The Painter of the Skies (O Pintor De Ceos)

Written by Jorge Morais Valle, Silvia Pazos Hermida; Directed/Produced by Jorge Morais Valle

From the darkness of the lost cliffs, a crazy painter–marked by his past, and his faithful assistant try to find a solution to the perpetual storms. The sea is destroying their home. A magic boiler and some tormented ghosts will help them to find the light.

20 min

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Cornerboys

Written/Directed/Produced by Jamieson Ridenhour

“Cornerboys” is collaborative effort between writer Jamieson Ridenhour, artist Ali LaRock, and composer Kevin Smith. The short film tells the dark fairy tale story of Jennifer Lynn, who searches the night streets for home but finds only the rat-eyed and restless Cornerboys. Inspired in equal parts by Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, the fairy tales both of the Brothers Grimm and of later practitioners like Tim Burton and Brian Froud, and the gritty urban Gothic fantasies of the 19th century, “Cornerboys” began life ten years ago as a long poem published in the now-defunct horror ‘zine Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

11 min

Yamasong

Written/Directed by Sam K. Hale; Produced by Heather Henson

Events are set in motion when a mysterious Trickster hurls a star through outer space. Nani, a patchwork girl, chases the star to discover a world she’s never set foot upon. In her quest she saves the life of Shojun, a tortoise fisherman and warrior. Together they travel through his surreal, fantastic world to the star’s mountain resting place to discover its secrets.

From turbulent coastal waters to frozen mountains and unknown nether spaces, Yamasong takes the viewer on a fantastic journey filled with stunning live-action Japanese-style puppets in a hybrid world of computer-generated and real objects. Set to the music of On Ensemble, an L.A.-based percussion band, the story is an instrumental and visual metaphor for a journey taken with another across a new cultural landscape, and walking away changed from the experience.

Yamasong is an exciting blend of traditional puppet techniques married with new digital technology. From using green screen to After Effects to the Canon 7D camera, the story aims to create a visual world that is neither purely real or imaginary, but somewhere between and evocative as a place all of its own.

9 min

The Toll

Writer/Director: J Zachary Pike; Producer: Marc Dole

The Toll is a Computer Animated mockumentary and a character study in the guise of a student project created by fictional film student Harvey Stevens. Harvey delves into the realm of not-so-fantastic myth to interview a troll who lives under a bridge. The troll is, for lack of a better word, evil. He’s aggressive, uncouth, temperamental, and has a nasty habit of eating people. His pet is a malicious cross between a dragon, a pug, and a Cuisinart. Yet strangely, the troll wants acceptance from the society he preys on, and sees the young filmmaker as an opportunity to clear up the ‘misunderstandings’ that have always plagued him.

6 min

Nomad

Writer/Director: Bryan Larson; Producers: Bryan Larson, Troy McCormick

An aimless nomad, wandering through the desert, comes across a cliff side where he suddenly finds himself faced with a fortune and a question. The question: “When is enough, enough?” Created as a student film by two recent graduates from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, this computer animated dark fable shows how one man’s greed can become another man’s salvation.

4 min

If I Had a Hammer

Writer/Producer/Director: Andy Bean

Tremble mortals! Thor, the mighty God of Thunder, has lost his hammer and embarks on his quest for a new one… at the local hardware store.

Set in a shop whose proud boast is “we won’t be beaten on price—just quality and service”, If I Had a Hammer is a gleefully violent cartoon where the gags come as thick and fast as the bloodletting. It is here that Thor encounters Mud, a pimple-faced store assistant, and endures levels of customer service ill-fitting a Thunder God. It is not long before the short-tempered deity goes postal and what was once a busy hardware store is transformed into a blood-splattered war-zone.
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6 min

Dragon

Writer/Producer/Director: Troy Morgan

After her parents die in a tragic fire, a young girl is sent to an orphanage where she begins sketching fiery visions. When the director of the orphanage sees her talent, he realizes that he might be able to profit from it, and auctions off her work.  The drawings become an instant success, bringing people from every neighboring town. The director, overwhelmed with greed, forces the girl to make more of her amazing creations. Tired and exhausted, she draws through the night and creates one final scenario that will bring everyone face to face with her demons

8 min

Snowyville

Writers: Michael Attardi, Peter Raymundo; Director/Producer: Michael Attardi.

Have you ever wondered what magical things could happen under your Christmas tree?

In the miniature village of Snowyville, Sir Evil, a power-hungry knight charges in atop his dim-witted sidekick, the Dragosaurus, only to find the village deserted. In order to find out where the villagers are, the Dragosaurus has the ridiculous idea to go in and spy. But first, he needs a title: “The Head of Intelligence.”  With Jim Belushi, Tim Curry, and Joey Fatone.

4 min

Sirens

Writer/Director: Benjamin Radford; Producer: Edward Summer.

A young boy in a library neglects his math homework, and is instead drawn into a world of fantasy while reading about the mythological Sirens, lovely women who lured ancient sailors to their deaths.

6 min

Scrimshander

Writer/Director/Producer: George Smaragdis.

A friendship blossoms between an inquisitive young boy and a solitary bone carver. But, the old man’s mysterious past catches up with him, resulting in terrible consequences.

7 min

The Peasant and the Root

Writer/Director/Producer: Brock GallagherX.

After reading in a book of spells about the wonderful powers a mandrake root can grant its owner, a peasant tries to obtain one. This proves to be quite difficult; when the root is pulled it lets out a terrible scream that kills anyone who hears it. The spellbook reveals that special precautions can be taken to avoid this fate, but it involves the sacrifice of a dog. Will the peasant get the amazing powers he seeks?

4 min

Mythic Journeys: The Bone Orchard

Writer/Director/Producer: Steven & Whitney Boe.

In this stop-motion adaptation of an ancient myth, a noble king accepts the invitation of a sorcerer, finds himself in a spectral burial ground full of macabre magic, and learns the secret of the universe through a series of riddles.

Beautifully shot in true HD with puppets designed and created by internationally acclaimed artists Brian and Wendy Froud (The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth) and voiced by iconic actors Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Legend), Mark Hamill (Star Wars: Episodes IV, V, VI), and Lance Henriksen (Alien, Millennium), The Bone Orchard is a feast for the eyes.

23 min

Jabbawaki

Writer/Director/Producer: Sean B. Conly.

Jabbawaki is the story of a monster’s love, and a journey of self discovery. Inspired by summers spent on the majestic shores of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba and the magical winters of North Ontario, Sean uses his interest in folk art and storybook illustration, as well as his love of a good tale, to bring to life the challenges of this love-struck and unlikely hero. Illustrated in Photoshop, and animated in After Effects, this film was constructed in a series of virtual dioramas. Scored by Sean with throwbacks to folk and classical music, it is all tied together with a haunting narration by Peter Longworth.

12 min

Never Live Above a Psychic

Writer/Producer/Director: Steve Gentile

A man battles his disruptive downstairs neighbors: a family of telekinetic psychics. After complaining about the pervasive noise, broken glass, and bent spoons, the psychic children wage a campaign of levitation which leaves their upstairs neighbor’s apartment—and nerves—in a shambles. In retaliation, the man proceeds to glue, screw, nail, and staple every item in the house, effectively nullifying the psychic family’s powers. Fearing a curse upon their home, they flee. Peace for the upstairs man? Hardly.

9 min

Frantic Undead

Writer/Director/Producer: Maxwell O. Perry.

Ethyl, Cassie, Henry and Bob join together for a toast at a recently departed friend’s house on the outskirts of town. Little do they know, the moonshine they share is cursed and they may soon become “food for the dead.” Can anyone escape their doomed fate?

Frantic Undead combines cel and motion-comic style animation in both a satire and a homage to classic horror films.

12 min