113 short films were selected from a record 4,249 short film
submissions, an overall increase of 19% over 2013.
This year’s festival runs March 7 – 15, 2014 in Austin,
Texas. The SXSW narrative feature lineup
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark
features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for
Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for
completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor
Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)
Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo
pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and
Friday the13th. Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien
Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of
East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger,
smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists. Cast:
Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel
Davis (World Premiere)
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade,
only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding
dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance
Reddick, Sheila Kelley
Director/Screenwriter: Nicholas McCarthy
When a realtor is asked to sell a vacant home, she and her
sister cross paths with its previous tenant: a teenage girl who sold her soul
to the devil. Cast: Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards,
Wyatt Russell, Ava Acres (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Janiak, Screenwriter: Phil
Young newlyweds find their honeymoon spiraling mysteriously
Cast: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown
Director: Adrián García Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze
When deadly attacks from the forests beset a secluded
retirement community, it is up to a grizzled veteran to figure what the
residents are hiding.
Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Erin Cummings, Tom Noonan,
Lance Guest (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Mike Flanagan, Screenwriter: Jeff
As children, two siblings witnessed their parents’ harrowing
descent into madness and death. Now, as adults, they reunite to expose and
destroy the supernatural entity responsible: the Lasser Glass – a legendary
mirror their parents owned. Cast: Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory
Cochrane, James Lafferty, Katee Sackhoff (U.S. Premiere)
Director: Jerome Sable
Stage Fright tells the story of a snobby musical theater
camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty masked killer who despises musical theatre. “Scream”
meets “Glee” in this genre-bending R-rated horror-musical. Cast:
Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Brandon Uranowitz, Kent Nolan, Melanie Leishman
Directors/Screenwriters: Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch
In the city of dreams, a desperate actress will do whatever
it takes for the role of a lifetime… no matter what the cost. Cast: Alexandra
Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey (World
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
Directors: Valentin Potier, Frédéric
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.
Pulls A Gun (Australia
Director: Ben Briand
A teenage girl gets a keyhole look into
a dangerous and mysterious world when a tattooed stranger checks into her
Director: Kevin Meul
“If it were easy, everyone would do it”
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.
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
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.
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.
Directors: Amy Talkington, Amy York
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.
Meu Amor (Hi, My Love)
Director: Robert G. Putka
Men are from Mars. Women are from
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
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
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
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
Director: Josh Polon
Trent and Chris go on a sonic journey.
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.
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.
Director: Michael Jacobs
The story behind the classic
celebratory gesture and its unsung originator.
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
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.
on Blindness (UK
/ USA / Australia)
Directors: Peter Middleton, James
Cognition is beautiful.
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.
Director: Will Lennon
Every year for Phoebe’s birthday, she
has a cheeseburger to celebrate.
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.
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
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.
An assortment of stories told using a mix of traditional
animation, computer-generated effects, stop-motion, and everything in-between.
The winner of our Grand Jury Award in this category is eligible for a 2014
Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short.
Director: Alexandra Barsky
Two creatures are trapped together in a
swamp. Tension escalates between them when an alligator haunts the waters
Cavierão (Brazil / France
Director: Guilherme Marcondes
Caveirão imagines the secret night
activities of São Paulo’s spirits. Inspired by the darker side of Brazilian pop
culture, the film crosses over genres and techniques. Fantasy, horror and
cartoon meet through live-action and animation.
Director: Skyler Page
Clarence is an optimistic boy, who is
excited by life. He wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing.
Director: Alan Holly
A lost soul stumbles drunken through
the city. In a park, Death finds him and shows him many things.
Director: Danny Madden
A 19-year-old kid finds himself alone
in a hostile desert, scared as hell and trained to react.
Construction of ANSTALT3000 (Austria)
Director: Helmut Munz
Construction of ANSTALT3000
is about the construction of ANSTALT3000.
Hug Me I’m Scared 2 – Time (UK)
Directors: Becky Sloane, Joe Pelling
Following up from the award-winning
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared, the gang are back to discover the meaning of time.
Director: Allison Schulnik
Eager is a traditional, stop-motion and
clay-mation film ballet by painter/animator Allison Schulnik.
Director: Mikey Please
Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayeth.
Marilyn is trying really hard to create something good. For once, her
expectation and reality are going to align. It will be epic. It will be
tear-jerkingly profound. It will be perfect. Nothing can go wrong.
Queenie (New Zealand)
Director: Paul Neason
An animated film following Danny, a
university Geography tutor in his 30s, as he embarks on a cutting edge academic
project which has nothing to do with his ex-wife.
Director: Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma
Three characters, three perspectives,
three directors: A session between a psychiatrist, a schizophrenic patient and
Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray, Aged 33 & 3/4 (Australia)
Director: Steve Baker
His name is Desmondo Ray, and this is
his video dating tape.
Director: Bernardo Britto
A man is hired to compile the
definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.
Bite-sized bits for all of your sex, genre, and hilarity
Director: Michael Lathrop
A strange and solitary boy discovers a
seductive creature growing in his bedroom wall.
Director: Harrison Atkins
Owen never learned about sex or
relationships from his parents, since they turned into cats. But today, with
the help of a human girl, Owen is going to learn a lot.
Director: Brian Crano
A butcher loses his dog.
Director: Holger B. Frick
Happy B-Day is a black comedy showing
us how a well-planned birthday surprise can go horribly wrong.
Kekasih (Malaysia / USA)
Director: Diffan Sina Norman
In pursuit of his late wife, a
botanical professor encounters a divine presence that will transform him
and Explosions – Swear Words (France)
Directors: Thomas Vernay, Yann Wallaert
Inspired by GIF, this video clip is about the clichés of American antagonisms:
Christian thought, homeland love and excesses of the USA.
Director: David Lewandowski
My summer vacation.
Director: Tony Wash
Laverne arrives home and decides to
relax in the bathtub. She strips down,
settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last… or so she
thought! The Muck will leave you never wanting to take a bath again!
& Bubby Get in a Fight
Director: Will Carsola
Two friends find themselves defending
themselves against the forces of nature.
Director: Todd Rohal
A Sammy Davis, Jr. impersonator, hired
to visit with a loyal Rat Pack fan, finds himself delivering last rites at the
Director: Jaime Snyder
Florence rescues a stray cat from a
gang of teenagers. After taking the feline to an isolated building, her true
Directors: Steve Girard, Josh Chertoff
Wawd ahp! I’m throwing both birds up.
Stick a stick of dynamite up your ass. Now I’m blowing turds up.
A range of classic, innovative, and stylish work showcasing
the scope of music video culture.
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
– “Everything You Wanted”
Director: Josh Thomas
– “Lesson #16 for Beatmaster V/Fun”
Director: Kenneth Karlstad
Director: Phil Pinto
Darling – “A Lake”
Director: Alberto Belli
– “We can be ghosts now”
Director: Tom Jobbins
Compass – “Back to Me”
Director: Ian And Cooper
– “Cool Song No. 2”
Director: Isaiah Seret
Panda Shall Fly & Adventure Elephant – “Opening Brace”
Director: Chris Toumazou
– “No One Survives”
Director: Brandon Dermer
Kites – “Young”
Director: Darcy Prendergast
Pit – “Cry Like A Ghost”
Placebo – “Too Many Friends”
Director: Saman Kesh
– “Build Me Up”
Director: Vincent Haycock
Kolstad – “Run Away”
Director: Yenni Lee
– “Itchy / Cornerboy”
Director: Jakob Grunert
Impala – “Mind Mischief”
Director: David Wilson
Vein – “Magma”
– “Fade Away”
Director: Romain Chassaing
An offshoot of our regular narrative shorts program,
composed of work shot in, about, or somehow relating to the Lone Star state.
Director: Toby Halbrooks
A young girl makes a connection with her father, after watching him dig
a hole in their backyard.
Director: Daniel Laabs
A character study about the relationship between two brothers, one
on the verge of becoming an adult, the other becoming a teenager, and impact
each others choices have on one another.
I Was a Teenage Girl
Director: Augustine Frizzell
Emma and Jesse are close friends. One night, after an intense
breakup, they have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of
their friendship in an unexpected way.
Director: Craig Elrod
Denial. Regret. Depression. Foam Party.
One Armed Man
Director: Tim Guinee
In Oscar-winning writer Horton Foote’s chilling drama, One Armed
Man, a wealthy cotton gin executive is confronted by a disgruntled former
employee demanding the return of an arm lost in the gin’s machinery.
Road Kill Zoo
Director: Bradley Beesley
Road Kill Zoo follows Abby, a nearly-blind girl who spends her
summer saving up to go on a cruise – one dead possum at a time
TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL
Texas High School students offer a glimpse of a bright
future for Texas filmmaking.
We Get Older
Director: Silas Connolly
A short film following Jack, a lost and
lonely high school boy, for one weekend. It reflects the emptiness and loss of
innocence experienced by a generation who escape reality through drugs and
Director: John Byron Hanby, IV
War is tragic on all fronts.
Director: Harrison Chen
A boy is trapped by his fears in his
Directors: Joseph Alvarez, Eric Zelaya
Four teenagers on a mission to create
the greatest student short film.
Director: Tiffany Giraudon
Cultivation is a stopmotion short about
young woman and the world that her written words create.
Director: Nicky Cannon
A teenage boy with a mysterious past
latches onto his fellow classmate and is heartbroken when she does not
reciprocate. Trouble ensues, as the night grows darker.
Director: Frankie Chen
Ernest is a short portrait of Katrina
survivor, Ernest Lemot, who recounts his life-changing move to Austin, Texas.
Featuring Ernest Lemot, Jacquelyn Lemot, Chris McCoy, Joan Winter, Nick Osella.
A film by Frankie Chen
Directors: Alexia Salingaros, Sophia
Evolution is a hand drawn animation,
which explores the energy and connection of all living things.
Directors: Jonathan Zonum, Kyle Curtis
A young man is out for his morning jog
when something extraordinary happens…
Director: Callan Harrison
Genetika is a short film exploring the
difficulties of being a transdimensional time traveller.
Director: Eric Stern
Love throws curves, so who can really
be trusted? Involved dialogue between friends strikes an uneasy chord.
A Texas Tradition
Directors: Sammy Ali, Bridgett Falcone
Everything is bigger in Texas,
including a Texas high school homecoming.
Directors: Rania Blaik, Alexander
Let’s go, baby.
Directors: Alicia Tanguma, Brianna
The boy loves to skate.
Directors: Xander McCabe, Jasmine
Two young men pursue the same girl and
try to find a way to her heart.
Director: Logan Evans
A mysterious stranger encounters a
ghost with which he has unresolved ties.
Director: Chris Prinz
Build a life, then tear it down.
Directors: Ryker Allen, Isabella
A Super-8 esque shot, coming of age
music video for the song “Purple” performed by San Antonio based band
Islands and Tigers.
Directors: Caila Pickett, Max Montoya
Seawolf follows a young girl as she
travels to different worlds through magical boxes.
Director: Kunal Dixit
A man goes for a walk in the woods
Directors: Kalen Doyle, Abby Grindstaff
Unicorn Council is a stopmotion short
about an evil man-eating cat and the space unicorns that work to save the day.
The saviors of the universe have horns and attitudes.
Director: Josh Leftwich
Some things happen at the worst of