Writer: Briony Kidd; Producer/Director: Adam Walker
Sam, a man, and Piccolo, a creature, live together in an isolated valley. The two friends lead simple, uneventful lives but are content. After eating a unique nut that Piccolo discovers growing on a small tree, he wonders: Why aren’t there more nuts? He wants more. Piccolo learns that watering the tree produces more nuts, but as the nuts grow, so do his cravings. In time he discovers that things other than water will make the tree grow and much more spectacularly. But, as the tree grows stronger, it seems that everything else in the valley is diminishing. What has Piccolo got himself into? Will he see just what is at stake? Or will he be too late?
Director: Becky James
Deceptively playful, Snake is a film about stubbornness in the face of change. The film chronicles a failure to deal with growing up while using its extremely appealing characters and sounds to glorify the obdurate attempt to replace what is lost.
Writer/Director: Andre Ford; Producer: Brandon Frazier
Daniel and Meredith have a normal house, in a normal neighborhood, on a normal street. They have two nearly-adult children, Josh and Dana, which is quite normal. But things aren’t all that normal for the family. You see, Daniel and Meredith like their kids…really, really like them.
Writers: Chris Gortz, Ricky Sprague; Producer: Chris Gortz; Director: Ricky Sprague
With the aid of a mysterious doctor, Guy Johnson is shrunk to microscopic size and sent on an odyssey into his own testicle. Thrill with Guy as he discovers new vistas within himself. Feel his mounting terror as he confronts his own sperm, who demand the right to be treated as more than just the instruments of his pleasure. Wonder at the depth of emotion as they demand to be treated as his equals. How far would you go for adventure? What would you give up for pleasure? These questions and many others are answered in Sperm! The Motion Picture.
Writer/Producer/Director: Maro Naito
In the Kingdom of Stephan, lack of oil is a serious problem. Why?—because it’s a country of robots. Stephan puts in all his savings to buy a planet where he hopes to dig some oil. He boards on the space bus to get to his planet where he meets new friends and experiences things he never imagined before.
Writer: Bill Hall; Producers: Jonathan Budine, Bill Hall; Director: Jonathan Budine
The story of a woman on a journey into a dark unknown cavern she considers familiar…the parking garage. Relying on her inner strength, she must trust her instincts to carry her, unharmed, back to her family. Heart-pounding suspense may make this the most tension filled car retrieval ever.
Introducing Mary Ann Emerson, with an appearance by Fangoria’s own scream queen, Debbie Rochon, this short shocker of a film illustrates how unsafe it is to be alone in a parking garage these days…Regardless of why it is that you’re there!
Writer/Producer/Director: Lance Meyers
Toby Radloff explains chaos theory while dressed like a killer moth. Plus, it’s a cartoon!
Writers/Producers/Directors: Cory Betzel, Brian Finifter
In this parody of the film Apollo 13, Gene Kranz attempts to guide a delectable feast safely home to the dinner table after disaster strikes their Thanksgiving dinner. With the help of friends, coworkers, and crew, the team will do whatever they can to solve their most harrowing culinary challenge to date. (The real Gene Kranz and Jim Lovell viewed the film and Kranz claims that watching it is a new family Thanksgiving tradition.)
Producer/Director: Sean Kennedy
In the near future, another war has begun. Fleeing her hometown, a girl stumbles across the remains of a house. In an effort to preserve the memory of the lives ruined by the war, she begins taking pictures before stumbling across a more gruesome artifact—the decaying body of the last inhabitant. She searches for remnants of this person’s past, who this person was, what life was to him. She finds photos, leading her to ask the timeless question: What is a picture worth?
Writer/Director: Ben Joseph; Producers: Andrew Corkin
Everyone remembers his or her first time—the uncertainty, the awkwardness, the brevity… Jesse and his girlfriend just consummated their relationship and, as Jesse quickly learns, there are no do-overs in bed. That is, of course, unless you just happen to have a genius younger brother with a fully operational time machine at your disposal. Now, Jesse must travel back in time two hours to save himself from, well, himself. Will Jesse be able to salvage his first (and hopefully not last) experience with carnal relations? Will his own past self get in his way? What if HE screws up? Who will be there to stop him? The answer to all these questions, and more, in The Time Machine!
Writer/Producer: B.F. Painter; Director: Adrien van Viersen
This kinetic martial arts short has two gals engaged in hand-to-hand combat to determine who works the Farm, and who escapes to the Big City. Gemini nominated composer Peter Allen’s exhilarating score punctuates this action flick choreographed by renowned stuntmen Mike Desabrais and Heath Stevenson (Fantastic Four, Xmen, Night At The Museum).
Writer/Producer/Director: Randy Brown
This dry-witted SNL-style mock commercial touts the ultimate smart phone: a matchbook-sized device that delivers your email, faxes, and phone calls 24/7. The device even has a built-in GPS transmitter, so you can always be found. But ‘getting away without falling behind’ has a hidden cost…
Director: Ben Martinez
When an elderly toy maker suffers a heart attack, the only one who can save him is the teddy bear he saved so many years earlier. Live action with stop-motion animation.
Writers: Matt Laster, Harriss Callahan; Producer: Matt Laster; Director: Harriss Callahan
Blinky and Pinky from Pacman get curious about those side tunnels. Nothing good comes from it.
Writer/Director: Stanley Ray; Producer: Elizabeth Martinez
Jeff, an apartment maintenance man, encounters a mysterious, secretive tenant on a service call. After a harrowing experience with the afflicted man’s filthy garbage disposal, Jeff rushes to clean up his hand. But he has taken something with him that won’t wash off… something under his skin. He seeks treatment from a less than willing dermatologist, and comes away still infected. He is then forced to take matters off his own hand…
Writer/Director: Adam Bolt; Producer: Michael Silberman
Jerod Grot’s once-prosperous farm is now a twisted shadow of its former self. With his land overrun by crows and a scarecrow with a mind of its own, Jerod is forced to seek solace in the fading happy memories of his past. Each day is as the next.
But today, Jerod finds a lost love letter from his deceased wife. The letter is not to him, but rather to his scarecrow.
With his world turned upside down, Jerod is met with many more memories—dark and unpleasant ones which he chose to ignore. As he confronts the scarecrow about the letter, these buried secrets begin to surface, shattering the uneasy peace that once existed on this haunted land, and forcing him to face his past as it truly was.
Writer/Director: John Bradbury; Producers: Rene Amador, Jocelyn Hsu, John Bradbury
After witnessing his family’s death at the hands of the feudal lord Matsudaira, Katsu Takahashi grows up in the shadows wracked with guilt and hate. When the pain becomes unbearable, his animal instinct for revenge consumes him, forcing him to confront his family’s killers.
Director: Rob Wicksteed
A conservative suburbanite struggles to remove an unwanted whale from his front garden. However, when he decides to call in the professionals, he discovers that the solution to the situation is a lot easier than he thought. The problem is, that in this world, if something is too good to be true, it probably is.
Writers: Anthony Scalmato, Richard Pope; Director/Producer: Anthony Scalmato
In the underworld of the New York City subway system, one man struggles with madness for a chance at love. Presented as a disjointed sequence of fantasies, When the World Goes Dark is a chilling reminder that the everyday and commonplace can be as grotesque as it is absurd. In the end, only one certainty remains: this macabre delusion is not only on screen, but within our own minds.
Writer/Director: Bazyl Dripps
Sometime in the near future our society has become so paranoid, that we don’t go out without masks, and we don’t touch without plastic wrap between our skin. The government watches our every move. One man breaks the rules, and pays the price.