By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire February 5, 2014 at 1:59PM
A selection of original, well-crafted films that take advantage of the short form and exemplify distinctive and genuine storytelling. The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014 Academy Award nomination for Best Narrative Short.
216 Months (France)
Directors: Valentin Potier, Frédéric Potier
A shadow is hanging over Maureen's career the famous ventriloquist singer. The deep voice that comes out of Maureen's insides has a name: Charles. He will soon be 18, the rebellious age, and he has one sole objective in life: to be born.
Director: Kris Swanberg
An eight-year-old girl living on the west side of Chicago finds a neglected toddler and decides to take her home.
Blood Pulls A Gun (Australia / France)
Director: Ben Briand
A teenage girl gets a keyhole look into a dangerous and mysterious world when a tattooed stranger checks into her roadside motel.
Director: Kevin Meul
“If it were easy, everyone would do it”
Cowboys Janken Ook (Netherlands)
Director: Mees Peijnenburg
A film about losing your youth, loneliness, violence and guilt: an homage to friendship.
Crystal (Canada / USA)
Director: Chell Stephen
Cursed with a real crumby attitude and a boring-ass hometown, 17-year-old Crystal relies on her passion for dance to escape the mundane life of rural Ontario and pursues her outsized dream of being a pop superstar.
Director: Andre Hyland
When a man's car breaks down, he finds himself on a quest for a funnel.
Director: David Bonneville
Sebastian is a wealthy young man. He finds out he has a flat tire and ends up accepting help from a Gypsy passer-by.
I'm Not Sorry
Director: Russell Costanzo
A lonely man wants nothing more than to fit in but his self-loathing tendencies prevent that from
becoming a reality. Surreal and macabre, sad and funny – I’m Not Sorry is an unsettling tale about the power of self-image and societal judgments.
Jonathan's Chest (USA / France)
Director: Christopher Radcliff
Everything changes for Alex, a troubled teenage boy, when he is visited one night by someone
claiming to be his brother - who disappeared years earlier.
The Kármán Line (UK)
Director: Oscar Sharp
A mother is hit by a rare condition and begins to rise gradually into the air.
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Krisha has not seen her family for many years. When Krisha decides to join her family for a holiday dinner, tensions escalate and Krisha struggles to keep her own demons at bay.
Little Horribles: Minibar
Directors: Amy Talkington, Amy York Rubin
Little Horribles is an uber self-aware, deadpan comedy series following the poor decisions of a self-indulgent lesbian.
Director: Stéphane Moukarzel
In his teenage crisis, Akram decides to take off to live his own life, creating a commotion in the family.
Oi, Meu Amor (Hi, My Love)
Director: Robert G. Putka
Men are from Mars. Women are from Brazil.
Director: Ken Lam
Todd and Tamara's perfect life begins to crumble once they sense that someone's watching.
Person to Person
Director: Dustin Guy Defa
A man tries to get rid of a stranger who won't leave his apartment.
Directors: Zeek Earl, Christopher Caldwell
A girl and her father aim to strike it rich on a toxic alien planet. When her father is attacked, she is forced to grow up quick.
Director: Monia Chokri
A 30-year-old scholar, intelligent and beautiful yet socially crippled, is forced to attend a bachelorette party.
Director: Benjamin Arfmann
On his way home at the end of his shift, Sheriff's Deputy Kyle Dinkheller made one final stop. Based on tragic true events.
Director: Mohammad Gorjestani
Set in 2020, a brewing cyberwar between the US and Iran puts Sonia, a young Iranian refugee, at risk of deportation. Her only escape may come at a greater price than she’s willing to pay.
Director: Peter Vack
Separated for the summer, the only way for a teenage girl to communicate with her boyfriend is over the Internet.
Director: Lily Baldwin
An innocent tourist travels to LA and unexpectedly conjures her sister's last night alive. Bold score, stylized dance and an eccentric cast weave a dark and luminous film that revamps traditional narrative.
Director: Robin Fraser
Set high above the streets of South London, Sunroof is the story of two brothers pit against one
another by a freak accident as their world closes in around them.
Director: Benjamin Dickinson
Marie takes a break from her own heartache to help her best friend Sally Blue Frankenfrass find her missing boyfriend, but the duo keeps getting distracted along the way.
Director: David Formentin
A Hasidic woman discovers she has an STD and seeks its source.
Director: Brett Weiner
A jaded lawyer wastes his afternoon trying to figure out if dim-witted government employee has ever used a photocopier. All dialogue in this short is from an actual court deposition.
Unfiltered slices of life, from across the documentary spectrum.
Director: Josh Polon
Trent and Chris go on a sonic journey.
David Hockney IN THE NOW (in six minutes)
Director: Lucy Walker
A tribute to the legendary British artist David Hockney, produced for LACMA's Art + Film Gala.
Eleanor Ambos Interiors
Director: Andrew Michael Ellis
As a celebrated interior designer loses her eyesight to macular degeneration, she begins to see her life’s work in a new light. This eccentric renegade topples ageist stereotypes as she grapples with the limitations of her aging body.
Director: Dress Code
You've never heard of Jonathan Hoefler or Tobias Frere-Jones but you've seen their work. They run the most successful and respected type design studio in the world, making fonts used by the Wall Street Journal to the President of the United States.
The High Five
Director: Michael Jacobs
The story behind the classic celebratory gesture and its unsung originator.
The Home Team
Director: Joshua Seftel
What’s in the water of Murray, Kentucky that such a small, tight-knit town is home to such an
extraordinary basketball team? Murray’s love for The Home Team runs deep, and on the night of the big game, a single act of generosity changes everything.
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Director: Jeff Dupre
Painter Kehinde Wiley is renowned for his stunning portraits of black and brown men. Now, for the first time, he’s decided to create a series of paintings of women, and he’s enlisted Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci to help him.
Notes on Blindness (UK / USA / Australia)
Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney
Cognition is beautiful.
OBEY THE ARTIST
Director: Ondi Timoner
From the studio to the streets, graphic design legend Shepard Fairey takes us inside his creative process as he makes a 12 foot mural in order to give voice to social justice & the forgotten history of the Black Hills’ Lakota Indian tribe.
Phoebe's Birthday Cheeseburger
Director: Will Lennon
Every year for Phoebe's birthday, she has a cheeseburger to celebrate.
The Pioneertown Palace
Director: Andrew McAllister
From the dusty sets of Gene Autry to the musical stage of Victoria Williams, "The Pioneertown
Palace" tells the eclectic but true tale of an unlikely venue - a remote honky tonk - that sings life into an otherwise deserted California ghost town.
That B.E.A.T (USA / UK)
Director: Abteen Bagheri
Abteen Bagheri’s That B.E.A.T for Nokia New American Noise sinks deep into the sensational sounds of New Orleans. Beware: Booty poppin.
Unlocking the Truth
Director: Luke Meyer
Unlocking the Truth" is a band of pre-teen heavy metal phenoms from Flatbush Brooklyn. This
eponymous short documentary offers a look into their distinctive vantage-point on the precipice of both adolescence and rock and roll fame.