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…

Break Down – Christopher Winterbauer

Beaking up. Yup, that universal feeling of rejection. Considering it’s such a “done” topic (from movies to books to essentially every country song), it’s a tough subject to pull off in an innovative way, let alone one that uses minimal cinematic resources or pizzazz. But, director and writer Christopher Winterbauer has pulled off such a cinematic magic trick with his film, Break Down, a low-key, darkly comic, but also poignant take on a couple who has reached the end of their path together.

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…

Blik – Bastiaan Schravendeel

Even then, this story of a boy, new to the neighborhood and who falls for the older girl next door, manages to be one of the most wonderfully expressive short animations to come around in a while. Read more…

The Crossing – Arseny Syuhin

Inspired by the early films of John Carpenter and a particularly unnerving underpass the director walked through on his way to work, The Crossing is a Russian Horror with some impressive FX work and a haunting premise. Set in a subway late at night, Arseny Syuhin’s 7-minute short takes a recognisable, ubiquitous setting and toys with the fears we’ve all probably experienced using it, by making it the home of a blood-thirsty creature.

Read more…

Fulfilament – Rhiannon Evans

Fulfilament is about a little, lost thought fighting its way to discover what it takes to become a brilliant idea. It’s set in an intricately constructed interpretation of a brain, bristling with dark tunnels, hidden pitfalls and inhabited by bright, busy creatures, working hard to make the brain function. Read more…