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The Fantastic Fest 2011 Shorts!

Nordling here.

Fantastic Fest (September 22 - 29, 2011) is of course known as a genre film festival, but some of the best genre work happens in the shorts presentations, and this year looks no different.  We get the latest work from director Richard Gale (THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON), a retelling of the Three Billy Goats Gruff from the troll's point of view, monster movies galore, and shorts touching on practically every subject matter you can imagine.  I look forward to sitting down to most if not all of these in September:


Austin, TX-Wednesday, August 24th, 2011- Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the short film lineup for the seventh edition of Fantastic Fest, happening September 22-29 in Austin, Texas.  Fantastic Fest loves its short films - they provide a fertile ground for new and exciting filmmaking talent to show off their genre goods in an unrestrained format.  Here is the lineup for Fantastic Fest 2011:
U.S. Premiere
Director:  Marc-Henri Boulier, France, 6 minutes
A naked, terribly bruised man is running through the woods. He stops suddenly. Who is this mysterious woman calling for help? And why are men trying to shoot him?
Regional Premiere
Director: Thomas Nicol and Becky Griesheimer, USA, 3 minutes
Night falls, shadows creep out, and the time has come for little Timmy to go to bed. But can he brave the ominous gaze of his closet door?
U.S. Premiere
Director: Sofia Carrillo, Mexico, 8 minutes
Two sisters share their life imprisoned in a strange place. The mundane routine, along with their curiosity, will cause them to break their boundaries.
Texas Premiere
Director: David Muñoz, Rafa Dengrá & Adrián Cardona, Spain, 15 minutes
Having recently recovered from a mental breakdown, Mr. Oliveras is in need of a relaxing vacation but things don't go exactly as planned.
Texas Premiere
Director: David Karlak, USA, 19 minutes
An underhanded company man is offered assistance by a secret organization that immerses him in forces beyond his control.
Regional Premiere
Director: Joe Tucker, United Kingdom, 4 minutes
Mrs. Evans wasn't expecting any visitors today... A short, comic film about the banality and randomness of death.
COP HARD (2011)
World Premiere
Director: Charles C. Custer, Australia, 30 minutes
Hard cop. Tough cop. Detective Larry Hard is more cop than an old doughnut next to a dead hooker.
World Premiere
Director: BenDavid Grabinski, USA, 8 minutes
Silas (Brandon Routh) and Jerry (Bret Harrison) work for a very interesting corporation. One day things go wrong... Scary things.
Regional Premiere
Director: Peter Szewczyk,Poland, 9 minutes
A young girl's fate is inextricably sealed when she crosses paths with a scheming and enigmatic old woman, who harbors a dark secret.
CREATE (2011)
World Premiere
Director: Dan MacKenzie, USA, 2 minutes
A young mad scientist sets out to create a pet monster within the parallel worlds of an imaginary laboratory and the reality of the boy's bedroom.
CTIN! (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Cyrille Drevon, France, 15 minutes
At midnight, a man wakes up at a bizarre dinner party, surrounded by strangers speaking a curious language ...
CURTAIN (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director: Dennis Widmyer, USA, 13 minutes
An unemployed deadbeat runs into a heap of girl trouble when he's forced to choose the lesser of two evils: the succubus haunting his bathtub or the psychotic girlfriend lying in his bedroom.
Regional Premiere
Director: Andreas Lambropoulos and Kostas Skiftas, Greece, 12 minutes
A young woman tries to escape from murderous criminals, but soon discovers death to be the least of her troubles.
North American Premiere
Director: Javier Chillon, Spain, 9 minutes
An astronaut returns to Earth after a fatal accident on a distant planet.
World Premiere
Director: Eric Vogel and Thomas Seeberg Torjussen, Norway, 2 minutes
Portrait of the artist as a young man...if he had no hands and a dick for a nose.
Regional Premiere
Director: Steve Daniels, USA, 16 minutes
In this dark, whimsical fantasy, a man travels deep into the forest to stop an ancient creature from creating cursed silverware that brings unhappiness to the world.
Texas Premiere
Director: Rider Strong and Shiloh Strong, USA, 13 minutes
After they discover they were both fantasy geeks as kids, Shane and Cooper decide to spend a night playing Dungeons & Dragons. But they canʼt remember the rules, so they invite a true gamer to help them. When he shows up in a cape, things get awkward very quickly...
EXIT (2011)
World Premiere
Director: Daniel S. Zimbler, United Kingdom, 13 minutes
A Christmas party in the countryside. As a parlor trick becomes a bewitching, one of the guests gets his darkest desire.
World Premiere
Director: Blackmagic Rollercoaster, USA, 3 minutes
Celebrate the death anniversary of your wife and share a stainless breast milk picnic with your little boy.
Regional Premiere
Director: Nomint, Greece, 3 minutes
This is the story of the Holy Chicken, a magnificent beast, worshiped and exploited, in a tale of love and regret, art and science, life and music.
World Premiere
Director: Tore Frandsen, Denmark, 3 minutes
Set in the 1970's, this brief tale is centered around the classic horror theme of man vs. nature. Needless to say, in this battle, man will suffer.
Austin Premiere
Director: Emily Carmichael, USA, 8 minutes
A Brooklyn couple has dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman.
Texas Premiere
Director: Jimmy Weber, USA, 7 minutes
A young man wakes up in a bathtub full of ice in a dingy motel room only to discover his problems have just begun. You've heard the urban legend. This is worse.
U.S. Premiere
Director: Roland Petrizza, Germany, 3 minutes
When Pope Innocentius VIII is doomed to die, Marie Claire, a devoted nun, is willing to sacrifice everything to save him. But her undying love for the Holy Father will be her downfall.
Texas Premiere
Director: Alain Fournier, Canada, 8 minutes
In a lonely, gray city, a young boy has only pigeons for company. When he spies a pretty neighbor, he tries all manner of inventions to catch her eye and heart.
North American Premiere
Director: Hanna Sköld, Sweden, 11 minutes
An absurd, associative tale about love, role-playing and the longing to be seen.
Texas Premiere
Director: Vincent Marcone, Canada, 6 minutes
Estranged from the rest of the townsfolk, an eccentric lady is haunted by ghostly whispers, and follows an eerie call to an unusual happily-ever-after.
Regional Premiere
Director: Pjotr Sapegin, Norway, 13 minutes
In the old days, Norway used to be a safe heaven for Trolls, but not anymore. One day three young goats decide to get rid of an old Troll who lives under a bridge. Little do they know that he is the last survivor of his species, the very last Troll of Norway...
LAZAROV (2010)
North American Premiere
Director: Nietov, France, 5 minutes
Refusing to accept the decline of the USSR, a handful of Russian scientists work secretly to resurrect the Soviet power. Here are some new images of the mysterious program Lazarov.
World Premiere
Director: Andrew Bond, Estonia, 24 minutes
Dirtpeople are living in misery until the Mighty Soap arrives, who washes them clean.
MY DAD (2010)
North American Premiere
Director: Patrice Gablin, France, 13 minutes
What is behind the door at the end of the corridor? A secret, a family under pressure, and an unforeseen event which might change everything.
North American Premiere
Director:Florian Puchert and Wolfgang Böhm, Germany, 15 minutes
When charlatan Paul pretends to exorcise a ghost from an old Bavarian farmhouse, he encounters the impossible - an actual supernatural presence. Attempting to save this lost soul, he unleashes Hell...
World Premiere
Director: Ryan Schifrin, USA, 16 minutes
Basil and Moebius are badass partners-in-crime who work for the mysterious and supernatural Collector. They pull a daring heist during an illegal gambling party thrown by an underworld kingpin.
NO WAY OUT (2011)
World Premiere
Director: Aaron Morgan, USA, 8 minutes
Isolated in a place where twisted creatures torment him from the dark, a man desperately tries to find an escape. But there may be no way out.
Austin Premiere
Director: Eric Power, USA, 4 minutes
A lone samurai sets his course towards the path of blood, where unknown dangers and terrors await. Will his great swordsmanship be enough to combat the treacherous demon lord and his minions?
PROFILE (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director: Timo Pierre Rositzki, Germany, 7 minutes
Caro is approached by Thomas, and she has no idea about the surprises the encounter will bring...
U.S. Premiere
Director: Christian Sparkes, Canada, 12 minutes
A fable about a group of children who befriend a monster they meet while playing in the woods.
SHIFTER (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Ben Parker, United Kingdom, 8 minutes
A woman, trapped inside a building, tries to evade armed soldiers who want her as bait to entrap her uniquely skilled mentor.
SK8RZ (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director: Robin Todd, United Kingdom, 8 minutes
Set in a world where love exists as forward momentum, sk8rz carry each other over precarious obstacles until they crash in bitter disagreement.
North American Premiere
Director: Richard Gale, USA, 8 minutes
The latest installment of Richard Gale's viral hit THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON, this epic interstellar battle features the Spoonkiller vs. Jack "Obi-Wan" Cucchiaio.
SUFFER (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director: Kimani Ray Smith, Canada, 18 minutes
A professional fighter risks his life to save a beautiful stranger in Hell's kitchen.
World Premiere
Director: Free, USA, 6 minutes
Young lovers are cruelly used by malevolent creatures who live within the woods. A bloody supernatural battle ensues, pitting a dead man against his killer.
North American Premiere
Director: Gunnar A K Jarvstad, Sweden, 3 minutes
An execution takes an unexpected turn...
TWO DREAMS (2011)  World Premiere
Director: Meredith Hama-Brown, Canada, 5 minutes
June and Marc sleep in a bed and dream separate dreams of their lives together. Each dream eventually becomes the other person's nightmare.
Austin Premiere
Director: Paw Charlie Ravn, Denmark, 8 minutes
Albert and his best friend Jonas are orphans. They live in the future in a harsh dystopia where the women and children are all dead and the men have begun to change.
Texas Premiere
Director: Hugo Lijia, Sweden, 28 minutes
Thirty years after a zombie outbreak, people have started taming the creatures and using them as a cheap work force. Young couple Katrine and Mark struggle with the duties of dirty zombie-catching, bloody lobotomy experiments and a relationship on the verge of collapse.
U.S. Premiere
Director: William Crooks, Australia, 4 minutes
Luke and Susan are enjoying a nice, boring evening at home until they are interrupted by a vile and implacable monster.
Regional Premiere
Director: Emil Stang Lund, Norway, 15 minutes
The suspended synchronized swimming guru Labanosov entices overweight women to join him in his mission to prove Isaac Newton wrong at the Championships.
Texas Premiere
Director: Raul Navarro, Spain, 8 minutes
Time traveler Carlos uses his unique skill to take advantage of women...until he meets fellow traveler Laura. This is the story of a love beyond the space-time continuum.
World Premiere
Director: Aaron Guadamuz, USA, 9 minutes
After the planet is decimated, Yuichi and his dog venture into the charred landscape of cult film artifacts in search of a television tube.
For the latest developments visit the Fantastic Fest Facebook & Twitter.

Nordling, out.

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  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by gandalfs_bong

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Always wanted to do that

    by gandalfs_bong

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST

    My film is not on the list

    by cenobiteme

    What an odd way to find out you were rejected by a film festival...

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by CB Chap


  • Aug. 24, 2011, 1:19 p.m. CST

    there's a great short film called COST OF LIVING

    by Winston Smith

    That stars the smoking man from X-Files. It could be a great set-up for a feature, came out about a decade ago.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Fantastic Fest should put out a shorts DVD every year

    by konkrete590

    There are always shorts that I don't get to see that you can never find anywhere to see again. Most of the movies if you miss them you can catch them when they are released in theater or dvd, but not the shorts. And there have been some really great shorts!

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    yay for Dickface!! Norway represent!

    by Steve

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    I agree with konkrete590

    by Adam Jones

    Yeah, they should be put on DVD. Here in Palm Springs, CA we have a similar short fest and year after year there are tons of great short films that you don't get to see cause they overlap times in different theaters. It's impossible to see all of them. If they put them on DVD's the money earned could go back to support new film makers, as well, the costs to run the event.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Hey d.v

    by DrMorbius

    Have anything entered this year Pally?

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST


    by NoMoreGats

    Yup. Same here. An email would have been nice.

  • Aug. 24, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by NoMoreGats

    Yup. Same here. An email would have been nice.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    cenobiteme & nomoregats

    by Randin Graves

    Another one here. I scored two genre comedies that have done very well elsewhere, but apparently got no love from FF... which we learned via AICN. Classy!

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Quite rude

    by cenobiteme

    I find it kind of rude that I had to find out I was rejected via a highly trafficked website such as A.I.C.N. We paid them to watch our "short" films the least they could do was to send us a well worded rejection letter to soften the blow but no, I get to find this out via a website. Send the rejections out first guys, then post the official selections in the press. There really is an etiquette to this and you would think a well established film festival would know how to respect the film makers.

  • Aug. 25, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Now THESE are some amazing shorts!

    by XoanonTORN

    Full lineup here

  • Too bad hardly anyone will see them, as short films are kinda of an unappreciated artform these days. Why don't the studios and theater chains show some of the good to great short films of the world before the trailers of a feature film? Kinda like how they used to do back in the olden days? That would be fun and would give up and coming filmmakers a chance for their work to reach a larger audience. Hell, for Hollywood it would be like market research. Every once in a while, one of these shorts would blow up in popularity if millions of movie goers got to see short films in the theater. So say a short gets a huge seal of approval from the public. Hollywood just got some pretty cheap confirmation that taking said short film and turning it into a feature would be a good idea. Seems to make sense, and would maybe add some nice variety and originality to the theater experience that is now dominated by crass intellectual property cash-in films.