ED'S FAVOURITES - 1

Here are four shorts that pull everything together into beautiful artwork.
It takes a long time, talent and dedication to make short films this good.

Emilie Muller by Yvon Marciano (1994) (France) (20m)

I was put onto Emilie Muller by Acim Vasic, the director of '8' (winner of the 4th competition) and it quickly became one of my favourites. It is a confident and rewarding film: you know some kind of twist is coming but you just don't know what. Emilie is auditioning for a part in a film because her friend has pulled out of the audition. The director asks her to talk about what is inside her handbag. Marciano passed away in 2011 but this will live on for many years!

Emilie

Foxed! by James Stewart (2013) (Canada) (4m)

Goosebumps are guaranteed in this amazing stop-motion animation short film. Foxed! won many awards on the international festival circuit before finally being made available online. Made as a proof-of-concept for a feature film, Foxed! tells the story of Emily, a little girl who has been kidnapped by evil foxes and forced to work in an underground mine. When she sees a chance to escape, she makes a run for it. But what horrors await her when she reaches home?

House on Little Cubes

8 by Acim Vasic (2010) (Serbia/ Swiss) (9m) *

Written and directed by Acim Vasic, 8 was the winner of the fourth FILMSshort competition 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!

8

Speed Dating by Isaac Feder (2007) (USA) (8m)

Speed Dating is a brilliant romantic comedy about Greg, who has recently broken up with his girlfriend, trying out speed dating. He is confronted with a series of comically incompatible women until he meets one woman who is different from the rest and keen to have an honest conversation with him. Is this the girl for which Greg is waiting? With a great script and wonderful acting, short films don't come much better than Speed Dating.


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