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BEST WORLD SHORT FILMS - 2

Having covered America, Europe and Asia, here are more shorts from the rest
of the world, including films from Russia, Kenya, Canada and South America

The God

The God by Konstantin Bronzit (2004) (Russia) (4m) *

Russian animator Konstantin Bronzit was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 with his simple, hand-drawn animated film, Lavatory Lovestory. But in 2004 he created this truly brilliant computer animation. A bronze statue of the Hindu deity, Shiva, the personifaction of calm, is irritated by a pesky fly and comes to life in order to rid himself of it. But in his increasingly frustated attempts, Shiva causes himself more and more problems until...


I Want To Be A Pilot by Diego Quemada-Diez (06) (Ken) (10m)

A successful documentary short from Spanish filmmaker, Diego Quemada-Diez, I Want To Be A Pilot tells the touching story of Omondi, who lives in Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya. In the form of a poem, written by the director, Omondi tells us how he dreams of flying away on one of the planes he sees in the skies above his township. It is perhaps not the most subtle documentary but it is effective, and the story ends with some unsettling truths.

I Want To Be A Pilot

Zapato

Zapato and Caldera by O.R. 18 Certificate Logo Encinas (2010) (Bolivia) (23m)

This film apparently caused a bit of a stir on the short film festival circuit because of its graphic violence. So be warned! Zapato and Caldera (Zapato y Caldera) by Bolivian filmmaker Oscar Ricardo Encinas, centres on two high-school students as they take their revenge on a man using technology created specifically for the process. All they have to do is plug the USB cable into his his brain to see exactly what happened to one of their's sister...


Panic Attack

Panic Attack! by Federico Alvarez (2009) (Uruguay) (5m) *

Panic Attack! (Ataque de Pánico! in Spanish) was created by unknown Uruguayan filmmaker Frederico Alvarez, and was such a hit on YouTube that Hollywood heavyweight Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spiderman-3) offered Alvarez a deal to make a film through his production company. This science fiction short film is an exercise in special effects but don't expect much story within the total destruction.

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