Drawcard – Antonio Oreña-Barlin

One of the great things about the short format is that it allows talented directors to dabble in a variety of genres. Case in point: director Antonio Oreña-Barlin. A SotW alum, his previous featured short, Suburbia was an intense single-shot portrayal of an active shooter event—suspenseful and emotionally harrowing.  His latest, Drawcard, is a comedy about a guy who draws a dick on a sympathy card. If that doesn’t’ show directorial range, I don’t know what does.

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Fired on Mars – Nate Sherman & Nick Vokey

Losing your job sucks! Often the only thing that keeps you going in this situation is the thought that things could always be worse. Sadly, this isn’t the case for Jeff, the protagonist of Nate Sherman and Nick Vokey’s 7-minute animated comedy Fired on Mars. Over 30-million miles from home, with his wife spending an unhealthy amount of time with her yoga teacher and no new jobs on the Red planet’s horizon, things are certainly looking pretty crappy for this Mars-based graphic designer.

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Wednesday with Goddard – Nicolas Ménard

The complexity of simplicity is a challenge for all designers, and few in the animation and motion design space have more effectively met that challenge than Nicolas Ménard. His minimalist style demands precision—every line, every beat, needs economy and purpose.  Read more…

5 Films About Technology – Peter Huang

Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat…who needs the messiness of IRL human interactions when all we need is a thumb, a smartphone and wifi or data to communicate? As anyone under 40 can surely tell you though, social media has its own drawbacks, and in 5 Films About Technology writer/director Peter Huang conducts a kind of anthropological study—exposing the dumber side of modern technology in a painfully hilarious, and very entertaining way. Funded by the BravoFact Canadian grant, the 5-minute anthology of bite-sized vignettes recounts different stories, linked by one common thread—smartphone usage and its malignant effects.   Read more…

Standby – Charlotte Regan

Cleverly jumping through key moments in their relationship, the film takes you through the duo’s cold beginnings to their emotional “break-up”. Regan says the film was inspired by “dads that struggle to verbalise their love but show it so clearly in their subtle actions” and it’s certainly the connection between her two main characters (and the performances from her lead actors) that gives the film its impact – it’s a real emotional rollercoaster. Read more…

Your Hands – Georgia King

If you’ve ever been dumped before, you’ll appreciate how much Your Hands captures the feeling of trying to look fine on the outside but feeling like your life is falling apart on the inside.

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