An example from the expanded section of short films by famous directors, Tuileries was commissioned alongsidea host of other shorts by the French capital for its Paris, Je T'Aime anthology. Steve Buscemi is a tourist in the eponymous metro station, which is located near The Louvre. He mistakenly catches eyes with a woman on the opposite platform and her boyfriend takes an instant dislike to the mild-mannered American. It is enjoyable enough but perhaps not their best work.
Whiplash was the precursor to the feature film of the same name, and has become the blueprint for creating a proof-of-concept short, sometimes called a sizzle. However, this is by no means a new idea: see the shorts of horror Saw, South African sci-fi District 9 and Pixels. Those who have seen the feature film, Whiplash, will recognise the scene in the short film, for it is almost exactly the same; almost shot for shot. A student drummer has been invited to partake in his music school's top band, run by a tyranical teacher.
Written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Aidee Walker, Friday Tigers was the People's Choice and runner-up in the 8th FILMSshort competition. The talented Walker also stars as the single mother trying to combine motherhood with a university degree and a blossoming romance with a fellow student, while also dealing with a complicated and unhappy past. Superbly acted by all, including the young Anysia Davies, it is a subtle, beautifully rendered drama with a dash of animation.
Kind of Christmassy, 8 was the winner of the 4th FILMSshort competition a few years back and is a masterful example of how to create a film with no dialogue. Two soldiers from opposing armies (the naughts and the crosses) find themselves alone in a snowy forest. A game of cat and mouse ensues as the pendulum swings between them - but there are ultimately few winners in the game of war!
The short comedy Fred, a fantastic computer animation, was a winner in the FILMSshort competition. Fred tells the story of two ingenious mice, a wedge of cheese and a feline called Fred. The highly-skilled mice come up with a cunning plan to get past the sleeping Fred but they unfortunately wake him. Fred mistakes their attempts to bypass him as an invitation to dance. And Fred has some moves!