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INFLUENCER (364 REVIEWS)

An Interview with Kim Longinotto

7
Interesting interview with an articulate, intelligent filmmaker.

Baby Shark Family and More

7
If you've got young kids this will work to entertain with music.

Peek-A-Boo

7
Definitely keeps you on your toes with creepy scare tactics and an unconventional set-up.

SANTA SHAKTI

7
Beautifully shot and immersive documentary experience. (no traditional narrative or voice-over)

Closure

7
The natural style of direction and acting works well and draws you in...all in all effective, just somehow not quite as tight or compelling as promises to be at first, but good original material.

Flatman

8
Interesting little animation with a point to make.

Johnny's Rocket

7
Amusing storytelling.

Heart of the Forest

8
Highly original, a beautiful location and compelling characters.

Kilo Valley

7
I got a little lost in some of the plotting of this short but it has a certain quality of production and good acting from the lead.

The Unhappy Woman

9
Great, concise, funny and dramatic..5 minutes of fantastic story telling.

Mr. Sumbody

7
Ambitious plot and told with a certain style, entertaining.

Muse

8
Succinct short story with a nice twist.

Tea for Two

8
This is a really quite unique story that unravels in unexpected ways and still leaves you wondering.

Miles

8
A complicated relationship story nicely shot to the background of sweeping and dramatic landscapes.

Planning the Funeral

7
Amusing short that goes off on an unexpected tangent.

Sugar

7
Succinct storytelling that keeps you on your toes ready for the inevitable..

Wowzers

7
Excellent editing, pretty disturbing/ mind-twisting subject matter, experimental style and a story somewhat open to interpretation.

The Inside

8
This has some impressive production and is definitely creepy with all the right thrills although for me the climax and end sequence were a little confusing.

Edith

8
Interesting perspective on a grieving widower. Nicely shot with seamless past-present transitions

Sullivan

8
Well- crafted comedy-drama paying homage to the '80s in aesthetic and content. Confident film making and a fun story.

I'll Hide You Seek

7
It's a sweet, simple story that comes together nicely.

The Fear We Share

8
Well-crafted and layered story with an element of surprise.

Annie Waits

8
A different perspective on a young woman and her dating life.

Copenhagen Road

8
Pretty compelling thriller that keeps you guessing.

Notes From Melanie

8
Cute, well-written and structured story.

Fool for Christ

7
Interesting perspective, an ending that is a little abrupt.

Turned

7
Fans of the horror/ vampire won't be disappointed.

Ultra-Girl

8
Well conceived story, good main lead and a nicely complete emotional journey for the character.

Knight Watch

7
Interesting idea created to good effect, creepy.

Inside the Grace

8
A quirky idea with slick editing.

Pure O

7
Quirky and stylized short..entertaining characters, sometimes slightly bizarre in terms of plot.

Disorder

9
This is a truly chilling story with layers of emotion, an excellent lead performance and script. A detailed and thoughtful film.

Nightingale

8
Nicely plotted story with emotional detail.

Stuck

7
An amusing and unique idea explored to comic effect in this short.

Tell No Tales

8
Great film making in this simple cowboy story told with style and a good sense of the Western genre.

Hymn of Hate

9
This story has a quiet but profound emotional impact and is well-directed, turning a simple scenario into a story with an important message.

Somatic

8
High quality film making and a unique story, told simply and sensitively.

These Few Hours

7
Interesting idea explored well in this short, effective storytelling.

Lemons

8
A great short featuring a strong female lead as she navigates a break-up. Told with a nice balance of lightheartedness and emotion. Very enjoyable.

Everybody Knows

8
Well acted with a good script in an atmospheric setting, this is an enjoyable story of a musician trying to figure out his way.

The Exchange

7
Comedy sketches centered around the differences between US and British slang.

Burned

7
Short and sweet in the style of a silent movie with a twist on the horror/noir genre... entertaining.

Amy's in the Freezer

8
Good pacing, amusing comedy/horror that ties up with a satisfying ending.

Strangers

7
Gripping subject matter and characters in this dark drama.

Retch

8
This story brings up some interesting issues within a gripping context.

Christmas Eve: Panic at the Poles

7
Amusing Christmas perspective told through musical numbers..

Glass

7
A family drama with a certain sentimental tone

The Son, the Father

7
There is a lot packed into this short story-wise and it works well for the running length yet also I could imagine it developed as a longer film. A creepy vibe pulled off with style and a twist.

Rocket Man

8
Believable acting and a good story..nicely shot too.

Formaldehyde

9
A unique perspective and story, high quality film making.

Light in Dark Places

8
A simple yet emotional story told effectively and with a distinctive style.

Cleveland

8
A unique look at the dark and sadly familiar theme of school shootings in the US. The film makes a statement without overtly doing so.

Blue

7
Interesting almost wordless tale that speaks volumes.

The Delivery

8
Slick action and good acting make for a well-paced and layered short film.

The Last Ten Seconds

9
Emotionally intense and very well created with style and a strong sense of storytelling through carefully edited images and snippets of conversation/ dialogue.

The Pirate Captain Toledano

8
High production quality here considering the period and setting and a nicely told story...a slightly less climactic ending than I imagined but effective nonetheless.

The Door

7
A short with emotional impact, making us think without much explanation or dialogue at all - effective for what it sets out to do.

Wired In

8
Powerful short communicating much in 3 minutes about the emotions involved in grieving and the intensity of those feelings.

Don't Be Afraid

8
A story of loss and coping with an unknown future..told with the moody backdrop of a suburban night.

Name Escapes Me

8
An intricate script and strong performances make for a good, realistic drama here. Direction and photography also lend to the style.

Subject 16

8
This is a compelling and ambitious story with two strong characters all crammed into 22 minutes.

The Empty House

8
Very good script, direction and acting here as the story unfolds at the perfect pace with creepy unease becoming increasingly horrific.

The Kid

8
This short feels like the beginning of something bigger like a feature. In a way it left little explained because of that, but it has very good special effects and is very succinct.

Jameson

9
Well-made and original with minimal dialogue and an atmospheric location... high-quality filmmaking with an imaginative ending.

Balkan Disko

8
Documentary on Balkan Music covering various aspects of it in an informal style..snippets of interviews with musicians and Dj's and giving an overall impression of its mainstream success.

Finding Phoebe

8
This short is very complete, packing a lot of character, story, atmosphere and nuances into its 20 minutes. The acting is very good and the direction and camera work show style and flair.

Gay Dad, Straight Son

7
Simple, sweet snippet of a father and son to tell an important message.

In Jerusalem: Elections 2013

8
An interesting array of interviews from people in Jerusalem - compelling material told in a rough documentary format.

Résilience

8
A sweet, steady unfolding story of the relationship between a grieving mother and her son.

Along The Dotted Line

8
An interesting take on the human/Ai theme - told as a quiet and unassuming character drama.

Get Ripped

8
Told with a minimal style in black and white, this is an unusual story.

Smile

9
A layered story, unique and relevant. A great performance from the main actress.

Revenge of the Slasher

7
If you're into spoof horror this ticks all the boxes.

End of the world

8
A gritty piece, creative and compelling in its unique format and style of story telling.

Lilith

8
Directed, shot and edited with a stylish flair this short has high production values, an original story and makes it all happen with minimal dialogue. Gritty/ violent subject matter.

Vessel

7
Its a neat idea and told fairly succinctly with the subtitles but for me lacks some essential conflict and emotional connection to be fully invested. A unique piece though.

Untravel

9
Unique subject matter, layered and thought provoking - a great little short.

Out of the blue into the black

8
Not for the fainthearted, this story has some intense moments and is at times quite hard to watch but the story is drawn out well and to good effect.

La Fera

7
The sentiment behind the story is there but I felt the plot was missing something in the middle to really connect with us emotionally.

Tetsu Kono's Crazy Routine

7
Certainly very unique subject matter! this is a brief look at one Japanese man's "crazy routine" indeed, and one that also reveals a glimpse of the layers beneath him.

Submit

9
I thought this was an ambitious short with a fairly complex plot, topical themes, and layered characters all of which was successfully conveyed for high emotional impact.

Getting fat in a healthy way

8
The highly original script and great production values make this a short with a style all its own.

Yellow

8
Very well animated short, fantastical way to tell a story with music and images.

Sons of no one

8
A gripping drama with interesting characters and natural acting, a well-made, unique short. Can imagine it lengthened as a feature.

Joy Palace

8
Quite a dark, hopeless and sad tale told with style and an emphasis on the inner world of the character.

Neverlanding - A bad thriller

8
The filmmaker clearly has style and skill although I didn't personally understand the message of the story, which is certainly on the experimental/surreal side.

Wien for life

8
Very off the wall story that gets progressively more so as it goes on..well-made.

Fault Line

8
An original idea for a story and well-made with building tension.

Patision Avenue

8
A very unique perspective on a story filmed in one take on a single long shot through Athens. Interesting.

The Open Jaw

7
A darkly twisted animation.

To The Grave

8
Sometimes really amusing black comedy with an unusual premise and good acting.

Clemence's afternoon

9
A poignant animation that reveals the harsh truth of childhood bullying.

The First Born

7
It has a promising beginning with good special effects but it grows a little comical and cliche when the bad guy comes in in my opinion, still entertaining and well-made!

WHEATMAN

9
Great animation and a unique idea come together for a very well-made short film.

November Will Be May

8
A drama that unfolds to reveal a personal moment in a tragic history.

The Urban Suite

7
This is a mixture of historical documentation, poetry, and visual storytelling - an interesting, look at a changing part of Seoul seen through the eyes of two filmmakers

Domino Effect

8
A dark story but told well through emotional acting and sparse dialogue.

The Troubled Troubadour

8
Interesting, original filmmaking

The Denodnaba Prologue

8
Interesting and surreal short told more through visuals and movement - feels like a snippet of a larger piece in many ways.

Goodbye L.A.

8
A short that's full of conflict and has a high production value but just occasionally slips into some cliche dialogue and set-ups.

Living Colors

8
An interesting, dark story idea with a surprising ending. Well made and atmospheric.

Doggy Style

7
A cute, somewhat bizarre idea told in a funny way.

My Sister's Birthday

7
The images and cinematography are very good in this short, the story could be more streamlined, but it achieves the vision from the POV of a young girl.

Lifever

9
Excellent and original story told with emotion, well acted and directed.

Above The Mist

8
Very dark themes told with style and artistry.

Namnam Buknyeo (aka Beyond Love)

7
Interesting subject matter in a well produced documentary short.

Second Acts

8
Two very strong performances and an incredibly uplifting story of chance meetings make this sentimental romance work.

Rayless

8
While there are some script and plot issues, the filmmakers deserve praise for an ambitious and brave topic handled well and a tensely created atmosphere

14 July (aka 14 Juillet)

8
A sentimental tale, visually enjoyable and touching without words.

Waiting for Lou

9
A succinct short drama with a compelling and magnetizing performance from the young protagonist. Something you can imagine as a feature that also triumphs as a short of this length

Pori: A city called home

8
Beautiful images and editing

Death - Jumping to Next Reality (A Vedic Perspective)

7
Informative if a little lacking in charm, still good for those interested in this topic and with music and visuals that tell the story.

Behind the Mirror

7
A short with a sinister, quirky feel about fate.

Hush

8
A dark story with a twist, well realised.

Night's Portrait

8
Beautiful imagery for a minimalist story

Coelacanth

7
I give this short kudos for packing in a lot of story and character and aiming for emotion and laughs..I'd say it doesn't quite reach the heights it's aiming for but well made nonetheless.

Must Be This Tall to Ride

8
A sensitively told story of adolescent relationships

501 Days

8
An ambitious story told well with good production values

The Racist Neighbour

7
Amusing and unexpected short poking fun at racist assumptions.

Into The Dark

8
A unique premise that unfolds and is only clarified right at the end...good effects.

Birds of a Feather

7
An Intense little short with a good performance from the lead who offers a strong presence, emotion and pulls off the dialogue which does occasionally get a little cliche.

Dating Daisy - The Series - Chapter 1

8
This is a cute drama with realistic performances, the whole story built around a will they get back together premise.

The Animal

8
Darkly imaginative and very well realised.

Reflection

8
An imaginative and simple story idea well realised through its direction and acting.

AmeriKa

9
A layered, imaginative and daring story that portrays an alternative version of America to great effect. Direction, story and acting are all of a high level. Will make you want to watch it again.

The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson

7
Inventive, imaginative and funny this is a unique short that mixes the silent film genre with music and scifi

The Ballerina, Her Shoemaker and His Apprentice

8
A beautifully and artistically shot and edited short.

Savage Ivy

8
Concisely told story that begins vague and a little mysterious and ends with a twist you don't see coming,

Bleoistraat 11

8
Slightly surreal, offbeat animation that successfully captures a certain time of life for two young friends.

Synapse

7
entertaining zombie short...

Tigerstyle

8
I really enjoyed this little insight -documentary style -into the music and lives of two Sikh Dj/ producer brothers in Glasgow.

Memory Box

8
An emotional and sentimental story that explores another perspective into what may be going on in the complexities of memory.

Fragile

8
Well paced drama full of emotion and a strong actor gluing it all together for maximum impact.

The Final Punchline

7
Well made and with a certain charm, although at times some parts of the story weren't totally clear.

Glucose

7
Excellent graphics in this experimental piece.

The House Of Ill Compute

8
With its retro vibe and natural performances this short is good watching despite not being particularly action packed.

Maltempo

8
A slow build to a satisfying climax, this short is made with attention to detail, high production value and the set ups and pay offs are crafted well.

Doghunter

7
This short tells an atmospheric story without employing dialogue..and does so successfully.

First Time

8
Draws out the suspense well and takes us to a disturbing and unexpected climax.

Where Are You Buddy?

8
An eye opening documentary on child workers, narrated by those interviewed..the film reveals deep injustice through the innocence of children.

Le Risque Zero

8
Bizarre and funny story, well made.

The Gods - The Series - Chapter 1

8
This features some solid actors and natural dialogue, has a good flow to it.

Donkeys

8
This short is basically pretty funny, thanks to amusing scenarios, some bizarre characters and good acting.

Baklava

8
Unique and well acted drama with quirky moments, an interesting slice of one couple's life.

Outer

7
This short veers between being at times genuinely scary to kind.of flat. Effects and tension are good but its let down by some confusing moments in plot.

The Search

8
A short with a unique twist you don't see coming!

Into Memory

8
Although lacking in any major plot tension, the very theme of this short implies a greater conflict and therefore has impact. The actors bring realism and depth, particulalry the main character with cancer.

No Bread

8
The realism and quiet despair has impact in this story. It represents something that happens the world over as people's livelihoods are threatened by bigger, competitive business. Filmed from a tender but detached, matter of fact point of view.

Never Steady, Never Still

9
This is one of those shorts that feels like the beginning of an intricate feature. Filmed to the backdrop of stunning landscapes, it has depth and detail.

Acantilado

8
Sensitively directed this is a subtle, sad but also hopeful story that unfolds over the course of a hot afternoon in Madrid

Keep your hair on, Oliver

8
Amusing and well crafted animation, full of detail.

A Tale of Love, Madness and Death

8
A quietly devastating portrait of a family suffering in different physical and emotional ways. Beautifully shot with a sensitive, artistic eye.

The Final Scene

8
A melancholy portrait of a man whose life has changed drastically over the years.

Arise

8
The sometimes slow but delicate unravelling of the plight of two siblings dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake that changed their lives.

Kickabouters

7
An up close look at a neighborhood football club in chile filmed in documentary style.

Multiverse Dating for Beginners

8
I enjoyed this original take on a kind of version of groundhog day about a girl and guy jaded by typical romantic relationships. Entertaining and well made.

As my heart beats

9
A story that plays out fearlessly to a heartbreaking ending. That is to say, the narrative unfolds through the emotions and actions of the characters and will keep you wondering until the very end.

Death by Script

8
A concise comedy thriller that works well in its length and subject matter - well made.

Together, Infinitely

7
Tells a slow but sweet story of the bond between grandmother, mother and daughter.

The Doppel Chain

9
There are some familiar horror cliches here - a cabin in the woods, a lone stranger but so what? this short is packed with tension, a good twist and begins with some great dialogue which adds depth to the characters.

The Drowning Pool

8
Stylistically shot and creepy, this dark drama has a unique edge.

American Refugee

8
Solid drama following the dilemma of this young protagonist.

Bailabilonia

9
Beautiful imagery, a strong message and incredible dancers.

Honest People

7
This has the ingredients for an interesting drama but sometimes falls down on the script and a lack of character depth, all the same entertaining and made with quality.

Future is imminent

8
I enjoyed the visual style of this story which is still extremely relevant today. It's not an action packed film but the slow unfolding of events seen through the eyes of the child has a memory like quality that is beautiful.

Private Eye

7
An interesting and ambitious premise for this drama/scifi although I wasn't totally convinced by the way it unfolds at the end. A fun watch.

Syndromes of mimicry

7
This is an interesting look at a moment of transformation in Lithuania, told in a quirky and imaginative way.

The apartment

8
A simple but effective story told with style.

Stamm

8
Interesting themes and well executed drama

Will Sampson

8
This is cute and well paced and funny, an enjoyable and relatable comedy drama.

Frogs' Song

8
Really unique and well animated with excellent music

ALZHAÏMOUR

9
This is sweet and original and very well made with a great soundtrack too.

Jamie

8
This is well made with a subtle touch and a nicely complete story.

VOID

8
Eerie short that moves swiftly along, well filmed and sparse dialogue...kind of like a very bad dream.

George

8
A short and amusing comedy, perfect length for this kind of set up.

Unspoken War

8
A very eye opening documentary, high quality filmmaking.

The Allotment

7
A very personal and nostalgic documentary, a sweet look at family and the past.

THE STAINED CLUB

8
A curious story with deeper layers of meaning.

Tony

8
What at first feels like familiar content does take an unexpected turn which was refreshing. Nicely told with action without over explaining the story.

BEAR WITH ME

9
Very sweet story and high quality animation, a good example of story telling without dialogue.

Love Is All

8
Some viewers will require a little patience to get into this short but ultimately will be rewarded for hanging in. It has a certain style and sense of reality and I appreciate the slow unfolding of the story.

THE LIQUEFACTOR

9
Great animation and story, original.

Speechless

10
The power of showing not telling is made clear here with this impressive and emotional short where a lack of subtitles also helps to drive home the profound message at its heart.

The Path of the Shadows

8
A disturbing but important story told in a mixed style of documentary and drama which is very effective.

AFTER THE RAIN

9
Imaginative and well animated, a great little story.

Shoot faster, baby!

6
Engaging for its style but relies quite heavily on dialogue without much emotional depth of character..the noir genre comes through though, loud and clear.

Exland

8
Very powerful images in a visual piece of art.

La Boquilla, Mi Paraiso / La Boquilla, My Paradise

9
This short tells the important story of a beautiful part of the world in need of environmental awareness.

Baked Pears

8
This somewhat bizarre story is a well filmed and artistically realised piece of cinema.

The Color of the Current

9
A tender portrayal of the reality facing the protagonist in this documentary. Well realised.

Eventide

9
Truly stunning filmmaking, poetic and visually very beautiful. It is experimental in that this is not a regular narrative but rather artistic story telling exploring existential themes.

Switch Off

6
If you enjoy Indian filmmaking the style of this short with its scenery and final credits song will please you. It has a message to convey which it does simply.

Demons

7
This is moving on some levels but perhaps lacks conclusion, nonetheless it is effective in tone.

Hourglass

8
I found this touching and profound in a few short minutes, effective story telling.

Let's break the sky and take a piece

9
A very touching, well made drama that showcases fine story telling, acting and direction.

The sucker

9
Entertaining and well made.

Frail

8
An intriguing tale, well shot and mysterious with quite a creepy twist.

Gusla or the Spirits

7
A kind of surreal animation with a charm and realism and interesting subject matter.

PINK BOYS

8
Good documentary with a relevant message for today, an insight into various men´s experiences in life concerning their masculinity.

Dum Dum Dumroo

6
A simple film with a message.

Odayaka-Ya

8
An inspiring look at what community can do together for a more peaceful, healthy world.

The Withcer

7
A deeply affecting documentary of one man's struggle after abuse, told with raw sincerity and gentleness.

Hooligan Hairdresser

9
Well photographed, artistic and funny, particularly for those who know Spain and Madrid, but it also works for those who don't.

Thanks4giving

6
This doesn't quite have enough conflict to sustain the light, amusing topic in a way that really engages us but the performances are promising.

Fractured Souls

7
This film takes an interesting angle to explore its story and keeps you wondering for a while about where it's all going.

Colette and the room B-12

7
This moves along well and it has an interesting ending and is an enjoyable short. Could have been more to it perhaps narrative wise.

The Dress on Her

8
This story is quietly heartbreaking and told through two sincere and believable child performances.

Passengers

9
A compelling story of a dad struggling to connect with his son. Good performances and script.

Blue Peter

8
A superior short for its theme and the way it's filmed with quiet moments that speak volumes.

Lucky Day

8
This is enjoyable and takes an unexpected turn, amusing.

Duplicity

6
Interesting idea which keeps you guessing, if a little confused - I was hoping for something more at the end.

The Gift

9
An excellent portrayal of a pivotal moment in a young boys life, high production values, great period costumes, location and believable performances.

THE QUEEN

6
This short has some interesting imagery and bold camera shots, but I was lost in the narrative and confused about what was fueling the suspense which made it hard to feel involved or invested in the story.

Deer Boy

9
This is a wonderfully dark and profound story, told with excellent camera work, editing and sound effects and no dialogue. It's a film that will stay with you.

Skin

8
A artistically shot story of a complicated mother and daughter relationship, told sparingly but to great effect.

Building Room

6
This feels like a very personal project, the animation is interesting and open to interpretation.

Tapas

7
A strong narrative and some good performances make this compelling.

Minimal at Most

7
The comedy has a funny premise and is well realised production wise but something was missing for me to make it really shine.

Guinea Pig

6
I truly appreciate the feeling and theme behind this short, but I am not sure if it totally has the impact it desires. Subjective, perhaps.

The Walker

8
This story is not what it seems at first and when that realisation comes it certainly hits you emotionally. Interesting and effective.

SILENCES

8
A very beautifully shot film that merges past and present in a poetic, dream like way at times yet also grounds it in the harsh reality that is central to the story.

Dinner Guest

8
This short is very good because the story feels totally complete while still serving up some tense moments. Subtext is there and the ending shows character development not always seen in a short of this length.

Birdlime

10
This is sweet, entertaining and well animated with a complete story that works on a funny and also emotional level.

Michael

7
A little ambitious for what it ends up pulling off, although the main actor gives a strong performance, it's the story that, while suspenseful, doesn't quite fully convince as it could.

The Rose Garden

8
The script and acting is very good, the subtext is not lost to on the nose lines and the overall effect paints a very realistic situation.

Holding on to Nothing

7
The production values are high with nice photography and direction and the story takes a tongue in cheek homage approach to film noir.

OUTDOORS

8
High quality animation and a cute story.

Going Home

8
This film is original and funny the script and direction are really good! The premise is intriguing and all in 8 minutes, it's a great example of how much you can do in a short without that much dialogue or exposition -just great storytelling.

I love YU

7
A poignant and sweet testament to a long marriage through the changes of the country. This short does a good job of its seamless transitions between memory and reality.

Puppet's Kingdom

7
This is a well thought out story and it's paced well and enjoyable. At times perhaps it's a tiny bit predictable and occasionally the acting fails to convince.

Mum

8
This manages to be really creepy through music and atmosphere without having much of a narrative, which I think makes it a success in terms of an example of what potential a horror short can have.Production values are high.

Tram

8
Amusing and well realised animation.

The horizon line

8
A strong performance from the child actress here plus a compelling story told in a realistic way.

Sleepy Steve

7
Enjoyable and entertaining as a little showcase of mixed fun animation and live-action.

The award

9
The Award is a small very touching story but also very grounded in harsh reality and touches on important themes much much larger than it which makes it a stand out short with an excellent performance from the child.

Where you find shelter

9
Engaging story about parents who don't know how to make their daughter happy since forcing her to leave a cult. Dramatic and touching, it's a subtle portrayal of difficult emotions and themes.

Pure Madness

9
Disturbing and profound, this is a harsh look at the delicate state of a man's brain and his mental illness, brought to the screen with a delicate bravery through the performance and direction.

The Girl In The Dress

9
This is charming, funny and really well written, directed and acted. I really enjoyed the performances, a brilliant short.

Mimicry

9
Very poignant and relevant in our society, the themes tackled by this short are presented in a way so that we relate to the emotional journey of the characters which makes the short stand out not just for the topic but for the story telling, acting and direction.

Hotel Bleu

9
Strong quirky original characters and performances make this story effective. The main character goes on an emotional journey that touches the audience, it's good story telling and good filmmaking.

14 years and one day

9
This film is brilliantly acted with deep characters and a resonating story that builds, it's really an example of great filmmaking that keeps your gripped and emotionally invested all the way through.

The Best Customer

8
Superior animation and story with excellent attention to detail.

Dahlias: An Anthology In Four Chapters

7
An interesting look at four women's lives, poetic and beautifully shot.

Gaia

6
Short but powerful, a snippet of something important that we should all consider.

BOMBERMAN

8
High tension in a small space and an original concept.

Mann

8
I really enjoyed this short, the story creates a lot of pathos for an expressionless mannequin which is down to skillful story telling and direction.

Lower Heaven

9
A very strong drama with an excellent cast and realistic feel. This is a hard and sad story told without sentimentality.

Killing Thyme

9
Very high production values, acting and story. Original story that doesn't descend into total sentimentality but is still emotionally effective.

No sex

9
It's funny and it moves swiftly along and engages with the topic and acting. I would have preferred it not to have gone totally off the wall around half way through as the reality of the scenario worked fine before but the ending is great.

FOX

10
This is a delicately filmed tragic story, shot with realism and a strong sense of atmosphere. I found it beautiful and liked how it slowly built to its finale. The dialogue, the things unsaid, the characters were all very well handled. Has the feel of a feature in a short.

Coma

9
This film hits hard and keeps a brisk pace with a few unusual turns that elevate the action from similar themed stories seen before.

Subculture

6
This short takes a look at a subculture that shocks - It's entertaining but I was hoping for more in terms of plot. Still an amusing look at the world of sex dungeons.

Doors

8
This is a very unique story, a sort of surreal concept written in a way that appeals to those with a quirky imagination. It's well realised with high quality production values. Only at times may seem confusing but that's the experimental nature of the story.

SUPERVIVERE

8
Shot a bit like a dream with haunting music, this is a interesting account of 3 deserters of the Spanish civil war. Atmospheric and original.

A TANGO IN SAN FRANCISCO BY PASCAL MOLAT

6
It's always nice to watch a professional dancer showing his skills, and that's what this film is, a voice over of his life to date while he dances in impressive outdoor spaces.

WSIM: What Suffered Inside Me

7
Impressive and haunting, the context of this short animation gives it even more impact.

Forgotten Life

7
A short but sweet poignant look at the personal effects of dementia to a mother and her daughter. Manages to get right to the emotional heart of the issue in just 4 minutes.

Glow

6
Nicely shot and edited, but at times a bit confusing as to what was going on in the narrative. Fans of more experimental, interpretative cinema will enjoy this short.

The Road to Nickelsville

8
An eye opening look at a several individuals living in this homeless camp, well shot with illuminating interviews, leaving lots to think about.

The Birch Grove

8
I found this to be very moving. It's a poetic blend of dance, narration and lovely shots of a period house and grounds. An original vision of a story with some very talented dancers and actors.

A Beautiful Dawn

6
Ambitious in scope, sometimes confusing but nicely shot. I found it a bit hard to follow and understand the actor sometimes, although I feel the story speaks to a bigger, interesting theme it didn't always come through as clear as intended.

Messed Up

7
There's something quite theatrical about it, it's an original concept and is pulled off with effect.

Your Audience

8
A dark, brooding and mysterious short that is beautifully directed, shot and edited with an artistic eye and an effective simplicity.

FORGET ME

6
Some of this is really nicely shot and edited, but parts of it just fall into a bit of a cliche and the ending is very abrupt after quite a slow build up.

The Art to Live: Holy Land

6
An interesting documentary that takes a close look at some unusual characters, told in an engaging and original way.

Adrift

8
An emotional journey into two characters in what is a moving portrayal of loneliness. Well acted and directed to produce an effective and emotional piece.

The Girl and the Mask

6
An interesting concept but I personally found it confusing to follow.

The Visa

6
This short was enjoyable but I was waiting for a pay off that didn't seem to come, at least for me. I enjoyed the main performance of the actress.

A Couple of White Chicks at the Hairdresser

7
An entertaining comedy with amusing dialogue and good performances all round, jumps in time at first are confusing but this is an engaging story of friendship - Very Los Angeles.

Crossing Shadows

6
While ambitious and entertaining the jagged flashbacks confuse things and a lot of the dialogue falls into cliche, but that aside the story moves along to an unexpected finish.

Batum

7
Evocative and poetic, this experimental piece is visually strong and flows like memories and poems it depicts.

Riven

8
Good story and effects/ production values are of a high quality.

The Lords of Destiny

7
Intriguing concept carried out well, sometimes the acting let down the impact of the story but overall a well-realized short that explores dark contemporary themes.

Disruption

8
The ending is what makes this story work brilliantly, a fun, amusing short unafraid to explore an original twist.

The Candykillers

7
A dark comedy with an amusing twist, well realized and fast paced. A quirky story that stands out for originality.

Lost Dogs

8
This short bursts with originality and is at times also quite shocking. The story is engaging, entertaining and unexpected.

KNIFES

7
Nice camera work and set up to the story, I was expecting more of a twist at the end. The soundtrack adds to the mood and the decision to remove sound from dialogue is interesting.

CRACKS

6
A nice short drama with good family tension just suffering from some inconsistent sound at times.

La Proie

8
Well paced, edited and shot with the atmospheric backdrop of a small town gas station over the course of a night, this short is compelling and ultimately tragic.

Mi Dulcinea

8
A very short, sweet and simple story that gives us a glimpse into childhood and adulthood and that space between.

Clementine & Joe

6
Simple girl meets boy story told effectively without dialogue.

We are working...

6
A beautiful portrayal of workers in the forest, short but evocative.

SUBASTADOS

6
A simple but effective story with impact.

The Perfect Day

9
Amusing and engaging, this is an original twist on a familiar theme and a highly enjoyable, swift- moving comedy.

Porcelain Stare

8
Short and to the point, this film succeeds for it's no nonsense approach to narrative and a creepy twist.

The Astronomical, Astrological and Mythological

7
Experimental films are so subjective, this one has an interesting theme which it explores conceptually through three characters. If you like to ponder things and get drawn into a dream like state, you'll enjoy this short.

Damage Control

8
I really enjoyed this political drama for it's quick pace and skillful story and dialogue. Considering it is basically talking heads, it was well done and I could see it as a feature.

Make Ups

6
Experimental and without narrative yet nicely shot with an artistic eye, this short somehow evokes loneliness and something of the human experience without saying a word.

Local time

1
The problem is the sound quality, it is really not good. The camera work when interviewing is also quite amateur. With a re-edit and story woven in this would work.

Patty Lovesick

8
Strong acting, good dialogue and an amusing story, I enjoyed this film although it could have been shorter and still worked just as well in my opinion.

Catch me if you can!

8
A quirky and original story which amuses with it's array of bizarre and interesting characters. Where I sometimes wanted more from the story, I enjoyed it's humour and it's sincerity.

Aurelia

9
A moving portrayal of the last dying days of a man who is reliving his past in confusion. Beautifully shot with impressive central performances.

Anxiety & I

6
This film deals with an important topic in an interesting way and the story moves along steadily to engage the audience.

SNIP

9
A unique way to address the story of a shocking past, this animation is beautiful and compelling.

Forget Me Not

8
A dark story told well with minimal dialogue and a strong central performance.

Lost Beneath the Stars

8
Original, quirky and a solid script, the performances are very good and the setting and costumes add to the overall feel.

Foreign

8
An essential topic for our times . This film is strikingly unashamed to confront the point quickly and with dramatic impact.

Light on Her Feet

8
A harsh look at the cruel world of professional ballet as seen through the eyes of an extremely determined 18 yr old. Her motivation and self-belief makes this a stand-out piece.

BUI

8
A sweet story about a girl trying to make friends, well structured and realised.

A New Born

7
If you like experimental, mind bending stuff then this is the short for you. A surreal look at being inside the mind of a human.

Uma Vida

7
A sweet, familiar story told without dialogue. Slightly confusing timeline in terms of how the age of the character reflects in reality the time period shown over his life. Even so, an inspired look at a familiar theme.

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7
An eclectic, experimental piece of visual art with emphasis on sound and communication.

Maren

8
Dark subject matter treated in a thought provoking way with a strong turn from both the female and male protagonists.

Mick

9
A really heartwarming, well acted and directed film that will make you smile.

In confidence

8
A very well directed and acted piece about a relationship. Enjoyable drama that feels like it could be the beginning of a feature.

Ghost I Don't Remember

8
This was a compelling, sometimes quite funny short with a good twist at the end. Well conceived and executed, good production and enjoyable to watch.

The Millionairs

8
A well executed, dark themed short which benefits from high production,camera and editing.

Confino

9
This is a beautiful, inspiring and masterful piece of animation and storytelling.

Alkane

6
An original concept but sometimes quite confusing to follow the plot and ideas behind it.

Odyssee

7
A heartwarming and topical documentary that touches on the importance of communication through art, work and team effort for refugees and immigrants working with a German artist.

Power

7
An important documentary about empowering young girls in India that includes some personal, moving stories.

I Think You Should Come to America

7
Artistic and evocative story told in a experimental documentary style.

Girl Moves Out of Her Town to Live with Boy in His

7
This film has an interesting style and way of telling a simple story with good emphasis on subtext.

The Verity

7
Good compelling story with a twist, this film is quite ambitious in a short amount of time.

Double Cross

6
Tension builds well in this story but higher stakes are needed to have us on the edge of our seats.

The Creature from the Bag Lagoon

6
Topical content and an amusing story.

Farta

7
Thought provoking content in this short about the perils of posting photos of your kids on social media.

Mementos: Umbra's Journey

7
The original idea behind this story is interesting and the video game graphics are quality.

The Four Loves

8
A lovely musical journey through the four types of human love, well structured and interesting.

Portrait

7
This is an artistically shot piece, a film that very much evokes the era in which it is set through masterful costume, design and editing. At times slow but all the same a very beautifully told story.

After Midnight in the Asphalt Jungle

8
An imaginative, layered animation that sets up the film noir mood right away and reflects it in every shot and piece of dialogue. I found this highly original, compelling and very well made.

The Hook

8
Simple but effective animated short that will make you chuckle as well as wonder about the message.

Embrace Me

7
Slow paced but that serves to let you appreciate the beautiful, artistic way this short is filmed. A thought provoking story of two strangers that leaves you wondering long after it has finished.

Animus per Machina

7
Strong animation, deceptively simple story with a deeper, darker meaning.

Edelweiss

8
High production values and good acting make this a memorable short set in WW2. The story focuses on a brief moment of connection amidst the horrors of war.

Return

8
A surreal animation combining words, music and images to produce a thoughtful piece.

Mashed Potatoes

6
Essentially a stream of consciousness about nostalgia and memories and what is important in life.

Light Club

7
A really enjoyable, touching little tale with clever use of animation.

Exspiravit

7
A horror high on good shock factor and unafraid to push the limit of our expectations.

In the Beginning was Water and Sky

9
A beautiful portrayal of a disturbing history, brought to the screen in vivid, emotional detail.

Running Free with the Buffalo

6
A fun Western with a strong plot and a good ending.

People Pebble

7
An artistic piece of film that takes the viewer into a grainy montage of images reflecting the impermanence of our world.

LIGHTHOUSE

8
A moving look at one man's life at the age of 72 in Palestinian Territory. A thought provoking drama.

Overberg

7
Beautiful images, visually very artistic, this is a simple story of reflection, as an old man remembers his childhood.

The End of Time

6
I appreciate the art of this as an experimental piece of short cinema.

The Orloj

8
Superior animation and an interesting tale.

The Escape

8
Well acted tale of a character getting caught in a tangle of lies in an attempt to boost his reality beyond what it is. Realistic and compelling, the protagonist moves the story along well. An intriguing slice of life.

The Patters

8
Lovely cinematography in a well-paced, quietly emotional story of a daughter returning home to see her father after some time. The ending is quite a punch.

Vika

5
A dark revenge story that is just a little predictable. Effort has gone into the production visually,

Palpitations of Dust

5
This feels like a visual poem of sorts, it's quite hard to follow, although nice to look at.

Pig Man

6
Delivers the thrills and scares but in quite a predictable way.

The Trolleybusman

8
Interesting take on topical subject matter and well acted. Original concept.

Eclipse

8
An atmospheric piece of cinematic art evoking strong emotions as we watch a young boy find his way across a destroyed world.

The Chimerical museum of shifting shapes

5
An experimental animation that gives a glimpse into a nightmarish museum.

Beats of love

5
A little slow paced but full of originality.

Atrocity

6
This bloodthirsty story is full of violence and packs an emotional punch.

Zu Zahm!

6
An original concept with strong surreal elements. A film that makes you think as you figure out its meaning.

Noddy

7
A unique and amusing story with a deeper layer of meaning beneath the comedy.

Coro dos Amantes

8
A quiet but very moving story of a crucial, life-changing moment for a married couple. The use of two voices narrating their thoughts and points of view is used with great effect.

Siemiany

8
A look at life in a Polish village one summer as two childhood friends reach puberty. The director/ writer gives a unique touch to this story breaking the fourth wall at times with the characters.

Venus Throw

7
Compelling but simple, well realized story of a couple meeting for a first date. Original.

Tunnelrat

8
A gripping story of two enemy soldiers trapped together. Good performances and impressive production design and editing.

Incipit

6
A dark twist on writers block and the lengths some will go to for a good crime plot.

HUGUITO

7
Strong acting from the lead child actor here in a gritty story about a boy trying to find his way in hard circumstances.

Video Store

6
A cute, simple story of two friends whose shared love of film brings them together.

Man of Action

6
Sparse dialogue and a simple story leads to an action packed finale.

The 12th

6
Fast paced with some slick editing for time cuts, The 12th is enjoyable but perhaps leaves a little too much character and story out to really connect where it counts.

Alternative walk

8
Very imaginative animation and of a high quality, this is a fun little short that is more of a visual piece of entertainment than a plotted story.

August

9
This film creates and shows us the world from the child protagonist's point of view through the cinematography, direction and script to great success. Strong acting and powerful visuals.

Black Road

7
While atmospheric and nicely shot - especially exteriors, the story suffers a little from a clunky script and a story that doesn't succeed in totally engaging us. It explores gritty themes while also showing that even at rock bottom people can find compassion.

There is a salad standing between us

8
An original, slightly surreal story of a couple who need a change to shake up their relationship. High production value, and well paced.

End of Story

6
While well shot and edited, this film is slightly let down by a predictable ending. It delivers a thrill but one I think we see coming.

McMurphy

8
Powerful and understated performances to drive home a strong message. Simplicity is used to great effect here, both in dialogue and aesthetic.

The Apple

9
A gentle story full of pathos, The Apple is the charming portrayal of a boy on the brink of change as he prepares to leave Havana. With artistic cinematography and good production values, this is a stand out short.

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