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United States
Animation, Romance, Music Video
00:04:21
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Ren Lathbury, Mari Carlson

Tonight Bunny will finally propose to her girlfriend at the end of the pier - but wait, oh no! She's late!


Snow in Love




United States
Animation, Romance
00:02:38
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Trey Solberg
Written by
Wendy Solberg
Produced by
Trey Solberg, Wendy Solberg

A frozen couple struggles to extend their temporary existence and hold on to love as long as possible.


Some Kind of Daydream




United States
Drama
00:12:18
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Tony Alfaro
Written by
Tony Alfaro
Produced by
Connie Jo Sechrist, Tony Alfaro

Two lovers have a heart to heart about their future as a couple. The only thing standing between them is reality.


Stop At 60




United Kingdom
Documentary, Thriller
00:12:50
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Joseph Harrington

The film follows the family of Lesley Doughty, a man who killed a 24-year old girl drink driving. Lesley was my grandfather and dying when I was 5 meant that I never really got a chance to know him. Exploring the issues of mental health and alcoholism my family try to understand the events leading up to the crash, within this they examine their own feelings of guilt and regret for not doing more.


Table for Two




United States
00:01:49
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Breanne Brennan
Written by
Breanne Brennan, James Baker, Jr.
Produced by
Brett Blake, Brenton Thom, JP Russell, Breanne Brennan

The evening is intimate and magical. A couple shares a special date.


Tapferkeit




United States
Action
00:19:17
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Joseph Quinn
Written by
T.M. Armstrong
Produced by
T.M. Armstrong

During the WWII North African campaign, a German sniper of the AfrikaKorps and a U.S. Combat engineer find themselves the sole survivors of a battle. They must reluctantly join forces to escape a marauding band of desert nomads and the unforgiving desolation of the Sahara desert. During their odyssey, the German relates the destruction of his country due to following their corrupt politicians. He regrets not stopping them before it was too late. It's a specter from the past that sadly parallels many aspects of our society today. The German soon realizes his own government is the real enemy of his people and struggles to find the courage (Tapferkeit) to stop them.


The Brick Story




Comedy
00:02:43
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
David Wittkower
Written by
David Wittkower
Produced by
David Wittkower, Greg Martin

Based on a joke, The Brick Story tells the story of a Brick Layer's unfortunate turn of events as he tries to rid some extra bricks left over from a job.


The Countdown




Russia
Drama
00:03:17
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Ekaterina Merkulova
Written by
Ekaterina Gubanova, Ekaterina Merkulova
Produced by
Ekaterina Merkulova, Tatyana Zhuravel

Unlucky insurance service manager has to sale 100 medical insurances in a week, which are of no need for people, in order to safe his job. In the moment of extreme despair, he obtains the new ability to see the term of life of each person. The sequence of good deals is broken by the last customer who changes everything.


The Dig




United States
Drama
00:09:16
Season:2018

Released:2015
Directed by
Danielle Bárcena
Written by
Danielle Bárcena
Produced by
Mike Alfieri, Danielle Bárcena

When strange noises start to haunt Fido after he digs up an old bone, he must determine whether they are part of life in his newly adopted home, or something else. 


Toast




United States
Comedy
00:01:38
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Josh Anton, Greg McAvoy
Written by
Max Patrick Schlienger

A drug dealer gets burnt


Tutu Grande




United States
Drama
00:13:00
Season:2018

Released:2018
Directed by
Derek Sitter
Written by
Derek Sitter
Produced by
Derek Sitter

Pain is Temporary. Trauma Is Forever.

The tables are turned on a torturer. 


Wallbangers




Comedy
00:09:38
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Adele Franck
Written by
Nat Alder
Produced by
David Janakiev

Two middle aged dads’ friendship and manhood is at stake when a young Stud comes in and interrupts their weekly game of racquetball.


Western Jubilee




United States
Documentary
00:10:00
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Donna W, Guthrie, Colin W. Guthrie
Produced by
Donna Guthrie

Western Jubilee is a documentary film about a private music venue and recording studio in Colorado Springs, CO devoted to traditional cowboy music.  The film features avid collector Scott O'Malley, the owner of Western Jubilee, and Grammy-nominated cowboy singer Don Edwards. These two men share a friendship, an obsession, and a true love for all things cowboy.


Where are the Stars?




United States
Documentary
00:03:29
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Muhammad Asif Islam
Written by
Muhammad Asif Islam
Produced by
Muhammad Asif Islam

A short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night sky. It shows how the view gets progressively better as the light pollution reduces (from Los Angeles to Great Basin desert).

Thanks to darksitefinder.com on finding the locations. Traveling and shooting at every level of light pollution was a challenge. Furthermore, I was mostly alone in some of the locations, which is a bit scary because of the presence of wildlife (bear, mountain lion, snake). Despite the challenge, I was awestruck by the beauty of night sky at very less polluted areas.


Most of us live under heavily light polluted skies, and some people have never even seen the Milky Way. During a 1994 blackout, L.A. residents called the observatories when they saw the Milky Way for the first time. Although we can't imagine popular cities like L.A. and Manhattan almost dark upon nightfall, we can limit the light pollution specially the sky glow. Sky glow is the result of light directed upward instead of where it is most useful: on streets and homes. Thus most of a city’s artificial light is wasted anyway.


We are losing our connection with the night sky, which provided us with wonders like Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and the Mayan calendar. It also keeps our overworked, politicized lives simple, and makes us kind, thoughtful. Astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson said: “When you look at the night sky, you realize how small we are within the cosmos,” “It’s kind of resetting of your ego. To deny yourself that state of mind, either willingly or unwittingly, is to not live to the full extent of what it is to be human.”


You, Me & Gasoline




United States
Drama
00:18:54
Season:2018

Released:2017
Directed by
Jenna A. Rice
Written by
Jenna A. Rice
Produced by
Shawna Shultz

An angry 17-year-old's struggle with grief leaves her stranded in the Colorado wilderness alone and on the edge of a much needed breaking point.


Lost in Light




United States
Documentary
00:02:53
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Sriram Murali
Produced by
Sriram Murali

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Brief & Audience Choice Brief


Lost in Light, a short film on how light pollution affects the view of the night skies. Shot mostly in California, the movie shows how the view gets progressively better as you move away from the lights. Finding locations to shoot at every level of light pollution was a challenge and getting to the darkest skies with no light pollution was a journey in itself. Here’s why I think we should care more.


The night skies remind us of our place in the Universe. Imagine if we lived under skies full of stars. That reminder we are a tiny part of this cosmos, the awe and a special connection with this remarkable world would make us much better beings - more thoughtful, inquisitive, empathetic, kind and caring. Imagine kids growing up passionate about astronomy looking for answers and how advanced humankind would be, how connected and caring we’d feel with one another, how noble and adventurous we’d be. How compassionate with fellow species on Earth and how one with Nature we’d feel. Imagine a world where happiness of the soul is more beautiful. Ah, I feel so close to inner peace. I can only wonder how my and millions of other lives would have changed.


But in reality, most of us live under heavily light polluted skies and some have never even seen the Milky Way. We take the skies for granted and are rather lost in our busy lives without much care for the view of the stars.


How does light pollution affect the night skies and quite possibly our lives?


Walking Supply




Canada
Drama, Thriller
00:25:00
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Derek Barnes
Written by
James McDougall, Derek Barnes
Produced by
James McDougall, Derek Barnes

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Judges Choice


After escaping a soviet labour camp, three men struggle to survive in the barren landscapes of Siberia. The harrowing trek soon becomes a living nightmare for Yuri (James McDougall) when he discovers that his fellow escapees Oleg (Douglas Nyback) and Alexei (Jamie Maczko) plan to murder him for food. Inspired by true events 'Walking Supply' chronicles the dark journey of three men as they are pushed to their absolute limits. How far would you go to get home?


There's Something About The Virgin Mary




United Kingdom
Comedy
00:12:15
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Kevin McSorley
Written by
Kevin McSorley
Produced by
Kevin McSorley

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 3rd Place Audience Choice


Johnny Davis struggles to attract customers to his empty village bar. With the threat of losing his livelihood looming large, Johnny locks himself away to become a Flair Bartending Cocktail King in an attempt to win his customers back and to inadvertently save the day for the village church.


Dear George




United States
Drama, Comedy, Romance
00:17:59
Season:2017

Released:2016
Directed by
Emily Skyle
Written by
Emily Skyle
Produced by
Mark Carey, Alphonse Polito, Tyler Bourns

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - 2nd Place Judges and 2nd Place Audience Choice


When his high school sweetheart sends him an epic break-up letter and moves out of state for a job, a heartbroken gamer decides to face his fears to get her back. He sets off on a cross country trip filled with a TSA shakedown, Acapella group, bad decisions and a "borrowed" chicken costume - all for love!


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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