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These amazing films were created by filmmakers from around the globe who's passion and dedication to the art of short film truly shows in their work.
We proudly consider each and every one of them members of our Shortz! family.

Award Winning Films

Film Info

The Gardenator Challenge



Poster Image
United States
Documentary
00:11:32
Season:2019

Released:2018
Directed by
Arnie Lerner
Written by
Arnie Lerner/Dawn Mayeda
Produced by
Carmen Silva

Shortz! Award WinnerBest Documentary


Students compete for the coveted Golden Gnome by creating culinary delicacies from school grown food.


A Hell of Heaven



A Hell Of Heaven Poster
United States
Drama, Thriller
00:12:00
Season:2019

Released:2019
Directed by
Guy Hartman-Cocco
Written by
Guy Hartman-Cocco
Produced by
Guy Hartman-Cocco, Jesse Green, Mac Sanders

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Audience Choice


The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, A Hell of Heaven.


Terminus



Terminus Poster
Netherlands
Drama, Thriller
00:14:00
Season:2019

Released:2019
Directed by
Jan Pool
Written by
Jan Pool
Produced by
Jan Pool

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Judges Choice & Best Drama


Two people, a boy and a girl on a train. They don't know each other. Both on their way to tie up loose ends. Is there a place they are running to or is it something that they're running from? After they meet their lives will never be the same again.


Following



Following Poster
United States
Comedy
00:08:00
Season:2019

Released:2019
Directed by
Eric Hinojosa
Written by
Fletcher Cowan
Produced by
Fletcher Cowan

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Audience Choice


An unusual character forms an extreme attachment to a total stranger he follows online.


FOR LOVE



For Love Poster
Ireland
Drama
00:06:56
Season:2019

Released:2018
Directed by
Terry Loughran
Written by
Terry Loughran
Produced by
Luke Hanlon, Terry Loughran

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Judges Choice


In a world where we are all looking for love and connection people can surprise us and go the extra mile. What would you do for love?


Visions of the Lost Sierra



Poster
United States
Documentary
00:14:20
Season:2019

Released:2018
Directed by
Matt Ritenour
Produced by
Darrel Jury

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


A look into the past, present and future of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, one of the first 8 rivers designated as Wild & Scenic in 1968.


A Paper House



A Paper House Poster
China
Drama, Suspense
00:18:25
Season:2019

Released:2019
Directed by
Wei Geng
Written by
Wei Geng
Produced by
Wei Geng

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Judges Choice & Best Thriller


There is a fifth grade girl named Jiang Ling in a village in northern China. Not long ago, a boy named Lin Jiang was transferred to her class. Jiang Ling accidentally found that there were many paper houses in Lin Jiang's home and they were exactly the same as the houses in her village in appearance and quantity. She also found that there seemed to be some terrible connection between these paper houses and the real houses.Jiang Ling was determined to find out the secrets of these paper houses·


Powerless



Poster
France
Action
00:15:00
Season:2019

Released:2016
Directed by
David Sarrio
Written by
Denys Corel
Produced by
David Sarrio

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Action


In a modern day megalopolis, Christopher Wyatt's life has been transformed.


The Rider



The Rider Poster
United States
Documentary
00:03:00
Season:2019

Released:2019
Directed by
Ryan Stevenson
Produced by
Ryan Stevenson, Ryan Sawyer

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Brief Judges and Audience Choice


An 81 year old man stays active by riding his bicycle


W.C.



Poster Image
United States
Comedy
00:04:30
Season:2019

Released:2019
Directed by
J Hanna
Written by
J Hanna
Produced by
Kirsten Scoles, J Hanna

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Comedy


A potential pregnancy opens the door to larger questions about Tina and Kyle's relationship.


Tin Can




United States
Drama
00:20:00
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Pat Battistini
Written by
Pat Battistini
Produced by
Pat Battistini, Robert Francke, Carlos Ragas

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Audience Choice


J.C. came to America as an illegal immigrant when he was just a child. Now, as an adult, he's still an illegal alien but has managed to persevere and prosper working as a rodeo clown. However, after a series of unfortunate events, J.C. finds himself down on his luck and in search for a new happiness. He eventually finds it near the Mexican border but the price he pays could get him kicked out of the only country he knows.


Boy Moms vs. Girl Moms




United States
Comedy
00:02:43
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Jay Diaz
Written by
Jamie Tompkins
Produced by
Jamie Tompkins

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Audience Choice Brief


The differences between raising boys and raising girls.


AINHOA




Germany
Drama
00:19:00
Season:2018

Released:2016
Directed by
Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Written by
Ivan Sainz-Pardo
Produced by
Aitor Arenas
Other
Aurelia Schikarski, Fele Martinez, Natalia Mateo, Josean Bengoetxea, Gorka Aguinagalde

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Judges Choice and Best Drama


Ainhoa is 9 years old and she has left home, bringing only her school bag and a Playmobil.

"Ainhoa is a story that, instead of trying to put children to sleep, tries to wake up the adults."


META




United States
Comedy
00:02:30
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Jack McCafferty
Written by
Jack McCafferty

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Judges Choice Brief


This is a short film about making a short film about making a short film about making a short film about making a short film about making a short film about...


My Friend, The Ghost




United States
Comedy
00:20:40
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Allan Tran, Nguyen "Fletcher" Le
Written by
Allan Tran, Nguyen "Fletcher" Le, Michael Schafernak
Produced by
Matthew Higgins, Bridge Stuart, Max Straight, Michael Cassio

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Audience Choice and Best Comedy


A lonely guy finds a friend in the "ghost" living in his apartment.


3 Keys




United States
00:14:52
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Josh Funk
Written by
Josh Funk
Produced by
Jordan Funk, Joe Batt

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Judges Choice and Best Animation


From independent director and animator, Josh Funk, comes 3 KEYS - a fantasy/thriller short film set in the world of one woman's nightmares. In the office of a psychiatrist (Robert Donnelly), a patient (Brigette Funk) explains her reoccurring nightmares that always begin with a mysterious door and three different skeleton keys that unlock it. Accompanied by stop-motion puppets, marionettes, and miniatures, each nightmare is packed with practical effects.


Barbara



Barbara Poster
United States
Documentary
00:04:12
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
John Charter

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Audience Choice and Best Documentary


A resilient 92-year-old widow reflects on the struggles and wisdom that comes with aging while living alone in Chico, California.


SAVE




Germany
Drama
00:03:54
Season:2018

Released:2016
Directed by
Iván Sáinz-Pardo
Written by
Iván Sáinz-Pardo
Produced by
Iván Sáinz-Pardo

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Judges Choice


Dawns . A baby breaks the silence .


Goldblooded




United States
Drama, Thriller
00:09:21
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Tom Botchii Skowronksi
Written by
Sam Kozé
Produced by
Samantha MacLeod, Tom Botchii Skowronski

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Action


A homeless drifter with traces of pure gold in his blood, accidentally unleashes his secret while experimenting with extraction methods and everyone wants in on the fortune.


Saving Santa




Ireland
Drama
00:17:30
Season:2017

Released:2017
Directed by
Keith O'Grady
Written by
Jonathan Fulton
Produced by
Keith O'Grady, Larry Cowan (Co-Producer)

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 1st Place Judges and 1st Place Audience Choice


A little girl, still dealing with her mother's death, comes across a seemingly destitute man who bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus, and despite his protestations, takes comfort in helping him.


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