My Friend Sam

Writer: Andre Ford; Producers: Charlotte Acker, Monica Vega; Director: Catherine Linebarger

Nine year old Amy tells the slightly twisted story of her summer vacation and of Sam, the unusual best friend she made.

15 min

Night of the Hell-Hamsters

Writers: Haydn Green, Mike Roseingrave, Paul Campion; Producer: Elisabeth Pinto; Director: Paul Campion

Julie is babysitting the neighbors’ children when her boyfriend Karl pays her a surprise visit. Disappointed that he didn’t bring the Ouija board that she’s been wanting to play with for ages, Julie fashions one out of a child’s alphabet toy and a drop of Karl’s blood.

The game turns nasty when lightning crashes outside and the poor family hamsters are fried to a crisp. But when Karl checks on them, one hamster viciously attacks him and the other climbs up inside his trouser leg and starts having a go at his private parts, it’s the beginning of the end for Julie and Karl…and for the rest of the world!

16 min

Noir Total

Writer/Producer/Director: Francois Jamin

A man wakes up in a flat with a huge hangover, and finds the dead body of a girl in the bathtub. Not remembering anything from the night before, he calls a friend to help him to get rid of the body, but soon, things don’t go as planned, and his troubles get worse…
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15 min

Operation: Fish

Writer/Director: Jeff Riley

Operation: Fish is a stop-motion animated short utilizing a variety of additional mixed media, including live action, still photographs, and 2-D graphic animation.
A child’s goldfish is abducted by a criminal mastermind with nefarious intent and a secret agent is dispatched to rescue it. Utilizing his time displacement gun to manipulate events, the agent attempts to foil the villainous scheme.

10 min

Ordinary Angels

Writer: Todd Downing; Producers: Darlene Sellers, Sally Sparkman Dagna, Todd Downing; Director: Todd Downing

Front line angelic soldiers battle their fallen brethren, while the souls of mortals hang in the balance. One part police drama, one part supernatural thriller, one part mockumentary, Ordinary Angels puts a unique contemporary spin on ancient angelic lore.

37 min

Osama Bin Latte

Writers: Ross Marroso, Greg Hildebrandt; Producer: Greg Hildebrandt; Director: Ross Marroso

It’s Terrorism vs. commercialism in Osama Bin Latte, a political satire on the making of one of the Taliban’s internet videos as though it was shot with a professional production crew in America. A case of Mid-East meets Mid-West and everyone will be lucky to get out alive.

13 min

Passing Darkness

Writer/Director: Kenneth Mader; Producers: Kenneth Mader, Flo Speakmank

It begins innocently enough—athletic martial artist Elaine Ways preparing dinner for her 10-year-old daughter Samantha. But when a cryptic phone call from a mysterious couple shatters the façade, it becomes apparent that Elaine is hiding out, paranoid.

Visions of her dead husband Derek foreshadow the arrival of dark forces, forcing Elaine to take up her sword and fight her own destiny as well as a skilled, sinister opponent.
Eventually she wins out, only to be confronted by a new reality that makes her question her very sanity. Her only salvation lies in the embodiment of husband Derek, a surprise connection to little Samantha, and a shocking revelation that leads to redemption.  With Andrea Thompson (Babylon 5) and Don S. Davis (Stargate SG-1)

18 min

Praxis

Writer/Producer/Director: Rene Amadori

An extremely stylized sci-fi action short taking place in a near-future of corporate intrigue and skilled mercenaries. Featuring martial arts, dazzling effects, and an expressionistic visual style, the film attempts to create a new vision of sci-fi cinema.
A warrior is thrown into a new assignment while his corporate masters fear the destruction of their technological creations. While escorting his company’s prodigy developer to an exchange meeting, the warrior must protect the company’s interests against a clever attack through only his guile.

7 min

The Professor’s Daughter

Writer/Director: Luke R. Pebler; Producers: Nora Donaghy, Michelle Reed, Luke R. Pebler

A brilliant but awkward computer science professor creates an intelligent program that develops a challenging personality. His struggles with his computer child force him to reconsider his relationship with his flesh-and-blood daughter.
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17 min

Puppet

Producer/Director: Patrick Smith

A young man fabricates a simple sock puppet, not knowing the abuse the entity will soon inflict. Through an escalating series of torture, the possessed puppet takes on the embodiment of fear, chaos, and willful self-destruction.
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6 min

Race

Producer/Director: Hyojong Chun

Three sprinters compete to win in a race. Each player has a different motivation for success, and those motivations deliver completely different results. The animation Race is a story about life, and the race within the film is used as a metaphor. The sprinters run to win, but cannot see what is beyond the success of their accomplishment. It is a fable stating that it is more important to live with the right vision and direction than to live obsessed with only speed.

7 min

Rest Stop for the Rare Individual

Writer/Producer/Director: Roberto Bentivegna

After being berated by his Acting Coach, struggling actor Paul Denby embarks on a new line of work. His infatuated colleague George Sheperd offers him a part-time gig while he is out in L.A. Desperate for cash, Paul finds himself in the confines of the infamous Chelsea Hotel, locked in a room with a strange old man who has a unique role in store for him.

14 min

The Ring of Ultimate Power

Writer/Producer: M. Sweeney Lawless; Director: Jay Stern

When all seems lost, one brave and noble former accountant boldly sets out on a quest for the Ring of Ultimate Power. Witness the prophesy of the Weird Sister of Central Park! Wonder at the wise counsel of the Enlightened One of Seventh Avenue! Become uncomfortable when our hero meets the Keeper of the Riddle in some undergrowth near a school! What vile perils does fate hold in store for the bold and uninsured William of 23rd Street?

17 min

Roma Sub Rosa: The Secret Under the Rose

Writer: Jim Thalman; Producer: Matt Walsh; Director: Michael Fischa

On the eve of war, a politician’s empty words echo the glories of war, as a generation of battle hardened veterans decide that the murder of a politician is a wiser course of action that to knowingly march thousands to their death. Set in southern Italy 212 B.C.

The Secret Under The Rose is the birth of Ma’fia, the death of politicians, and the dawn of an Empire. Una Cosa Nostra

28 min

Sam and Piccolo

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?
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15 min

Snake

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.

3 min

Sparks

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.

15 min

Sperm! The Motion Picture

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.
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5 min

Stephan

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.

21 min

Thanksgiving With the Kranzes

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.)

18 min