At this year’s inaugural Canneseries television festival, one of last year’s most ambitious — and straight up chilling — digital short film series is getting a splashy new premiere. “Bite Size Shorts” were initially created as a campaign by Fox Networks Group’s integrated agency, led by All City’s Chief Content Officer Tony Sella and Executive Vice President David Worthen Brooks, along with + Fox Digital Studio producers Arbi Pedrossian and Steven Johnson.
The 10-part series, meant to creatively show off Mars candies, was first rolled out on the FOX broadcast network and FX last October in the lead up to Halloween. Each two-minute episode is a standalone horror short, featuring new offerings from filmmakers like Ben Franklin & Anthony Melton, Toby Meakins, John William Ross, Andrew Laurich, Michael Thelin, Jerome Sable, Chris Leone, Jack Bishop & Justin Nijm, Rob Savage, and Chris Leone. Ten shorts will be screened at the festival, out of competition.
In its first year, Canneseries will present 10 world premiere series, selected from a pool of international submissions. Eligible series will have to be in their first season (not returning), and not yet have aired — in the case of U.S., U.K. and France contenders. Shows from other territories may have already premiered, but within a short timeframe.
Canneseries is running from April 4 – 11 in the city of Cannes, concurrent to the Mip TV market and just over a month before the Cannes Film Festival takes place. The official competition set to take place at the Auditorium Lumiére in the Palais des Festivals. You can watch the shorts below.