Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
Can You Fly? (#1308H) Duration: 28:00 STEREO TVG
5 METERS 80 (France) - Ever wonder what giraffes do for fun? Wonder no more.
9 METER (Denmark) - A young track star's mother is in a coma. Every time he breaks his own personal records, his mother responds by moving her finger. He is convinced that if he can push himself to the limit, he can continuing breaking records in the long jump and this will wake his mom up. He sets out to make the most dangerous jump of his life.
DUST (England) - A creepy man follows a young girl and her mother home from school one day and waits until dark to sneak into their house. The mysterious man won't leave until he gets what he wants... and doesn't leave until he gets it.
Love Lost and Found (#1316H) Duration: 28:08 STEREO TVG
MR. HUBLOT (France / Luxembourg): Mr. Hublot lives in a world where everything is mechanical - including pets. The film won the 2014 Academy Award for best animation. Written, produced and directed by Laurent Witz.
LUCY (USA): A little girl wants a puppy... real bad. Will her persistence break through her parents' stone cold hearts? Animated by Zoe Lubeck.
WEST OF THE MOON (USA): The memory of a long lost love triggers an old man to recall the odd set of circumstances that led to his having a grenade as a heart and a monkey inside his head. The film is directed by Brent Bonacorso and based on the book of children's essays entitled The Colored Monster Has No Mouth by Roger Omar.
Never Take No for An Answer (#1309H) Duration: 29:21 STEREO TVPG
GROUNDED (France) - Evelyne needs to travel to London for her mother's funeral. But at the airport, she can't produce her newborn baby's ID. She is not allowed to board her plane. But with the help of Stephanie, a young air hostess, they will fight the inflexible airport rules and bureaucratic red tape. It is a race against time. Will she make it before the gate closes?
SELMA (Tunisia) - After the accidental death of her taxi-driver husband, Selma decides to become master of her own life by taking over his taxi business. She comes up against the Kafkaesque procedures of Tunisian bureaucracy and the heavily entrenched patriarchal society. With quiet determination, she also faces her conservative Muslim in-laws who continue to dictate the way she should behave. Facing difficult odds, she fights to break free.
Not The Same Without You (#1307H) Duration: 28:38 STEREO TVG
WE KEEP ON DANCING (Australia) - A deep human connection is made - in of all places - in an auto repair shop among men who have never met before. A distraught man with a rundown Volkswagen Beetle comes into the Rainbow Mechanics repair shop with an unusual request. The men in the shop come to the realization that breakdowns happen to more than just cars.
THE PHONE CALL (England) - Heather is shy and spends her days working at a helpline call center. When she receives a call from a distraught man, she has no idea the encounter will change her life forever. Featuring an amazing performance by Sally Hawkins (who did this film right after her Oscar nominated performance in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine), the film will resonate with anyone searching for a true companion.
Humor Me (#1201H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING (Finland): All hell breaks loose when a family oversleeps on the day they are supposed to be attending a wedding. A comedy featuring disinterested kids, a clueless husband and a wife who has to take care of everything herself - sound familiar?
NO COMMENT (France):When an English speaking tourist asks a beautiful young woman for directions in Paris, she reads him the riot act, assuming he's simply trying to pick her up.
THE DATE (Finland): Tino, a geeky and shy teenager, has to host a date for Diablo, his family's pedigree stud tomcat. An embarrassing frank mother and her good looking daughter arrive with their prized possession.
THE OP SHOP (Australia): It came in a box. No name. No description. Just a strange donation that three elderly women at a thrift shop were determined to sell for $3.50. But then... and then again... and once more... they slowly unlock its secret.
Beyond Infinity (#1302H) Duration: 45:00 STEREO TVG
ENTITY (France) - Minutes after the technical failure of her spacecraft ( if you can call your ship blowing up just a "technical failure"), an astronaut finds herself ejected from her cockpit and into space. She tries in vain to contact the base to obtain help. Her oxygen level diminishes slowly but surely. She faints... after floating adrift for several hours through the immensity of space, she awakens to find herself facing a strange and mysterious entity, taking the shape of an immense black hole.
ORBIT EVER AFTER (England)- When you're in love, you're willing to risk everything in order to spend one perfect moment together. Nigel has fallen in love, but when you live in outer space aboard a ramshackle spaceship it isn't easy to follow your heart - especially when the girl of your dreams is circling around the earth the opposite direction. A science fiction romance where two star-crossed lovers overcome all probabilities and sacrifice everything in order to spend one perfect moment together.
Boy Meets Girl (#1310H) Duration: 28:48 STEREO TVG
97% (Holland) - Finally, technology has now been able to help us find love. Via an app on his phone, single and ready to mingle, Bert gets a notice that the girl of his dreams is nearby. Now, all he has to do is find her before the subway train reaches the end of the line... easier said than done.
MICKEY AND MARIA (Germany) - Twenty year old Maria goes to a birthday party in hopes of escaping her troubles. She has just broken up with her immature boyfriend and has become disenchanted with men and love. Just when she is ready to give up on love, a precocious nine year old Mickey, who knows a good thing when he sees it, offers her the most romantic proposal ever.
MAN IN SUIT (Holland) - A busy woman is at her wit's end with her family. Her children don't appreciate all the things she does for them. When her husband forgets to tell her that he has to work on the family's planned day to visit the amusement park, she reaches the end of her rope. She decides to seize the day. Now it's Mommy time. Directed by Anna van der Heide. Principal cast: Maria Kraakman, Nick Livramento Silva, Rover Van Gennep, Roosmarijn Van der Hoek, Ali Ben Horsting.
The Animation of Imagination (#1303H) Duration: 28:59 STEREO TVPG-14
THE LOST THING (Australia) - A boy discovers a bizarre looking creature while out collecting bottle caps one day at the beach. Realizing it is lost, he tries to find out where it belongs, but everyone else is too busy or wrapped up in their own lives to care. The boy decides it is up to him to find its home. The surreal animation comes from the mind of children's book writer Shaun Tan. A beautiful allegory exploring how we take for granted the world around us and how we ourselves at times feel like we don't belong.
FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MORRIS LESSMORE (US) - Inspired in equal measures by Hurricane Katrina (the filmmakers are based in Louisiana), Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, "Morris Lessmore" is a story of people who devote their lives to books. The film is a poignant, humorous allegory about the curative powers of reading. The film uses a hybrid style of animation that harkens back to silent films and M-G-M Technicolor musicals.
Future Shock (#1202H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG-V
THE GATE (England): A new virulent strain of rabies is thought to be responsible for a number of horrible deaths in the city of London. It soon becomes clear that the cause of the condition has a much more sinister origin.
PEACEFORCE (Denmark): Copenhagen, Denmark. 2045. A global economic collapse has left humanity on the brink of total anarchy. A young, inexperienced and idealistic peacekeeper volunteers for an unusual mission. Elephants had become extinct years ago, but the locals tell of an elephant that is currently on the loose leaving dead and injured in its wake. He decides to appease the locals and visits them, but before long he is in over his head.
New World Disorder (#1311H) Duration: 26:12 STEREO TVPG
iMOM (Australia) - Finally, the answer for busy parents all over the world! In the not too distant future, the iMom is created and becomes a wildly successful product that's guaranteed to raise your kids for you. When a preoccupied mother leaves her eight year old son and baby daughter under the care of the family's iMom, a scary connection is formed. Technology has made many jobs obsolete, but can it replace the role of dear old mom?
FOXES (Ireland) - The real estate bubble has burst leaving people's home mortgages and lives upside down. One lone couple are all that remain in an otherwise abandoned subdivision. Isolation can mess with your mind and make you do strange things. They soon find out they are not alone.
The Gravity of Life (#1203H) Duration: 26:32 STEREO TVG
43,000 FEET (New Zealand): You think you've got problems? When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43,000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes 48 seconds before he hits the ground.
EXPLOSIONS (Australia): As gravity appears to fail all around them, the inhabitants of a neighborhood begin to mysteriously float into the sky. After failing to save her boyfriend from this phenomenon, will she succumb to the same fate?
BRIDGE (New Zealand): A woman finds herself along after dark waiting for a train on an empty platform... or so she thinks. She starts to run as she is pursued by a faceless stranger... or so she thinks. She slips and is knocked out. When she wakes up, her world is truly upside down and she must decide if it's time to let go of the past.
Be Still My Heart (#1312H) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVPG
VOICE OVER (Spain) -There are unforgettable moments in one's life that take your breath away. Here are three of them. No, make that four...or is it one? Confused? So is the narrator who jumps from one heart-thumping story to another. He argues with himself until he finally figures out what tale he is really trying to tell.
RHINO FULL THROTTLE ( Germany) - Bruno roams the streets of Berlin trying to find the soul of the city when a beautiful tourist highjacks his thought process in this deceptively simple but visually creative love story. Driven by curiosity, his wild imagination and his unique take on reality, Bruno reveals his love affair with Berlin and his infatuation with a mysterious woman
Omg (#1204H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG-L
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM (England): Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar a: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman. Is he a faker or a lunatic?
THE BIG LEAP (Poland / Sweden): Three people meet atop a skyscraper. They have the same intention - to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly escalates when they discover that they all represent a different conviction about the afterlife. The believer, the agnostic and the atheist know the only way to find out the truth is to take The Big Leap.
Woman to Woman (#1205H) Duration: 25:59 STEREO TVPG
DOTTY (Australia): Sitting on her bed in a nursing home, a stubborn old woman struggles to send an important text message to her daughter. When her morning cup of tea arrives, Dotty manages to rope someone else into her endless battle with her cell phone. Through stubborn persistence, love conquers technology.
KIRUNA KIGALI (Sweden / Rwanda): In the midst of a snowstorm, a woman is driving her way to the hospital in Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden. Under the scorching sun in a remote village near Kigali, Rwanada, another woman is being carried to the nearest hospital on a stretcher by the village boys. Two single mothers to be on the verge of giving birth are separated by thousands of miles, but share the same fear of childbirth and being a single parent.
A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing) (#1213H) Duration: 28:55 STEREO TVG
ALL SOUL'S DAY (Poland): On her eighteenth birthday, Lena is trying to bond with her family, but as usual, they seem to be ignoring her. It also happens to be All Soul's Day, a time for contacting the dead and getting together to return to one's roots. Lena set out in search for her long-lost father. Events of the day transpire that ultimately lead her to reassess what family truly means.
THE PARAKEETS (France): Lili, an ill young woman going through cancer treatment, is faced one morning with the sudden loss of her hair. She cannot bring herself to leave her apartment. Her best friend proposes a radical solution: to give Lili a radical makeover from head to toe. Lili agrees to be transformed. Little does she know that this makeover will fundamentally change not only her day, but also her life. When your inhibitions are the last things you have to lose, that's when freedom begins.
Planet Animation (#1206H) Duration: 26:19 STEREO TVG
WIND (Germany): Global warming has taken its toll on a windy town. The inhabitants are resourceful and adapt to the new routine... that is until the gust stops... then things really get "blown" out of whack.
BEAR ME (Germany / Poland): One day, I found a bear... or he found me. I couldn't get rid of him. We became to closest of friends. The film shows how love makes for strange bed partners.
MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN (United States): Marcel the Rooster, survives bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max. Despite being blind in one eye, he remains the proud King of Tervuren. Never underestimate the willpower of a one-eyed rooster.
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES (Holland): A futuristic vision of a world after a catastrophic disaster and those left behind to pick up the pieces.
The Games People Play (#1301H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
PREY ALONE (Ireland) - NSA Special Agent Cain is on the hunt for an elusive killer. His only leads are a cocky eyewitness and the cryptic words scribbled on a notepad "Prey Alone." At first confounded by the clues, Agent Cain gets the uneasy feeling that he has been here before. This edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a short film is written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.
PONY PLACE (Holland) - When young Emma is not allowed to take her laptop on holiday, she asks her grandparents to look after her virtual horse farm. The couple takes on the task with disastrous results. The digital divide between generations has never been more hilariously depicted.
That Girl Is Crazy (#1313H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
THE CYCLIST (USA) - Harold's awkward first date with Hannah takes a turn for the worse when they discover her bicycle has been stolen. Together, they hunt for the culprit. Harry soon realizes that the thief is the least of his problems in what is turning out to be the date from hell.
PERSON TO PERSON (USA) - Waking up in the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a female stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of the day unsuccessfully trying to convince her to leave. Reminiscent of early Spike Lee, Person to Person lovingly captures the quirky characters that make up the New York neighborhood in which he lives.
Family Is Everything (#1207H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
GREAT ADVENTURES (Australia): Grandma thinks Billy and his granddad are in the living room. She couldn't be more wrong.
GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN (Sweden): The relationship between a remarkably perceptive young boy and his wise, bedridden grandfather overflows with humor, warmth and love. They share jokes, talk love, sex and politics, and enjoy each other's company as only best friends can. The film offers a moving reflection on being young and old; living and dying; and the legacy we leave behind.
COLD BLOOD (Canada): A stressed and exhausted mother brings her terrified son to the hospital. A poignant tale about the sacrifices we unquestionably make for family.
Millennial Love (#1208H) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG
YOUR PLACE? (Germany): How much would you trust a stranger? Freya meets Max on the dance floor. There's an immediate connection and attraction. When the lights switch on in the nightclub and the crowd disperses, she makes him an unusual offer which is a bigger, more exciting adventure than a normal one night stand.