence before he has to make a difficult decission.

13 minutes

Kidnapping

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KidnappingKidnapping is a comedy about a short film and its quirky crew’s experiences with the movie. It’s part mockumentary and part parody, and includes behind-the-scenes interviews in the style of The Office.

8 minutes

Keep Going

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Written/Directed by Kim Geon; Produced by Lee Won-jeong

Written/Directed by Kim Geon; Produced by Lee Won-jeong

And action/science fiction tale of Yeonhee, whose implanted artificial heart is broken, and Margo, a robot, who connected Yeonhee’s broken heart to his body. The two, with a single inseparable destiny, head toward the boundary and toward survival. It’s guns, robots, and coming-of-age.

20 minutes

Izzo (B.O.B.A.)

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Written/Directed by Matthew Schwartz; Produced by Matthew Schwartz, Mike Terrell, & Tony Reames

Written/Directed by Matthew Schwartz; Produced by Matthew Schwartz, Mike Terrell, & Tony Reames

This fan-made music video parody mashes up Jay-Z’s “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” with Star Wars’ most infamous bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Using the magic of green screen, Boba Fett appears in scenes from all seven Star Wars films to proclaim his intergalactic supremacy. The video was shot in late 2015 with an Atlanta-based cast and crew, and would not have been possible without the contributions of the 501st Legion’s Georgia Garrison.

5 minutes

The Invitation to Armageddon

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Written by Russell Isler; Directed by Paul Hough; Produced by Trip Hope; Composed by Kenny Wood; Lyrics by Kahle McCann

Written by Russell Isler; Directed by Paul Hough; Produced by Trip Hope; Composed by Kenny Wood; Lyrics by Kahle McCann

A Steampunk Musical! In 1888, The League of S.T.E.A.M. embarks on a perilous mission down to Hell. Can they defeat the Devil and save the world from total destruction?

16 minutes

The Incredible Tale of the Incredible Woman-Spider

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Written by Demet Basaran; Directed by Pablo Guirado; Produced by Demet Basaran & Pablo Guirado

Written by Demet Basaran; Directed by Pablo Guirado; Produced by Demet Basaran & Pablo Guirado

A young man, noose around his neck, prepares to hang himself.
Bad luck? Fate?
The rope breaks.
As he wanders through the deserted streets, at night, he comes across a poster outside a
bar that invites him to discover a strange show, that of The Incredible Woman-Spider.

17 minutes

The Hunter

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Written/Directed by Miri Stone; Produced by Miri Stone, Jonathan Caso, &  Kylie Walchuk

Written/Directed by Miri Stone; Produced by Miri Stone, Jonathan Caso, & Kylie Walchuk

A troubled hunter is staked out in a remote bunker determined to prove to his drinking buddies that the elfin girl he has seen is real. But when the elfin girl is startled and takes flight through the woods, his adrenaline surges and he is plunged into a sinister realm.

7 minutes

Heard

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Written/Directed/Produced by David Howard

Written/Directed/Produced by David Howard

Heard is an animated short film following a frustrated artist’s journey through his own artistic development as he struggles to find his voice in a world built on silence.

The film showcases the digital 2D animation process beginning with rough visuals building to full-color animation. This process evolves to greater illustrate the character’s growth and progression of his journey.

5 minutes

The Grinning Man

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Written by Walt Guthrie; Directed by Matt McGahren; Produced by Richard Rosenthal

Written by Walt Guthrie; Directed by Matt McGahren; Produced by Richard Rosenthal

A young girl is haunted by a strange grinning man.

8 minutes

Grim Brothers

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Written by Ryan Famulari & Anthony Famulari; Directed by Trevor Hoar; Produced by Anthony Famulari, Ryan Famulari, & Trevor Hoar

Written by Ryan Famulari & Anthony Famulari; Directed by Trevor Hoar; Produced by Anthony Famulari, Ryan Famulari, & Trevor Hoar

A grim reaper and his lovesick brother must deliver a dead man to heaven before a vengeful old flame tries to drag him to hell.

7 minutes

The Great Silence

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Directed by Shuren Hao

Directed by Shuren Hao

The Great Silence uses animation and matte painting techniques to discuss the loneliness of the human condition. It begins at an uncertain time in the future on an unknown planet. The only thing certain is that this place is the end of the journey. The story is expanded by flashbacks to take us to the past to find the truth.

3 minutes

Grandmama Tlzédeczkanü Comes to America

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Written/Director/Produced by Tony Jonick

Written/Director/Produced by Tony Jonick

In 2010, I discovered a cassette telling the story of how my Mother’s Grandmama escaped to the U.S. as a young girl. The tape, translated from Ghesmashkikcili tells of the bravery and wit of my great-grandmother. She had to strike an unusual bargain with dark forces to win her freedom. While the tiny country of Ghesmashkik is completely forgotten today, I knew I had to preserve her story. Using photos from the family archives, This film honors the spirit and irreverence of a woman I never met, but an proud to be descended from.

8 minutes

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