Short Films

Bless You

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Directed by Philip Watts; Written by Philip Watts

Directed by Philip Watts; Written by Philip Watts

An architect in the skies grows bored of his creation and decides to spice things up.

2 minutes

Losers

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Directed by Carlos del Rosario; Produced by Zack Abramowitz, Alex Valderana; Written by Carlos del Rosario

Directed by Carlos del Rosario; Produced by Zack Abramowitz, Alex Valderana; Written by Carlos del Rosario

Pop culture addicts Zack (Zack Abramowitz) and Manny (Matt Steiner) attend an engagement party where groom-to-be Roy (Devin Klos), a former “mega-geek” has turned normal in an effort to pursue a happy future with beautiful vegan baker, Emily (Maya Murphy).

When learning that at a vegan party there is no meat, a delirious Manny falls into a stupor where he meets his guardian angel, Serra (Shannon Kendall). After given sage advice, Zack decides that he must save Roy from himself which leads to an epic laser sword battle!

A sci-fi/fantasy comedy with loving references from Star Wars to Battlestar Galactica, Losers is an explosive story not to be missed! Co-Starring Jordan Gosnell (Nashville, Gossip Girl), Chaka DeSilva, Diana Cherkas, and Joe Cummings.

22 minutes

Thumbs Up

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Directed by Louie Connaris; Written by Louie Connaris

Directed by Louie Connaris; Written by Louie Connaris

It’s payback time for a London taxicab driver.

4 minutes

Job Interview

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Directed by Julia Walter; Produced by Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm; Written by Julia Walter

Directed by Julia Walter; Produced by Jakob Vogt, Daniel Rohm; Written by Julia Walter

When Lisa applies for a job everything seems to be turning out pretty well. Until the boss, Marie, starts asking strange questions and the job interview turns out to be a little different than expected…

10 minutes

I Owe You

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Directed by Mike McNeese; Produced by Jason Tostevin; Written by Randall Greenland

Directed by Mike McNeese; Produced by Jason Tostevin; Written by Randall Greenland

Old friends long gone their separate ways over a woman are brought crashing back together one fateful night by a dark secret that could destroy them both.

Fastidious Cam and carefree Todd were friends from childhood. Always between them was Diane, the love of both their lives. It always looked like it’d be Diane and Todd together, until Diane began to grow up, and her pragmatism won out: she picked responsibly instead of passionately, and she and Cam got married, leaving Todd adrift. Ever the friend, Todd helped Cam cover up an indiscretion that would haunt them both and finally split them apart. That was five years ago.

Tonight, Todd has shown up out of the past, dragging husband and father-to-be Cam out of his house in the dead of night with a phone call for help. Todd has a body in his trunk and is calling in their debt of friendship. Now Cam must choose: does he risk Todd outing their dark secret, or does he add another to his conscience by helping Todd in his own gruesome cover-up? Nothing is what it seems in this dark character thriller.

13 minutes

Collectors

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Directed by Marcel Hobi; Produced by Marcel Hobi; Written by Marcel Hobi

Directed by Marcel Hobi; Produced by Marcel Hobi; Written by Marcel Hobi

Whether it’s insects, antiques, autographs or adventures–collecting is a passion. Internet users collect friendships, state leaders collect arsenals of weapons, founders of religions collect believers, and millionaires collect art, women, and yet more millions. They’ve never collected enough. Collectors show in an entertaining and amusing way where collecting can lead.

5 minutes

Cupcake

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Directed by E.J. Carter; Produced by E.J. Carter, Erica Montgomery; Written by Erica Montgomery

Directed by E.J. Carter; Produced by E.J. Carter, Erica Montgomery; Written by Erica Montgomery

A dark comedy about a killer and his unexpected victims.

3 minutes

Dark Roast

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Directed by Pete Yagmin; Produced by Pete Yagmin; Written by Pete Yagmin

Directed by Pete Yagmin; Produced by Pete Yagmin; Written by Pete Yagmin

A supernatural horror-comedy about a Reaper who falls in love with the mortal she was assigned to usher into the after-life. When she doesn’t follow through, her presence causes an imbalance in the natural order of things leading to a string of unfortunate events which cause her love interest to question the relationship. In turn, he learns a valuable lesson in respect when the reaper is disappointed to find Shaun is just like every other man she’s encountered, alive or dead.

3 minutes

Boome & Slade

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Directed by Eric Jaffe; Produced by Monika Kluziak; Written by Eric Jaffe

Directed by Eric Jaffe; Produced by Monika Kluziak; Written by Eric Jaffe

After the money-grubbing pigs at the network decide to cancel their television series, out-of-work sitcom characters Boome & Slade invade the mind of their creator, an aging screenwriter named Bryan, to prevent him from moving on to original material. Boome & Slade are in and there isn’t a meth cook, vampire, or zombie that’s going to stop them.

12 minutes

Hitori

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Directed by Raymond Carr; Produced by Raymond Carr

Directed by Raymond Carr; Produced by Raymond Carr

In a world of made entirely of puppeteers, the puppet is always alone. Hitori is the story of a boy who’s just trying to get back to where he came from. This new film from Heather Henson and Ninja Puppet Production uses live action table top puppetry, computer compositing and body movement artist to bring a world composed entirely of human puppeteers to life.

12 minutes

Ghost Light

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Directed by PJ Germain; Produced by Ahmed Best; Written by Benjamin Sandlin

Directed by PJ Germain; Produced by Ahmed Best; Written by Benjamin Sandlin

After a breakdown on a deserted stretch of Old Route 66, Harvey Reynolds’ travel plans are halted as his delinquent son Brandon takes off on foot into the darkness. Determined to get Brandon to his destination and wash his hands clean of him forever, Harvey follows Brandon to an old, rundown 24 hour diner, where things aren’t as they seem. Unbeknownst to Harvey and his son, a malevolent force is lurking in the shadows, waiting for the moment to strike and separate father and son once and for all.

20 minutes

Husk

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Directed by Paul Howell; Produced by Paul Howell; Written by Paul Howell

Directed by Paul Howell; Produced by Paul Howell; Written by Paul Howell

While collecting paper scraps for her den, Husk, a life size tree spirit, has a shock encounter with some feral fairies in the street-art urban environment of Melbourne, Australia. Nothing is as it seems as this hypnotic story unfolds.

4 minutes

Mack Blaster—The World in the Crosshairs

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Directed by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Produced by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Written by René Schweitzer

Directed by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Produced by Sebastian Utech, René Schweitzer; Written by René Schweitzer

Sometime in a distant, apocalyptic future, the brutal, inhuman bounty hunter Mack Blaster stumps through the bleak desert. On a stonewall he discovers the wanted poster of the worst women slaughterer of all time: Ringo “The Butcher.” Hunting down Ringo is a matter of honor for Mack Blaster, or whatever comes close to honor for him. His way leads him to the down-and-out capital city, through biker gangs, and into a whorehouse, always bathed in blood. So much blood. Really, you will not believe all the blood. Honest.

18 minutes

Life of Zoozle

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Directed & Written by Chloe Lind

Directed & Written by Chloe Lind

Zoozle, a human personification of an online search engine, tries to live a normal life while constantly being bombarded by people asking questions. The only place he finds peace and silence is in areas with no cell phone service, like under an overpass. The pressure takes a toll on Zoozle, but at his breaking point, he meets someone who sees past his encyclopedic knowledge and expresses interest in Zoozle as a person.

4 minutes

M is for Mobile

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Directed by Baris Erdogan; Written by Baris Erdogan

Directed by Baris Erdogan; Written by Baris Erdogan

A nameless victim finds himself tied on to a chair. His mouth is gagged. He cannot move. He cannot scream. Than a torturer with a mobile phone enters the room…Hands tied. Mouth gagged. A desperate man is at the mercy of a coldblooded torturer who receives his orders as text messages from an unknown person. What will happen next? Will this nightmare ever end?

3 minutes

Monkey Rag

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Directed by Joanna Davidovich

Directed by Joanna Davidovich

‘Monkey Rag’ is a traditionally animated throwback to the musical cartoons of yore. Inspired by the thumping, riotously fun music of the Asylum Street Spankers, Mitzi pursues a disaster of her own making in this richly colored world where reason is overrated. Mitzi may be barking up the wrong tree, but she also knows that when it comes to love, sometimes you just gotta give a little bit of what you got.

4 minutes

Not a Single Word

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Directed by Cody Holland; Produced by Marina Conover; Written by Cody Holland

Directed by Cody Holland; Produced by Marina Conover; Written by Cody Holland

Kayden is left an orphan after his disturbed mother is shot and killed while attempting to drown him. Kayden is finally united with his estranged older brother, Lucas, who agrees to become caretaker. Bound by their childhood abuse, the two struggle to overcome their past and connect as family. When their mother returns from the grave, determined to finish what she started, the brothers must finally confront her and silence her once and for all.

13 minutes

Butterfly Dust

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Directed by Anthony Bushman; Produced by Anthony Bushman, Aida Lembo; Written by Eric Jones

Directed by Anthony Bushman; Produced by Anthony Bushman, Aida Lembo; Written by Eric Jones

In this sci-fi thriller examining the ramifications of humans playing God, a team of scientists inhabits an island compound working to develop Mariposa, a drug designed to improve a woman’s beauty and amplify her intelligence. The remarkable gains achieved are short-lived, however, and the test subjects revert to savage, animalistic behavior, viciously killing many of the people working on the island. Before learning of the regression in the test subjects, Dr. Judith Nelson injects herself with an enhanced version of Mariposa–essentially a super serum that introduces transformative traits much more rapidly. Without knowing of her self-experimentation, three other remaining scientists and one security guard barricade themselves in the same laboratory with Judith to withstand their creation until help can arrive. As they learn of Judith’s secret, the small group must wrestle with their conscience to ensure survival from both the threat outside the lab and from within, a moral dilemma that will ultimately decide their fate.

16 minutes

Butterfly Dust Trailer from Anthony Bushman on Vimeo.

Curio Shop : A Post Apocalyptic Acid Western

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Directed by Eric S. Anderson; Produced & Written by Zoe Taylor

Directed by Eric S. Anderson; Produced & Written by Zoe Taylor

Everything and everyone in this world is broken–even time. What starts as a rather whimsical and Mad Hatter-esque story about a watchmaker who has no concept of time, slowly grows darker and more disturbing with each scene, descending through the looking glass to a place where characters transform and harden.

Oliver and John are two lonely survivors in a decayed frontier, drawn inexorably together by a web of shattering family secrets. When the watchmaker fashions a bizarre weapon for John, it opens a surrealistic Pandora’s Box, engulfing everyone in a fever dream with no clear exit.

Robert Scott Crane and Christopher Sweeney star in this hallucinogenic fable by EMMY winning Director Eric S. Anderson, Academy Award winning DP David Stump A.S.C., and writer Zoe Taylor.

18 minutes

Recursion

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Directed by Sam Buntrock; Produced by Stanton Nash, Antonio Marion, Sam Buntrock; Written by Stanton Nash

Directed by Sam Buntrock; Produced by Stanton Nash, Antonio Marion, Sam Buntrock; Written by Stanton Nash

On the way to his best friend’s wedding ceremony, Sherwin, a young scientist, loses the most important item of the day: the bride’s ring. After retracing his steps, and searching to no avail, he decides to ‘slip’ back through time via a modified elevator in his apartment building. Now existing 90 minutes earlier, Sherwin steals the ring from his previous self and attempts to deliver it safely to the wedding venue without his past self noticing. This game of hide-and-seek unfolds across New York City as over and over he fails to reach the ceremony before his original self. And, each time he jumps back in time, he creates another version of himself he must now hide from. Finally, after foregoing trains and taxis, he sprints across the East River and barely makes it in time. Sherwin leaves the ring in a bathroom where he knows his past self visits. But, as his previous self picks up the ring, Sherwin and the ring cease to exist, and an infinite loop paradox begins. Without the ring, the past version of Sherwin retraces his steps, searches to no avail, and decides to ‘slip’ back through his time machine. And this continues. Over and over and over. For each time Sherwin delivers the ring to his past self, he negates the very reason he time traveled in the first place. With no way out, Sherwin breaks the cardinal rule of time travel and confronts his past self face-to-face.

22 minutes

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