The Present by Jacob Frey (2014) (Germany) (4m)

The Present is a tear-jerking animation that did very well on the festival circuit. It was Frey's graduation film from the famous Baden-Wurttemberg Film Academy in Germany, and is based on a comic strip by Brazilian artist Fabio Coala Cavalcanti. n an effort to get her son to play outside, his mother has bought him a present: a puppy. However, the puppy is missing a leg and the boy is disgusted by it. Will the lovable dog be able to win him over? And why is he so disgusted by the dog's disability anyway?

House on Little Cubes

The Last Supper by Alicia MacDonald (2017) (UK) (3m)

It is 33 AD and Jesus Christ has just eaten the Last Supper with his twelve disciples. Knowing that Jesus is going to be crucified the next day, two of these disciples grab the chance to pitch some PR ideas to "J-Dog" before it's too late. Very modern materialists, they see marketing opporutnities where others might see the death of the Messiah. Alicia MacDonald went on to direct three episodes of the comedy Pure for Channel 4.


Tonight Is Not A Good Night For Dying by A Asgari (12) (Iran) (4m)

Tonight Is Not A Good Night For Dying by Iranian filmmaker Ali Asgari was selected as the overall winner of the summer 2012 competition. It is a simple idea beautifully executed. It's also nice to see a film outside of the UK or US taking the competition prize. In Tonight Is Not A Good Night For Dying we are given a POV shot of a man who has fallen or jumped from an apartment above...

Tonight Is Not A Good Night

Doodlebug by Christopher Nolan (1997) (UK) (3m) *

Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception) is now a major Hollywood player and this 1997 short short film, Doodlebug, displays the darker tone that would serve him so well in his later, feature film career. It shows a ragged man tormented by a bug in his ratty apartment. There is a twist that highlighted Nolan's fondness for visual effects. The simplicity of the direction, and the focus on visuals and sound design set a good example for short filmmakers.


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