Sci-fi and fantasy short movies work best when a great idea is matched by great effects or animation. Watch these exampes of what can be achieved.

Mis-drop by Ferend Peek (2013) (New Zealand) (14m)

The brilliant sci-fi short film Mis-drop by Ferend Peek was a finalist in the 7th FILMSshort competition. Set some 300 years in the future, It is mainly told with one shot, which shows a new recruit taking part in his first "drop". His team are dropping from a spaceship onto an alien world they are colonising and mining. It is being watched back by a forensic accountant, who has to decide whether what went wrong was the fault of the rookie or not.


Call Back

Call Back by C Puertolas and R Naamani (2013) (US) (7m)

Call Back was co-directed by Carlos F. Puertolas and Rani Naamani. It is a simple film about a man who has committed a double murder after visiting the motel where his wife and her lover are meeting. As the police arrive outside, the killer receives a mysterious call that promises him a second chance if he injects himself with an unknown drug. To watch more by the pair google Side Films.

Panic Attack

Panic Attack! by 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.

Phoenix 9 by Amir Reichart (2014) (USA) (22m)

Written by Peer Gopfrich and directed by Amir Reichart, Phoenix 9 was conceived in Germany but filmed in the USA, and a finalist in the 8th FILMSshort competition. It is a science-fiction short film set in a post-apocalyptic future and full of extremely well-made visual effects. It begins before the nuclear war before showing us a weary group of survivors walking across the wastelands of America. When these people take shelter in an underground bunker, they find there may be a way out of their current nightmare.

Phoenix 9

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