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Fiction Shorts (under 10 mins)


Winner Take Steve (2:00), Jared Hess


Porcelain Unicorn (3:02) Keegan Wilcox

Porcelain Unicorn is a three minute film about a German youth who befriends a Jewish girl in hiding during World War II. The film was carefully crafted around 5 fixed lines of dialogue as part of the Philips Parallel Lines international competition.


Mama (3:10) Andy Muschietti / horror


Tides (3:54) Irem Dogancali / George Mason University

A grieving woman goes through different emotions of struggle, hope, diligence, and survival during a therapy session.


Synesthesia (4:10, 2009) Terry Timley

Suspend your disbelief in this alternate universe of food inspired sound creations and the best newspaper turkey ever to be roasted. 


KOM (4:12, 1995) Marianne O. Ulrichsen / Norway


Army Of Me (4:26) Michel Gondry

Music video for Björk


Inside (5:07) Trevor Sands

Starring Jeremy Sisto


From 1994 (5:37) Casey Warren

"What you say to a loved one if you only had one chance to say it all?"


Offside (5:57, 2005) Erez Tadmore & Guy Nattiv, / Israel

Offside is the second short film in the trilogy by Erez Tadmor & Guy Nattiv regarding the Middle East conflict. This short is a fallow-up to their last short film Strangers, Offside was shot in Israel, during September 2005, at the security zone that separates between Israel and the Palestine Authority.


JD Superhero (6:51) April Wilson password: superhero

JD wants to be a superhero but he learns that dreams and reality don't always mix. Made by a woman of color.


Phil Touches Flo (6:50, 1998) David Birdsell / comedy

Flo is a dog. Flo's owner doesn't like it when people touch Flo. Flo's owner is not a nice man. Phil touches Flo.


The War is Over (7:00, 1997) Nina Mimica / Italy


Gulp (7:13), Jason Reitman


Room 8 (7:19) Imagination Series, film 1

BAFTA award, best short 2014; from the “Imagination Series” sponsored by Bombay Sapphire Gin; 1 script, five films


Water Song (7:21) Imagination Series, film 2


The Mrs (6:14), Imagination Series, film 3


Crab (4:52) Imagination Series, film 4


Concrete (6:52) Imagination Series, film 5


Peluca (8:14) Jared Hess

The short that became Napoleon Dynamite


Sunday (8:50) John Lawlor

Seven words on the seventh day


House Hunting (9:38, 2003) Amy Lippman

Starring Paul Rudd & Zooey Deschanel

City Lights (9:15, 2018) Ed Wiles


3x3- Basketball VS Engineering (4:43) Nuno Rocha

How They Get There  (2:25) Spike Jonze

Game Night (4:43) Nuno Rocha

Hobby  (4:00) Colin Read

Double Tap (3:00) Eros Vlahos


5 Films about Technology (5:00) Peter Huang

Funnel (7:00) Andrew Hyland

Fiction (over 10 mins)

The Runaway/La Huida  10:45 min.  Victor Carrey/comedy-experimental

Clever, well-crafted experimental narrative short with humor, irony and good design.


Blue City (10:02 / 1997) David Birdsell / comedy

A depressed old man's elaborate suicide attempt is interrupted by strangers who cross his path.


The Lunch Date (10:22, 1990) Adam Davidson

Won the Student Academy Award, the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and the Oscar, a simple story with great performances and the camera always in the right place; a second-year exercise, not a thesis film at Columbia University. Also on the Cinema 16 American Short Films.


The Christmas Tree (11:21) Angel Kristi Williams

Made by a woman of color.


New Boy (11:30) Steph Green


Obras (11:59, 2004) Hendrick Dusollier / France

In one single shot, Obras is a poetic and graphic journey through time and space, exploring Barcelona's wild irreversible destruction and reconstruction. In a virtual 3D space, Obras offers a plastic interpretation of urban mutations. Extraordinary CG film


Faster! (12:00, 2010) Marie Ullrich / UFVA member!/id589109542

Became the feature ALLEY CAT.



The Saddest Boy In The World (13:36) Jamie Travis

The world has conspired against poor Timothy Higgins and he has no choice but to hang himself. Always the dramatist, he chooses his own 9th birthday party as his stage. If you find this funny, good. If you're offended, it's okay—our paths were never meant to cross.


Kitchen Sink (13:40, 1989) Alison McLean


Capture The Flag (13:59, 2007) Lisanne Skyler / UFVA member

Based on the critically praised novel by Rebecca Chace, stars Scott Cohen (NECESSARY ROUGHNESS ), Jane Stiles, Emmy Clarke (MONK) Will Denton, Lola Kirke (GONE GIRL), Gretchen Egolf, Kevin Black and Rebecca Chace.


Passing Hearts (14:05 / 2004) Johan Brisinger / Sweden

Audience Ward, Berlin Film festival


Kitchen (14:31) Alice Winocour (bootleg)


Possum (15:43, 1997) Brad McGann / New Zealand


White (15:51) A. Sayeeda Clarke /
It's another 120-degree day with five more days to Christmas and hot is the only season left in New York City. Global warming has become a tangible threat and everyone is creating new ways to protect themselves from the sun. Bato and his wife Gina are expecting a baby, but they weren't expecting it so early. Although they planned to have the baby at home, Gina now requires the services of a clinic for the premature delivery. With no money for the clinic, Bato enters into a race against the sun, the birth, his community and even his own identity to save his family.


Le Poulet (The Chicken, 15:53)  Claude Berri

Oldie but goodie, won an Oscar in 1965, it’s a treat and fun to discuss; also on the DVD of The Two of Us.


Immaculate Reception (16:20), Charlotte Glynn /

It's 1972 during the famous football game between the Steelers and Raiders. Can Joey, a shy 16 year old, win over the girl of his dreams? The second film in The Pittsburgh Trilogy.

Sundance 2014 selection; her PRESS KIT is a nice model for students as they complete their films and prepare for festival submission:


The Last Farm (17:02, 2004) Rúnar Rúnarsson / Iceland

In a remote corner of Iceland, winter is coming on. An aging farmer named Hrafn is doing has last chores before leaving with his wife Gróa for a retirement home in the city. Their daughter Lilja will be coming after the weekend to pick them up. She calls her parents, interrupting her dad’s lunch. Her mother is napping. The stoic Hrafn wants to make sure she won’t come before Monday. What are these last chores? Ocasr nominated.


I Am John Wayne (17:48) Christina Choe

A young black cowboy struggels with tehd eath of his best friend. Slamdance 2012.


The Wormhole (19:15) Jessica Sharzer


The Neighbor's Window (20:37)

Game Night (14:49)


Fiction (over 20 mins)

Gina, An Actress, Age 29 (22:00, 2001) Paul Harrill / UFVA member 

A budding actress in Knoxville, Tennessee is hired to help bust a union-organizing effort, but in her eagerness to take her first paying role, Gina ignores the ethical dimensions of her job and gets in over her head.


Advantageous  (23:18) Jennifer Phang /

Gwen is the spokesperson for a radical technology allowing people to overcome their natural disadvantages and begin life anew. But when her job and family are in crisis, will she undergo the procedure herself? The short eventually became a feature (on Netflix now) It’s longer than you seek. 


Medianeras (28:35, 2005) Gustavo Taretto

It later became a feature; Spanish w/ English subtitles.


Most - The Bridge (32:42)




Non-Fiction (under 10 mins)

Clockwork (4:34)

Master horologist John Metcalfe takes us inside his "hospital for clocks," a precisely-tuned world where time never stops.


Massacre At Murambi (5:17, 2006) Sam Kaufmann

“I made this film when I was teaching at the National University of Rwanda in 2006. In 2007, it was broadcast on P.O.V., the PBS documentary series. That year it was posted on YouTube by Media That Matters, as part of their film festival website, where it's been screened and discussed by over 1,200,000 people.”


Amar (all great achievements require time) (9:41, 2011) Andrew Hinton

Amar is 14 and top of his class. Someday he'd like to be a professional cricketer, but for now he's the family's main breadwinner, working two jobs six and a half days a week on top of attending school in the afternoons. This short observational documentary is a simple journey with Amar through his daily life.


Aluminum Fowl (13:07, 2006) James Clour

produced by Harmony Korine and Nadja Romain




Sound Design

Girl’s Room (9:44) Maria Gigante


Mum (10:19) Alex Bohs

Lynne Ramsay 

Gasman (13 minutes)


Jim Jarmusch

Coffee and Cigarettes


Rodrigo Garcia

Nine Lives

A feature film composed of nine different dramatic shorts, each about a turning point in the life of a woman. Each short is done in a single take. The first two (about 11 minutes each) are extremely good and go over very well with students.


David Lynch, The Short Films of David Lynch





Online Short Film Sites:


Future States

ITVS funded series is ripe with inspiring films made over several seasons.


Blue-Tongue Films

From Australia; recommended:

David Michod's 

Netherland Dwarf, perhaps my favorite dramatic short (14 minutes)

Nash Edgerton's 

Spider (8 minutes) has over a million views on YouTube and generates lively discussion.

Behind the scenes of "Spider" 

Spencer Susser's 

I Love Sarah Jane (12 minutes) is another winner – a teen romance with zombies, starring a young Mia Wasikowski.


Sundance Short Films




Future Shorts - Worldwide Creative Community


Watch the Best Short Films | Short of the Week


The Smalls - Short Films | Filmmakers | Short Movies


Shorts International


Film Movement


Documentary Film on Vimeo


Daily Motion


Other Great Film & TV Resources

Every Frame A Painting - YouTube Channel

Production Dialogue - Microphone Placement

How Does an Editor Think & Feel - Tony Zhou

National Film Board of Canada

TUILERIES – Coen Brothers



LE MARAIS – Gus Van Sant

14e ARRONDISSEMENT – Alexander Payne


Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas


75th Oscar Shorts

Fait d’hiver (Gridlock), a 6-minute short. It’s a great example of a film with a punch line. 


Wholphin - The McSweeney's Store - DVD Collection Magazine


Cinema 16 - American Short Films


Cinema 16 - European Films


Cinema 16 - World Short Films:



Archive of American Television

How to be a Director

A Filmmaker's World

Online Journal:

The Journal of Short Film





TV Series Bibles -


Crew Call



The Wood

Henry Lynch

Nelson Mandela's History

Jungle Jeopardy



Munroe, Roberta. How Not To Make A Short Film. New York: Hyperion Press, 2009


Raskin, Robert. The Art Of The Short Fiction Film. London: McFarland and Company, 2002



Law For the Arts

Using Music in a Film



Will Akers, Belmont University

Ann Alter, Humboldt State University

Giovanna Chesler, George Mason University

Angela Criscoe, Georgia College & State University    

Dan Kleinman, Columbia University

Mitch Levine, Loyola Marymount University    

Vaun Monroe, Columbia College

Michael Mulcahy, University of Arizona

John Philbin, Grand Valley State University    

Jen Proctor, University of Michgan

Shannon Silva, University of North Carolina Wilmington

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