at home with olaf

The frequently circulated fun fact during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been that Shakespeare wrote King Lear during a plague. It’s a piece of trivia that has become both a source of inspiration and a source of mockery, because who really wants to be productive during a pandemic?

But Disney Animation has shown us all up — and become the godsend for parents everywhere — by releasing a series of animated Frozen shorts, recorded and animated completely from home. At Home With Olaf, with dialogue recorded by Josh Gad, is a new digital animated series that will debut on Disney+ this week and make us all feel bad for not writing our novel while in quarantine.

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Before he became a big Hollywood director, David F. Sandberg was making creepy, and effective, short films with almost no budget, almost all of which were filmed inside his residence. And now, since all of us are stuck indoors, Sandberg has done it again. Shadowed, his latest short, follows in the tradition of his other horror shorts in that it stars his wife Lotta Losten as a woman tormented by something malevolent and supernatural. Watch it below.  Read More »

Most SXSW Short Films Are Now Streaming For Free

SXSW short films

SXSW was cancelled due to coronavirus fears, but thanks to the fine folks at Oscilloscope and Mailchimp, you can now enjoy some SXSW programming from your own home. Around 75 SXSW short films are going to be released online, for free, with many available right now. The lineup includes four festival winners and seven special recognition films, and since you’re likely stuck inside, you have plenty of time to watch everything.

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SXSW Film Awards

The South by Southwest Festival was one of the first major film and tech festivals to be hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with the city of Austin canceling the event entirely out of abundance of caution. But the cancelation, which came merely a week before the Austin festival was set to run from March 13 through 22, left filmmakers scrambling for a place to showcase their films. Independent filmmakers, and especially short film filmmakers, were even more at a loss without access to resources that would allow them wider distribution. But a local drive-in theater in Austin has stepped in to rescue the short films from their fate.

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monster challenge premiere

Two years after Michael Giacchino‘s directorial debut premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Monster Challenge finally stalks online today. The short film, which stars Patton Oswalt playing himself as an unwitting participant of a series of outrageous challenges inspired by Japanese game shows, is available to watch online now.

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simpsons short film

Disney has made a habit of showing Pixar short films in theaters before a new Pixar feature begins, but they’re changing things up a bit for Onward. Instead of showing a Pixar-created short, a new The Simpsons short film is going to screen instead. Titled Playdate with Destiny, it features the youngest member of the Simpson family, Maggie.

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pedro almodovar english-language debut

The power of Tilda Swinton can convince many an international director to make the foray into English-language features. Swinton has partnered with Bong Joon-ho and Luca Guadagnino in English-language projects, and now she has worked her ethereal magic on Pedro Almodóvar, who will make his first English-language project in his 46-year career with a short film starring the actress and a dog. The Pain and Glory director is preparing to make his first English-language feature following the short film starring Swinton, which will act as a sort of testing ground for the Spanish auteur’s foray into the English language.

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What Is Quibi

What the hell is Quibi? You’ve probably heard a lot about this upcoming mobile streaming service because everyone and their mother seems to be getting a show on it. But with all the streaming services out there, what makes Quibi special? Well, it’s intended to be a mobile-only content provider that delivers high-quality bite-sized programming with episodes of shows running roughly 10 minutes or less. If that’s not a good enough explanation, the first Quibi Super Bowl spot might help. Watch it below. Read More »

Watch the Kobe Bryant Short Film Dear Basketball

Over the weekend, Los Angeles and the entire world was shaken by the sudden and tragic news that NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year old daughter Gianna Bryant had died along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Since then, family, friends and fans across the globe have been mourning the passing of the Los Angeles Lakers player who become a force to be reckoned with on the court, earning comparisons to the great Michael Jordan. And now Kobe Bryant’s own production company is honoring him by making their Oscar-winning animated short Dear Basketball available to watch online for free. Read More »

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short circuit trailer

Disney is taking a page out of Pixar’s book and spotlighting animated short filmmakers with the new Disney+ program Short Circuit. The experimental animated short initiative gives a platform to a diverse group of rising filmmakers who have made short films that range from whimsical childish adventures to painterly visions of grief. Watch the Short Circuit trailer below to get a peek at the 14 short films that are available to watch on Disney+ now.

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