Magritte Moment

Writer/Director: Ian Fischer; Producer: Ian Fischer, Pamela Peeters.

Trevor, a frustrated painter suffers from artist block. He searches for his muse, and in the process, gets help from the surreal visions of the painter Rene Magritte, a wallet, and a tall man wearing a bowler cap. Through his creative journey Trevor finds his happiness and his soul mate.

17 min

Lucy Wants To Kill Herself

Writers: Andrea Brookes, Craig Brookes; Director: Andrea Brookes; Producer: Craig Brookes.

Lucy wants to kill herself is a flabbergastingly amazing animated surreal black comedy about a melodramatic writer/poet and her pet cats expeditious attempts to keep her from suicide.
Lucy is the quintessential suicidal writer/poet. Lucy doesn’t quite belong in this world and seeks sanctuary within the surreal breach between life and death, not that she’s very successful at embracing death for long. Her cat, Mishima, who hates Lucy’s self destructive behavior only a little less than he hates being left alone, could have been a good reason for her to stay around if she weren’t so self absorbed.

13 min

Loser pays, Winner stays

Writer/Director/Producer: Jerry Fuchs.

This animated short is a tribute to all the long hours I spent in the bowling alleys and arcades growing up. I have always had a fondness for Knights vs. Dragons. So, loving to draw dragons and goofy knights, I thought that it would be great to animate them fighting it out like the Road-runner and Coyote. I also love old arcade games and the skill it took to create characters out of the square pixels.

2 min

Living With Cartoons

Writer/Director/Producer: Mark Smith.

The Struggling Cartoonist, Mark Toonery and his wife Al, share their 2-bedroom apartment with Mark’s offbeat cartoon characters. At least that’s the plan until Mark sells his comic strip, Bigfoot Country. Sezquatch, Deadbeat Skunk and Thurman Q. Porcupine have taken on household chores to help out in the meantime. Also helping out (or just hanging out) are mad scientist Dr. Ratnest, who manages Mark’s website, Jayle Bat, who starred on a Spring Break T-shirt, and three renegades from Mark’s unpublished teen fantasy novels. And last are the three least qualified for apartment living, intergalactic troublemakers Petrol Jelly and the Arsonist Space Squirrels.

2 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

Interpretation

Writers: Matt Olmstead, Lin Oeding; Director: Lin Oeding; Producers: Andrew Poston, Tim Sabo, Jay Thames.

A romantic couple’s brief encounter with several philosophical thugs unfolds in an unusual way.

8 min

The Icebox

Writer/Director: Michel Tremblay Jr.; Producer: François Bonneau.

Charles learns he has lung cancer but he doesn’t seem to care. Bored by life, he decides to play an underground game. Whatever the outcome is, everything will be fine.

The Icebox examines the horrors that can arise from the misuse of scientific developments.

18 min

The Hunt For Gollum

Writer: Chris Bouchard, J.R.R. Tolkien; Director: Chris Bouchard; Producer: Brian Lavery, Gladys San Juan, Julianne Honey-Mennal, Spencer Duru.

The script is adapted from elements of the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. The story follows Strider/Aragorn, the Heir of Isildur; the “greatest huntsman and traveler in Middle Earth” as he sets out to find the creature Gollum. The creature must be found to discover the truth about the Ring, and to protect the future Ringbearer.

38 min

Hirsute

Writer/Director: A.J. Bond; Producer: A.J. Bond, Amy Belling.

hirsute (hir·sute) (hir´soot) [L. hirsutus] shaggy; having abundant or excessive hair.  1621, from Latin hirsutus “rough, shaggy,” related to hirtus “shaggy,” and possibly to horrere “to bristle with fear.”

Kyle, a young scientist, is struggling to build a time machine when he is confronted by an arrogant future version of himself. Shocked to discover that his future holds a preoccupation with body-hair removal and boiled eggs, Kyle vows to change the course of his life.

15 min

Hector Corp.

Writer/Director: Gary H. Lee; Producer: Luke E. Watson.

A thriller about a company, Hector Corporation, that must take extreme measures to manage their employees with unexpected executioners. Our righteous hero, Victor, takes us through his experience and shows how justice prevails in the end.

10 min

A Giant Mistake

Writer/Director/Producer: Michael Ricca

A man drunkenly mistakes a loud and obnoxious giant for a loud and obnoxious baby, then tries to do some thing about it. With his friends at his back and delusions of grandeur ahead of him he pops his caller and steps up to taunt the loud hulk…and gets results…DO NOT TAUNT A GIANT!

4 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

First Kill

Writer/Director: Micah Ranum; Producer: Alicia G. Dean.

For everything, there is a first. Rayburn, a reluctant contract killer, is sent on a job with his brutal mentor, James. Isolated in an unforgiving wilderness, the men face their own mortality after the messy hit is photographed by a hunter’s camera. Rayburn anxiously waits near the camera with a simple objective: kill the owner and destroy the camera. But things take a surprising turn when Rayburn meets the owner of the camera.

16 min

Excision

Writer/Director: Richard Bates; Producer: Topper Anton.

A neglected teen takes refuge in the dreams that used to haunt her and orchestrates a shocking plan to prove her worth to her disapproving parents.

18 min

Enigma

Writer/Director: Matt & Jason Shumway; Producer: Jason Shumway.

The people of earth are in a time of crisis. They are waging war against a far superior opponent, an alien race called the Cnidarians. After a bloody assault on a military ship, USSM special forces were able to capture their first Cnidarian prisoner, code named 71099, but commonly known throughout the fleet as Ediolon, the Phantom. Realizing that a military transport would be too obvious of a target to their enemy, the USSM enlisted the freelance ship Genesis, commanded by Nathaniel J Rhys to secretly transport the prisoner to the high security prison located on Mars’ moon Demos.

The ship never arrived. General Rothman immediately launches an investigation team, and is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, for one of the dead was his niece, Kyleigh. He will not let her death be in vain. Even with all its efforts, what happened on this voyage is unclear to the investigation team. All are dead, but how, and why? Has earth lost its chance take an advantage in their losing war? Watch closely and see if you can discover the enigma of this doomed mission.

41 min

Elephants

Writer/Director: Sally Pearce; Producer: Johnny Lewsley.

Kay Grey is a young girl growing up in an entirely grey house in a totally grey world with very very grey parents. But then her house gets infested with ELEPHANTS. They can’t be seen against the grey walls, and crash around in the middle of the night, and leave massive piles of dung in the loo. Kay’s unloving parents make her paint the house with brilliant colors, so that they can see these pests. But when Kay corners the Elephants, they become friends and she decides to help them.

13 min

Elder Sign

Writer/Director/Producer: Joseph Nanni.

If you suffer from an overwhelming sense of dread brought on by the realization of your own insignificance in the universe, then you need Elder Sign—H.P. Lovecraft’s aeons old remedy for cosmic dread.

2 min