Neill Blomkamp‘s experimental short film initiative Oats Studios was launched in 2017 as sort of a creative breeding ground for the Chappie director as well as a platform to boost up-and-coming filmmakers. A few of Blomkamp’s own short films garnered a bit of buzz — enough for one project to be crowdfunded for a feature film remake, and then cancelled — but with the newest Oats Studios film, the director steps back to let some new talent shine. Oats Studios has released Migrants, a short film by Paul Chadeisson as part of “a new playlist that will become a curated collection of our favorite short films from our favorite artists.” Watch the Migrants short film below.
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It’s been some time since director David Lynch brought Twin Peaks: The Return to Showtime. The filmmaker has kept relatively quiet since then, but today is his birthday, and he actually has a present to give us in the form of a short film on Netflix.
Overnight, Netflix released What Did Jack Do?, a 17-minute black and white short film where David Lynch plays a detective interrogating a monkey who is being questioned about possibly committing a murder. Before you ask: no, this isn’t just David Lynch asking questions to a monkey that sits in silence and looks adorable in response to the questions. The monkey talks, and as you’ve already guessed, it’s pretty freakin’ weird. Read More »
Now that Josh and Benny Safdie, the filmmakers behind last year’s sustained cinematic panic attack Uncut Gems, have given audiences around the world anxiety, they’ve reteamed with star Adam Sandler to provide a slightly lower-key viewing experience in the form of a new short film. Check out Goldman v Silverman below, a six-minute short in which Sandler and Benny Safdie face off as street performers in Times Square. Read More »
As every single Star Wars movie has told us since 1977, the space opera adventure takes place “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.” But what if that galaxy wasn’t so far, far away? What if the adventures of Star Wars actually happened in proximity to Earth? Or what if, at the very least, these stories made their way to our galaxy along with some interesting artifacts from the past? That’s what the new short film Star Wars: Origins (which we teased awhile back) presupposes, and we gotta say, this is an impressive and imaginative project that fans will enjoy. Read More »
This year, Sony Pictures Animation broke Disney and Pixar’s iron grip on the Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars, and next year, they’re making a strong bid for the Best Animated Shorts category as well. The animation company behind last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has just released one of its most moving and heartwarming animated shorts online, presumably to drum up some support for an Oscar campaign in the most crowded animated shorts year ever.
Hair Love, directed by Matthew Cherry, tells the story of a father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time in a short comedy film that gives way to unexpected melancholy. You can watch the entirety of Hair Love below.
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It’s very rare that we cover short films on /Film these days, but when one as impressive as Skywatch comes along, we’re happy to make an exception. The sci-fi thriller short is the brainchild of independent filmmaker Colin Levy, who left his job at Pixar Animation Studios to finish his short about two teen hackers who poke their noses where they shouldn’t, hoping to chase his dream of expanding the concept into a feature-length movie.
His Kickstarter-funded short film debuted online today, and it’s one of the best shorts I’ve seen in years. Check it out below, and read on for our interview with Levy about crafting its stunning visual effects, locking down an A-list actor for a cameo, and more. Read More »
Jonathan Glazer directed one of the best films of the last ten years, Under the Skin. Now he’s closing out the decade with a disturbing, nightmarish short film: The Fall. For seven-plus-minutes, Glazer’s short film draws you into a story of mob-mentality at its absolute worst – a story that has unfortunate and terrifying connections to the current reality we find ourselves in.
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Aardman Animation is one of the few places keeping stop-motion animation alive today. They’ve been more popular overseas with the likes of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit, but the studio still has plenty of American fans too. Now the animation studio is heading to Netflix with their next project, a short film called Robin Robin that will debut on the streaming services around Christmas in 2020. Find out what the Aardman Animation Robin Robin movie is all about below. Read More »
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Halloween may be over, but it’s never too late to appreciate the chilling vision of veteran animator Carlos Baena‘s award-winning short film, La Noria. Baena, whose long history in Hollywood span franchises like Star Wars, Toy Story, and Jurassic Park, ventured outside the studio system to write and direct the animated short film La Noria in an online collaboration with hundreds of international artists. The result is a jaw-dropping, haunting short film that earned numerous awards for its depiction of a grieving boy chased by monsters. You can now watch La Noria in full online.
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It’s Halloween, and everyone is entitled to one good scare. This year, we’ve got a short called Hazard from filmmaker Gairo Cuevas, a cinematographer and editor for the creative content department at Pixar Animation Studios. This week, he’s screening his horror short on the animation studio’s campus just in time to bring some last minute scares for All Hallow’s Eve, and thankfully, he’s made it available online for you to make your spine tingle. Watch the Hazard horror short below. Read More »