Short films by the moviemakers of tomorrow are some of the most creative comedies, cutting-edge animations and gripping dramas of today. Produced by KQED, each episode allows viewers to see, for the first time, works by emerging filmmakers who could become the next Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola.
A Girl In Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing) (#1213H) Duration: 28:55 STEREO TVG
ALL SOUL'S DAY (Poland): On her eighteenth birthday, Lena is trying to bond with her family, but as usual, they seem to be ignoring her. It also happens to be All Soul's Day, a time for contacting the dead and getting together to return to one's roots. Lena set out in search for her long-lost father. Events of the day transpire that ultimately lead her to reassess what family truly means.
THE PARAKEETS (France): Lili, an ill young woman going through cancer treatment, is faced one morning with the sudden loss of her hair. She cannot bring herself to leave her apartment. Her best friend proposes a radical solution: to give Lili a radical makeover from head to toe. Lili agrees to be transformed. Little does she know that this makeover will fundamentally change not only her day, but also her life. When your inhibitions are the last things you have to lose, that's when freedom begins.
Be Still My Heart (#1312H) Duration: 25:16 STEREO TVPG
VOICE OVER (Spain) -There are unforgettable moments in one's life that take your breath away. Here are three of them. No, make that four...or is it one? Confused? So is the narrator who jumps from one heart-thumping story to another. He argues with himself until he finally figures out what tale he is really trying to tell.
RHINO FULL THROTTLE ( Germany) - Bruno roams the streets of Berlin trying to find the soul of the city when a beautiful tourist highjacks his thought process in this deceptively simple but visually creative love story. Driven by curiosity, his wild imagination and his unique take on reality, Bruno reveals his love affair with Berlin and his infatuation with a mysterious woman
Planet Animation (#1206H) Duration: 26:19 STEREO TVG
WIND (Germany): Global warming has taken its toll on a windy town. The inhabitants are resourceful and adapt to the new routine... that is until the gust stops... then things really get "blown" out of whack.
BEAR ME (Germany / Poland): One day, I found a bear... or he found me. I couldn't get rid of him. We became to closest of friends. The film shows how love makes for strange bed partners.
MARCEL, KING OF TERVUREN (United States): Marcel the Rooster, survives bird flu, alcohol, sleeping pills and his son Max. Despite being blind in one eye, he remains the proud King of Tervuren. Never underestimate the willpower of a one-eyed rooster.
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES (Holland): A futuristic vision of a world after a catastrophic disaster and those left behind to pick up the pieces.
The Games People Play (#1301H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
PREY ALONE (Ireland) - NSA Special Agent Cain is on the hunt for an elusive killer. His only leads are a cocky eyewitness and the cryptic words scribbled on a notepad "Prey Alone." At first confounded by the clues, Agent Cain gets the uneasy feeling that he has been here before. This edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a short film is written and directed by James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.
PONY PLACE (Holland) - When young Emma is not allowed to take her laptop on holiday, she asks her grandparents to look after her virtual horse farm. The couple takes on the task with disastrous results. The digital divide between generations has never been more hilariously depicted.
That Girl Is Crazy (#1313H) Duration: 26:48 STEREO TVPG
THE CYCLIST (USA) - Harold's awkward first date with Hannah takes a turn for the worse when they discover her bicycle has been stolen. Together, they hunt for the culprit. Harry soon realizes that the thief is the least of his problems in what is turning out to be the date from hell.
PERSON TO PERSON (USA) - Waking up in the morning after hosting a party, a man discovers a female stranger passed out on his floor. He spends the rest of the day unsuccessfully trying to convince her to leave. Reminiscent of early Spike Lee, Person to Person lovingly captures the quirky characters that make up the New York neighborhood in which he lives.
Family Is Everything (#1207H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
GREAT ADVENTURES (Australia): Grandma thinks Billy and his granddad are in the living room. She couldn't be more wrong.
GRANDPA AND ME AND A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN (Sweden): The relationship between a remarkably perceptive young boy and his wise, bedridden grandfather overflows with humor, warmth and love. They share jokes, talk love, sex and politics, and enjoy each other's company as only best friends can. The film offers a moving reflection on being young and old; living and dying; and the legacy we leave behind.
COLD BLOOD (Canada): A stressed and exhausted mother brings her terrified son to the hospital. A poignant tale about the sacrifices we unquestionably make for family.
Millennial Love (#1208H) Duration: 28:15 STEREO TVG
YOUR PLACE? (Germany): How much would you trust a stranger? Freya meets Max on the dance floor. There's an immediate connection and attraction. When the lights switch on in the nightclub and the crowd disperses, she makes him an unusual offer which is a bigger, more exciting adventure than a normal one night stand.
Humor Me (#1201H) Duration: 26:18 STEREO TVPG
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING (Finland): All hell breaks loose when a family oversleeps on the day they are supposed to be attending a wedding. A comedy featuring disinterested kids, a clueless husband and a wife who has to take care of everything herself - sound familiar?
NO COMMENT (France):When an English speaking tourist asks a beautiful young woman for directions in Paris, she reads him the riot act, assuming he's simply trying to pick her up.
THE DATE (Finland): Tino, a geeky and shy teenager, has to host a date for Diablo, his family's pedigree stud tomcat. An embarrassing frank mother and her good looking daughter arrive with their prized possession.
THE OP SHOP (Australia): It came in a box. No name. No description. Just a strange donation that three elderly women at a thrift shop were determined to sell for $3.50. But then... and then again... and once more... they slowly unlock its secret.
Island of Misfit Toys (#1209H) Duration: 29:10 STEREO TVG
FUGU & TAKO (Australia): Two friends have very discerning tastes when it comes to sushi. They want only the freshest sushi. When one friend reprimands the chef for stale sushi, the chef gives him really fresh sushi. Be careful what you wish for.
ELEPHANT (Spain): Manuel is a middle aged man with a dull life. He is trapped in a monotonous job. His family takes him for granted. But one day his doctor tells him he suffers from a rare disease that will turn him into an elephant.
EDMOND WAS A DONKEY (Canada / France): Edmond is not like everybody else. Some may say odd. He is very well aware he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature. Since he can't bring himself to be what others expect, Edmond makes the only possible choice.
Future Shock (#1202H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG-V
THE GATE (England): A new virulent strain of rabies is thought to be responsible for a number of horrible deaths in the city of London. It soon becomes clear that the cause of the condition has a much more sinister origin.
PEACEFORCE (Denmark): Copenhagen, Denmark. 2045. A global economic collapse has left humanity on the brink of total anarchy. A young, inexperienced and idealistic peacekeeper volunteers for an unusual mission. Elephants had become extinct years ago, but the locals tell of an elephant that is currently on the loose leaving dead and injured in its wake. He decides to appease the locals and visits them, but before long he is in over his head.
The Gravity of Life (#1203H) Duration: 26:32 STEREO TVG
43,000 FEET (New Zealand): You think you've got problems? When statistician John Wilkins is sucked out of a plane at 43,000 feet, he calculates that he has exactly 3 minutes 48 seconds before he hits the ground.
EXPLOSIONS (Australia): As gravity appears to fail all around them, the inhabitants of a neighborhood begin to mysteriously float into the sky. After failing to save her boyfriend from this phenomenon, will she succumb to the same fate?
BRIDGE (New Zealand): A woman finds herself along after dark waiting for a train on an empty platform... or so she thinks. She starts to run as she is pursued by a faceless stranger... or so she thinks. She slips and is knocked out. When she wakes up, her world is truly upside down and she must decide if it's time to let go of the past.
My Lover's Kimono (#1210H) Duration: 29:18 STEREO TVPG
KIMONO (Germany): Looking for something to eat, a homeless woman sneaks into a man's apartment. She likes it so much she decides to secretly live there. A story about two lonely strangers with an even stranger relationship.
OTHER LIVES (Norway): Two apartments. Same floors. Directly opposite from one another across the alley. In one lives an older couple stuck in a routine. In the other, a young couple at the beginning of their lives together. They both watch each other's relationships unfold from their kitchen windows, longing to switch places. The grass always looks greener on the other side.
Omg (#1204H) Duration: 26:56 STEREO TVPG-L
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM (England): Doctor Williams is called in to examine the enigmatic Mr Voorman, a prisoner with a peculiar a: he believes he is a god. The doctor must decide on the sanity of Mr Voorman. Is he a faker or a lunatic?
THE BIG LEAP (Poland / Sweden): Three people meet atop a skyscraper. They have the same intention - to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly escalates when they discover that they all represent a different conviction about the afterlife. The believer, the agnostic and the atheist know the only way to find out the truth is to take The Big Leap.
Nice Guys Finish First (#1211H) Duration: 27:32 STEREO TVG
NO MAIL (Australia): Small minds in a small town attempt to ostracize the new postman, who happens to be Muslim, and their actions divide the town. When the postman's co-workers rally behind him the residents are forced to face the same exclusion they imposed on him.
AMBER AMULET (Australia): Meet Liam, a lonely twelve year old boy whose alter ego is the Masked Avenger, a superhero with powers so potent, not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Dressed in his superhero outfit and accompanied by his best friend, Richie the Power-Beagle, the Masked Avenger roams his neighborhood putting things right. There is a damsel in distress in the house down the block. It's time to spring into action.
Woman to Woman (#1205H) Duration: 25:59 STEREO TVPG
DOTTY (Australia): Sitting on her bed in a nursing home, a stubborn old woman struggles to send an important text message to her daughter. When her morning cup of tea arrives, Dotty manages to rope someone else into her endless battle with her cell phone. Through stubborn persistence, love conquers technology.
KIRUNA KIGALI (Sweden / Rwanda): In the midst of a snowstorm, a woman is driving her way to the hospital in Kiruna, the northernmost city in Sweden. Under the scorching sun in a remote village near Kigali, Rwanada, another woman is being carried to the nearest hospital on a stretcher by the village boys. Two single mothers to be on the verge of giving birth are separated by thousands of miles, but share the same fear of childbirth and being a single parent.
Behind The Veil (#1212H) Duration: 26:47 STEREO TVG
WHAT CAN I WISH YOU BEFORE THE FIGHT? (France): Marie, adopted at the age of five under strange circumstances, lives in the French countryside with her father and younger sister. One fateful evening, the family finds a strange young girl hiding in their barn. On the run from the law, this stranger will change Marie's life forever and bring her hidden past into sharp focus.
AFTER THE CLASS (Iran): In this emotionally nuanced family drama, a high school teacher's day begins with the good news of a promotion. But later, her independently minded daughter brings less welcome news. A universal story about what freedom and independence means for a modern day woman.