Short Films

REM

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Directed by Joseba Alfaro; Produced by Joseba Alfaro; Written by Joseba Alfaro

Directed by Joseba Alfaro; Produced by Joseba Alfaro; Written by Joseba Alfaro

Have you ever shared a dream with someone else? That is Lay’s story, a young man with a nondescript daily life, whose only purpose is to sleep to meet the woman he loves. His whole world changes when she comes in to the real world to rescue him. But… from whom?

17 minutes

REM: Trailer from Joseba Alfaro on Vimeo.

Roadside

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Directed by Tim Wildgoose; Produced by Tim Wildgoose; Written by Tim Wildgoose

Directed by Tim Wildgoose; Produced by Tim Wildgoose; Written by Tim Wildgoose

Twenty years after ‘The Visitation’, when vast swathes of the planet were transformed into the inhospitable and deadly ‘Zones’, mankind struggles with its newfound place in the universe. Over time, the high walls are built to contain the swirling anomalies within, and entry into the zone is strictly forbidden to all. Cal Rainer is a black market courier. Working on behalf of his mysterious client, he trades and collects the alien artifacts smuggled illegally from deep within the zones. Cal is on his way to meet ‘Valentine’, the notoriously ruthless black market dealer in alien artifacts. Something about this meeting is not quite right, and the repercussions will start Cal on a fantastic journey…

9 minutes

Resurrection

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Directed by John Wardlaw; Produced by John Wardlaw; Written by John Wardlaw

Directed by John Wardlaw; Produced by John Wardlaw; Written by John Wardlaw

The story of Jesus of Nazareth, retold in the best possible way, in a movie trailer. This film trailer, to a film that doesn’t exist, is a modern day retelling of the Crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

2 minutes

Roommates

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Directed by Justin McLachlan; Produced by Justin McLachlan, Scott Sparks; Written by Justin McLachlan

Directed by Justin McLachlan; Produced by Justin McLachlan, Scott Sparks; Written by Justin McLachlan

Two roommates fight over the last donut in a magical battle that ends up destroying their apartment.

5 minutes

Lessons Learned

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Directed by Toby Froud; Produced by Heather Henson; Written by Toby Froud

Directed by Toby Froud; Produced by Heather Henson; Written by Toby Froud

Lessons Learned is a live action puppet short film. In the story, the boy is surprised by special treatment on this year’s annual birthday visit with his grandfather. Instead of the regular tea and cake fare, grandfather presents an intriguing gift to the lad. When curiosity gets the best of him, the boy falls into an adventure of other-worldly experiences not intended for him. Where will this journey lead? What lessons will he learn?

16 minutes

Ruins and Reckoning

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Directed by Joel Musch; Produced by Joel Musch, Mike Donlan; Written by Joel Musch

Writer/Director/Producer: Joel Musch; Producer: Mike Donlan

Their planet was being destroyed. Republic armies had been sent to aid in evacuating the planet. A law abiding general is keeping prisoners captive during the evacuation and our protagonist is in love with one of them. An epic skirmish begins between the two as our protagonist fights for her!

9 minutes

Sentient

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Directed by Abel Vang, Burlee Vang; Produced by Steven Yang, Zong Khang Yang, Ae Yang; Written by Abel Vang, Burlee Vang

Directed by Abel Vang, Burlee Vang; Produced by Steven Yang, Zong Khang Yang, Ae Yang; Written by Abel Vang, Burlee Vang

After surviving an ambush, an American soldier is taken hostage by a ragtag group of Afghan insurgents. But as his captors interrogate him, they quickly discover the terrifying truth that he is not who he appears to be.

19 minutes

Tasha and Friends

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Directed by Greg Kovacs; Produced by Nathan Hawkins, Brad McMillan, Darren Hutchings; Written by Greg Kovacs

Directed by Greg Kovacs; Produced by Nathan Hawkins, Brad McMillan, Darren Hutchings; Written by Greg Kovacs

Local children’s show host Tasha decides to shut the show down, but her puppet co-stars want to shut her down… permanently.

14 minutes

Doctor Puppet: A Timelord Christmas

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Directed by Alisa Stern, Erin Natal; Produced by Alisa Stern; Written by Scott Ampleford

Directed by Alisa Stern, Erin Natal; Produced by Alisa Stern; Written by Scott Ampleford

The Doctor joins his past selves for a stop motion Christmas celebration. This is the second Doctor Puppet Christmas special and first musical.

2 minutes

The Jigsaw

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Directed by Al Safar Brothers, Rashad Al-Safar; Produced by Al Safar Brothers; Written by Al Safar Brothers

Directed by Al Safar Brothers, Rashad Al-Safar; Produced by Al Safar Brothers; Written by Al Safar Brothers

A man walks through a busy market and stumbles across a dark and dingy shop selling bric-a-brac. A plain and weathered brown box laying amongst some Jigsaw Puzzles grabs the man’s attention. He asks a mysterious and unsettling vendor as to the contents of the box to which the vendor warns him against the purchase and recommends that he leave it be. This further entices the man’s intrigue and makes him more determined to find out what the contents of this puzzle holds.

8 minutes

The Looking Planet

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Directed by Eric Law Anderson; Produced by Anne Uemura; Written by Eric Law Anderson

Directed by Eric Law Anderson; Produced by Anne Uemura; Written by Eric Law Anderson

During the construction of the universe, a young member of the Cosmos Corp of Engineers dreams of doing something more than his menial job of planetary ring construction, so he sets out to break some fundamental laws in the name of self-expression. On his own adventure across space and time, he discovers there is more going on behind the scenes of this new universe than anyone had imagined.

17 minutes

Tilt

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Directed by Ricky Hess; Produced by Debbie Hess; Written by Al Hess

Directed by Ricky Hess; Produced by Debbie Hess; Written by Al Hess

Skinny, a cute android, and her owner, Merle, wired a motel room to catch a high profile senator with a hooker for extortion but instead of the senator, the room is occupied by a well-known computer hacker, Saul Kaplan. Merle decides he is a better catch than the senator.

17 minutes

Blademaster

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Directed by Dennis Brucks; Produced by Dennis Brucks; Written by Dennis Brucks

Directed by Dennis Brucks; Produced by Dennis Brucks; Written by Dennis Brucks

A gang of bandits in gas masks attacks a young couple when a mysterious swordsman appears. But why should he just save them?

11 minutes

Batman Evolution

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Directed by Peter Cornwell; Produced by Eric Gable, Michael David Lynch, Peter Cornwell; Written by Eric Gable

Directed by Peter Cornwell; Produced by Eric Gable, Michael David Lynch, Peter Cornwell; Written by Eric Gable

Witness how the 60’s Batman became the Dark Knight in this action packed parody. Featuring Eric Gable portraying Batman doing authentic Ninjutsu moves never seen on-screen. Also starring Joel Hebner as Black Mask and Mark Erman as Robin with stunt team 87Eleven playing henchmen in this slick knockout black comedy action fest!

6 minutes

Shift

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Directed by James Croke; Produced by Jessica Cribb; Written by James Croke

Directed by James Croke; Produced by Jessica Cribb; Written by James Croke

Adam’s reputation is ruined. Worse still, the funding he requires for his experiments has been withdrawn. He is a legitimate genius, but it is his determination to move from theory into practice that has lead to his undoing.

Adam’s initial experiments failed and the subsequent controversy lead to the withdrawal of all support for his “unorthodox” methods. Undeterred, Adam resolves to prove his critics wrong and “reclaim” his funding by robbing a high security bank. Whatever his experiment, it seems it will play a part in the heist. In a risky step Adam begins to experiment on himself. He has been injured in the past, suffering a horrible burn to his arm, but he presses on. After initial success, he begins to experiment in full. Under cover of darkness, Adam tests the device. When triggered it makes Adam flicker in and out of existence—”shifting.” He disappears and reappears some distance away.

10 minutes

Anamnesis

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Directed & Written by Benjamin Goodger; Produced by Chiara Ventura

Directed & Written by Benjamin Goodger; Produced by Chiara Ventura

A 2013 National Film and Television School graduation film, Anamnesis is a love story set against a sci-fi backdrop. Following the death of his girlfriend Sophie, Luke, a young scientist, is working on Anamnesis, a project funded by a powerful corporation developing memory retrieval technology. Harnessing the sublime properties of a recently discovered substance, he secretly uses this technology to repeatedly revisit the day she died. Wracked by guilt and regret his obsession drives him towards self- destruction until one day a startling epiphany presents the possibility of a new beginning.

24 minutes

The Fog of Courage

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Directed by John R. Dilworth; Produced by Jack Spillum; Written by John R. Dilworth

Directed by John R. Dilworth; Produced by Jack Spillum; Written by John R. Dilworth

In this animated horror comedy, a cowardly dog named Courage must rescue his lovely owner, Muriel from a vengeful supernatural Fog. Eustace, Muriel’s greedy husband, refuses to return the gold necklace belonging to the Fog’s long lost love.

8 minutes

Better The Devil

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Directed & Written by Alessandro Pulisci; Produced by Erica Simons, Ariana Minolli

Directed & Written by Alessandro Pulisci; Produced by Erica Simons, Ariana Minolli

A drunken devil sits by a lake waiting for his ride back to hell, as he hears someone conjuring him in a nearby house. In the house, a girl and her friend torment her younger sister by reading from an occult book, but little do they know the devil is real, and he is thirsty for a nightcap.

Meanwhile, robbers have schemed to invade the house, but have come at the wrong time, and must face not only an intoxicated Lucifer, but a mistreated satanic little sister who only wishes to please.

8 minutes

Better The Devil (Teaser) from Alessandro Pulisci on Vimeo.

The Country of Wolves

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Directed by Neil Christopher; Produced by Louise Flaherty

Directed by Neil Christopher; Produced by Louise Flaherty

The Country of Wolves (Amaqqut Nunaat) is a traditional Inuit story about two brothers who find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land. The hunters begin to look for landmarks or people to help them find their way back home.

Eventually, they come to a camp and the two brothers split up to find help. The younger brother goes to the large communal igloo, where music and merriment can be heard. The older brother walks to a small igloo at the edge of the camp. Here he finds a strange old woman who is surprised to see him. She identifies him as human and tells him that he is in the Country of Wolves. She warns him of danger, but says it is too late for his brother. From this land, almost no one returns…

11 minutes

The Developer

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Directed by Robert Odegnal; Written by Horvath Aron

Directed by Robert Odegnal; Written by Horvath Aron

The scene is an alternative Budapest, with a special kind of dictatorship controlled by a company group called Golden Dimension. The marvelous Hungarian capital the way we never wanted to see. Lens is a dark, cynical character of this world. With his special ability of unknown origin, under the influence of a drug, he can burn the pictures of the past and the future into photosensitive paper. Lens hates the present because he understands the past and sees the future.

He sells his ability as an outlaw private detective. One day the position of the oppressing power seems to get unstable as some strictly confidential documents are stolen from the home of the president of the Golden Dimension. Ironically, it is the specially skilled Lens who gets the task to find the person who could ruin the oppressing system by using the stolen incriminating evidence. When he gets to the robbery scene it’s all set up for the experiment. He administers his drug, sticks the photosensitive paper on his nape and waits for the vision to come…By retrieving the pictures of the past, Lens finds out the identity of the unknown thief and even gets a glimpse of some images from the near future. But this future offers nothing good for Lens: he is facing a gun and gets a bullet into his forehead. Is it possible for Lens to put together the pieces of his visions, can he catch the thief and prevent his own violent death?

18 minutes

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