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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

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.


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 .


Barbara




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.


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.


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.


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...


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."


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.


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.


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.


Diggin' On




United States
Animation, Music Video
00:02:26
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Josh Funk

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Judges Choice Brief


A bird creature travels to the desert in his wagon to bury his heart.


In Memory




United States
Drama, SciFi
00:14:34
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Robert Kirbyson
Written by
E.R. Wolmelsduff, Robert Kirbyson
Produced by
Ron Allchin

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best SciFi


In a seemingly utopian future, an elderly woman struggles to accept that it seems like it's her turn to die. 


KITCHEN




France
Drama, Thriller
00:16:40
Season:2016

Released:2016
Directed by
STEVE DUCHESNE
Written by
STEVE DUCHESNE
Produced by
OLIVIER LAMY

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Horror


In a house in the middle of nowhere, Jason made the discovery of a cookbook hidden in his attic. Later, when he decided to prepare a delicious meal for his wife Marie, things do not go as planned ... A ghost took possession.


I've just had a dream




Spain
Drama
00:07:25
Season:2016

Released:2014
Directed by
JAVI NAVARRO
Written by
JAVI NAVARRO, PEDRO HERRERO
Produced by
JAVI NAVARRO

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


Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream.


Nine Days in Norcal




United States
Documentary
00:33:19
Season:2016

Released:2015
Directed by
Jeff Edwards
Written by
Jeff Edwards
Produced by
Jeff Edwards

Shortz! Award WinnerWinner - Best Documentary


Travel film about exploring swimming holes and cliff jumping spots in Northern California.


Worth The Wait




United States
Comedy
00:11:03
Season:2016

Released:2016
Directed by
John Sinclair, Joel P. Berry
Written by
Joel P. Berry
Produced by
Troy Lamberth, Joel P. Berry

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


He's moved on. So has she. But the annual jelly making competition reveals they both still have something to prove.


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