Films / Programs


What features elucidate, they encapsulate. What features spell out, they abbreviate. What features diffuse, they concentrate. Frame for frame, shorts present a whole new way of looking at the world—and at film itself. Catch them in any of our themed packages or before a feature.

  • 0300 - 0430

    0300 - 0430

    USA , 2012 , 10 min. Filmed over the course of several nights, 0300 – 0430 explores what it means to be awake during the true heart of the night.... more
  • A Doll's Life

    A Doll's Life

    United Kingdom , 2012 , 6 min. Amanda and her mother are at terrible odds in this haunting portrayal of family secrets. ... more
  • A to A

    A to A

    Austria , 2011 , 5 min. The terror of the mundane, revealed via traffic islands. More than 100 rotunda islands in Lower Austria are shown in increasingly grotesque segments of only a few seconds.... more
  • Advantage: Weinberg

    Advantage: Weinberg

    USA , 2012 , 16 min. Reminiscent of John Hughes at his best, this delightful 15-minute film tells the adventures of the very resourceful Philip Weinberg, an unlikely choreographer of the delicate dance of seduction.... more
  • After-School Special

    After-School Special

    USA , 2010 , 10 min. While watching children play at an indoor playground, an attractive man (Wes Bentley) spies an equally attractive woman (Sarah Paulson) and is eager to strike up a conversation despite her obvious disinterest.... more
  • Another Bullet Dodged

    Another Bullet Dodged

    USA , 2011 , 13 min. Although their romantic relationship is over, there is some painful, intensely personal business that needs to be addressed on this final, profoundly troubling day together.... more
  • Anything Helps

    Anything Helps

    USA , 2012 , 18 min. A story about forgiveness and being given a second chance while living on the streets of Denver.... more
  • The Art of Repair

    The Art of Repair

    United Kingdom , 2012 , 13 min. Comedian Stewart Lee narrates this insightful look at those working in London's East End, the rare craftsmen who take the time to repair, rather than discard, autos, electronics, furniture, and musical instruments.... more
  • ASAD


    South Africa , 2011 , 18 min. A young Somali boy wrestles with the attraction of his village’s ocean-bound pirates against the needs of his family and war-torn community.... more
  • Audition


    Netherlands , 2012 , 6 min. Conveyed with elegant simplicity, this is the story of a young Auschwitz prisoner auditioning for the camp’s orchestra.... more
  • BFF


    USA , 2011 , 8 min. Jill suspects something is up with her boyfriend so of course she needs to confide in her BFF, Jack.... more
  • Birthday


    Estonia , 2012 , 8 min. Vello turns 75 today and the only real question is who will celebrate with him in his secluded home in the woods.... more
  • Blik


    Netherlands , 2012 , 8 min. The charming tale of a boy who moves to a new neighborhood and falls for the older “girl next door.”... more
  • The Break-Up Tour

    The Break-Up Tour

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. A couple of tourists find themselves on the most unusual tour of Greenwich Village.... more
  • A Brief History of John Baldessari

    A Brief History of John Baldessari

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. Narrated by Tom Waits, this doc offers a candid look at the legendary artist and activist.... more
  • Bring with You a Heart

    Bring with You a Heart

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Bring with You a Heart traces the director’s psychic journey through a desert wasteland of light, water, and consumption.... more
  • The Bronzer

    The Bronzer

    USA , 2012 , 11 min. Stu Larkin is among the last of a dying breed: a traveling salesman who sells, get ready for this, bronzed baby shoes.... more
  • Cadaver


    USA , 2011 , 8 min. Drawn entirely using Sharpie markers, this macabre tale uses the voices of Kathy Bates, Christopher Lloyd, and online wunderkind Tavi Gevinson to perfect effect in an account of a cadaver who wakes up to say a final farewell.... more
  • Cherry Waves

    Cherry Waves

    USA , 2011 , 15 min. Angie is a hardened street fighter who finally decides to risk everything in order to create the life she really wants.... more
  • The Children Next Door

    The Children Next Door

    USA , 2012 , 36 min. On October 13, 2006, in the hills of Tennessee, Brad Waldroup brutally attacked his wife Penny with a gun and machete and murdered her best friend, all in front of their four children.... more
  • Cornelius Kolig. Short Notes to Eternity or Don't Fuck with Paradise

    Cornelius Kolig. Short Notes to Eternity or Don't Fuck with Paradise

    Austria , 2011 , 15 min. A portrait of the artist Cornelius Kolig, his art, and his life, in poetic images, intoxicating sounds, and, parallel to the haunting visuals, the artist’s own voice.... more
  • Crush


    USA , 2011 , 7 min. The imaginative telling of one woman’s quest to find the ideal chair. ... more
  • Delivery


    USA , 2012 , 24 min. Ethan Suplee and Lukas Haas are brothers whose ill-fated trip is sidetracked by the same behavior and issues they’ve faced since childhood.... more
  • Double or Nothing

    Double or Nothing

    USA , 2011 , 11 min. Clark and Becca are a happy couple whose encounter one night with a homeless man leads to unexpected action and reaction by all.... more
  • Edmond Was a Donkey

    Edmond Was a Donkey

    Canada , 2012 , 15 min. Edmond has always been a bit of an outsider but it is still a surprise to see the unorthodox route he takes to learn how to be true to himself.... more
  • Eileen Pratt

    Eileen Pratt

    Australia , 2011 , 15 min. A look at the life of the painfully awkward Eileen Pratt, whose job as a bus driver is her only brush with normalcy.... more
  • Eternal Return

    Eternal Return

    USA , 2012 , 13 min. Late in life a man finds himself fixed in a static existence. Though stuck in the present, his memories of the past both haunt and elude him.... more
  • FORÊT D'Experimentation

    FORÊT D'Experimentation

    Austria , 2012 , 22 min. The experimental forest: a place, a title, a statement of intent. Borders between nature and landscape, abstract and figurative, the processing of visual and tonal alphabets, produce a mesmerizing cinematic experience.... more
  • The Future

    The Future

    Australia , 2011 , 8 min. Beth and Simon are young, in love, and celebrating their engagement at a restaurant when they are unexpectedly faced with the reality of what their shared future will look like.... more
  • Ghosts of Yesterday

    Ghosts of Yesterday

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. Ghosts of Yesterday—a collage of rotoscoped home movies—is inspired by childhood memories of religion and altered consciousness.... more
  • Harry Grows Up

    Harry Grows Up

    USA , 2012 , 12 min. The fact that Harry is just 18 months old does not limit his search for love and companionship on the streets of NYC.... more
  • Hatch


    Austria , 2012 , 19 min. A fateful decision made reluctantly by one couple impacts that of another in this award-winning film shot in Austria.... more
  • Heavy Eyes

    Heavy Eyes

    Austria , 2011 , 10 min. A kind of white noise and digital rain weighs heavy. Wild proliferations of images appear scribbled or scratched; spots spread across them. The old way of seeing no longer applies.... more
  • Hourglass


    Norway , 2012 , 16 min. Adolescents Anna and Anton are devoted friends looking for ways to avoid the boredom of their small seaside village.... more
  • How much love you've got?

    How much love you've got?

    South Korea , 2011 , 17 min. After ten years of dating, a couple has very different reactions to revisiting the historic park where they first met.... more
  • I Am Going to Italy

    I Am Going to Italy

    Bulgaria , 2012 , 25 min. Due to bureaucratic obstacles, the two youngest members of the beleaguered town’s brass band are told they can’t go on the band’s bus tour to Italy. It turns out these boys are as determined and resourceful as they are talented.... more
  • I Am John Wayne

    I Am John Wayne

    USA , 2012 , 18 min. A contemplative look at a critical day in the life of “Taco,” a young man struggling to come to terms with the death of his closest friend.... more
  • In Hanford

    In Hanford

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. Using animation, first-person accounts and news reports, artist Chris Mars investigates the nuclear catastrophe in Hanford, Washington.... more
  • Into Spring

    Into Spring

    Netherlands , 2012 , 4 min. The U.S. premiere of Prinsen’s latest short, which perfectly captures everyone’s favorite season with clever animation, plus music by the legendary jazz percussionist Han Bennink.... more
  • Irish Folk Furniture

    Irish Folk Furniture

    Ireland , 2012 , 9 min. Using a combination of live action and animation techniques, and a commitment to a “green” film shoot, Tony Donoghue (SDFF 34) presents a contemplative study of how abandoned hand-built furniture is brought back to life in rural Ireland.... more
  • It Was My City

    It Was My City

    Iran , 2012 , 8 min. The film begins in extreme close-up and in one impressive single shot widens to see a wide array of ordinary people living their lives against the backdrop of war.... more
  • Jackson / Marker 4am

    Jackson / Marker 4am

    Austria , 2012 , 3 min. On a street, an African-American dances to rap music. We see a veranda where a party seems to be going on. We move through a landscape that constantly abstracts reality into fiction.... more
  • Katya


    USA , 2011 , 23 min. Viktor, a Soviet-born NYC cabdriver, picks up a young Russian tourist. The passenger’s mysterious tattoos lead the two to discover they share an unlikely bond created by a doomed mission decades ago.... more
  • Lemonade Stand

    Lemonade Stand

    Australia , 2012 , 7 min. Benny adores his unconventional grandfather, with whom he runs the town’s most successful beverage stand.... more
  • Lunchbox Express

    Lunchbox Express

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Told exclusively from the viewpoint of children who benefited from the Lunchbox Express, this short documentary brings the issue of childhood hunger to the forefront.... more
  • MacPherson


    Canada , 2012 , 11 min. Inspired by a real-life friendship and featuring a first-rate musical soundtrack, MacPherson is the story of the relationship between Québec poet Felix Leclerc and Jamaican-born chemical engineer Frank Randolph MacPherson.... more
  • The Maker

    The Maker

    USA , 2011 , 5 min. Featuring amazingly creative stop-action animation, The Maker has won international acclaim for its touching tale of “the maker,” obsessed with making the most beautiful creation ever. Told with no dialogue and set to the gorgeous music of Paul Halley.... more
  • Meta-Romantic


    USA , 2012 , 11 min. A struggling writer (and struggling romantic) searches for that first line that will launch both his labors.... more
  • The Missing Looks

    The Missing Looks

    Argentina , 2012 , 11 min. Using a touch of fantasy, a woman attempts to shelter her daughter from the impending horror of the state militia invading their home in 1976 Argentina.... more
  • Mounted & Stuffed

    Mounted & Stuffed

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. After a visit to a museum, a young man finds a purpose in life … and one for his housemates.... more
  • My Little Underground

    My Little Underground

    Canada , 2012 , 7 min. Simard combines her own memories and narration, experimental photography, and evocative drawings to take the viewer on a cinematic journey.... more
  • Night Hunter

    Night Hunter

    USA , 2011 , 16 min. In this handmade film composed of more than 4,000 collages, actress Lillian Gish is appropriated from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new, haunting role. Night Hunter evokes a disquieting dreamscape drawn from allegory, myth, and archetype.... more
  • Night, Peace

    Night, Peace

    United Kingdom , 2012 , 11 min. Award-winning director Eva Weber (SDFF 33) demonstrates her unique style of cinematic storytelling by taking the viewer on a shadowy, nocturnal tour of London.... more
  • Old Man

    Old Man

    USA , 2012 , 6 min. Seven minutes of compelling animated images set to the actual recordings of phone conversations between Canadian author Marlin Marynick and the notorious Charles Manson.... more
  • Open


    USA , 2011 , 1 min. A brief meditation on time and space.... more
  • Paula


    Canada , 2012 , 11 min. Inspired by a news report, Simard takes animation to new levels of social consciousness with the story of Paula, whose life as a streetwalker intersects with that of a young neighbor.... more
  • Periapsis


    USA , 2012 , 2 min. A collaborative film, painting, and poetry project between Haley Larson and Timothy David Orme.... more
  • Peter at the End

    Peter at the End

    USA , 2012 , 23 min. Peter (Jon Heder) returns home after an extended absence determined to tell the truth, but finds that the past is very much his family’s only frame of reference.... more
  • Phantom Canyon

    Phantom Canyon

    USA , 2006 , 10 min. Phantom Canyon explores a woman’s fantastical journey through memories. Meticulous collages incorporate figures from Eadweard Muybridge’s Human and Animal Locomotion, first published in 1887. Music and sound by Bruce Odland.... more
  • The Pub

    The Pub

    United Kingdom , 2011 , 8 min. The booze is flowing and the pub’s patrons grow scary in this prize-winning short featuring Joseph Pierce’s idiosyncratic black-and-white illustrations.... more
  • Return to the World of Dance

    Return to the World of Dance

    USA , 2011 , 7 min. An instructional guide for those perplexed by the postmodern condition.... more
  • The Rooster Must Die

    The Rooster Must Die

    United Kingdom , 2012 , 6 min. Obviously inspired by a pivotal scene in Jaws, villagers are forced to call on the one man who knows how to handle a rogue, and very noisy, rooster. ... more
  • Secrecy


    Argentina , 2012 , 10 min. Amid the chaos of a busy extended family, 5-year-old girl can’t get an answer to her fundamental question of “what is the color of human insides?” ... more
  • Self Defense

    Self Defense

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. Distinct locations express a dancer’s interior landscapes, revealing the secrets he tries so hard to protect.... more
  • sexting


    USA , 2010 , 8 min. Julia Stiles offers up a beautifully nuanced monologue, captured in a single take, addressing her boyfriend’s … wife.... more
  • Solitude


    Iran , 2012 , 4 min. A simple illustration of how a photographer creates a solitary tree. ... more
  • Strange Date

    Strange Date

    USA , 2012 , 6 min. Jarod is excited about his second date with Scarlett tonight, but what does it mean when she sends a surrogate? ... more
  • Summer in Helsinki

    Summer in Helsinki

    Finland , 2011 , 8 min. A captivating portrait of the beaches, parks, and everyday life in one of the world’s finest cities.... more
  • Totem


    USA , 1999 , 11 min. Unfolding like a dream, Totem explores our evolving relationship to the animal world. Music and sound by Bruce Odland.... more
  • Turning a Corner

    Turning a Corner

    USA , 2012 , 5 min. A chance encounter leads a poor kid from Brooklyn with college dreams to fight the fates for a chance to change his life.... more
  • Twombley


    USA , 2012 , 15 min. A veteran radio star struggles with the transition from radio to television in the mid-1950s.... more
  • Vers.Augt


    Austria , 2011 , 5 min. Blinks of an eye give birth to episodes involving life and love. A smiling Buddha; a couple making love; a galloping udder, equipped with a drag parachute, vanishing into nothingness.... more
  • Watunna


    USA , 1990 , 24 min. The creation of myths of the Yekuanna Indians of the Orinoco region of Venezuela provide a transparent look at the poetic process by which human beings construct meaning from their experience. Narrated by Stan Brakhage. Music and sound by Bruce Odland.... more
  • Wolf Dog Tales

    Wolf Dog Tales

    USA , 2012 , 7 min. A Native American fable is told using extraordinarily challenging animation techniques.... more
  • Workers Leaving the Factory (Again)

    Workers Leaving the Factory (Again)

    Austria , 2012 , 11 min. We see the backs of workers leaving a factory. We wonder: Is it nighttime? What work do they do? What do they earn? When will their jobs be moved overseas?... more
  • Written in Ink

    Written in Ink

    Poland , 2011 , 12 min. Written in Ink is the poignant story of a man trying to regain contact with his sister after 14 years of silence. But can one change what has always been written in ink?... more
  • Zounk!


    Austria , 2012 , 6 min. Colorful, flashing screen signals sink back into black; horizontal and vertical lines become a series of flickering grids. A mix of brutality and tenderness—a bonfire of image and sound.... more
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